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  • Monthly Archives: June 2010

    Freer Trade is Key to a Cleaner Environment and Green Growth

    In remarks on World Environment Day, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, pointed out that, “Trade opening has much to contribute in the fight against climate change and to the protection of the environment.” Indeed, the most practical improvements in energy efficiency and protecting the environment … More

    Labour Must Disown John McDonnell’s Sickening Attack on Lady Thatcher

    Labour leadership contender John McDonnell’s comments on Margaret Thatcher are a sickening disgrace, and a stain on his party. In a leadership debate today, McDonnell stated that if he could return to the ‘80’s he would “assassinate Thatcher”. As LabourList recorded (hat tip: Jonathan Isaby): John McDonnell says he was … More

    The Lottery: Children’s Futures Left to Luck

    Tomorrow, a new documentary, The Lottery, will premier in Washington, DC. The film is based on the Harlem charter school lottery: a luck-of-the-draw process to determine who of thousands of vying New York City children will be offered 475 charter school slots. Specifically, it tells the stories of four New … More

    Now is the Worst Possible Time for Tax Hikes

    Friday brought yet another grim jobs report. The economy created 431,000 jobs in May according to the report, but 411,000 of them were temporary government jobs working on the Census. All those jobs will disappear when the Census is complete. The jobs report is the latest signal that the stimulus … More

    Stopping al Shabab’s Extracurricular Activities

    On Monday, two men were arrested trying to leave JFK Airport in New York.  The men, Moahamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte planned to fly to Somalia to join al Shabab—a known terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda. The arrest of these two men is a victory no … More

    Another Going-Away Party

    I previously reported for National Review Online on the memorable going-away speech by Christopher Coates, the former career head of the Voting Section in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, who had been relieved of his post and “transferred” to South Carolina by the division’s new political … More

    Citizens United: Nightmare vs Reality

    When the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not ban books in order to protect incumbents from critical speech, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann compared the decision to Dredd Scott, warning that after Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: It is almost literally true that any political science fiction nightmare … More

    The FTC Confuses Newspapers With Journalism as it Seeks New Media Tax

    Last week my wife and I bought a used car, the better to ferry our children between sports events. For this we went to the websites of nearby dealers, researched different cars online and, after settling on one vehicle, quickly called up its history–inspections it had passed, the fender bender … More

    Lessons from Canada: Stay Away from Nationalized Medicine

    The United States isn’t the only country in North America grappling with the fiscal problems caused by an aging population and mounting federal deficits—Canada faces a similar fate.  The difference is that, while the United States just passed a $1 trillion-plus government overhaul of health care, incorrectly justified by claims … More

    Morning Bell: Why Obama's Stimulus Failed

    Last Friday’s Department of Labor jobs report, which showed private sector job creation fell by 190,000 between April and May of this year, jolted markets worldwide including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which fell 3.2% Friday to its lowest level since early February. In total the U.S. economy has now … More