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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Estonia's Rebound Through Fiscal Discipline: A Message for America?


    In the midst of a world embroiled in economic turmoil, a few nations have managed to do surprisingly well—among them, Estonia. After near economic collapse during the 2008–2009 financial crisis, the country has managed to successfully bounce back with substantial GDP growth, a vibrant trade environment, and a notable budget … More

    Overpopulated Rhetoric


    Neglected news out of the Crazy from the Heat Department is word that the global overpopulists are in a terrific snit because soccer superstar David Beckham and his wife, Victoria, dare to continue producing children. Talk about a crime against nature. Fortunately, as The Wall Street Journal noted, the Beckhams … More

    President Obama Jumps the Gun on Praising African Leaders

    Obama meets with African leaders 7-29-11

    Last week President Barack Obama praised Presidents Yayi of Benin, Condé of Guinea, Issoufou of Niger and Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire as models of Africa’s democratic progress. Since gaining their independence, many African countries have suffered poor governance and widespread instability due, in part, to the unwillingness of African leaders … More

    Heritage Radio - Sunday, August 7, 2011


    Tune in here at noon ET on Sunday to listen to Heritage Radio. Topics will include the new job numbers, the economy, and a discussion with Heritage expert James Gattuso on the increasing number of government regulations. We will also be answering a number of member questions on air including: When … More

    More National Security Broken Promises

    President Obama speaks following White House press conference on July 12, 2011

    The Obama Administration’s plan to increase funding for the U.S. nuclear weapons complex has little chance to succeed under the newly negotiated debt ceiling deal. The bill mandates a cut of $44 billion for discretionary budget authority in “security” spending from the President’s FY 2012 requested level. Automatic spending cuts, … More

    Overcriminalization Victimizes Animal-Loving 11-Year-Old and Her Mother


    Last month, a hyper-aggressive U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent, accompanied by a Virginia state trooper, arrived at Alison Capo’s door to announce that our friendly federal government intended to make her a federal criminal. The reason? Alison’s daughter Skylar rescued a woodpecker from being eaten by a cat. The … More

    Education Made Simple: What is School Choice?

    We’re just eight months in, but 2011 has already proven to be the most exciting year for school choice to date. Thirteen states and D.C. enacted or expanded school choice options for families, leading The Wall Street Journal to proclaim 2011 “The Year of School Choice.” But just what is … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 5, 2011


    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. House forces pro-forma sessions to avoid recess appointments – Pete Kasperowicz The dead remain on Wisconsin voter list – M.D. Kittle Twitter’s ‘Who to Follow’ List Overwhelmingly Promotes Liberal Pundits, Media … More

    Californians Raising Objections to New "Gay History" Law

    Schools in America

    In California, social science instruction in public schools must include study of the “role and contributions” of certain “categories” of persons. A law passed last month updates those categories to include “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.” Known as the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, or SB … More

    Iran Tightens Screws on Internet Users, Again


    By the end of August, if Tehran’s plans progress as announced, Iranians going online will find themselves restricted to communicating only with each other—under the watchful eye of Iran’s cyber censors. Plans for an all-Iranian intranet to replace access to the Web were announced in early July by Iran’s Communication … More