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  • Yearly Archives: 2011

    EPA: Drinking Water in Dimock, PA Uncontaminated by Fracking

    Controversial Hydro-Fracking Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania

    Federal authorities have ruled that the drinking water in Dimock, Pennsylvania, which some claimed had been contaminated by nearby natural gas drilling efforts, is safe to drink. The statement lends some factual weight to a political debate wrought with emotion and more than the occasional doom-and-gloom proclamation. Dimock has become … More

    State Medicaid Reform That Works...If Washington Bureaucrats Will Allow It

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    As the fight continues against the one-size-fits-all changes enacted under Obamacare, some states continue to work on health care reform specific to the needs of their residents. Florida is one such state. Its Medicaid Reform Pilot passed with bipartisan support in 2005 and has been implemented in five counties over … More

    Federal Accounting May Understate Costs of Solyndra-style Programs

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    The accounting methodology used to measure the cost to taxpayers of federal loan guarantee programs such as the one that financed defunct solar company Solyndra may dramatically understate the programs’ financial risk to taxpayers. Simply put, the federal government ignores administrative costs and the risks of borrowers defaulting on their … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: December 5 - December 9

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    House Cloakroom: December 5 – December 9 Analysis: This week the House of Representatives will take up two major bills relating to regulations.  The Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act would require that major regulations from executive agencies be approved by Congress.  The Farm Dust Regulation … More

    Morning Bell: Agenda 21 and the Threat in Your Backyard

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    Ready to trade in your car for a bike, or maybe a subway instead? Interested in fewer choices for your home, paying more for housing, and being crammed into a denser neighborhood? You can have all this and more if radical environmentalists and “smart growth” advocates have their way and … More

    Chart of the Week: Runaway Spending, Not Low Tax Revenue, Fueling Deficits

    Runaway Spending, Not Inadequate Tax Revenue, Is Responsible for Future Deficits

    Following the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) criticized liberals for insisting that any deal include a massive tax hike. In a speech at Heritage last week, he said tax revenue isn’t the problem facing the United States in the future; it’s the … More

    Scribecast: Craig Shirley on America's Transformation in December 1941

    This month marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S. declaration of war on Japan, Germany and Italy. December 1941, according to historian Craig Shirley, transformed America in ways that might be unimaginable today. In a new book called “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed … More

    Exclusive Interview: Sen. Pat Toomey on the Super Commitee's Failure

    As one of the 12 members of Congress on the Super Committee, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) had a front row seat for all the negotiations. Since the committee’s announcement late last month that they had failed to reach a deal on at least $1.5 trillion in savings, Toomey has been very vocal … More

    How Washington's Outdated Approach to Tech Acquisitions Threatens Jobs

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    Silicon Valley is one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy today, but a new report warns that Washington’s outdated regulation and antitrust policy threatens to stifle growth among innovative technology companies. The report, produced by the Progressive Policy Institute, analyzes the impact of acquisitions in the technology … More

    Bureaucrats Gone Wild: Will Congress REIN in the Administrative State?

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    Next week, Congress will have an opportunity to bring much-needed oversight to America’s regulatory process by voting for the aptly named REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny). If passed, this law would require any new, major regulation—defined as one that would cost more than $100 million, … More