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  • Monthly Archives: September 2011

    What Putin's Return to the Presidency Means

    Putin and Medvedev

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s return to power means stability—and stagnation—for Russians and a tough counterpart for both America and Russia’s neighbors. Putin’s nomination to the Russian presidency means that he may become the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin, who ruled for almost 30 years. Putin, who has held … More

    Obama Administration Puts Itself in Tough Spot over Palestinian Statehood

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    “Peace is hard”—this was the theme of President Obama’s speech September 21 at the U.N. General Assembly. The Obama Doctrine emphasizes the use of international treaties and organizations, soft power, modest attitudes in state-to-state relations, and a restrained America. As the Palestinian Authority requests U.N. membership, the failure of the … More

    Debt Ceiling Law Stacks the Deck against Defenders of Defense

    Pentagon (Photo by Newscom)

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta asserted during a press conference on September 20 that the recently enacted debt ceiling law requires $450 billion in savings from the Department of Defense (DOD) budget over the next 10 years. While this is a widely accepted assertion, it is not accurate. The debt … More

    Morning Bell: How Harry Reid Manufactured a Crisis Over Disaster Aid

    Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

    Listening to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) or reading The New York Times yesterday gave the impression that disaster relief victims were suffering from a lack of government aid. “Without additional funding,” Reid warned, “thousands of people who have lost literally everything they owned will be forced to go without … More

    VIDEO: Gov. Mitch Daniels Shares His Strategy for Reforming Government

    A new poll from the Manhattan Institute reveals 77 percent of Hoosiers rate Indiana’s government as “efficient.” That’s the highest percentage of any state surveyed and a stark contrast to neighboring Illinois’ 23 percent. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN), now serving in his seventh year as the state’s CEO, has clearly … More

    New Study Shows Obamacare’s Impact on Ohio Coverage and Premiums

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    Americans knew the negative impact Obamacare would have on the nation before the law even passed. Millions of Americans will be added to Medicaid, which already provides low-quality coverage and patchy access to care. The new law will not result in universal coverage, despite its $1 trillion+ price tag. Premiums … More

    Restoring Personal Responsibility in Welfare

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    Fifteen years ago, Congress voted to “end welfare as we know it.” As a result, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program was created (in place of the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children), which, for the first time, inserted work requirements and a five-year time limit for … More

    Top 10 Reads: Sept. 26, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe Blind to the mullah’s missile menace – Peter Brookes, The New York Post Herman Cain Takes On Morgan Freeman For Calling Tea Party Racist – Noel Sheppard, NewsBusters Obama Lies … More

    Obama Faces the Music of His Unsuccessful Policies

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Chris Kleponis

    President Obama’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) this weekend was another rallying cry to pass his new jobs bill. Meanwhile, the country is losing faith in the “hope and change” people voted for less than four years ago. Some CBC members were upset with Obama after he told … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #20: The Outer Limits of Regulation

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    The Obama Administration has issued a record number of costly rules and regulations compared to its predecessors. But one set of new guidelines, in particular, takes government authority to new heights. The moon, actually. NASA has instituted “no-fly zones” and other limits on lunar liberty to ensure that future “space-faring … More