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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Obama’s New "Spread-the-Wealth" Poverty Measure Off the Table…For Now

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the State Dining Room of the White House on August 8, 2011.

    Good news: At the end of July, the federal government announced it will not be implementing President Obama’s spread-the-wealth “Supplemental Poverty Measure.” The Census Bureau reported: Since the FY 2011 federal budget did not include the funding requested by the President for the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) initiative, the Census … More

    Washington in a Flash: Packers invade White House

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    After a night of fun in New York, President Obama will welcome the Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers to the White House today, despite the bitter rivalry between the President’s beloved Bears and the Cheeseheads. The Packers will be honored for their victory and team efforts. They will also be … More

    Problems Exposed in SEC Whistleblower Law

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    The folks at the National Whistleblowers Center (yes, there is one) like to tell of Samuel Shaw and Richard Marven, two sailors who landed in the brig in 1778 in retaliation for blowing the whistle on the commander of the Continental Navy, who had “treated prisoners in the most inhuman … More

    WI Vote Proves Collective Bargaining and Government Don’t Mix

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker testifies before Congress

    The voters weighed in on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s (R) agenda on Tuesday. Government unions organized recall elections against state senators who voted to limit collective bargaining in government contracts. But Wisconsin voters re-elected a majority of the law’s supporters who were on the ballot. The government union agenda is … More

    Pennsylvania Considers Changes to Profligate Prevailing Wage Laws

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    State governments across the nation are looking for ways to tighten their belts in the face of declining tax revenues and growing budget shortfalls. In Pennsylvania, legislators have offered a measure that would, they claim, dramatically reduce the state’s construction costs on public works projects by bringing contractors’ wages in … More

    Turkey's 'Zero Problems with Neighbors' Policy Meets the Reality of Syria

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    Turkey finds its “zero problems with neighbors” foreign policy severely compromised by upheaval in the Arab world. Relations with its closest friends, such as Syria, appear to be irrevocably damaged. On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held marathon talks in Damascus, calling President Bashar Assad and his socialist-nationalist Alawi … More

    Memos Show Top ATF Official Was Briefed on Gunwalker Pitfalls

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    The former number two official in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tried to put a stop to the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation months before the fatal shooting of an American border patrol agent, a batch of newly released DOJ memos show. According to the memos and … More

    Lunch With Heritage Online Chat on the Education Waivers

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    The Department of Education announced Monday that they will be issuing waivers to states to avoid No Child Left Behind’s onerous provisions. But if states accept the waivers, they’ll be getting some temporary relief from federal regulations while ceding more control to Washington. In exchange for temporary relief, they’ll be … More

    The Green Jobs Story Obama Doesn't Want You to Hear

    U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands after he arrives at Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    President Barack Obama visited a federally funded advanced battery plant in Holland, Michigan, today to tout the success of his green jobs initiative. But there’s another highly touted green company in Michigan that the President didn’t visit—and with good reason. About 170 miles away in Oak Park, Michigan, the state-government-funded … More

    Conservatives to Super-Committee: Think Big, Really Big

    Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol on July 1, 2011

    Congressional leaders led a national debate in July 2011 about the problems of federal overspending and overborrowing.  Unfortunately, at the end of the debate, Congress enacted a so-called Budget Control Act that did little to control overspending and vastly increased borrowing.  Congress then scooted out of town for the month of … More