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  • Monthly Archives: July 2010

    Promoting Economic Freedom Is the Best Foreign Aid

    The new U.K. coalition government’s strong ongoing support for foreign aid may be one area where it is out of touch with the British electorate. According to a recent poll, the British public identifies foreign aid as one of the top three priorities for spending cuts. Nearly half the respondents … More

    Gulf Spill Update: Gulf States Suffer Under De Facto Drilling Ban

    The Gulf states thought they finally caught a break last month when a federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s deep-water oil drilling ban, but it turns out they were wrong. With the federal government holding all the cards, a de facto ban on drilling continues, as does the economic … More

    On Stimulus, Krugman Feints, Mankiw Parries, Both Miss

    It often happens that flawed theories put into practice expose their internal inconsistencies for all to see before long. We now see this playing out in the case of Keynesian stimulus and the U.S. economy, and the stimulus defenders are at a loss. By any measure, the Keynesian debt-based stimulus … More

    Going to Bat for Exporters

    President Barack Obama recently promised that his Administration will be “going to bat” for U.S. exporters. A look at his specific recommendations suggests that the country would be better off if he stuck to golf. For example, President Obama promised improved access to credit to exporters through the Export-Import Bank … More

    Gitmo Through NGO Eyes

    GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA – I was privileged to be one of six representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) invited by the Office of Military Commissions to observe the guilty plea of Ibrahim al Qosi here in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, yesterday. The other invitees were the ACLU, Human Rights First, Human Rights … More

    UK Climategate Investigation Conclusion: Hiding the Decline was "Misleading"

    Many in the mainstream media are attempting to portray The Independent Climate Change E-mails Review, just released in the UK, as exonerating the researchers. In fact the main conclusion, buried under pages of rhetoric, confirms that data was presented in a misleading way. Here is the actual text of the … More

    At Last, the Debate has STARTed

    The weaknesses of President Obama’s New START treaty with Russia are finally starting to surface in Washington. On Monday, Mitt Romney weighed in against the treaty in a Washington Post column. The former Massachusetts governor raised concerns previously aired by Amb. John Bolton (in National Review), by the Heritage Foundation’s … More

    A Veto from Hawaii: Marriage Debate Needs More Than Last-Minute Legislative Maneuvers

    This past April, on the last day of the legislative session, the Hawaii House of Representatives voted 31–20 in favor of HB 444, a controversial measure creating civil unions. This week, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle replied with a veto of the bill. She states, “I have been open and consistent … More

    Release of Cuban Political Prisoners Only Highlights Communist Repression

    The announcement that Cuba’s communist regime intends to free 52 political prisoners over the next few months raises serious questions that require honest answers by the Cuban government and by those anxious to bestow kudos upon Cuban President Raul Castro for these cosmetic and expedient gestures of leniency. How many … More

    Democrats Mean to Raise Middle Class Taxes in 2011

    Imagine a Congress running in a tough environment—the electorate is angry; a war is going badly; the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high. And imagine such a Congress facing the prospect of passing a nice, pre-election tax cut for all. They’d pass the tax cut faster than Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) … More