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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    Morning Bell: Obamacare's Soaring Price Tag

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    On January 21, 2009, Barack Obama stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and, in his inaugural address, pledged to America that he would “wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” What he did wield, of course, was a 2,000-page bill known as Obamacare. … More

    Google Makes a Pitch for Free Market

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    Google is growing up. That was the message company representatives shared at Heritage this week on the Silicon Valley behemoth’s 13th birthday. (Click here to watch video of the event.) Google is making the case for the free market — and taking its message to conservatives. The Heritage Foundation hosted … More

    On "Costless" Benefits for Public Workers

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    In our work on public sector compensation, Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute and I have routinely counted enhanced job security as a benefit for public workers, and we have tried to quantify just how valuable it can be. Some critics have argued that public workers actually have no … More

    Kudrin’s Dismissal Projects Future Instability in Russia

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    On Monday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev forced Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to resign. Medvedev’s harsh treatment of Kudrin was a response to the statement Kudrin made over the weekend. Following the announcement of Vladimir Putin running for president in the upcoming presidential elections and Medvedev’s future job as the prime … More

    Federal Judge Upholds Part of Alabama Immigration Law

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    There is more good news today in the fight against illegal immigration at the state level (and bad news for the Obama Administration’s policy against enforcement of immigration laws). This afternoon, federal district court Judge Sharon Blackburn in Alabama issued an opinion refusing the Obama Administration’s request that the court … More

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Outlines a New Paradigm for Health Care Reform

    WASHINGTON, DC - March 24: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, criticizes the amount of spending and debt in President Obama's budget proposal.

    Yesterday, Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) shared his outlook for repealing and replacing Obamacare. Ryan pointed out that rising health care costs not only make insurance unaffordable for many Americans; they are also a main driver of growing federal deficits. As medical inflation pushes the cost of insurance and medical goods … More

    EPA’s CO2 Regulations are What’s “Comically Wrong”

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    The Environmental Protection Agency called a Daily Caller report “comically wrong” this morning.  That is an interesting analysis given that the EPA’s hideously bad global warming regulations are more of a joke than actual regulatory structure.   Either way, the fun and games will soon end when Americans are paying higher … More

    Health Insurance Continues Unaffordable Trend After Obamacare

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    This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust released a major survey on employer-sponsored health benefits in the United States. Among the many important findings in the report, one fact stood out: Americans are paying more and more for their health insurance every year, a … More

    Scribecast: Chris McDaniel on His Anti-Bailout Ford Ad

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      What was designed as a “man-on-the-street” style commercial for Ford Motor Co. turned into a potent political statement when F-150 owner Chris McDaniel, asked about the importance of buying American, explained why Ford was the company for him: “I wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out … More

    Top 10 Reads: Sept. 28, 2011

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    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. Sorting out the Postal Service’s future – Rep. Darrell Issa, The Washington Times Minimum Wage – Another Example of Good Intentions Gone Wrong – James Sherk, FoxNews.com Pakistan must pay … More