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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Welfare Spending Under the Boehner Plan


    Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities claims that the Boehner budget is a form of “class warfare.” He says that “if enacted, it would produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.” What Greenstein disingenuously fails to acknowledge … More

    Washington in a Flash: Boehner Goes Back to the Drawing Board

    Speaker John Boehner

    With the Obama administration’s debt deadline less than a week away, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is reworking his two-stage debt plan after the Congressional Budget Office revealed it cut less than advertised. The House isn’t expected to vote until Thursday or Friday. Meanwhile, conservatives remain highly suspicious. Heritage Action announced its opposition … More

    Former ATF Official Admits Bureau Allowed Guns Into Mexico


    A former special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms told a House committee that the agency had, in fact, allowed firearms bought in the United States to be transported to Mexico, in the hope that “we could further the investigation” against Mexican drug cartels. The admission came … More

    Obama's Plea to Flood Congress With Calls Backfires in One Member's Office

    Rep. James Lankford (R-OK)

    Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) said his office is fielding significantly more phone calls today following President Obama’s prime-time plea last night. But many constituents are relaying the opposite message from what Obama asked them to deliver on the debt-limit debate. My phone started lighting up last night. Both Twitter, Facebook, … More

    Media Fails to Report on Castro Regime's Brutal Oppression

    Last week, just outside Cuba’s holiest Catholic shrine, government thugs attacked in plain daylight a group of opposition women — beating them, stoning them and stripping them naked to the waist. The women, mostly black and middle-aged, suffered this public humiliation because they were trying to find a dignified way … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 26, 2011


    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. What really is poverty? – Ed Feulner Cubans Still Suffer, But Media Looks Away – Mike Gonzalez Learning from the Bay State’s mistake – James Stergios & Lindsey Burke Getting to … More

    Forty-Five Senators Express Concern on U.N. Arms Trade Treaty


    On July 15, the U.N. wrapped up its third and final Preparatory Committee meeting on its Arms Trade Treaty. After a last gathering devoted to procedural matters in early 2012, the U.N. will call a concluding conference in 2012 to adopt the treaty and open it for national ratification. Unfortunately, … More

    U.K. Defense Spending Increases: Welcome, but Not Enough

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron greets British and U.S. troops in Afghanistan on July 4, 2011.

    American commentators are beginning to react to a British announcement of a modest increase in defense spending. Any increase is welcome, but there is unfortunately a good deal less to this increase than meets the eye. Start with the amount of the increase, which has been reported in the U.S. … More

    North Korea's Provocative Summer of Malcontent

    Statue of late North Korean President Kim Il Sung at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang

    What does it take to keep a small ruling elite in power, living a life of luxury, all while blackmailing the world into sending food to keep a servant population from starving to death? North Korea has figured out the formula—a combination of intimidation via nuclear weapons and outright armed … More

    The First Conservatives: The Constitutional Challenge to Progressivism


    Modern conservatives look to a variety of historical figures for guidance as they confront progressive liberalism.  Some are from the 1700’s and 1800’s, including Edmund Burke, the Founders, and Abraham Lincoln.  Others, like Russell Kirk, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Ronald Reagan, are from the postwar era.  Strangely enough, conservatives … More