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  • Monthly Archives: July 2010

    Obama Administration Accepts Its First Military Commission Guilty Plea

    GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA – Ibrahim al Qosi, a Sudanese-born al-Qaeda terrorist, held at Guantanamo Bay since early 2002, pleaded guilty Wednesday at his military commission to both charges—conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism and material support for terrorism. His much-anticipated plea caps an eight-year saga spanning two separate Administrations … More

    One Hundred Days Later: The Best Way Forward with Obamacare is to End It

    Exactly one hundred days ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.  The President promised that the law would extend access to high quality care to the millions of uninsured Americans, while at the same reducing costs and overall health spending. Forget it. It’s … More

    CBO Plays "Let's Pretend" on Kerry–Lieberman Scoring

    Here’s a principles-of-economics question: Suppose the U.S. gross domestic product (national income) is currently $14 trillion. Then suppose the U.S. raised all tariff, income tax, and sales tax rates to 100 percent. How much money would the government collect? If you realized that nobody would generate taxable income under such … More

    Morning Bell: Federal Government Overpaid $47 Billion a Year

    Today, the White House is launching its second annual SAVE Award, which encourages federal employees to submit ideas on how to save taxpayer dollars. Federal employees will be able to rank the submissions submitted by colleagues, and then the general public will be able to vote on the top submissions … More

    Live from the Gulf: Obama's Oil Spill To-Do List

    On June 30, The Heritage Foundation released a list of ten actions President Obama could immediately take to make a positive impact on the increasingly overwhelming Gulf oil spill. Since then, there has been some action on two of the items. The skimmer known as “A-Whale” is finally being tested … More

    Actions Speak Louder than Words—Even in Asia

    Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, current Chairman of ASEAN, has returned from the G-20 summit in Toronto, just in time to host the upcoming 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dung has proven himself to be more of an active leader than prior … More

    Battle Over Health Care Reform Has Only Just Begun

    Before passage of the president’s health care legislation in March, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) infamously exclaimed that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  It has now been months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law, and … More

    Future of U.S. Education: From Milwaukee to Mexico?

    Stephen Moore has a good case study in the July 7 Wall Street Journal detailing the intransigence of the Milwaukee Teachers’ union, which is refusing to give an inch in negotiations with the local school board as it tries to close a funding gap and avoid teacher layoffs. Rather than … More

    Gulf Spill Update: Army Corps Rejects Plans; Oil Reaches Lake Pontchartrain

    We reported yesterday about the Army Corps of Engineers rejection of a plan by Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish to block oil from entering the Barataria Bay. Outrage has been growing over that decision, buoyed by news that oil has reached nearby Lake Pontchartrain. According to a reports, responders retrieved roughly 1,000 pounds of … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare's Exploding Medicaid Costs

    The states are in Big Trouble. While Americans are fearful of record federal deficits, the states also are facing increased costs. Most of the exponential growth comes from increased Medicaid costs, and the taxpayers in the states are going to pay for it. A new Deloitte study gives predictions that … More