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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Obamacare: No Prescription for Economic Recovery

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    The economy is recovering at an unusually slow pace. Typically, employment grows strongly after a severe recession. Not this time. Unemployment remains stuck above 9 percent more than two years after the recession officially ended. What is going on? Initially, the economy appeared on track for a steady recovery. The … More

    DOMA Under Attack in Senate: A Rising Disrespect for Marriage

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    The full Senate Judiciary Committee met today to consider a proposal to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was passed by both houses of Congress by overwhelming margins—with majority support from both major political parties—and was signed into law by President Clinton, whose Department of Justice repeatedly … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 20, 2011

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    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Ten Oil Rigs Have Exited Gulf Since Obama Moratorium Went Into Effect – Kevin Mooney Save Your Tears for Borders – Mike Brownfield Labor Unions Stop the Music – F. Vincent … More

    Our Military's Grim State: Armed Forces Under Stress

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    This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, … More

    With Pensions Threatened, Postal Workers Union Goes on Offense

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    The Postmaster General is warning that a postal budget crisis could cause mail delivery to be consolidated to just three days a week. Meanwhile, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is trying to convince lawmakers—and taxpayers—to keep all its union jobs. The APWU’s new radio ad airing in Washington, D.C., … More

    Ezra Klein Offers Dubious Statistics in Attacks on 'Cut, Cap, and Balance'

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    [Klein responded in a post Wednesday afternoon. See below for our reply.] Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s liberal political blogger, has been pushing a pair of questionable assertions in his posts on congressional Republicans’ plan to, as they say, “cut, cap, and balance” the federal budget. Klein has claimed, falsely, … More

    52 Years of Captive Nations

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    The presidential proclamations commemorating National Captive Nations Week—the third week of every July–are a revealing reflection of U.S. foreign policy over the past 50 years and America’s sometimes hard, sometimes soft attitude toward those who suppress the basic human rights of peoples and nations. The first proclamation, issued by President … More

    Rep. Dave Schweikert: Tax Increases Won't Solve Debt Crisis

    Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) attempted on Tuesday to explain the debt debate — how the budget gap should be closed — in terms everyone can understand. Schweikert noted on the House floor that proposals to deal with the deficit from President Obama and other liberals — such as ending tax … More

    The Cuban Way Part II: Big Brother's Repressive Hand

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    Big Brother of George Orwell’s 1984 still lives, and he’s right in our backyard. Yoani Sanchez has documented how Big Brother works through her depiction of the Cuban government in her new book Havana Real. Cuban repression often takes the form of a group of thugs rather than the organized … More

    Morning Bell: Liberals Invoke Reagan to Sell Debt Deal

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    Desperate to sell the American people on a yet-to-be-determined plan to raise the debt ceiling, increase taxes, and avoid necessary reforms to rein in government, liberals are turning to an unlikely ally to make their case—former President Ronald Reagan. Their utterly transparent tactic reveals a larger truth: Despite all the … More