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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    Definition of Marriage Headed to the Supreme Court


    Announcements today and last week from the First and Ninth Circuit Courts have set the stage for the Supreme Court to weigh in concerning the central institution that has ordered society since before the advent of modern states. Massachusetts v. HHS and Perry v. Brown represent two sides of the … More

    Free Market Reforms Rescue Maine from Obamacare-Like Problems


    Maine’s new market-based health care reform is bringing insurance premiums down by as much as 60 percent in the individual market. Elected in 2010, Governor Paul LePage (R) made health reform a top priority and signed Maine’s new reform into law in May 2011. Shortly thereafter, he stated, “I believe … More

    Company Lobbies for More Federal Funds While Over-billing Amtrak

    Union Station, Los Angeles, California, May 2, 2010

    A company that has lobbied for greater federal transportation funding may have overcharged the federal government by millions for a construction contract, according to a recent report by federal watchdogs. Watsonville, California-based Granite Construction has been prodding Congress to maintain or increase federal funding for transportation construction projects. The company’s … More

    Don’t Skimp on South Korean Missile Range


    On June 6, the House Foreign Affairs Asian Subcommittee will focus its attention on “What’s Next for the U.S.–Korea Alliance?” Experts agree that the bilateral relationship is very strong—perhaps in the best condition it has ever been. This is due to both nations sharing common values of freedom, democracy, and … More

    Reid Is Bouncing an Important Check

    Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM

    It seems odd to note this in an election year, but it’s important nonetheless: The Founding Fathers feared unbridled, direct democracy. The Senate is supposed to slow down the legislative process by allowing vigorous debate. But Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is weakening its purpose by blocking other Senators from … More

    More Than 40 Percent of Americans Are on Some Government Program


    How many Americans depend on a government program for a basic (or not so basic) need? According to recently released Census Bureau data and Heritage Foundation calculations, the number is 128.8 million. That is the number of individuals directly receiving aid that they depend on for their daily consumption of … More

    The Magnitsky Act: The Moment of Truth


    ?his Thursday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will put the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act up for a vote. The bill seeks “to impose sanctions on persons responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky, and for other gross violations of human rights in the Russian … More

    WATCH LIVE: Rep. Mac Thornberry Speaks at The Bloggers Briefing

    The Bloggers Briefing

    An outdated U.S. law adopted in the aftermath of World War II prevents Americans from listening to broadcasts on Voice of America and other taxpayer-supported broadcasters. Yet when two lawmakers offered a bipartisan solution to reverse that prohibition, critics on the right and left complained that our own government would … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: June 4 – June 8, 2012

    Unofficial Seal of the US Senate

    House Cloakroom: June 4 – June 8, 2012 Analysis: This week the House will continue consideration of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that was brought to the floor last week.  There are expected to be several amendments to decrease the spending in this bill and end loan guarantee programs … More

    Pensions Are Deferred Compensation—a Lot of Deferred Compensation

    Teachers union protest

    Last week, The Heritage Foundation released important new research on the real cost of public pensions. In response, many different public-sector advocates have offered the same, curious, fallacious argument. Heritage found that, in Wisconsin, for example, total pension costs are more than two-and-a-half times what government actuaries estimate. (The difference … More