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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Needless and Irresponsible Delays on Congressional Appropriations


    After weeks of decent progress in advancing the fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bills—the annual spending bills that finance the operations of government agencies—the process, disappointingly, appears to be stalling. According to CQ Budget Tracker: Although both chambers will work on appropriations bills this month, Congress appears unlikely to clear … More

    U.S. Nuclear Triad Essential for National Security


    General Robert Kehler, the current commander of the Strategic Command, offered only tepid support for the existing U.S. nuclear triad during a July 12 speech on Capitol Hill. General Kehler said that the traditional U.S. nuclear triad—comprised of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and strategic bomber aircraft—remains … More

    Obama Misses Budget Deadline—Again


    President Obama seems to view budget deadlines as mere suggestions. During his term, Obama has missed all but one deadline to deliver his annual budget and midsession review. This week marks another year in which the President missed both deadlines. This consistent track record of missing statutory budget obligations is … More

    Americans Deserve to Know What the U.S. Government Is Broadcasting

    radio free europe

    Americans deserve transparency about what their government is doing, as long as that transparency doesn’t threaten national security. Transparency should also be the guiding principle of the State Department’s public diplomacy and U.S. international broadcasting. But since 1948, the U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act, also know as the Smith–Mundt … More

    Marissa Mayer & the Gender Gap That Wasn’t


    A woman won’t become the CEO of anything if she is overly focused on the so-called “gender gap” in her field. Marissa Mayer is the perfect example. Mayer, 37 and pregnant, was just named CEO of Yahoo! after spending 13 years at Google. She reportedly doesn’t prefer to focus on … More

    Ernst and Young: Obama’s Tax Increase Would Kill 710,000 Jobs

    Job seekers line up for jobs at Citi Field in Queens in New York

    A new study conducted by Ernst and Young proves conclusively that the President’s tax increase would be devastating to the economy and jobs. The study finds that, if Congress misguidedly adopted President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on job creators by allowing the Bush-era tax policies to expire for incomes … More

    Syrian Uprising Penetrates Damascus, Kills Defense Minister


    The “Arab Spring” arrived in Damascus with a vengeance this week—despite the brutal repression meted out by the Assad regime. Today, the Syrian defense minister was assassinated in a suicide bombing at the national security headquarters building in the capital. CNN reported that the explosion was caused by a car … More

    Morning Bell: The End of Welfare Reform As We Know It

    August 22, 1996 Surrounded by bipartisan members of Congress, Governors, administrative officials and former welfare recipients, President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform legislation Thursday at the White House. Known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, the bill ends 60 years of guaranteed monetary assistance to the poor. The three former welfare recipients are (from left, all women, standing around the President): Lillie Harden from Arkansas, Penelope Howard from Deleware and Janet Ferrel from West Virginia.

    The Obama Administration made yet another end run around Congress last week—this time, to gut the successful welfare reform law of 1996. If this is allowed to stand, it will mean rewinding years of progress that lifted millions out of poverty. Before the 1996 reform, welfare was a one-way handout: … More

    Congress Rightly Seeks Details on Defense-Devastating Sequestration


    With the commander in chief refusing to address the crippling, automatic cuts to national defense scheduled to start on January 2, Congress is appropriately stepping up and demanding answers. That is the aim of the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (H.R. 5872), which is being taken up in the House … More

    Obama Ends Welfare Reform as We Know It, Calls for $12.7 Trillion in New Welfare Spending

    Medicaid Food Stamps Waiting Room

    Last Thursday, the Obama Administration quietly issued new bureaucratic rules that overturned the popular welfare reform law of 1996. This was an illegal move, and it completely undoes years of progress that helped millions of Americans. What Welfare Reform Accomplished The 1996 reform replaced the old Aid to Families with … More