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  • Yearly Archives: 2009

    NFIB: Senate Health Care Bill Is "A Disaster" for Small Businesses

    After “many months of discussion” in which the National Federation of Independent Business was engaged in efforts to ensure that the high cost of health care was adequately addressed in reform legislation, the organization yesterday came out in full force against the Senate health care bill, declaring it a “disaster … More

    Administration Takes Bold and Decisive Steps on Afghanistan’s… Environment

    While the Obama Administration has appeared anything but decisive in response to field commanders’ calls for more troops in Afghanistan, the Administration is earning kudos from some for efforts to protect biodiversity. Rep. Elliot Engle has sent a “dear colleague” urging members to sign a letter to Special Envoy to … More

    In Pictures: Size and Weight of Reid Health Bill Breaks All Records

    House and Senate Democratic leaders are breaking records left, right and center with every new version of Obamacare they roll out. But if you thought they’d be competing to provide better methods for reforming the health care system, you were wrong. Instead, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader … More

    Cap and Trade Hits Manufacturing, Farming and Small Business

    Sometimes the best offense is a good defense and sometimes the best action is inaction. With unemployment surpassing 10 percent (go here to watch unemployment grow), Midwestern Congressmen want to ensure that Congress will protect three key areas of their respective state’s economy: agriculture, manufacturing and small business. One sure … More

    Congress Considers Steep Death Tax Increase

    Leaders in the House of Representatives recently discussed the possibility of extending the death tax at its current rate and exemption levels for one year through 2010. If this proposal becomes law it would be a massive tax hike. Under current law, the death tax has a top rate of … More

    Victory in Afghanistan is Still Possible

    On his radio show yesterday, former Sen. Fred Thompson upped his criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the war in Afghanistan, predicting: It really doesn’t matter how President Obama divides the Afghan baby, how he splits the difference between McChrystal and Biden. Because the war has been lost. I … More

    With Reid Bill, Obama Would Again Break "No Tax" Pledge

    With the event horizon of the vote on the Reid Health Care Bill approaching, it appears that passage of the legislation would, yet again, amount to President Barack Obama breaking his “no new middle class tax” pledge.

    The Senate Health Bill: Federal Micromanagement of Health Insurance

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) giant new health care bill contains the same provisions as the other House and Senate bills to establish Federal micromanagement of all private health insurance. Like the others, the Reid bill would subject all private health insurance — whether purchased from an insurance company … More

    The Senate Health Bill: Federally Designed Health Exchanges With A Government Run Plan

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s massive Senate health bill (H.R. 3590) contains a “public option”, a new government run health plan to compete against private health plans within a federally designed system of state health insurance exchanges. Federally Designed State Health Exchanges. Under Section 1311 of the bill, the Secretary … More

    Slow Job Creation, Not Job Losses, Driving Unemployment

    Unemployment has risen above 10 percent and no one in Washington seems to understand what is going on. Yesterday, a little noticed release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shed important light onto the job situation. The BLS’s Business Employment Dynamics (BED) program uses unemployment insurance (UI) records to … More