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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Soaking the Rich to Raise the Debt Ceiling Won’t Solve Spending Problem

    Higher Income Earners Pay More Than Their Fair Share - July 2010 Chart

    In the debate about raising the debt ceiling, the reality is often lost that the top 10 percent of income earners—those making more than $113,799 in 2008 (the latest year available from the IRS)—already pay 69.9 percent of the income taxes. The same top 10 percent, however, earn only 45.8 … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 7, 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. Addicted to subsidies – Derek Scissors Health-care legislation will take millions off the tax rolls – Brian Blase & Paul Winfree Tax hikes not needed to balance budget – Curtis Dubay … More

    Why Do National Social Programs Frequently Fail?

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    In a recent issue of Time, Joe Klein acknowledges the ignored reality that national-scale programs based on effective pilot programs frequently do not yield the same successful results. His case in point is Head Start—a “Great Society” pre-school program intended to provide a boost to disadvantaged children before they enter … More

    Obama Vastly Underestimates Size of Education Budget in Twitter Town Hall

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    During his Twitter Town Hall yesterday, President Obama vastly underestimated the size of the bloated Department of Education budget. The nice thing about the defense budget is it’s so big, it’s so huge, that, you know, a 1 percent reduction is the equivalent of the education budget. I’m exaggerating. But … More

    President Obama Fails Twitter

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    President Obama made history yesterday by becoming the first President to tweet live at a nationally televised event. But does one tweet – or even a complete Twitter townhall — mean the President is truly communicating openly and fairly with the American public? The Twitter Townhall hosted by Twitter and … More

    What Obama Doesn't Know about Defense Spending

    Outgoing US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (C) and US President Barack Obama

    In yesterday’s “Twitter Town Hall,” President Barack Obama demonstrated yet again his failure to understand the size of the defense budget—as well as his desire to slash it in order to fund domestic spending. Here’s how the President described it: [T]he nice thing about the defense budget is it’s so … More

    Federal Judge Forces Interior to Decide on Drilling Leases

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    Typically when someone buys something, that person receives some good or service in return. That’s not always the case when it comes to the federal government. The Department of Interior failed to issue leases after several oil and gas companies purchased them from the Bureau of Land Management. Consequently, the … More

    Senator Predicts Court Challenge If Obama Uses 14th Amendment for Debt

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    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) today predicted lawmakers would take President Obama to court if he deemed the debt ceiling is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment. Liberals have floated the desperate and devious ploy in recent days to avoid spending cuts demanded by conservatives. “If the president decides to do that … More

    Chairman Dave Camp Moves Trade Agreements Forward

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    The efforts of House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp (R–MI) to implement long-overdue trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea may soon pay off, providing a much-needed boost to the stagnant U.S. economy. Camp has rebuffed demands from the Obama Administration and Senate Finance Committee chairman Max … More

    The DOJ’s Unprofessionalism in Its Attack on Traditional Marriage

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    First the Obama Justice Department defended the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA,” which defines marriage as between a man and a woman for the purposes of federal law, and clarifies that no state has to recognize a homosexual marriage from another state) in federal lawsuits. Well actually, it did such a … More