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  • Yearly Archives: 2009

    Ready, Fire, Aim: GAO Questions Timing of Broadband Stimulus Grants

     As if the Administration’s stimulus program didn’t have enough problems, the Government Accountability Office has now issued a report raising concerns on the handling of $7.2 billion in broadband communications grants warning the programs “present risks of waste, fraud and abuse“. The agencies – the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and … More

    Climate Change and the Rhetoric of Belief

    In April of this year, when a student in Turkey asked President Obama how he was different from President Bush, Obama said, “When it comes to climate change, George Bush didn’t believe in climate change. I do believe in climate change, I think it’s important.” In this response, Obama is … More

    God and Liberty: Reasons for Thanksgiving

    Of the many influences that shaped the American concept of liberty, the first and most formative was faith. More than anything else, religion formed the backbone of colonial culture and defined its moral horizon. This religious character was largely a product of the fact that many came to the New … More

    Heritage Comments on the CBO Brief: “The Costs of Reducing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions.”

    On November 23, 2009 the Congressional Budget Office issued “Economic and Budget Issue Brief: The Costs of Reducing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions.” This brief echoed many of the points The Heritage Foundation has made in its reports, WebMemos, blogs and our responses to a request from Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the … More

    Giving Thanks for the Secret Ballot

    Organized labor has demonstrated why workers should spend some time this Thanksgiving giving thanks for the secret ballot. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) “have been sparring for the right to represent 10,000 home health-care workers” in California. The SEIU has not … More

    World GDP: A Story of American Leadership and Asian Partnerships

    In the midst of a downturn, it’s easy to lose perspective. It feels at the moment like America’s position in the world is slipping and Asia is taking our place. Permanently. On a longer view, that turns out to be only half-right: Asia is rising but America is not falling. … More

    Morning Bell: Victory In Afghanistan Is No Excuse For Raising Taxes

    Speaking to the press after reports that the White House will send 34,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said, “it is my intention to finish the job.” While we wish Obama would have definitively said “I will finish the job” instead of just expressing his intent to try, his sentiments … More

    Foundry Quiz: What Medical Innovations Does The Senate Health Bill Tax?

    It is a well known economic policy rule that if you want less of something you tax it, and if you want more of something you subsidize it. Policymakers frequently follow this rule to influence behavior. This is why there are “sin taxes” on things like alcohol and cigarettes, and … More

    Enabling the Opponents of Reform

    A promising performance-pay program is under attack in the Boston public school system, which is trying out some new and innovative school reforms. The plan was to allow Advanced Placement teachers to receive $100 bonuses for each student who passes an AP exam, and teachers could be rewarded up to … More

    Tax Terrorists, Not Americans

    As President Obama pondered anew his strategy for winning the war on terror in Afghanistan, the antiwar crowd unleashed an odd new tactic to force a retreat: a tax. Not a new tax on the terrorists which, while obviously uncollectible, would at least be properly targeted. And, thankfully not a … More