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  • Monthly Archives: April 2011

    Tales of the Red Tape #7: Energy Department Plumbing for More Regulatory Powers

    shower-head

    Not satisfied with just regulating the design of air conditioners, battery chargers, boilers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, dryers, freezers, furnaces, heat pumps, light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, and washers, the U.S. Department of Energy is cracking down on shower heads. In the words of the federal plumbing police: “It has always … More

    Stewardship, Compassion, Justice and the U.S. Budget Crisis

    U.S. Capitol

    Stewardship, compassion, and justice have been mentioned frequently in recent Christian commentary on our national fiscal crisis, and rightly so. Budgets are indeed moral documents; for example, it is wrong to pass down $200,000 in public debt to each child born today. These principles of stewardship, compassion, and justice have … More

    The False Choice Between Existing Medicare and Ryan’s Proposal

    Doctor with a senior patient

    Yesterday, Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein used a recent poll to argue that Americans oppose House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) proposal to transform Medicare into a defined-contribution system, where seniors choose the health plan that best suits their needs. But, as always, the devil is in the details. … More

    South China Sea: Make the Chinese Guess

    South China Sea - Law of the Sea Treaty

    The U.S. has long held that the U.S.–Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty does not extend to Philippine claims in the South China Sea. There may have been a time when that position was prudent. After all, what interest could the U.S. have had getting involved in a spat among six relatively … More

    KORUS Trade Pact Keeps Pressure on North Korea

    Statue of late North Korean President Kim Il Sung at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang

    By further cementing the positive relationship between South Korea and the United States, the pending South Korea–United States (KORUS) free trade agreement will further weaken the oppressive North Korean regime’s strategic position and help disabuse the regime’s leaders of any hopes they might have had of flagging U.S. support for … More

    In South Korea Free Trade Debate, Kaesong Should Be a Non-Issue

    South-Korea-flag

    Some critics of the proposed South Korea–U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) have expressed concerns about imports from North Korea, specifically goods originating from the Kaesong Industrial Region. This should be a non-issue. The chart below compares how imports from North Korea are treated today and how they will be treated … More

    Nigerian Presidential Election: Religious Tensions Threaten Democratic Progress

    Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan

    Almost immediately after it was announced that President Goodluck Jonathan won Nigeria’s presidential election this past weekend, violence erupted in many northern states. This post-election violence unfortunately tarnishes the nationwide vote that most observers deemed to be an improvement over previous elections, although it is evident that some rigging did … More

    Morning Bell: Time to Make Cuts in the Department of Energy

    Disco, mood rings and bell-bottom pants are relics of the 1970s relegated to the dustbin of cultural history. But one product of the 70s is still going strong and growing at a rapid rate, despite America’s monstrous fiscal crisis. It’s the Department of Energy (DOE), and in the last 10 … More

    Podcast: Author Ron Miller on Racial Politics

    At a recent Heritage event, author Ron Miller said it’s time for black conservatives to admit they’re conservative, even to themselves. In his new book, Sellout, Ron Miller describes the ways in which conservative policies actually best embody the goals and values that many black families hold privately. In a … More

    White House Amnesty Association’s Spring Meeting

    Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al Sharpton

    It’s that time of year again—the time for White House meetings aimed at placating the pro-amnesty lobby. There is lots of placating to do. It is almost an election year, meaning that soon politicians will engage in the time-honored tradition of duck and cover—which means they are definitely not interested … More