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  • Yearly Archives: 2010

    Morning Bell: The System is Failing

    This past weekend the American public learned that not only was the Obama administration briefed about the bombing technique attempted on Flight 253, not only did the United States have information that a Nigerian was being prepared for a terrorist attack by al Qaeda in Yemen, but our government also … More

    New TSA Procedures Are Not The Answer

    Today, TSA announced a new round of security checks for international flights. Extra security in the wake of the failed underwear bound bomb for Detroit made sense as a measure of over abundance of caution. A rash of new permanent procedures, however, appears more like a knee-jerk response than anything else. … More

    John Brennan Says There Was No Smoking Gun: Is He Right?

    According to the LA Times, John Brennan, the senior Obama counterterrorism official, declared there was “no smoking gun” in the Christmas Day Detroit bound bombing. Putting aside the frantic phone calls from the father — pardon me, Mr. Brennan, but that’s a big deal. There was no smoking gun found … More

    Pop Quiz Mr. President: Why Did You Fail?

    On New Year’s Eve, the White House received the preliminary assessment from federal agencies detailing the shortfalls of a terrorist bomber got on a plane bound for Detroit. The president admitted the government had more than enough information to justify keeping Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab off the aircraft. Obama concluded the … More

    Top Ten Foundry Posts of 2009

    We’ve already shared The Heritage Foundation’s Top Ten WebMemo’s of 2009 and Top Ten pages from The Heritage Foundation’s 2009 Federal Revenue and Spending Book of Charts. Below are the top ten 2009 Foundry posts ranked by traffic. Which are your favorites? 10. 10 Surprising Facts about American Health Care … More

    Smarter Security, Not More Cash, Key for Travel Safety

    On New Year’s Eve, the House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) sent a letter to President Barack Obama reading in part: I understand that there were failures across the government and the international community that quite frankly, eight years after the attacks on 9-11, should not have happened. … More

    A New Year's Resolution that Can Strengthen Civil Society

    In his recent Bradley Lecture at the American Enterprise Institute, civil society expert Bill Schambra charged conservatives who say “that’s a job for civil society” to “be able to name and demonstrate immediate acquaintance with at least a dozen actual examples of civil society doing the job, in the form … More

    Milton Friedman on School Choice

    Milton Friedman spent his adult life advocating for choice and competition in a free market system. Schools were no different. In this video Milt advocates the use of School Vouchers because he assumes that competition is a way in which both public and private schools can be required to satisfy … More

    One Billion Dollars is . . .

    A million here, a million there, and pretty soon we’ve got real money. So said Illinois’s Sen. Everett Dirksen, the long-time Minority Leader during the 1960s. who often reminded his colleagues about how quickly a million here and there added up to enormous sums of public spending. Today, of course, … More

    Morning Bell: Happy Tax Year!

    While millions of Americans are more than ready to put 2009 behind them, they should know that Congress failed to reauthorize dozens of tax breaks for individuals and businesses before the Members scurried home for the Holidays. These “expiring provisions” affect every American in one way or another as individuals … More