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  • Monthly Archives: October 2010

    A Regulatory Shock from the FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set its regulatory sights on wireless telephone providers for instigating a supposed epidemic of “bill shock” across the land. But a review of complaints to the agency, as well as government survey data, casts considerable doubt on the agency’s claim that consumers are terrorized … More

    How Much Will Defense Spending Shrink in Britain?

    Last week, George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, unveiled the results of a wide-ranging review of spending, designed to bring the government’s share of the economy down from today’s 47.5 percent to 41 percent by 2014–15. In the main, the review’s results are welcome, though they do not … More

    Government Dependence Is Back With A Vengeance

    Rasmussen Reports released poll results yesterday showing that 23% of Americans say they receive some form of cash benefits from the government. This is remarkably close to the truth. As The Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Dependence on Government documents, 21% of the total U.S. population (64.3 million people) receive … More

    WikiLeaks’ Inconvenient Truth about Iraqi Chemical Weapons

    Buried in the WikiLeaks avalanche of documents related to the war in Iraq are various reports about the discovery of chemical weapons caches inside Iraq—reports which contradict the revisionist narrative about the genesis of the war. Scattered throughout the roughly 392,000 documents illegally published by WikiLeaks are accounts of U.S., … More

    Robust Economy Needs Affordable Energy

    Proposition 23 seeks to put some of California’s more egregious energy regulations on hold—at least until the California economy recovers. Current law will force consumers to switch to energy sources that can be four or more times as expensive as conventional energy, driving energy prices up, employers out, and consumers … More

    Obamacare Subsidies Are Not a Free Lunch

    Families USA is out with a new report, Lower Taxes, Lower Premiums: The New Health Insurance Tax Credit, which lauds the health insurance tax credits (subsidies) in Obamacare. But the report tells only half of the story. It is true that the tax credits will reduce the effective premium that … More

    Thirty-Second Terror Plot Is a Reminder of What Works

    Yesterday, the FBI announced the arrest of a Virginia man, Farooque Ahmed, on charges of “providing material support to terrorists and collecting information for a terrorist attack.” Ahmed is suspected of plotting to bomb several locations around the D.C. area, including several stations in the Metro rail system. This arrest … More

    Morning Bell: The Obama War On Science

    The Washington Post reports today that the Obama administration is entering “the politically sensitive debate” on sex education by spending $110 million on 115 programs in 38 states and the District of Columbia that “teach about the risks of specific sexual activities and the benefits of contraception and others that … More

    We Remember Hall W. Thompson

    The Heritage Foundation mourns the passing of Hall W. Thompson of Birmingham, Alabama: a patriot, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist.  A stroke took him at age 87 while he spoke to a gathering of politically active Alabamans about the importance of getting America back to its philosophical roots. While we celebrate … More

    Chris Christie Stops Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced today that he is standing by his decision to cancel the under-construction ARC (Access to the Regional Core) rail tunnel under the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York. According to the AP, Christie was given four financial options for salvaging the … More