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  • Monthly Archives: April 2011

    Human Rights for Mother Nature Coming to the UN?

    earth

    As part of its initiative “to end capitalism” and realize “harmony” with Mother Earth, Bolivia will propose a U.N. treaty this month for the protection of what it calls nature’s fundamental rights. A “Ministry of Mother Earth” would be created, with an ombudsman to hear nature’s cries and translate them for … More

    Educators Tell House Committee to Give Schools More Flexibility

    Students in school classroom

    One-size-fits-all usually ends up meaning “one-size-fits-few.” And there is no exception when it comes to education. That was the message sent during a hearing held last week by the House Education and Workforce Committee: The federal government needs to step back and give states and schools more flexibility. During last … More

    As Gas Prices Continue to Climb, House Turns Its Attention to Offshore Drilling

    Drilling for oil

    Despite systematically undermining domestic oil production, President Obama has recently said he hopes to drastically decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil. Luckily for the president, congressional Republicans have proposed an array of legislation to accomplish just that. The House Natural Resources Committee spent Wednesday working on three new energy bills. The Obama … More

    Pentagon Warns on Cost of Obama's Military Cuts

    President Obama Libya address

    The Pentagon has issued a warning: the major cuts to the military that President Obama proposed in his speech on spending are going to come with a heavy price. Reuters reports: The United States may have to scrap some military missions and trim troop levels if President Barack Obama sticks … More

    Pakistan Overplays Its Hand in Making Demands of U.S.

    pakistan-flag

    Pakistan is reportedly calling for a reduction in U.S. drone missile strikes against terrorists sheltering in its tribal border areas, greater transparency from the CIA regarding its counterterrorism activities inside Pakistan, and a reduction in U.S. military trainers in the country. Following a meeting in Washington between the director of … More

    Morning Bell: Playing Politics Isn't the Answer, Mr. President

    In a speech yesterday on America’s fiscal crisis, President Barack Obama invoked the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and said, “through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves.” Yet since his presidency began, Barack Obama has proven that what he cannot do very well for … More

    Military Already Being Cut, But Obama Makes It Official

    Marines in Afghanistan

    President Obama on Wednesday announced $400 billion in defense cuts between now and 2023. But in reality, defense budgets have already been cut, are being cut now, and will be cut even further in the future. And it’s happening at the expense of national security. He specifically referenced $400 billion … More

    “Improper” Entitlement Payments: Why What GAO Found Matters to National Security

    In her testimony before Congress last month, Kathleen M. King, Director of Health Care at the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO), reported “improper payments” under the Medicare and Medicaid programs amounting to almost $70.5 billion for fiscal year 2010. According to the GAO, any payment was labeled “improper” if it … More

    When Trade is Free, the U.S. Gains Investment and Jobs

    Statue of Liberty

    The argument against U.S. companies investing abroad typically goes as follows: “Companies are just trying to substitute cheap foreign labor for expensive U.S. labor. The United States loses jobs, capital, and technology when companies go offshore to employ cheaper foreign labor.” While that may be true for individual companies, the … More

    Obama Belatedly Engages on Budget by Launching a Political Screed

    President Obama speaks at GWU on the budget

    An editorial headline in today’s Washington Post captured it well: “Late to the Game – Again.” President Obama gave what was billed today as a major speech on fiscal policy. The speech, more a partisan campaign blast than an attempt at non-partisan leadership, comes two months after he released his … More