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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Clear and Present Danger: Time for a National EMP Awareness Day


    In an instant, life as we know it could cease to exist. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) could permanently disable the nation’s critical infrastructure dependent on electrical systems. As panicked people run to the phones to dial 911, their calls are answered only by silence. Caused by either detonation of a … More

    How Free Trade Helps Employment and the Economy


    Since 1989, the United States has enacted numerous free trade agreements with countries around the world. These agreements have increased trade, improved international relations, and strengthened the U.S. economy. But don’t let the facts stop a good political fight. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), enacted in 1993, inspires … More

    Morning Bell: White House Rules by Fiat Once Again

    President Barack Obama press conference on July 11, 2011

    In the shadow of yesterday’s disastrous Wall Street meltdown and President Barack Obama’s address to the nation, a lesser-noticed piece of news emerged from the Obama Administration: By executive fiat, the White House is once again circumventing Congress in the name of advancing the President’s agenda. It’s a story we’ve … More

    Washington in a Flash: Polls Open in Wisconsin for Recall Elections


    Wisconsinites are headed to the polls to cast their votes in the Wisconsin recall elections. The recall campaigns — against six Republicans today and against two Democratic state senators next week — have gained national attention. They stem from the fierce standoff between the Legislature earlier in the year. The … More

    Chart: Liberal Groups Dump More Than $14 Million into Recall Elections


    The folks at the MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a Wisconsin-based free market think tank, have compiled a stunning infographic on the network of liberal groups, most of them labor unions, that have poured money into the State Senate recall elections. The elections, which will be held Tuesday, are the … More

    Obama's Upside Down Press Conference

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

    President Barack Obama made two fundamental mistakes today in his press conference which was intended to calm the markets. First, he did not lead off with a moment of reflection on the loss of American military lives in Afghanistan over the weekend. Second, he completely missed the boat on why Standard … More

    Fannie and Freddie: The Bailout Continues


    U.S. taxpayers were reminded on Friday (and again this morning) that our long national Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac nightmare is far from over. On Friday, Fannie Mae requested another $5.1 billion in aid from the U.S. Treasury to keep its capital at acceptable levels, which would bring the total … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #17: A Myopic Regulatory Vision

    pharmacist consults with young woman

    Optometrists and ophthalmologists aren’t seeing eye to eye these days on the proper role of government. So contentious is the issue that divides them, in fact, that West Virginia legislator Don Perdue says he spent 16 hours locked in his office “trying to keep (them) from clawing each others’ eyeballs … More

    Federal Housing Funds Used to Boost CA County Employee Pensions

    A Housing and Urban Development home for sale sign is displayed in the window of a home in Chandler Heights, Arizona

    California’s Santa Clara County used $16 million in federal housing funds not for affordable housing programs or similar services, but to increase guaranteed pension benefits for county workers. Employees of the county’s Housing Authority can now retire as early as age 50, receive as much as $40,000 annually during retirement, … More

    Obamacare Limits Children's Access to Care


    Last Wednesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee released a grim report showing a reduction in the availability of child-only policies for parents looking to purchase health insurance for their children. They findings show that, “Of the 50 states, 17 reported that there are currently no carriers selling … More