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  • Monthly Archives: May 2012

    Setting Obama's "Great Fiscal Restraint Record" Straight

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    The Obama Administration is piggybacking on claims made by MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting that Obama has not gone on the spending spree everyone thinks he has since taking office. As White House press secretary Jay Carney puts it, President Obama has exercised “significant fiscal restraint” and “acted with great fiscal responsibility.” … More

    What College Graduates Really Need: A Job

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    Today, the Senate is once again slated to take up the issue of college loan interest rates. President Obama has made this issue a big deal, touring college campuses to herald the absolute necessity of keeping student loan rates artificially low instead of letting what was supposed to be a … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Blockbuster Secrets

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    Deep in the cover of night in the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, a team of Navy SEALs descended from helicopters, breached the compound of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and brought him to justice. The story is the stuff that blockbuster movies are made of, but many of the details … More

    Obama Continues to Deny D.C. Children Educational Opportunity

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    President Obama’s latest budget request was completely rejected by Congress, failing to receive even a single vote. Yet Obama’s budget—universally rejected by Congress—is taking educational opportunity away from low-income children in the nation’s capital. President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, a … More

    U.N. World Tourism Organization: Confirming Embarrassing U.N. Cliches

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    The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), created in 1970 and based in Madrid, identifies itself as the “United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.” It announced last year that Zambia and Zimbabwe jointly “won the bid” to host the 20th session of … More

    Loophole Guts TANF Work Requirements

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    Last week, the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing addressing an obscure regulatory loophole, known as “excess MOE,” that is gutting the work requirement of the 1996 welfare reforms. Most states are taking advantage of this loophole, which allows them to get credit for moving … More

    Smith–Mundt: Myth and Reality

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    Controversy has swirled around the Smith–Mundt Modernization Act since it passed mark-up as an amendment to the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act last Friday. Smith–Mundt has prohibited U.S. citizens from accessing the public diplomacy products of the U.S. government, whether in print or on the airwaves, since 1948. Critics on the left … More

    American Restoration: The Role of Private Equity

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    Making something busted luster again. That’s the basic premise of an innovative television show called American Restoration featured on the History Channel. On the show, people bring their worn, rusted, creaky old stuff from America’s past—stuff like an old Dodge pickup truck, an old Chicago police phone box, or an … More

    National Guard Facing Cuts That Would Hurt Domestic Readiness

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    The American people in many cases do not recognize the incredible value of one of the crown jewels of the nation: the National Guard. Most people have only a vague idea of what it is and what it means to America. And yet as important as its role is, the … More

    Bolivia: Iran's Newest Friend in Latin America

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    Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has long been Iran’s greatest ally in the Western Hemisphere, but as Chavez’s cancer grows and his country’s future becomes increasingly uncertain, Iran may need to find a new best friend in Latin America—and fast. Enter Bolivia. Since Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first visited Bolivia in 2007, … More