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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    Arab Media (New and Old) Under Attack

    Anti-regime youths in Syria throw stones at security forces

    As governments in the Middle East struggle to come to grips with the surging demands for freedom of expression among their populations, media across the spectrum are coming under attack. Repressive regimes do not discriminate between old media and new. Sometimes the threat does not originate from a government but … More

    Morning Bell: More Bad News for the Obama Economy

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    Americans’ confidence in the economy is sitting at its lowest point since March 2009, and in every state in the country, a vast majority of Americans see the economy as getting worse. Meanwhile, the number of people claiming new jobless benefits rose again last week. Under those circumstances, it’s no wonder the … More

    Protect and Defend the U.S. from EMP Threat

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    The United States could find itself in a precarious position much worse than the recent D.C. earthquake if attacked by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. An EMP would  cause current and voltage surges and burn out the semi-conductor chips of all electronic devices within the line of sight. A single … More

    No Excuse For Biden's Slip on China's One Child Policy

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    Earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden unnecessarily acknowledged and condoned communist China’s one-child-only policy in a speech to Chinese leaders while visiting the country to speak on U.S.–China relations. Biden admitted he does not “second-guess” the horrific, decades-old policy, which often forces women to undergo unwanted abortions and sterilizations. … More

    Illinois Loses Most Jobs in Nation Following Massive Tax Increase

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    Correlation doesn’t necessarily equal causation, but some disturbing correlations are evident in the nation’s economic woes. Take Illinois. If you take a look at the chart below, you can see a startling picture. In Illinois, employment numbers increased steadily until January 2011, at which point they took a sharp dip … More

    Jones Act Oil Waiver Symptom of Regulatory Overload

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    The Obama Administration’s decision to waive provisions of the Jones Act last month when releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is typical of this Administration’s disregard for the principle of equal protection under the law when it becomes too inconvenient. For example, we’ve seen well over 1,000 waivers of … More

    Time for Europe to Step Up on Defense Spending

    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

    Being a leader often means telling your friends uncomfortable truths. Amid the tentative optimism NATO is now feeling in Libya, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has again reminded the alliance’s European members that the mission has only been made possible by strong U.S. support. Equitable burden sharing within NATO has been … More

    CBO Report's Good News Built on Shifting Economic Sands

    Job seekers line up for a job fair in midtown in New York on Monday, August 15, 2011. (Frances M. Roberts)

    Contrary to tradition, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released its mid-year assessment of the budget and economic situation. Traditionally, CBO releases its mid-year assessment after the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) releases its statutorily required Mid-Session Review (MSR). The law requires the MSR to be produced … More

    Social Entrepreneurship: Businesses that Help the Poor

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    Foreign aid as a development tool has been tried and found wanting. Decades of handouts from developed countries to developing countries have done little more than promote corruption among developing country leaders and continue a cycle of dependency. As governments and large, bureaucratic international organizations are slow to change their … More

    President Obama’s Regulatory Bait-and-Switch

    President Barack Obama at White House on July 8, 2011

    The White House on Tuesday announced “final plans” to reduce “unreasonable” regulations that hinder economic growth and job creation. That President Obama even acknowledges there are costly consequences to government dictates is progress of sorts, and any reduction in red tape is most welcome. But the anticipated savings from the … More