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  • Monthly Archives: January 2010

    Conservatives Deliver Ideas, Again, to President Obama

    If a casual observer were to watch President Barack Obama’s speech today to House Republicans, they might walk away thinking that the minority party hasn’t offered up any ideas to fix the problems that plague America. But if that casual observer stuck around for the questions and answers, they would … More

    Senate Puts Politics Over Fiscal Responsibility In Debt Limit Vote

    On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill to increase the debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) amended version of the bill passed by the House will raise the ceiling on the federal debt by $1.9 trillion. This is a huge increase from the House version, which allowed an … More

    Government Gone Green: Obama Sets Federal GHG Emission Cuts

    President Obama called on the federal government, the nation’s largest energy consumer, to its increase energy efficiency and to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2020. According to the White House if the targets are met they “would reduce federal energy consumption by the equivalent of 646 trillion … More

    Congress’ New Secret Plan to Pass ObamaCare – The Nuclear Option

    Leaders in the House and Senate have a new secret plan to pass President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care plan using strong arm tactics and no transparency. I wrote back in September that Congress had a plan to ram through ObamaCare by the end of the year, but the American … More

    The Second Coming of Jimmy Carter?

    Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow Walter Russell Mead writes at Foreign Policy: Neither a cold-blooded realist nor a bleeding-heart idealist, Barack Obama has a split personality when it comes to foreign policy. So do most U.S. presidents, of course, and the ideas that inspire this one have a long … More

    Obama’s State of the Union Address Dampens Hope for a Real Budget Action

    In his State of the Union Address, President Obama made several commitments to fiscal responsibility in the years to come. What do they really mean though? President Obama’s proposed three-year discretionary spending freeze, excludes defense, homeland security, veterans’ and international affairs, is somewhat promising. The savings won’t be large — … More

    President’s Commission on Nuclear Waste Has Historic Opportunity

    The Department of Energy finally announced the formation of its blue-ribbon commission on nuclear waste. The commission, co-chaired by former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft has been charged with reviewing the nation’s nuclear waste policies and providing recommendations for moving forward. If carried out … More

    What Did President Obama Learn About Cuba in 2009?

    President Barack Obama launched his Cuban policy with some carrots for Fidel Castro’s regime. In April, he moved to lift many of the restrictions which hamper Cuban Americans from visiting and communicating with their families, and to cut through obstacles preventing private telecommunications and satellite radio and television companies from … More

    A Shrinking Navy

    The United States is a maritime nation. The military is the nation’s guarantor of freedom of the seas and protector of global sea lines of communication. The military ensures the safe transit of international commerce along trade routes that allows our local grocery store and Wal-Marts shelves to remain stocked … More

    NATO Best Positioned For Police Training In Afghanistan

    Both British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have criticized the European Union’s police training mission in Afghanistan this past week, and it is not hard to see why. With just over 200 staff (many of whom are bureaucrats and not trainers), the NATO Parliamentary Assembly has … More