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  • Monthly Archives: December 2011

    Gas Prices at All-Time Christmas High

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    Americans hitting the road this week are likely to encounter the highest-ever price for gas at Christmas in history. According to figures from AAA, the nationwide average for regular unleaded is $3.21 per gallon — an increase of 23 cents over last year’s Christmas record. This marks the second straight … More

    "Lie of the Year" - Democrats' Claims about Medicare Reform

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    Politics is home to some pretty exaggerated accusations, and this year was no exception, particularly in the area of health care. Case in point: Democrats’ claim that “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” In fact, the assertion was so off the wall that PolitiFact.com named it “Lie of the Year 2011.” … More

    Enough Political Theater - Time for Congress to Get the Job Done

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    As the clock counts down toward Christmas, Congress still has major unfinished business to attend to.  Not that we should be surprised.  Emblematic of a resoundingly disappointing year, the last remaining issue to be resolved directly affects the pocketbooks of Americans.  Just days from now, the payroll tax “holiday” will … More

    DOJ and FCC: Making the Wrong Call on Wireless Deal

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    It’s rather remarkable, really, how willing federal bureaucrats are to block business deals that they speculate will cause price hikes and yet give nary a thought to foisting more than a trillion dollars annually in regulatory costs on the public. That’s one takeaway from the news that AT&T has scrapped … More

    Obama Administration Agrees: Florida Medicaid Reform Pilot Good for Patients and Taxpayers

    Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot is pro-patient and pro-taxpayer, and the Obama Administration agrees. In original research published by The Heritage Foundation and also submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) during the agency’s deliberations, I showed that the program’s patients are healthier and happier with their care … More

    Morning Bell: Biden Says Taliban Is Not Our Enemy

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    On a Saturday in late October in Kabul, Afghanistan, a car carrying explosives rammed into an armored U.S. military bus, killing 13 Americans, including five soldiers and eight civilian staff. In August, a Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans. Who was responsible? The Taliban. And who … More

    Vaclav Havel: The Passing of a Political Giant

    April 14; 2008. -- Former Czech President and dissident Vaclav Havel attends the launch of the European Foundation for Democracy through Partnership.

    The passing of the modern Czech Republic’s first President, Vaclav Havel, will be mourned the world over, for the legendary leader of the Velvet Revolution was no ordinary politician—he was a world statesman. Few others were as passionate or gifted in articulating a vision of a free and open Czechoslovakia … More

    Pelosi's Economic Policy Forums Included Husband's Business Partner

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    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is knee-deep in allegations that she used her influence to personally enrich herself and her family since becoming speaker of the House in 2007. Scribe reported last week that Pelosi stands to benefit financially from major energy legislation called the NAT GAS Act. Pelosi, … More

    Freedom Has Lost A Passionate Champion

    Candles illuminate a portrait of former Czech President Vaclav Havel displayed on Tomas Garrique Masaryks statue on December 19, 2011 in Prague. Havel, a dissident and playwright who was the hero of the 1989 Velvet Revolution against communist rule and became his country's first post-independence president, died on December 19 aged 75. AFP PHOTO/ STR

    The cause of freedom lost a passionate advocate with the death of former Czech president, dissident and playwright Vaclav Havel. President Havel inspired freedom-loving peoples throughout Europe in 1989, the “year of miracles.”  Defying one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in history, Havel led Czechoslovakia from the darkness … More

    Are Human Rights the Same as Natural Rights?

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    In recognition of the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, President Obama proclaimed this week Human Rights Week. Americans know a thing or two about rights, considering that the country was founded on the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed … More