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  • Monthly Archives: May 2010

    Addressing BP’s Willingness to Pay for the Oil Spill

    It will be a long time before we know how much the oil spill is going to cost in terms of total economic damages, but it is certain to be higher than the $75 million liability cap set by the 1990 Oil Pollution Act and could even be higher than … More

    Morning Bell: This Congress Has No Shame

    On February 4, 2010, pushing for passage of her pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on the House floor: “When I became Speaker of the House, the very first day we passed legislation that made PAYGO the rule of the House. Today we will make it the … More

    Video of the Week: Gov. Chris Christie Serves-Up Some Common Sense

    Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admit that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not afraid to take a stand, speak his mind, or face the heat while doing it. He served up his latest dish of no-nonsense honesty at a townhall in Rutherford, New Jersey, on Tuesday … More

    Sestak, Obama, and the Law

    With Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D-PA) defeat of Sen. Specter (D-PA) in the Democratic Senate primary, the controversy over the alleged job offer made to Sestak last year by someone in the Obama White House is once again heating up. After essentially ignoring this potentially serious violation of federal law for … More

    House Bill Would Give States $2.5 Billion to Increase Welfare Rolls

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is attempting this week to schedule a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a measure that would extend expiring tax breaks. But the “American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010” (H.R. 4213) would shut the door on the important success of welfare … More

    Emergency Spending Bill Not the Place for Energy Loan Guarantees

    Every special interest in Washington is looking to hitch on to what was supposed to be an emergency spending bill to provide critical funds for military and emergency response activities. While some may be legitimate programs, most are not an emergency and therefore should not be part of any such … More

    More Arizona Bashing

    Today, Attorney General Eric Holder held a pep rally for state and local law enforcement officials who object to the Arizona immigration law. Perhaps having not read the law himself he hoped to bring in some law enforcement officials who might have. More likely it is just another attempt by … More

    President Obama's Memorial Day Vacation

    This weekend, President Obama will skip Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery, and instead he will take his family to Chicago for rest and relaxation. The gesture has rankled many on the right and caused the left to swing into full ‘defend Obama’ mode. However, the fact remains that … More

    Rescission is No Substitute for Real Entitlement Reform

    Today President Obama’s deficit commission met for the second time and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Congressional Accountability and Line-Item Veto Act of 2009, which would give the President greater authority to control federal spending. Heritage expert Alison Fraser testified before the Committee on the likely … More

    Harvard Study: More Government Spending Means Fewer Jobs

    What happens when a state is lucky enough to have one of their Senators ascend to one of the three most powerful committee chairmanships? According to a new study by three Harvard Business School the average state then experiences a 40 to 50 percent increase in earmark spending (the figure … More