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  • Monthly Archives: June 2010

    Beware the Lame Ducks

    Congress is postponing huge issues until after the elections and there’s a danger in that. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) sounded a warning in 2006 when the last big majority shift happened on Capitol Hill, but Congress then returned for a lame duck session: It would be a huge mistake to … More

    Time to Stop the Medicaid Bailouts

    This week Congress, in its consideration of HR 4213 (American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010) is going to tap into taxpayers wallets once again to bailout Medicaid, a government health program administered by the states for the poor and the indigent. Many governors are feverishly lobbying for … More

    Morning Bell: How the White House is Making Oil Recovery Harder

    Five weeks ago Escambia County officials requested permission from the Mobile Unified Command Center to use a sand skimmer, a device pulled behind a tractor that removes oil and tar from the top three feet of sand, to help clean up Pensacola’s beaches. County officials still haven’t heard anything back. … More

    U.N. Sanctions on Iran: Far From Crippling

    Today the United Nations Security Council voted to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran which modestly raise the costs to Tehran for its continued nuclear defiance, but fall far short of the “crippling sanctions” promised by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last year. The sanctions resolution marginally reinforced … More

    Slipping on Spill Cleanup: Lead, Follow, or Get Out the Way

    The Daily Caller explains how it works in the Gulf. “Escambia County sends a request to the Mobile, Ala., Unified Command Center…Then, it’s reviewed by BP, the federal government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard. If they don’t like it, they don’t tell us anything.” The … More

    The U.S. State Department Wants to Hear from You

    In its ongoing search for solutions to U.S. public diplomacy challenges – some might call it a deficit – the State Department has launched yet another new Internet venture, a social website called Opinion Space. At a time when Internet censorship in countries like Iran, Cuba and China present a … More

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Highlights Unsustainable Debt

    Testifying before the House Budget Committee today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke noted: Even after economic and financial conditions have returned to normal, however, in the absence of further policy actions, the federal budget appears to be on an unsustainable path. A variety of projections that extrapolate current policies and … More

    Decreasing Defense No Solution for Debt Disaster

    Most Americans are growing frustrated with Washington’s out of control spending and inability to strengthen our economy. According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans identify federal government debt and terrorism as equal threats to our country. In a Pew Research Center poll, 38 percent of Americans believe that Obama’s economic … More

    New York Times Gets it Wrong on Death Tax

    In a front page article today, the New York Times has a story on the federal death tax and the impact its 2010 expiration has on a recently deceased billionaire. The article is riddled with errors, but the title of the article encapsulates perfectly the story’s biggest flaw: “Legacy for … More

    Side Effects: Like Your HSA? Enjoy it While You Can

    All presidential assurances to the contrary, you can’t keep what no longer exists—not even health coverage you like. Millions of people like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) paired with high-deductible insurance plans.  The approach is so popular, in fact, that it’s the fastest growing type of coverage in the country.  But … More