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  • Monthly Archives: October 2010

    GM Salmon: Swimming Against the Regulatory Tide

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to approve for human consumption a genetically modified (GM) salmon that holds promise for satisfying the growing demand for seafood and to allow wild stocks to revive. The science on “transgenics” is firmly on the side of approval. The more pressing … More

    Morning Bell: Returning the People's House to the People

    “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in March. No single statement better epitomizes everything that is wrong with how Congress works. While Speaker Pelosi was referring to Obamacare at the time, she could have been … More

    Is the U.S. Commitment to Freedom of Navigation Expiring in the Yellow Sea?

    The decision by the United States to delayl military exercises in the Yellow Sea in order to placate “neighboring countries,” i.e., China, prior to the G-20 summit in the Republic of Korea (ROK) marks the latest in a series of ill-considered, costly concessions Washington has made toward China. A high-level … More

    Immediate Changes to Reform How Congress Works

    Changing the membership of the Congress does not fix its out-of-touch culture. Congress’ immense unpopularity reflects the need for fundamental change in how it operates.  The Heritage Foundation is proposing four immediate changes—starting at the top.  The proposals would restore more power to rank-and-file members of the House of Representatives, … More

    Unions Do Fire Some People After All

    Unions have become famous — or infamous — for fighting against layoffs for any reason. Teachers unions have made it next to impossible to fire bad teachers. The union movement went ballistic when D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee laid off teachers who performed poorly in the classroom. They spent … More

    Governor Bredesen Got the Calculations Right

    In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Tennessee Governor Philip Bredesen explained how Obamacare has created a situation where the state government and many of its employees will find it mutually advantageous to the get rid of the employer-sponsored insurance program the state currently offers. As we have noted, Bredesen correctly acknowledges … More

    Obamacare Frankenstein Is Scarier Than “Zombie Legislation”

    In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, Henry J. Aaron, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, writes that rolling back and defunding Obamacare would create “zombie legislation … [i.e.,] a program that lives on but works badly.” If Aaron is looking for a … More

    Dear Government Unions: We’re Not Making This Up

    We were a little taken aback the other day when Joe Davidson’s “Federal Diary” column in The Washington Post quoted a top White House appointee and two union leaders attacking our research findings that federal workers get paid more than private sector counterparts as “lies,” “misinformation” and — oh my … More

    VOA Must Do a Better Job at Depicting American Life

    “What are the most effective actions the United States could take towards liberty for the Iranian people and political freedom for the Green Movement in Iran?” This was the question posed to Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian dissident in exile in the United States, by the audience at a lunch hosted … More

    NPR: Negative Public Relations

    Veteran journalist Juan Williams’ recent dismissal from NPR indicates the current state of much of left-wing media. In a timely podcast, Heritage’s vice president of communications, Mike Gonzalez, discusses NPR. “They present themselves as an objective media organization, but they’re not,” he says. “I don’t have a problem with George … More