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  • Monthly Archives: October 2011

    Are We a Bunch of Softies?

    Pedestrians walk down Wall Street on July 7, 2011

    Is America getting soft? President Obama seems to think so: The way I think about it is, you know, this is a great, great country that had gotten a little soft and, you know, we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades. … More

    No Child Left Behind: 100 ESEA Amendments and a Plea for Transparency

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    At the Heritage Blogger’s Briefing today, Senator Rand Paul urged Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin to delay the mark-up of his 860 page proposal to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as No Child Left Behind: “It’s time to put an end to … More

    Sen. Rand Paul on Occupy Wall Street, Repealing No Child Left Behind

    The latest iteration of No Child Left Behind comes before a Senate committee tomorrow with bipartisan support. But if Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has anything to say about it, the bill won’t go anywhere fast. Paul, the Tea Party favorite who won election last November, has promised to introduce 100 … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #22: A Real Waste of Regulatory Energy

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    If you’re concerned that the Solyndra scandal is hampering other energy initiatives, worry not. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is moving right along with its review of urinal efficiency. Not urologically speaking, of course, but in terms of the ceramic catch of nature’s call. The federal plumbing police last … More

    Protecting the Electoral College from the National Popular Vote Scheme

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    The “National Popular Vote” plan (NPV) is a scheme that would effectively abolish the Electoral College without going through the formal (and politically difficult) process of amending the Constitution. The NPV proposes an interstate compact in which participating states agree in advance to automatically allocate their electoral votes to the … More

    Urging a 'Breakthrough' in Georgia

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    Promising solutions to child poverty and social breakdown are on the agenda in Atlanta tomorrow morning, when The Heritage Foundation joins Georgia Family Council for a symposium called “Breakthrough Georgia: Fighting Poverty and Restoring Society.” Heritage Senior Research Fellow Robert Rector will present findings on the state of child poverty … More

    Microblogging: The Latest Challenge for China's Censors

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    China has the dubious distinction of being one of the most controlled information environments in the world. Yet even China’s army of censors can at times have trouble staying on top of the vast sea of communication that flows through the Internet. The most recent challenge to government control is microblogging … More

    Tax Cuts and Supply-Side Effects

    Total Tax Burden Is Rising to Highest Level in History

    Lawmakers have recently paid lip service to cutting the corporate tax rate to help boost economic growth. Doing so would be good policy, but it’s important to know why. Information disseminated by both political parties, think tanks, government organizations, media outlets, and political pundits has confused the issue, leading many … More

    AFL-CIO Shells Out Ad Dollars to Support 'Occupy' Protests

    SEIU and Teamsters leave AFL-CIO.

    The “Occupy Wall Street” crowd may be dramatically out of step with the American electorate, but Big Labor likes what it sees. The AFL-CIO union has bought two prominently-placed Google ads for a pair of initiatives supporting the protests. The search term “occupy wall street” turns up two sidebar ads … More

    Poll: 'Occupy' Movement's 'Radical' Agenda Way Outside the Mainstream

    (AFP PHOTO/ANDREA BELLEMARE (Photo credit should read ANDREA BELLEMARE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Democratic pollster Doug Schoen has conducted what he calls “the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.” The survey’s findings suggest that the protest movement that has “occupied” New York City’s Zucotti Park for a month and spread across the country is not only unrepresentative of “the 99%”, … More