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  • Monthly Archives: November 2009

    Have “Crisis” and “Catastrophe” lost their meaning for Climate Change?

    Proponents of reducing greenhouse gas emissions view the upcoming climate change conference in Copenhagen as the point of no return. Gordon Brown has famously said that if an agreement is not made in December it will be “irretrievably too late, so we should never allow ourselves to lose sight of … More

    Who's Watching Fannie and Freddie? Oversight Agency Fires Its IG

    Don’t look now, but there’s no independent Inspector General at the Federal Housing Finance Agency — which is responsible for overseeing federally-run finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As reported in the Huffington Post of all places, the former Inspector General, Ed Kelley was relieved of his duties in … More

    In Pictures: Obamacare Puts One-Fifth of U.S. On Welfare

    Medicaid is a means-tested welfare program created in 1965 to provide health care for low income families. Despite the fact that it is one of the most poorly performing of all the federal welfare programs it has become the cornerstone of how health insurance is expanded under Obamacare. The Health … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Dave Reichert Says Trade is Best Stimulus

    President Obama’s trip to Asia this week comes at a critical economic time for American workers. With unemployment eclipsing 10 percent, it’s clear that the stimulus package passed by Congress has so far proven ineffective in getting Americans back to work. Free trade, a pillar of economic recovery that has … More

    START Talks: Russian Demands Undermine Nuclear Balance

    On November 12, General Nikolai Makarov, the chief of the Russian General Staff, said that Russia was seeking to overcome “a range of problems” in the negotiations on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) follow-on treaty. The Treaty will replace the current 1991 START Treaty that expires on December 5. … More

    Washington Post on Obamacare: A $300 Billion Deception

    The Editorial Board of the Washington Post called out the Senate for trying to hide the true cost of Obamacare. Now they say the House “plays make-believe, but the bill to taxpayers is real.” Read the whole thing: HAVING PASSED a health reform bill that is, at least theoretically, paid … More

    Morning Bell: A Deathblow for Obamacare

    Standing in the Rose Garden on November 7th, President Barack Obama celebrated the passage of the House health care bill claiming: “The Affordable Health Care for America Act is a piece of legislation that will provide stability and security for Americans who have insurance; quality, affordable options for those who … More

    Heritage Mourns Loss of Ambassador James R. Lilley

    Heritage Foundation President Edwin Feulner issued the following statement on the death of James R. Lilley: “Jim Lilley was a giant in the China policy world. Both the experts who worked with him, and the amateurs, like me, who learned so much from him over the decades, have stood in … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Nov. 16 – 20

    Analysis – Will the health care debate start next week? Everyone is asking the question, but no one seems to have the answer. Rumors will continue to dominate the discussion until Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) takes some concrete action. In the midst of health care speculation, the Senate will consider … More

    The House Cloakroom: Nov. 16 – 20

    Analysis – With the first half of the health care bill now passed out of the House the Speaker now pivots to the second half of the health care bill commonly referred to as the “doc fix.” The “doc fix” refers to the undoing of the flawed Medicare payment update … More