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  • Monthly Archives: October 2009

    Cap and Trade: A $3.6 Trillion Gas Tax

    Here in Washington, people are discussing two things: Jim Zorn’s job security as the Washington Redskins’ head coach and health care, in that order. But there’s a $3.6 trillion gas tax on the table that already passed the House and is making its way through the Senate, and cap and … More

    The College Affordability Problem—Runaway College Costs

    This week, the College Board released its annual report on Trends in College Pricing which found bad news for students and taxpayers. American colleges continue to hike tuition rates to record high levels—well ahead of the consumer price index. At 4-year public institutions, tuition and fees rose by 5.9 percent. … More

    Stimulus Fail: New Hampshire Edition

    Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) on WMUR last night: “I know that it has created some jobs but clearly but clearly not what we were anticipating.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_Nu6TlbfME[/youtube] You don’t say:

    Biden Should Treat Poland with Respect

    In what appears to be an emerging ritual, Vice President Joe Biden is heading out to Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic ostensibly to talk missile defense. But in reality it looks like a mopping up operation after yet another faux pas by his Administration. The last time Biden was … More

    Half of Stimulus Jobs Saved in Education?

    Yesterday the Washington Post reported: Federal economic recovery aid has created or saved 250,000 education jobs, the Obama administration announced Monday, although states and school systems continue to face enormous fiscal pressures. But earlier this year Vice President Joe Biden told the Brookings Institution: Two hundred days ago, President Obama … More

    Dr. Strangling Debt: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love $1.4 Trillion

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    If Congress Botches Bulbs, What Will It Do to Health Care?

    Why trust Congress with health care when it messes up simple things like light bulbs? The new mandated light bulbs don’t save as promised; produce inferior quality light; and 90% of them are made abroad. The old ones were mostly made in America. The new law has led to General … More

    Can Biden Repair the Blight?

    Sending the Vice President to Poland and the Czech Republic this week could easily be another misstep by the Administration when it comes to handling relations with Central and Eastern Europe. Despite his seniority, the famously gaffe-prone Joe Biden may not be the wisest choice to handle Washington’s “damage control” … More

    Morning Bell: Rules for a Radical White House

    Politico‘s Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei report today: President Obama is working systematically to marginalize the most powerful forces behind the Republican Party, setting loose top White House officials to undermine conservatives in the media, business and lobbying worlds. With a series of private meetings and public taunts, the White … More

    Fixing the Doctors Good and Hard: Impact of the Health Bills on the Medical Profession

    While some prominent physician groups at the national level like the American Medical Association have suggested that the typical doctor on net would be better off if Congress’s health care legislation were to pass—mainly because of all the changes in Medicare payment methodology—those groups have generally failed to acknowledge a … More