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  • Monthly Archives: September 2009

    In the Green Room: Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQiTMnt4ebw[/youtube] America’s Air Reserve Component has shifted to an operational reserve engaged around the world and essential to today’s fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the pace of combat operations continues unabated, Pentagon resources are rapidly declining. Unfortunately, defense budget cuts tend to disproportionately affect the National Guard and Reserves. … More

    Stimulus Transparency Fail

    The Denver Post reports: The goal was to build a reporting system that allows the public to follow the zigzagging paths of dollars awarded under the $787 billion federal stimulus package. A financial GPS of sorts. But despite federal lawmakers’ pledge of transparency, the final stages of most money trails, … More

    More Germans Vote for Economic Freedom

    The dramatic surge in support for Germany’s pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP), which received “a record 14.6% of the vote” according to the Wall Street Journal in elections on Sunday, September 27, has given Angela Merkel a second term as German Chancellor via the center-right coalition that the FDP will … More

    Baucus Bill: Buy Health Insurance or Die

    This past Thursday during the Senate Finance Committee markup of Obamacare, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) received a hand written note from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming that the penalty for failing to pay the $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance could include jail time. … More

    Why Are We Letting Iran Catch Up?

    Yesterday, for the second time this year, Iran test-fired their Sejil-2 ballistic missile. The mid-range weapon has a range of about 1200 miles, long enough to target Israel, Egypt, southeastern Europe, and many American bases in the Middle East. So if Iran has twice test-fired missiles this year that can … More

    In the Wake of Cap and Trade, We Can Learn Something from Wyoming

    President Obama’s speech to the UN on climate change last Tuesday points to an interesting and fairly recent shift in the left’s environmentalist philosophy: the definition of “pollution” has changed. Even ten years ago, concerns for pollution centered around problems of smog, litter, and toxins in the air and water. … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Must Lead On Afghanistan

    On March 27th, President Barack Obama followed through on one of his core campaign promises and announced a New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan that included sending an additional 21,000 troops to the region. Speaking from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Obama explained: “Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Sept 28 - Oct. 2

    Senate Analysis – Wednesday marks the end of the fiscal year, which is significant since not a single appropriations bill has been signed into law. Combine funding the government, extending various authorization bills, finishing the markup of the Senator Baucus (D-MT) health reform proposal and introducing a global warming bill, … More

    The House Cloakroom: Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

    House Analysis – All eyes continue to be on health care as Congressional leaders continue to work towards an agreement. The war in Afghanistan and the coming troop decisions by the administration continue to weigh heavy on Members minds especially following leaked reports of the assessment by General McChrystal. Major … More

    Obamacare: Day Three of Senate Finance Committee Hearings

    Obamacare: Day Three of Senate Finance Committee Hearings On Thursday, September 24th, the Senate Finance Committee continued to vote on amendments to the “Chairman’s Mark” of the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009. As the committee continues to consider more than 500 amendments, it is becoming clear that Senators are … More