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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    USDA Pulling the Wool over Taxpayers’ Eyes with Latest 'Cutback'

    Sheep look at camera

    As Congress and the White House continue to quarrel over the debt ceiling, the folks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are doing their part to reduce federal spending. As announced in today’s Federal Register, the agency is cutting back on its Sheep and Goat Survey. From now on—or for … More

    Criticism of McKinsey Survey on Employer Health Coverage Falls Short

    Doctors confer

    The recent McKinsey survey showing that 30 percent of employers would drop coverage shouldn’t be controversial. Economists have consistently shown how an employer mandate will negatively affect employment and wages. In fact, even the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concede such affects. Answering critics’ calls, McKinsey released the details of its … More

    2011: “The Year of School Choice”

    education bills

    As individuals and families around the nation celebrated Independence Day and the blessings of freedom and opportunity as American citizens, families are also celebrating the advance of educational freedom across the country. As the lead editorial in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal notes, 2011 has been “the year of school choice.” … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #15: More Regulatory Manure from USDA

    Farm worker loads compost.

    It’s impossible to imagine that the Founders conceived of America as a place where the federal government regulates compost. Yet here we are. Effective May 9, the use of compost in the production of certified organic foods must comply with precise temperature, moisture, and chemical standards set by the U.S. … More

    Is General Motors Headed Back to Square One?

    GM-headquarters-10-04-07

    A glut of unsold trucks sits on General Motors dealers’ lots. Two auto plants in Indiana and Michigan stand idle, and it appears that the taxpayers aren’t out of the woods yet. GM still faces serious problems, being made worse by impending regulations. The Detroit Free Press reports: “Supply of Silverados … More

    VIDEO: Gary Sinise Says 9/11 Inspired Him to Support America's Military

    Gary Sinise is best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 blockbuster movie “Forrest Gump.” It earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor and a starring role on “CSI: NY.” Now the actor is using his fame to celebrate America’s heroes on the battlefield. … More

    Battle of the Charts: Spending Is the Problem, No Doubt About It

    Runaway Spending, Not Inadequate Tax Revenue, Is Responsible for Future Deficits - 2011

    While Americans across the country were celebrating independence on Monday, Talking Points Memo (TPM) was churning out its “Chart of the Day” to support the false claim that the nation doesn’t have a serious spending problem. According to TPM, conservatives in Congress are focused on cutting discretionary spending as part … More

    Morning Bell: The High Price of Obama's Fake Jobs Scheme

    Men stand at unemployment agency

    Sometimes magic tricks just aren’t that great, and even the most innocent, wide-eyed child can’t be fooled by the illusionist’s flourish. Such is the case with the rabbit the White House is trying to pull out of its magic hat by claiming that President Barack Obama’s stimulus has created or … More

    Chicago-Style Politics on Twitter: How the White House Uses Social Media

    President Obama and David Axelrod using computer

    President Obama takes questions later today at the first-ever Twitter town hall. This high-profile event is yet another example of the White House’s embrace of social media to communicate directly with Americans But behind the scenes, there’s another story unfolding about the Obama administration’s use of Twitter. For some White … More

    Washington in a Flash: Dalai Lama Visits Nation's Capital

    Dalai Lama visits Washington

    Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in the nation’s capital for a 10-day Buddhist ritual known as the Kalachakra for World Peace. His visit is the first since retiring as the political leader of Tibet’s government. But that’s still likely to upset China, according to Voice of America. There’s … More