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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Senator Mitch McConnell's Insufficient Debt Ceiling Plan

    Silhouetted Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Capitol Building with American flag at sunrise in Washington DC

    Earlier today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell floated a proposal that, essentially, cedes the authority for raising the debt limit from the Congress to the president. Under McConnell’s plan, President Obama would propose three incremental debt limit increases between now and the end of 2012.  Congress could only vote to … More

    Law of the Sea Treaty Offers Few Benefits, Harms U.S. Interests


    The Obama Administration is working hard toward the ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) in the U.S. Senate. The treaty offers little to no benefits for the U.S. and harms U.S. interests, writes Peter Brookes in his latest op-ed on the subject. Some of LOST’s implications: Redistributes … More

    Youth Hardest Hit in Obama Economy


    Whom has the recession hurt the most? There is no easy answer to that question—job opportunities have diminished for every ethnic and demographic group. But one of the worst hit groups has attracted little media attention: the youth. Younger Americans overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2008, but the Obama economy … More

    Unionized National Security Agencies Are a Mistake


    Do you think that a government union would make the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) more effective? President Obama does. The White House recently decided to begin limited collective bargaining with airline security screeners. The TSA will now collectively negotiate performance management processes, employee awards and recognition processes, and shift and … More

    EPA Regulations Will Kill Coal, Jobs in Texas

    Photo: Newscom

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to ensure that everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s electricity rates and unemployment lines. On July 7, the EPA adopted a rule to place even more stringent regulations on sulfur dioxide emissions that could shut down the use of lignite coal in … More

    IRS Could Foul-Up Yankee Fan's Good Deed with Big League Tax Bill

    New York Yankees Derek Jeter stands next to Christian Lopez, the man who caught hit number 3000

    Baseball is unforgiving for the generous. A pitcher serves up a meaty pitch, and the batter hits a home run, never giving credit to the man who threw the ball. A starry-eyed fan gives a trophy to a legend, and now he’s about to get hit with a tax burden. … More

    Eat Your Peas or the U.S. Will Risk Default

    President Obama speaks following White House press conference on July 12, 2011

    Yesterday, the President conditioned a debt limit increase on the House and Senate meeting his demands to increase taxes, a very risky declaration. The President declared that he would veto any short-term debt limit increase because he wants a comprehensive deal including tax increases. Ben Feller of the San Francisco … More

    Why Religious Freedom Should Be Precious to All


    Grateful neighbors wished to honor the seven Brooklyn firefighters riding Ladder 101 who perished after pulling up to the burning north tower of the World Trade Center on a crystal-blue morning nine years and 10 months ago. The community won city approval to rename a portion of a street near … More

    Less Than Meets the Eye: The Obamacare Exchange Regulations

    Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

    Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its proposed regulations for the Obamacare version of health insurance exchanges. State lawmakers are a key audience for these regulations, which is why HHS wrapped its announcement in talk of “state flexibility.” In truth, the proposed regulations don’t give states … More

    Morning Bell: Lights Out for the Light Bulb Ban?


    Some politicians in Washington don’t think you’re all that bright. They believe that you can’t make wise decisions in your day-to-day life, so they have taken it upon themselves to impose regulations to protect you from yourself. And there’s no better example than Congress’ ban on the incandescent light bulb, … More