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  • Monthly Archives: April 2010

    Side Effects: The Catch 22 of Obamacare Risk Pools

    It was one of the most oft-repeated promises of Obamacare:  It will cover people, regardless of pre-existing conditions. But when it came time to make good on that promise, Congress came up short.  Yes, in 2014, the new law prohibits insurers from discriminating against pre-existing conditions—starting in 2014.  But what … More

    A Mushrooming Number of Unpaid Internships

    The United States is experiencing tough economic times and high levels of unemployment, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of young people taking unpaid internships to advance their careers. Unfortunately, current laws say that many unpaid internships are actually illegal because these positions do not qualify for the … More

    President Obama and Wall Street: Good Goals, Bad Plan

    President Obama went to Wall Street today to make the case for financial regulation. Putting aside the bank-bashing rhetoric employed just a few months ago (“…if these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m willing to have“), this time he was measured in his rhetoric, making the case for … More

    The Dangers of Climate Paternalism

    There are many clear examples of climate paternalism valuing “being green” over human life. Senators John Kerry, Patrick Leahy and Rep Barney Frank wanted the World Bank to turn down a loan for a coal-fired plant in South Africa, telling World Bank President Robert Zoellick, “We cannot ignore the reality … More

    Obama Calls for a VAT

    President Obama has consistently ducked the question on whether he is considering a massive tax hike in the form of a value added tax (VAT) – until now. Yesterday in an interview with CNBC, the president made clear that he is open to a VAT – once he has seen … More

    Iran’s Revolution Eats More of its Children

    Iran’s theocratic dictatorship this week tightened the vice restricting the political activities of opposition forces by ordering two more political parties to suspend their activities, jailing their leaders, and banned a reformist newspaper. The Mujahideen of the Islamic Revolution, a faction organized in 1979 that threw its support behind presidential … More

    The Cost of Al Gore’s Renewable Energy Plan

    Earth Day is a great day for politicians to push their clean energy agenda and President Barack Obama made this clear when he reiterated in his Earth Day video message that we need to transition to a clean energy economy. Politicians say that we should use the earth’s renewable resources, … More

    Obama Opens a New "Window of Vulnerability"

    According to a Reuters report, the Obama Administration is assessing that Iran could have a long-range ballistic missile by 2015. Now they tell us. Last September, when President Obama announced the cancellation of the program for fielding defensive interceptors in Poland for countering long-range missiles from Iran, it justified the … More

    May Your Earth Day Glow Brightly

    According to Earth Day founder, the late-Senator Gaylord Nelson, the commemoration rose out of “concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes and air.” These are important concerns, indeed. In fact, conserving the nation’s environmental beauty and natural resources is something that most America’s can agree on. Perhaps … More

    Morning Bell: Economic Freedom Will Save the Earth

    The New York City sightseeing company Gray Line is promoting an “Earth Week” package of day trips that includes visits to “green spots” like the botanical gardens and flower shopping at Chelsea Market. The fact that these tours will be taken on buses running on fossil fuels does not sit … More