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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    5 Transparency Ideas for the New Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction

    U.S. Capitol

    Upon taking control of the U.S. House in January, Republicans implemented sweeping reforms to make the People’s House more transparent and accessible. Now they’ll have a chance to bolster their good-government credentials with the newly created Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Twelve lawmakers from the House and Senate will … More

    Congress Should Not Waste Money on Test Ban Treaty

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

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs recently adopted a budget blueprint that provides a $30 million voluntary contribution to the Vienna-based Prep aratory Commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Organization. At a time of fiscal constraint, this expenditure is unnecessary. There are better … More

    Alan Gross: American Citizen, Cuban Prisoner


    A man with “big ideas.” That’s Alan Gross, a 62-year-old Maryland resident who had the best of intentions when he brought communication devices to the small Jewish community in Cuba. But those good intentions went horribly wrong when he was detained and placed in Villa Marista, the Cuban state prison, … More

    Make Obamacare Accountable to the American People


    In recent Heritage research, Boston University law professor Gary Lawson describes the shortcomings of the current informal rulemaking process, in which bureaucrats use power delegated to them by law with little oversight or accountability. Using Obamacare as his prime example, Lawson writes: [Obamacare] will not emerge from the constitutional process … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 2, 2011


    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. A Dangerous Debt Ceiling Deal – Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Who To Blame for Defense Cuts? – John Guardiano Obama and McConnell: Debt Ceiling Gives GOP’s Great Dismantler His Moment – … More

    Atheists Sue to Remove World Trade Center Cross from 9/11 Museum and Memorial

    Iron girders form a cross that has become a memorial at Ground Zero

    Attempts to eradicate religious symbols from the public square were in full force last week as a group of New York City atheists filed a lawsuit demanding that a building fragment known as the World Trade Center cross be removed from the 9/11 Museum and Memorial at Ground Zero. American … More

    Global Public Opinion: Declining U.S., Rising China

    Chinese President Hu Jintao

    According to a recent global survey, opinion of the United States continues to be generally favorable in most regions of the world, but it appears that America may be on its way to lose its status as the dominant global superpower. The American image now faces several new and worrisome … More

    Women’s Preventive Services: A Slippery Slope to Higher Health Care Costs

    Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

    Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added new preventive care measures specific to women’s health to the long list of provisions that will drive up premiums under Obamacare. Not only will the new regulations infringe upon Americans’ freedom to choose a health plan in keeping with their … More

    Debt Ceiling Plan to Cut Only $1.7 Trillion When Adjusted for Inflation

    President Obama with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced yesterday that the Budget Control Act of 2011 would lead to $2.1 trillion in deficit reductions. But the CBO’s letter to congressional leaders is somewhat misleading. Table 3 of the document shows how much in discretionary and mandatory deficit reduction the CBO estimates would … More

    Understanding the Debt Deal and Defense

    Pentagon (Photo by Newscom)

    Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to increase the nation’s debt ceiling, restrict federal spending, and reduce the deficit in a bill called “the Budget Control Act of 2011.” This legislation would increase the debt ceiling by at least $2.1 trillion and would impose initial caps on discretionary spending from … More