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  • Monthly Archives: December 2010

    Linkage Between Nuclear Modernization and New START Inappropriate

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations has recently published a summary of the continuing resolution (CR) that would allow continued government operations through March 4, 2011. The vote on the document is expected on December 21, as the current CR is set to expire the very same day. Senators should … More

    Morning Bell: It's Time to Stop the FCC Internet Czars

    Imagine a future where the Internet is governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC, who rule at their own whim, regardless of legislators’ demands or judicial rule. Sadly, that future is now. Today, the Federal Communications Commission is poised to make an unprecedented power grab and assert the authority to … More

    Do We Still Believe in American Sovereignty?

    The current language surrounding American foreign policy (and the New START Treaty in particular) is diplomatic and courteous.  It is also dangerously ambiguous about American sovereignty.  As Steven Groves explains in the latest installment of the Understanding America series, “Sovereignty is a simple idea: the United States is an independent … More

    FCC and Net Neutrality: What Ever Happened to Transparency?

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is slated to vote Tuesday on an Internet regulation scheme hatched by Chairman Julius Genachowski. It’s bad enough that the commission is attempting yet again to supersede its statutory authority—despite a court ruling halting a previous attempt to regulate the Web. The fact that the … More

    How Obamacare is Hastening the Day of Reckoning

    “It’s not like you can avoid it forever, ’cause it’s here now. And we all know it’s here. And the federal government doesn’t have the money to paper over it anymore, either, for the states. The day of reckoning has arrived. That’s it. And it’s gonna arrive everywhere. Timing will … More

    To Reform Health Care and Restore Fiscal Responsibility, Don’t Forget Medicaid

    In 2010, both health care reform and the need for deficit reduction gained the policy spotlight. What was largely neglected as a crucial part of both of these discussions, however, is the need to reform Medicaid, the federal–state health program for low-income Americans. Recommendations to put the nation’s fiscal house … More

    So Long 2010! A Happier Year for Families and Marriage in 2011?

    Throughout 2010, a series of studies and surveys did not bode well for the prospects of marriage and the family in America. First came a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that unwed childbearing has reached an all-time high. Currently, four out of 10 babies are … More

    The Mother of All Frivolous Lawsuits

    Monet Parham, an employee of the California Department of Public Health, has lent her name—and that of her daughter Maya, age 6—to a preposterous class-action lawsuit alleging that McDonald’s is “unfair” to parents. The lure of a Happy Meal toy, Parham claims, so provokes Maya’s “pester power” that familial conflict … More

    Non-Advice from the Government in Case of a Nuclear Attack

    The latest campaign of the U.S. government focuses on what to do in case of a nuclear attack. The only problem is that, like many government programs, it does not offer much useful advice. According to government officials, the best thing one can do is stay put and find shelter. … More

    The Euro Suffers an Identity Crisis

    Pity the poor euro. It’s a currency, but it’s asked to be so much more. More, indeed, than any currency can possibly be. The euro was born to glorious pomp and circumstance just 12 years ago, replacing a gaggle of currencies (including the mighty German D-Mark) with a single currency … More