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  • Yearly Archives: 2010

    The "No New START In The Lame Duck" Consensus

    SALT I negotiator, START delegate-at-large, Conventional Armed Forces in Europe treaty chief negotiator, and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey in The Wall Street Journal: A number of years negotiating arms-control agreements with the Soviets taught me that, when dealing with Russian counterparts, don’t appear eager—friendly yes, eager never. Regrettably, … More

    Side Effects: AARP Employees Face Premium Hikes As Result of New Law

    Side Effects

    Health care reform was supposed to “bend the cost curve” in health care and reduce the amount that American families pay in health care premiums.  This was the message the nation received from proponents of the new law, which included organizations such as AARP. But now the group, whose membership … More

    Free-Market Poverty Solutions: A Better Poverty Measurement Is A Good Step

    Missing in news reports on the recent release of the United Nations 2010 Human Development Report is any mention of a significant addition to the report.  For the first time, the HDR includes the Multidimensional Poverty Index, which measures poverty based on components other than income and GDP.  The Index … More

    We’re All Capitalists Now?

    Probably not permanently, but the economic policy excerpts from Rahm Emanuel’s stump speech last Saturday could lead one to believe that: . . . we cannot ask taxpayers for more when families are struggling to stay afloat in this economy.  We cannot price Chicagoans out of their homes, their schools … More

    Obamacare, Save Money? Not Likely.

    Newly-elected conservatives heading to Washington next year have a lot to do to curb the size of government and get federal deficits under control.  Requisite to achieving these goals is the full repeal of Obamacare. According to Peter Orszag, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President … More

    The Uncertainty Certainty

    The left just can not come to grips with the fact that their hyper-aggressive policy agenda is a major factor causing unemployment. Witness Mother Jones trying to debunk “The Uncertainty Meme” after reading USC business professor Ayse Imrohoroglu identify uncertainty as a confidence killer. On inflation Drum writes: Interest rates … More

    More Senators Against The New START Vote In The Lame Duck

    There has been increasing opposition from Republican Senators to vote for New START, a nuclear strategic offensive arms control agreement with the Russian Federation, during the upcoming lame duck session of the Congress. Most recently, their ranks were joined by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), whose chief of staff, Todd Womack, … More

    Reid’s Lame Duck Energy Bill: More Money for Special Interests, Higher Costs for the Rest of Us

    It’s highly unlikely that we’re going to see any large energy bills like a cap and trade or renewable electricity standard passed during the lame duck session, but that isn’t stopping Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) from moving forward with bad energy policy. Undeterred by an American electorate that shouted clearly … More

    How Would You Reduce the Deficit?

    Last week, the co-chairs of the President’s deficit commission released a report of possible proposals for the commission’s final report. Recommendations included cuts to discretionary, mandatory, and defense spending as well as tax increases. The report was a good start to the debate and will gauge the readiness of lawmakers … More

    Morning Bell: National Security Shouldn't Be For Sale

    The Washington Post reports this morning that the fate of a lame duck vote on New START rests on just one man: Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ). According to the Post’s sources, other Republicans in Congress have “kind of delegated” New START to Kyl, meaning that if the Obama Administration wins … More