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  • Monthly Archives: March 2011

    Six Steps to Reining in the Administrative State

    In many ways, Obamacare clarified the problem of the administrative state. Congress routinely writes vague laws, delegating its authority to bureaucrats who make detailed regulations covering every aspect of our lives: from the light bulbs we use to the health care coverage we purchase. In passing Obamacare, Congress transferred important … More

    The Balanced Budget Debate Begins

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    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has offered a Sense of the Senate Amendment to the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (S.23) testing the waters on the idea of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution (Senate Amendment 115). This will be a referendum to testing the waters for the idea of … More

    Protecting the Free Speech Rights of Those We Abhor

    Just as it did last year in the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court today upheld the First Amendment in a virtually unanimous opinion in a very difficult case. In Snyder v. Phelps, the Court held that the First Amendment shields the Westboro Baptist Church from a state tort claim. … More

    Low-Flush Toilets: The San Francisco Treat?

    San Francisco’s environmentally friendly low-flush toilets are doing what they’re supposed to do: save water. The toilets reduced the city’s annual water use by 20 million gallons, but they have had the unintended consequence of causing sewage problems. The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Skimping on toilet water has resulted in … More

    Growing Religious Intolerance in Pakistan Spells Demise of Democracy

    Today’s murder of Pakistani Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti by religious extremists establishes a pattern of growing religious intolerance. It is undermining Pakistan’s struggling democracy by shutting down free speech and political expression in the name of a ruthless ideology disguised as religion. The murderers left pamphlets at the scene … More

    Highly Paid Federal Workers Rally to Support Union Allies in Wisconsin

    Today at noon, the National Treasury Employees Union plans to rally at the U.S. Capitol in support of public-sector employees. The rally follows ongoing protests in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio — demonstrations that are part of broader budget battles playing out across America. The entrance of federal workers into the … More

    Governors to Congress: We Could Do Better If Washington Got Out of the Way

    On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing to explore the impact of Obamacare on the states and the federal roadblocks to state-based reforms. Front and center at the hearing was Medicaid. Obamacare puts an additional 18 million people in this federal–state health care program for the … More

    Rejecting Nullification: Idaho Draws the Constitutional Line

    The recent effort to revive nullification may have just met its high water mark. In the last 6 months, various laws with the objective of “nullifying” Obamacare have been introduced in thirteen states: Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. … More

    Morning Bell: Why Liberals Love Government Waste

    Yesterday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a 345-page report detailing 34 major areas of wasteful government spending that Sen. Tom Coburn (R–OK) says could save the federal government $100 billion or more every year. Conservatives jumped on the news, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R–VA) office releasing a … More

    Treatment of Libya Illustrates the Fatuousness of the Human Rights Council

    On March 18, the United Nations Human Rights Council is scheduled to consider its final report of Libya’s human rights record that was conducted under the body’s Universal Periodic Review. The first part of the human rights review of the “Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”, conducted on November 9, … More