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  • Monthly Archives: March 2012

    The Wrong Adam Smith

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron greets British and U.S. troops in Afghanistan on July 4, 2011.

    If you are looking for a great example of a national leader who can’t get his priorities in order, look no further than Representative Adam Smith (D–WA). He recently made clear he has no interest in special legislation that would spare the Pentagon from cuts that even the White House … More

    Edwin Meese III on the Death of James Q. Wilson

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    “Jim Wilson was one of America’s greatest thinkers, scholars, and patriots, as well as a good friend. He had a major influence on the modernization of policing in our nation and was also one of the most profound writers on moral philosophy. His teaching at several institutions inspired young Americans … More

    President Responds to the Inaudible Cries for Higher Gasoline Prices

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    It appears the President studied economics with his textbook upside down. He proposes to raise taxes on oil companies in order to combat high gasoline prices. Or not. Maybe his textbook was right side up and he thinks gasoline prices are too low. That would be consistent with statements by … More

    Durbin Amendment Damage Grows

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    Remember when last September Senator Dick Durbin (D–IL) claimed that his contribution to the Dodd–Frank financial regulation statue—“the Durbin Amendment”—would benefit consumers? Well, more evidence has surfaced that his price-control regulation is costing consumers more and more money. According to a study by Javelin Strategy and Research reported by Bloomberg … More

    Remembering James Q. Wilson

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    When President George W. Bush presented James Q. Wilson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian award, he said that whatever the subject, Professor Wilson “writes with intellectual rigor, with moral clarity, to the appreciation of a wide and growing audience.” Jim’s passing this morning at age … More

    U.S.–Burma Policy Is About More Than a Successful By-Election

    As we inch closer to the April 1 by-elections in Burma, during which Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) will contest some 46 parliamentary seats, Western observers need to step back, assess the conditions on the ground, and determine whether the recent reforms in Burma—coupled … More

    Medicare Rationing and Obama’s Unelected Board of Bureaucrats

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    Earlier this week, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee moved legislation forward that would repeal one of the most intrusive and unpopular parts of Obamacare: the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). A board of unelected government officials tasked with finding and implementing ways to control Medicare spending from the … More

    South Africa’s Ruling Party Expels Populist Troublemaker

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    On February 29, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party expelled Julius Malema from its ranks. Malema was a lightning rod for massive dissatisfaction in South Africa, where poverty, inequality, and lack of opportunity blight the lives of millions. Yet his call for a revolutionary rather than a reform … More

    Franklin Center Remembers 'Warrior' Andrew Breitbart

    The state-based journalism organization the Franklin Center on Thursday released its own tribute to the late conservative activist and new media pioneer Andrew Breitbart. The video, titled “Warrior,” gathers some of Breitbart’s more powerful moments, including a clip from an interview with our own Rob Bluey. Heritage President Ed Feulner … More

    More States Reconsidering National Standards Overhaul

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    Not so fast. That was the message from South Carolina leaders on Wednesday, concerned about their state’s involvement with the national standards education agenda. Despite being called conspiracy theorists by the U.S. Department of Education, the South Carolina Senate Education Committee voted to study further the impact that adopting national … More