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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    South American Union’s Left Turn Is Bad News

    Venezuelan Ali Rodriguez, recently chosen to lead the Union of South American Nations as Secretary General

    In a ceremony in Bogota on June 11, the position of Secretary General of UNASUR passed from Colombian Maria Emma Mejia to Venezuela’s Ali Rodriguez. An ex-Marxist guerrilla, former foreign and energy minister, and former Ambassador to Cuba, the anti-American Chavista will serve as General Secretary for the next year. … More

    Russia, PNTR, and Human Rights

    Russian government wrestles with Internet

    Progress on the ability of U.S. firms to take advantage of new business opportunities when Russia joins the World Trade Organization (WTO) took a step forward yesterday when Senate leaders acknowledged that legislation to promote human rights will be a condition needed for permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to move … More

    Removing Union Pay Ceilings

    Photo: Newscom

    Union contracts do not just set the minimum compensation that workers can earn; they also set maximum wages. Employers may not pay employees more than their union has negotiated. Unions typically base pay on seniority and job classifications—not individual effort or productivity. Workers cannot bargain individually for more. By law, … More

    The State Department’s Confusion over Confucius Institutes

    On May 17, Robin J. Lerner, deputy assistant secretary for private sector exchange at the State Department, made a valiant attempt to correct the troubling disparity in the public diplomacy competition between the Chinese and American governments, a competition in which the Chinese are clearly pulling ahead. The issue in … More

    Both Sides of the Aisle Remember the Victims of Communism


    Foreign diplomats, civic organizations, and Republican and Democratic leaders came together on Tuesday to remember the victims of communism. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation hosted the ceremony to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the unveiling of the Victims of Communism Memorial, a bronze replica of the “Goddess of Democracy” … More

    The Battle for the American Conscience


    More than 80 plaintiffs in 23 different lawsuits are now challenging the HHS mandate that will require many religious institutions to provide health insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and other contraceptive services. At the heart of these lawsuits is whether the government’s purported interest in marginally increasing access to … More

    Morning Bell: Auto Bailout Was Really Just a UAW Bailout


    President Obama told the United Auto Workers (UAW) in February not to listen to critics of the auto bailout who said union members “made out like bandits—that saving the auto industry was just about paying back the unions.” “Really?” Obama said. “I mean, even by the standards of this town … More

    Bailed-out General Motors to Receive Another Wasteful Handout

    General Motors $4.3 billion loss

    The Department of Energy is awarding $54 million for energy projects that should help manufacturing companies be more energy efficient. If your immediate response is, “If these technologies are going to lower a business’s costs, why aren’t they investing their own money?” then you’re asking the right question. Bailed-out General … More

    Lessons Learned From US Withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty


    Ten years ago tomorrow, the United States formally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which has defined strategic thinking for about 30 years. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation will host an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the withdrawal from the treaty. The treaty banned the United States and the … More

    Would Working Less Make Us Prosperous?


    In a recent New York Times column, a professor of economics argued that the reason we’re mired in economic malaise is that we’re too productive. Ever-increasing productivity means that if our economies don’t continue to expand, we risk putting people out of work.…What, then, should happen when, for one reason … More