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  • Monthly Archives: March 2012

    Time to Take Down TSA

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    Want to cut government spending? Without compromising security? The Ryan budget is a good start, but we can do more. How about rethinking the Transportation Security Administration?  We need TSA. After all, terrorists continue to target commercial aviation in the U.S. But, do we really need a massive, bloated bureaucracy and … More

    Is the Supreme Court the Final Arbiter on Obamacare?

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    In oral arguments yesterday about Obamacare’s individual mandate, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts posited that if the government could force people to buy health insurance, its power would be nearly unlimited: Once we say that there is a market and Congress can require people to participate in it…it seems to … More

    The Ryan Plan Prioritizes National Security

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    When Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) released the House Republican budget earlier this week, one thing was certain: It takes seriously the constitutional responsibility to provide for the common defense. Eschewing the Obama Administration’s call for higher taxes, the Ryan budget succeeds in restoring America’s defenses while restraining the federal government’s … More

    Audio and Transcript: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, Day Three

    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard the third day of oral arguments for and against Obamacare’s individual mandate. The day’s discussion mostly revolved around the issue of severability: is the mandate so closely tied with the rest of the law that the court cannot strike it down without invalidating the … More

    House Democrats' Budget: A Vision of Limitless Government

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    House Democrats described the budget they released yesterday as a “clear contrast” to the one introduced by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI). It is a clear contrast—but that’s not a compliment. The proposal, offered by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD), ranking member of the Budget Committee, merely calls … More

    Congressman Seeks Answers on Stimulus-Backed Company Ecotality

    DC: INNOVATIVE ELECTRIC CARS GATHER IN WASHINGTON

    Congress is asking questions about a stimulus-backed electric vehicle company that received millions in taxpayer dollars even after the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation into the company for insider trading. Ecotality, which manufactures charging stations for electric vehicles, was hit with an SEC subpoena in October 2010, a … More

    Ryan's Budget Protects Defense

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    In today’s Wall Street Journal, Edwin J. Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, and William Kristol, a director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, co-authored an op-ed on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget. Here’s an excerpt: In an … More

    House to Hear about Chinese Public Diplomacy

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    There used to be a saying about the Chinese: “They work while we sleep.” In the field of public diplomacy, it is absolutely spot on. The Chinese have taken to public diplomacy and information warfare with a vengeance, using every tool of state and military craft to advance their ideology … More

    Washington Only Weapon More Deadly Than a Nuke

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    Nuclear weapons are not much of a worry: That’s the tenor of an AP story reporting on a U.S. government study that looked at the consequences of 10-kiloton nuclear weapon detonated on the corner of 16th and K Street in downtown Washington, D.C. “The surprising conclusion?” according to the article, … More

    On Energy Policy, Navy Secretary Is Either Dishonest or Misinformed

    National Clean Energy Summit 4.0: The Future of Energy

    In response to a congressional inquiry regarding a Navy purchase of expensive biofuels, Secretary Ray Mabus made numerous claims that are either factually incorrect or misleading regarding federal energy policy and the nation’s oil reserves. Mabus was responding to concerns raised by Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Mike Conaway (R-TX) … More