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  • Yearly Archives: 2009

    Why Believe New Promise When Congress Breaks Old Promise?

    Congress wants America to believe its new promises to control spending even as it reneges on its old promises and spends more than ever. The “new” promise within health care reform bills is to reduce Medicare spending by hundreds of billions of dollars. Yet simultaneously, Congress is reversing 1997 legislation … More

    Obama’s Public Option for Gitmo

    The Obama Administration announced this morning that it intends to ship five Guantanamo Bay detainees to New York to be tried in civilian federal court. One of those men is the September 11th mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad. This decision will be seen by many liberals as paving the way for … More

    Video: Pelosi Says Jail "Very Fair" Punishment For Not Buying Health Insurance

    According to the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the House health care bill passed last Friday empowers the federal government to imprison people for up to five years if they willfully refuse to buy federally regulated and approved health insurance. Shomari Stone of Komo 4 News in Seattle pressed … More

    President Obama’s Trade Failure

    There is a consensus, spanning the Democratic and Republican parties, our Asia-Pacific trade partners, and those interested around the world that President Obama is heading to Asia with one hand tied behind is back. The reason is his failure to develop and present a clear, coherent trade policy. Economics is … More

    The Logic of Obamacare

    The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein asks: “One of my frustrations with the cost-control discussion is that people set this up like a choice between this bill and a bill with more cost control. In reality, it seems more like a choice between this bill and nothing. And this bill does … More

    Morning Bell: Big Labor Is Bankrupting Our Country

    Last month when the White House released its visitor log for the first six months of the Obama presidency, one name appeared far more often than any other: Service Employee International Union (SEIU) President Andrew Stern. Stern has every right to expect to be welcome in the Obama White House. … More

    In the Green Room: Utah's Gov. Herbert on DC 'Freezing Out the States' Over Health Reform

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFMLzi2CBII[/youtube] It’s simple: “Our approach in Utah is to give consumers more choice,” said Governor Herbert during a Heritage Foundation visit earlier this week. “If we can put them in the control position where they’re spending dollars that are their own, they’re going to make better choices.” Similarly, the Governor … More

    Outside the Beltway: California’s Nightmare the Future for Other States?

    The budget shortfalls, plunging revenue, and economic woes plaguing near-broke California could foretell the future of other cash-strapped states. A new study by The Pew Center on the States found that the economic pressures that pushed California to the brink of a total economic meltdown are also found in nine … More

    Non-Profits Shouldn’t Fight to Save Their Tax Subsidies

    Congress soon will seal the fate of federal death taxes. If Congress acts by doing nothing, then the federal tax rate on estates will fall to zero for all of 2010 before rising to 55 percent on January 1, 2011. That’s current law. On the other hand, it could pass … More

    Is there a Constitutional Basis for Mandatory Health Insurance?

    Does the Constitution allow the federal government to force individual citizens to buy health insurance? Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) have been waging a war to force Members of Congress to include a concise explanation of the constitutional authority empowering Congress to enact legislation as part … More