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  • Monthly Archives: October 2009

    Biden Tries to Force an Eastern European Smile

    Vice President Joe Biden began a trip to Eastern Europe including Poland, the Czech Republic, and Romania this week. The trip comes on the back of the disastrous announcement by the Obama administration abandoning third site missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of improving relations with … More

    House Bill Raises, Not Lowers, Health Care Costs

    The Chief Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama Health and Human Services department issued a memorandum late yesterday looking at the potential impact of the House health reform legislation (H.R. 3200). As the Associated Press and other media outlets have been reporting, the study … More

    Video: Balancing the Obama Budget With a Mandatory Gorilla

    The latest video from Political Math does well in explaining how mandatory spending, consisting mostly of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, will crowd out other spending from the federal budget. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70lkobYY0Hc&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

    SCHIP Bait and Switch

    Now that the Baucus Plan has been introduced as actual legislative language, it is clear more time is necessary to have a full understanding of the massive 1,500 page bill. As members get the opportunity to read the bill, more problems are likely to emerge on a daily basis. For … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) on Buy American

    When it comes to legislative PR, it doesn’t get much better than “Buy American.” What could possibly be more patriotic than buying American-made products? During tough economic times, mandating that government contractors use only goods with the Made in the USA label doesn’t just sound like good policy, it seems … More

    Morning Bell: A Whole New Health Care Ball Game

    You have to read all the way to page A-25 in today’s New York Times to learn about it, but the Senate took its first floor vote on Obamacare yesterday and the White House lost. Big. The NYT reports: “Democrats lost a big test vote on health care legislation on … More

    Changing Its Name Won’t Fix Obamacare

    The latest ploy to promote Obamacare is to rename it after something popular. Giving it the title of “Medicare Part E” is the newest tactic. The package might look different, but inside is the same old stuff: Government-run health care that is so expensive that it threatens our economy today … More

    The Never Ending TARP Slush Fund

    This afternoon President Barack Obama announced that his administration would shift TARP’s $700 billion bailout fund away from big financial institutions and toward small businesses through small banks.Specifically, the Treasury Department will offer capital from TARP, at a 3% rate, to viable banks with less than $1 billion in assets. … More

    Adult Time for Adult Crime: David Garcia

    On November 9th, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments challenging the constitutionality of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences. In preparation for oral arguments, JLWOP: Faces & Cases will be an on-going series on The Foundry that will tell real stories about juvenile offenders who are currently serving … More

    LIVE POLITICO Webchat With Heritage's David Kreutzer

    Heritage’s David W. Kreutzer: Waxman-Markey