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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Scribecast: Iain Murray Exposes the Bureaucratic Masters of the Universe

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    Government bureaucrats are living the good life. Salaries and benefits are 30 percent to 40 percent higher for federal workers than their private-sector counterparts. They enjoy great benefits, such as early retirement with generous pensions. And now, the rest of America is starting to take notice. This week on Scribecast, … More

    Maine Seeks Escape from Its Own Obamacare-like Problems

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    Maine is one of the noteworthy states that worked on state health care reform in the spring legislative session. For years, Maine has suffered under poor health policy—leading to fewer insured, skyrocketing premiums, and few coverage choices. Last week, Governor Paul LePage (R) spoke to an audience at The Heritage … More

    Iraq: Iran Crosses Boundaries as American Troops Pull Out

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    As the Obama Administration conducts its military withdrawal from Iraq, Iran has upped its involvement in the region, emphasizing how vulnerable American troops are now that forces are diminishing. News broke this week that Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces carried out cross-border military operations in Iraq against guerrillas of the Party … More

    If IPCC Sea Level Numbers Aren’t Bad Enough, Try Tripling Them

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    A recent study authored by Mark Crowell of the Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates that in the U.S., climate change will increase the area subject to flooding by 45 percent in 2100. But to get this number, the study used estimates of sea-level rise that were more than 200 percent … More

    Lack of U.S. Nuclear Modernization Dangerous

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    The Obama Administration traded 25 percent of the U.S. operationally deployed strategic nuclear missiles for a Russian nuclear buildup in New START, a bilateral arms control treaty with the Russian Federation, writes Mark Schneider in his latest op-ed. This became clear after the U.S. State Department released a factsheet making … More

    Top 10 Reads: July 22, 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. America’s jobless ask: Where’s the recovery? – Elaine L. Chao Secrecy in Budget Talks Gave Obama an Advantage – Ernest Istook ATF sought to downplay guns scandal, emails show – Richard … More

    Protectionist Green NGOs are Hurting the World’s Poor

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    Wrongheaded environmental policies and “green” protectionism are endangering millions of jobs and costing consumers in both developing and developed countries. A new report about the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a global forest certification organization, entitled “Stop the War on the Poor—FSC and NGOs: Environmental Mythology,” highlights one aspect of the … More

    Abdication: Senate Votes to Do Nothing Unless It Can Hike Taxes for the President

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    Now that the Senate has voted to do nothing to address the overspending crisis, conservatives must keep the liberals’ feet to the fire and not let them put off yet again finding a solution to federal overspending and overborrowing.  Congress should not raise the debt limit without getting spending under … More

    Tales of the Red Tape: Tackling Serious Matters in Washington, D.C.

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    The nation’s capital is wracked by indecision these days. Raise the debt limit, or no? Don’t ask, don’t tell, or do? And, how will President Obama obfuscate this week on Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Egypt, or Iran? But take heart, dear citizens, all is not so murky. The National Marine Fisheries … More

    Gang of Six Fails Big on Medicare

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    The recent proposal from the Gang of Six has received attention as a possible deal for raising the debt ceiling. On health care, the G6 proposal was initially weak, and as the story goes, the Gang allegedly beefed up its changes to health care spending to attract more support. But … More