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  • Monthly Archives: May 2011

    As Obama Speaks, Echoes of the Bush Freedom Agenda

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    President Obama was true to his advance publicity today as he addressed an audience at the U.S. State Department. The almost hour-long speech had been built up, in classic Obama Administration style, through interviews, social media, tweets, and advance releases as post–Osama bin Laden outreach to the peoples of the … More

    U.S. Hits Debt Ceiling, but Default Is Completely Avoidable

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    Now that the U.S. hit its $14.3 trillion debt ceiling on May 16 and the doomsday predictions of the financial apocalypse that was going to tank the economy failed to materialize, the question remains: How should Congress respond? Congress has until August 2 to respond. It could raise the debt … More

    BBC Snags Second Obama Interview

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    President Obama’s major Middle East speech offers an opportunity to provide substance to a policy so far heavy on rhetoric and light on action. It also offers the opportunity for Obama to use Voice of America (VOA) to help deliver the message of support to the Arab peoples, who are … More

    EPA Doles-Out Taxpayer Dollars to Environmentalist Activist Groups

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    In November 2009, a dozen protesters triggered a traffic jam in an intersection of Chicago’s financial sector by laying down in a circle in the middle of the road, locking their arms together inside pieces of pipe. They were protesting the city’s climate exchange, part of a scheme to regulate CO2 … More

    Back to the Future, Again: A Mini-Marshall Plan for Egypt?

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    Earlier this week, former National Security Adviser Jim Jones was promoting “a type of Marshall Plan for emerging democratic states like Egypt.” The White House has now stated that in his speech on the Middle East this morning, President Obama will announce a new foreign aid package for Egypt. Egypt’s … More

    Morning Bell: NLRB Comes to Big Labor's Defense

    It’s hard to imagine Uncle Sam telling Walt Disney where to make movies or McDonald’s how many hamburgers to make, but if you take a look at the case of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) versus Boeing, you’ll see that the federal government is trying to do just that: … More

    PODCAST: Arab Spring, Israel and Syria

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Heritage Middle East expert Jim Phillips reflects on the current unrest between Israel and Syria. To listen to the full interview, click here. A few days ago marked the anniversary of “nakba,” or “the day of catastrophe,” for Palestinians and their Arab allies. That day is … More

    Stop Demonizing Oil Profits

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    Last week, Members of Congress called big oil executives to the stand to defend the high profits their companies are making. Some in Congress are using high oil profits as a reason to propose eliminating what they label “oil subsidies,” despite the fact that what they call subsidies are broadly … More

    Education Department Violates Law, and States Say "No" to National Standards

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    Last week, more than 100 education leaders signed a manifesto against the federally supported national education standards and tests backed by the Obama Administration. And in recent weeks, two states—Minnesota and South Carolina—have proposed legislation to prohibit implementation of the standards. While Minnesota has already adopted the English/language arts standards, … More

    Paul Ryan's Budget is Good for America

    WASHINGTON, DC - March 24: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, criticizes the amount of spending and debt in President Obama's budget proposal.

    When considering Representative Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget plan, it goes without saying that if one disagrees with Ryan’s vision, then of course he or she won’t like his plan, regardless of whether it fixes our budget problems. It is important, then, to consider his vision: Is smaller government a worthy … More