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  • Monthly Archives: April 2010

    More Auto Regulations Coming?

    The aftermath of the unintended acceleration hearings involving Toyota is moving to the front burner again as lawmakers are proposing legislation that would increase auto safety regulations to address all potential sources of unintended acceleration. The bill would also increase the budget of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) … More

    The Debt Commission and Obamacare

    The president’s debt commission had its first meeting this week, and all of the talk was of getting serious about putting our fiscal house in order, with everything “on the table” for consideration. There’s no arguing with the need to get serious. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), if … More

    Ahmadinejad to Address U.N. Conference on Nuclear Proliferation

    Although Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has found little time to reciprocate the Obama Administration’s diplomatic engagement efforts, he apparently is eager to engage an international audience at a U.N. forum next week.  He is planning to travel to New York City on Monday to address the U.N. conference reviewing the … More

    They Should Reset Before They START

    The president has signed the START Treaty with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev but the Senate still has to ratify the treaty before it means something. Heritage has laid out all the problems of the treaty in a new paper. Here are some of the “highlights”, or “lowlights”, of the current … More

    Side Effects: State Reluctant to Swim in National High-Risk Pools

    Obamacare aims to insure the uninsured.  To do that, the law bars insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions—but not until 2014.  In the meantime, the law calls for a national high-risk pool to offer coverage to the otherwise “uninsurable.” Under the new law, an important deadline looms.  … More

    Outside the Beltway: The Day the Happy Meal Died

    There might be 14,000 things to be happy about, but there is one less reason in Santa Clara County, California: the government there voted to ban toys in Happy Meals. Toys that come in those delightfully colored boxes filled cheeseburgers and fries that have brought joy to millions of children … More

    Morning Bell: An Appetite for Real Immigration Reform

    In a very rare visit to the press cabin of Air Force One yesterday, President Barack Obama told reporters that the White House will not be leading any immigration reform efforts in 2010. Obama said: “…I’ve been working Congress pretty hard. So I know, there may not be an appetite … More

    Puerto Rican Statehood – Don’t Rig the Election

    H.R. 2499, the Puerto Rico Democracy Act, contains language that will rig the election in favor of Puerto Rican statehood. I have written a more comprehensive post titled “Puerto Rico Democracy Act – Legislation Biased in Favor of Statehood” on why this legislation is biased in favor of statehood. The … More

    Side Effects: The Beginning of the End for FSAs

    “If you like your current health coverage, you can keep it.”  It was a key promise of Obamacare. But the new law gives government a say in everything from the benefits you carry to the treatment you receive.  And that means very real changes to existing coverage.  One of those … More

    Volcker Pronounces VAT a No Go

    According to Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve and a senior economic advisor to President Obama, an European-style Value Added Tax (VAT) would be a good idea for the United States but is too unpopular to be under consideration “now or for the indefinite future.” On the one … More