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  • Monthly Archives: October 2010

    Morning Bell: Peace Doesn't Keep Itself

    Yesterday afternoon, President Barack Obama told his Economic Recovery Advisory Board: “I realize that we are facing an untenable fiscal situation. What I won’t do is cut back on investments like education.” Meanwhile what our Commander in Chief is very willing to cut is defense. In Bob Woodard’s new book … More

    Anna Nicole Smith Returns to the Supreme Court

    Today is “first Monday,” the beginning of the Supreme Court’s 2010 term. With the beginning of the term comes a flurry of cases added to the docket for the year. These additions form a significant portion of the select few cases that the Court chooses to hear during the course … More

    Narrowing the Rights of the Minority

    “Filibuster reform” is the new cause of the left. Senator Mark Udall (D–CO) has drafted up a rules change that would chip away at minority rights in the Senate by severely limiting the filibuster. This idea would narrow transparency, limit opportunities to offer amendments, and limit debate in the Senate … More

    Local Control Is the Key to Education Reform

    Greater federal control is not the answer to improving the nation’s education system. And Rep. John Kline (R–MN) agrees. Speaking of the current push for states to adopt national education standards—specifically the federal government tying federal Race to the Top (RTTT) and Title I funding to states’ adoption of the … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Fails to Halt Rising Premiums

    President Obama and his supporters have said that one of the major benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be a drop in health insurance premiums. But a new Hewitt Associates study shows that insurance costs will continue to rise for 2011. The study projects an 8.8 … More

    $700K Taxpayer-Funded Play on Climate Change

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is “an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 ‘to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.’” It can now add “fund plays on climate change” to that list. The New York Times … More

    CBO Makes the Case for Change of a Different Sort

    Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf recently testified before the Senate Budget Committee on policies that might give the economy a helpful lift in the near term. Congress is right to be concerned. But for an inventory surge last winter, the economy remains stuck in low gear at about … More

    A Free Market Solution to Helping the World’s Poor

    A featured op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last week documented the recent, surprising successes of Bangladesh. Henry Kissinger dubbed it a “basket-case” at its inception. It has little economic freedom, and many in the international community saw little hope for it, but it has made some large achievements in … More

    Some ICAO Kudos for the DHS

    Well deserved kudos to the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Janet Napolitano.  Since the failed December bombing attempt over Detroit demonstrated gaps in airport security DHS has been engaged in an extensive outreach around the world.  Convening regional meetings in every corner of the globe, DHS has worked the … More

    Arm Our Children to Succeed and Arm the Military to Prevail

    As a nation, we shouldn’t have to choose between defense and education. Yet, in a recent ABC News This Week roundtable, the President’s top political advisor, David Axelrod, criticized cuts to the education budget, suggesting that education spending is our defense budget of the future. There is absolutely no doubt … More