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  • Monthly Archives: October 2010

    Morning Bell: The Oil Drilling Moratorium Doesn't End Till the Permits Begin

    The White House got the headlines they wanted today. The Washington Post: U.S Lifts Ban on Deep-Water Drilling. The Los Angeles Times: U.S. Lifts Moratorium on Deep-Water Drilling in Gulf of Mexico. The New York Times: White House Lifts Ban on Deepwater Drilling. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told reporters on … More

    Regulating the College Dream

    President Obama wants to see the U.S. lead the world in the number of college graduates by 2020. But new regulations being proposed by the Department of Education would undermine that goal by presenting more obstacles to students seeking to attend the higher education institutions that work best for them. … More

    Lifting Export Controls?

    Over the weekend, President Obama notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) that he intended to allow the issuance of temporary munitions export licenses for C-130 cargo aircraft for use in response to oil spills at sea. On the surface, this measure appears non-controversial. It is not, at least from what … More

    Good-Bye Job Killing Moratorium, Hello Job Killing Regulations

    The White House announced today that the Department of Interior will be lifting the ban on off-shore oil drilling. This is good news. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Michael Bromwich had estimated that the ban cost the region more than 20,000 jobs. Unfortunately, the Obama administration … More

    Ninth Circuit Sanity on Felon Disenfranchisement

    Good news out of the liberal (and frequently reversed) Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — an en banc panel just upheld Washington State’s felon-disenfranchisement law and backtracked from a badly decided earlier opinion (Farrakhan v. Gregoire). Liberals have been attacking state laws that take away the right to vote from … More

    Cape Wind Power: What’s Cost Got to Do with It?

    After nearly a decade, the Cape Wind offshore project has a lease approval from the Department of Interior, but it is not quite up and running. Once the 130 turbines that stand 440 feet high (taller than the Statue of Liberty) start moving, consumers will pay a hefty premium for … More

    Guest Blogger: Billie Tucker on 33 Minutes

    I am the co-founder of a tea party group in North Florida and our main focus is education. Since we started our tea party, we have researched issues, met with our representatives, written letters, and attended rallies with our wonderful signs and flags. It’s been a great experience to help … More

    The Not-So Secret World of State Militias

    This week’s Time Magazine featured a 12-page article on the The Secret World of Extreme Militias. Page after page describes the threat of renegade anti-government groups, who are described as militant groups armed with rifles and assault weapons and who threaten war against “‘the jackbooted thugs’ of Washington.” Yet, Time … More

    Morning Bell: How the Obama Tax Hikes Affect You

    Yesterday, Time Magazine senior political analyst Mark Halperin wrote: “With the exception of core Obama Administration loyalists, most politically engaged elites have reached the same conclusions: the White House is in over its head, isolated, insular, arrogant and clueless about how to get along with or persuade members of Congress, … More

    Obama Administration Admits New Drilling Rules Will Kill Jobs

    What’s the best cure for a recessionary environment? Apparently, raising energy prices and killing jobs. The Obama Administration admitted to both because of the Department of Interior’s (DOI) newly announced offshore drilling safety regulations. Katie Howell of E&E reports: The Obama administration is acknowledging that its new offshore drilling safety … More