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  • Monthly Archives: October 2011

    Palestine Membership: More Trick Than Treat for UNESCO

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    As expected, “Palestine” succeeded in gaining membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 31 with a vote of 107 in favor, 14 against, and 52 abstentions. The result was a foregone conclusion after UNESCO’s 58-member executive board voted 40–4 with 14 abstentions earlier this … More

    Pelosi: South Carolina Boeing Plant Should Unionize or Shut Down

    In an interview late last week, House Minority Leaeder Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told CNBC that Boeing should either unionize its production facilities in South Carolina, or shut them down entirely. “Do you think it’s right that Boeing has to close down that plant in South Carolina because it’s non union?” … More

    Welfare Dependence Keeps Growing

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    According to a recent Wall Street Journal article citing 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half (48.5 percent) of America’s population now lives in households that receive some sort of government benefit. That is nearly a 10 percent increase over the middle of the recession in 2008, when … More

    Labor Department Rolls Back Transparency for Unions

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    President Obama promised to run the most open and transparent Administration in history. However, his Department of Labor (DOL) just announced more regulations rolling back financial transparency for labor unions. Congress passed the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) in 1959 following hearings documenting links between labor unions and organized … More

    Another Government-Picked Power Company Buried in the Green Graveyard

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    When the government-backed Solyndra filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, policymakers supportive of the loan-guarantee program said variations of the following: “If this were a venture capital firm and only one out of 10 projects failed, they would be a great success.” That would be fine if it were private money, … More

    Love Conquers All…Except Obamacare

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    Thanks to Obamacare, Americans looking to tie the knot may find that it’s a lot cheaper to stay single. Last week, the House Oversight Committee released a report and held a hearing to unpack its subject matter: a hidden penalty on marriage created by the structure of the Patient Protection … More

    Poor Student Achievement Shows Centralized Education Policy Has Failed

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    Tomorrow, the highly anticipated math and reading scores of our nation’s 4th and 8th graders will be released as part of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Often referred to as the nation’s “report card,” the NAEP provides a snapshot of the educational performance of students throughout the … More

    Welcoming the 7 Billionth Baby

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    For population control advocates, it’s fitting that the projected birth of the world’s seven billionth child falls on Halloween. To them, it’s a scary development that portends more risk of poverty, famine, and financial instability. From another point of view, however, “this baby is a boon.” That’s how Kathryn Lopez … More

    Washington's Halloween Tricks for Education

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    Just in time for Halloween, big government education advocates are rolling out frightening new education policies. On the K-12 front, Senators Tom Harkin (D–IA) and Mike Enzi (R–WY) have been busy creating a monster 1,000-page proposal to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now known as No Child … More

    'A White House Free of Scandal'? Not So Much

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    Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Alter really missed the mark last week with a commentary singing the praises of “The Obama Miracle, a White House Free of Scandal”, as the headline stated. Alter’s limited discussion of a couple of the scandals that have plagued the administration comes up short, while a laundry … More