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  • Monthly Archives: February 2010

    One Week After Passing, Congress Set to Break PAYGO

    Just last week Congress revived PAYGO legislation which is supposed to force legislators to offset any new spending with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. While this won’t come as a shock to most Foundry readers, The Hill reports that “the ink is barely dry on the pay-as-you-go law, and … More

    Reconciliation and Obamacare A “Bad Mix”

    Recent reports indicate that House and Senate leaders are considering using reconciliation as a means to pass Obamacare (again).  The reconciliation process is a fast-track way to bypass the normal legislative process and to speed up consideration (and passage) of such a bill.  And The Hill reports that there are … More

    The Uncertainty Factor

    Liberals are trying to take a big victory lap today over the stimulus. They proudly proclaim that the stimulus created more than two million jobs. They base these findings on models that simply multiply government spending by a multiplier to produce the net growth to jobs and GDP. Digging a … More

    Video: Reps. Cantor, Capito, Garrett and Rooney

    A discussion on the Stimulus – One Year later with Reps. Eric Cantor,  Shelley Moore Capito, Scott Garrett and Tom Rooney was held at The Heritage Foundation on Thursday, February 18. Viewers on Facebook asked questions of the speakers. The archived video will be here later in the day.

    The New Party of “No”

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently introduced the “Roadmap for America’s Future”, a plan to reduce federal spending, pay off the national debt, and ensure future American prosperity.  The Roadmap would create long-term fiscal solvency in the three federal entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—which otherwise promise to drive the nation … More

    Obama’s Faith-Based Economics

    On the stimulus’s first anniversary, keep in mind one number: 9 million. That is the Obama jobs gap — the difference between the 3+ million net jobs President Obama said would be created (not just saved) and the nearly 6 million additional net jobs that have since been lost. By … More

    Morning Bell: The Mount Vernon Statement

    Yesterday, I joined a broad coalition of conservative leaders representing a wide spectrum of the movement including fiscal, social, cultural and national security conservatives, to sign The Mount Vernon Statement. In light of the challenges facing the country and the need for clarity, we needed to produce this defining statement … More

    New County Health Study Reinforces Need for Federalism in Health Reform

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute just released a new report that exposes the diversity of health care across the country on a county-by-county basis. What’s striking about the interactive report is the high level of variance found in health care for counties … More

    Online Classes Lessen Damage of Snowmageddon

    With over a week of in-class instruction lost to two blizzards and many Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland schools forced to contemplate longer school years, a few Maryland teachers found an effective, online alternative to letting snow drifts reduce student achievement. Even as record snowfalls threatened most lesson plans, online … More

    The Flimsy Rationale for Cutting the C-17 Program

    On February 2nd, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Congress that the military needs no additional C-17 aircraft and that the production line should be shut down in 2011.  His testimony drew bipartisan criticism from several senators, including Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK).  Senator McCaskill protested … More