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  • Monthly Archives: April 2012

    Economic Freedom Is Surging in Chile

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    With a score of 78.3 in the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, Chile is now the seventh economically freest nation in the world (out of 179 countries ranked) and is number one in all of Latin America. Its overall score … More

    The Danger of Disarmament and the Recipe for War

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    World War I had killed millions, and in its aftermath, the great nations of the world were in an arms race that was alarming and unprecedented. As international tensions rose, disarmament was regarded as the most effective way to curtail the potential outbreak of another large-scale war. The Secretary of … More

    Ecotality Examined: Big Executive Bonuses as DOE Keeps Company Afloat

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    The final part of a three-part series. As Scribe noted in part two of our series on Ecotality, a company spokeswoman claimed in 2010 that federal support for the company was indicative of the success of the stimulus package. But was Ecotality really a good bet for taxpayers? In addition … More

    Senator Kyl Speaks Out on Missile Defense

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    Senator Jon Kyl (R–AZ) asserts in a recently published opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal that the “U.S. government has no higher moral obligation than to protect the American people from nuclear attack.” Senator Kyl begins by revisiting the President’s unguarded comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul, … More

    Head Start: President's Scaremongering Won't Work

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    On Tuesday, President Obama criticized Representative Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) budget proposal as making “draconian cuts” to federal spending programs. In particular, the President said, “If this budget becomes law and the cuts were applied evenly, starting in 2014, over 200,000 children would lose their chance to get an early education … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare Expands Medicaid, Makes A Big Problem Worse

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    In 2014, Obamacare’s key provisions will kick in, and among them is a huge expansion of Medicaid. Obamacare extends eligibility to almost everyone with income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level under the age of 65. A report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows … More

    Morning Bell: Beware the Taxmageddon

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    Brace yourself. In a mere 271 days, you and your fellow Americans will be hit with a tax hike the likes of which this country has never seen. The Washington Post aptly called the unprecedented $494 billion tax hike “Taxmageddon,” and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke described it as a “massive fiscal … More

    North America's Leaderless Summit

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    At the April 2 meeting of North American leaders—President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and President Obama—the U.S. President was not modest in his claims: “When I came to office I pledged to seek a new partnership with our friends in the Americas, a relationship … More

    Freeze Red Tape to Warm the Economy

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    The House Judiciary Committee, by a vote of 15–13, recently approved a proposed moratorium on new regulations in order to spur job creation. The Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act, introduced by Representative Tim Griffin (R–AR), would freeze all new “significant” regulations from being proposed or finalized until unemployment nationally falls … More

    Index of Economic Freedom: A Must Read for Dr. Kim

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    Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the U.S. nominee for the next chief of the World Bank, has been on a “global listening tour.” Kim’s meet-and-greet tour has been billed as an opportunity “to solicit input and ideas on priorities for the World Bank.” Before embarking his expedition, Kim penned an op-ed … More