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  • Monthly Archives: November 2009

    The Senate Health Bill: Medicaid and CLASS Act Provisions

    The 2074 page Reid Health Bill (H.R. 3590) generally follows the Senate Finance and HELP versions on Medicaid and in the creation of a new health care program, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. Curiously, in the short term (2010-2013), the Reid bill helps fewer people gain … More

    More Green Crony Capitalism

    Green energy investments are coming from every direction. Whether it is the stimulus package or the cap and trade bills proposed in Congress, the government is eager to invest taxpayer dollars in renewable energy technology. As Americans become desensitized to the copious amounts of money the government is spending, clean … More

    The Senate Health Bill: Bad for Small Business

    The Reid health bill (H.R. 3590) leaves small businesses, and particularly small business owners, largely out of the picture. Small businesses, and particularly small businesses that currently do not offer health insurance coverage, will not get much break from this bill. Reid’s bill outlines a “small business tax credit”, which … More

    Pine Beetles Not a Good Reason for Climate Change Legislation

    Last week Senator Max Baucus joined several mainstream environmentalists in adding pine beetle outbreaks to a long list of things that can be blamed on climate change. As Baucus said in a Congress Quarterly report, Running on the trails by my home in Helena, seeing the red forests destroyed by … More

    A Leviathan of Land: Perspective on the Size of the US Gov't In Pictures

    With the takeover of health care and frenzied government growth front and center, many are wondering when we will – if we haven’t already – reached a tipping point that fundamentally alters America. Much of what’s been done is described as a temporary fix. However, as President Reagan noted, “There … More

    America Needs More than Rhetoric and Piecemeal Trade Measures for Economic Growth

    The President’s recognition in last night’s Fox News interview that exports play an important role in bolstering U.S. economic performance was welcome, but missed at least half of the trade story. Imports benefit America, too, through lower prices to consumers and manufacturers that raise incomes and boost productivity and competitiveness. … More

    Criminalizing Health-Care Freedom

    Heritage senior fellows Brian Walsh and Hans von Spakovsky have a new article out at NRO on the jail time provisions that exist in both the House and Senate bills. Read the whole thing, but here are some key graphs: By transforming a refusal or failure to comply with a … More

    The Senate Health Bill: How the Mandates Kill Jobs and Punish Poor Workers

    Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released his giant version of the Senate health care bill, H.R. 3590. A first look at the bill – which is 2,074 pages long – shows yet another attempt to use taxes to punish uninsured Americans and punish companies that hire workers from … More

    FYI American Media: China Is 30 Years Behind

    President Obama didn’t accomplish much on his Asia trip. He has the media covering for him, though. They’re not praising him, they’re making bigger errors than he did, especially on the U.S. and China. Tough times have made people pessimistic about America’s future, and with good reason. Elements of the … More

    The Dirty Job That Congress Won’t Do on Its Own

    Congress needs someone like Mike Rowe to do the dirty job that politicians won’t touch. Our $1.4-trillion (and rising!) annual deficit and $12-trillion accumulated debt are not caused by the economy. They’re caused by runaway spending. Unable or unwilling to specify and enforce spending cuts on their own, some in … More