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  • Monthly Archives: February 2010

    Climate and Rent-Seeking

    Data show 2009 was a record year for lobbying on energy issues.  1747 clients (firms and groups) hired lobbyists to work in the area of energy and nuclear power. This is a stunning 93 percent increase from 2006. This increase may be stunning, but it isn’t surprising.  With literally trillions … More

    A Very Special Anniversary

    Over at National Review Online they asked experts to weigh in on the situation with Iran and Heritage Expert Peter Brookes was asked to share his thoughts. Hey, Mr. President, how’s that engagement policy with Iran working out for you? Not so well, from what I can tell. While you … More

    Rising Red Tape Erodes Economic Freedom in United States

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    Red tape – rules, regulations, restrictions and mandates imposed on America – rose alarmingly in 2009, mirroring the overall decline in economic freedom in the United States, as reported in this year’s Index of Economic Freedom. That’s the conclusion of an upcoming Heritage Foundation report detailing trends in federal regulation. … More

    How About Some Transparency on Offshore Drilling?

    If Energy Freedom Day seems like a long time ago, it was. It’s been since September of 2008 since the Congressional restrictions on energy leasing in 85 percent of America’s territorial waters, which have been renewed annually since 1982, were allowed to lapse. Along with the White House restrictions rescinded … More

    PLA Threatens Chinese Economy

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) this month has been trying to threaten the U.S. economically. However, their plan could actually harm China, not America. Many, many Chinese see reunification with Taiwan as a deep emotional issue. But much of the PLA sees it as a way to pad the military budget. Any attention … More

    Morning Bell: Global Warming - Is There Anything It Can't Do?

    Tomorrow, NBC (which is owned by General Electric) will begin broadcasting the 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver, Canada. Only two events are scheduled for the opening day (alpine skiing and ski jumping), but even those events will be difficult to pull off. Why? There is no snow in Vancouver. And … More

    Obama Knows Obamacare Increases Government Control, Right?

    At his impromptu press conference yesterday, President Barack Obama again defended his health care plan this time claiming: I don’t know if people noted, because during the health care debate everybody was saying the President is trying to take over — a government takeover of health care. I don’t know … More

    The DC Blizzard: More Proof of Global Warming!

    We knew this was coming eventually. It came from Bryan Walsh, writing in Time: As the blizzard-bound residents of the mid-Atlantic region get ready to dig themselves out of the third major storm of the season, they may stop to wonder two things: Why haven’t we bothered to invest in … More

    Consensus for Marriage Vote in DC

    Last week the District of Columbia’s Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE) rejected, for the third time, a request by five D.C. citizens to put the issue of same-sex marriage to a popular vote. If the Board’s decision is upheld by the D.C. Superior Court and appeals fail, only the … More

    Economic Impact of Stimulus Spending: A Response to Menzie Chinn

    At Econbrowser, Dr. Menzie Chinn provides a succinct summary of my critique of CEA’s “Economic Impact of the Stimulus” report when he writes, “…these implied increments to growth rates do not jibe with the inferences drawn by Dr. Campbell — that the impact on GDP is much smaller than CEA … More