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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    New Regulations Equal New Crimes: Congress’s Overreliance on Criminal Statutes as Regulatory Tools

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    There is currently a bill before the Senate to establish a Concrete Masonry Products Board, the purpose of which is to “carry out a coordinated program of research, education, and promotion to improve, maintain, and develop markets for concrete masonry products.” The fact that the government feels the need to … More

    Holder Gets It Completely Wrong on Poll Taxes and Voter ID

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    First he was withholding information from Congress. Now U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is giving misinformation to the public. In his July 10 speech to the NAACP, Holder claimed that the requirement that you obtain a free photo ID to vote is the same as a poll tax: “Many of … More

    Cybersecurity Legislation Should Be Done Well or Not at All

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    Cybersecurity legislation will likely be taken up by the Senate tomorrow. Regrettably, the idea that we just need to do something about cybersecurity seems to be trumping the view that we need to do it right. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA), authored by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) and Susan … More

    Experts Hit the Hill to Discuss Impact of Obamacare

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    On the heels of the Obamacare Supreme Court ruling that upheld the individual mandate, the House of Representatives voted 244–185 to fully repeal the law. Recent hearings before the Ways and Means and Oversight and Government Reform committees provide further reason why full repeal is necessary. The Ways and Means … More

    How Much Debt Is Too Much?

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    Following the news that the U.S. national debt has increased by $1 trillion for the fifth year in a row and that Greece’s debt crisis may force it from the eurozone, The Heritage Foundation has published a primer on national debt and sovereign default. National debt in a healthy economy … More

    Missile Defense: "Hit-to-Kill" System Is Worth Touting

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    A July 24 article in the online Mobile Magazine describes the advanced technology of Raytheon’s Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) for destroying missile warheads in space. The article is right to tout the capabilities of this and similar anti-missile kill vehicles. The EKV is the payload portion of anti-missile missiles and … More

    Secretary Panetta Steps Up to Support MEADS

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    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently sent a letter urging Senator Daniel Inouye (D–HI), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to conclude a test phase of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) in fiscal year (FY) 2013. MEADS is a trilateral anti-aircraft and missile program with Germany and Italy. … More

    Congress Has Its Head in the Cloud

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    Today the House Judiciary Committee will discuss the technological and innovative power that cloud computing offers to individuals, the private sector, and the government. Cloud computing is the movement of IT capabilities away from individual computers and servers to centralized providers that manage IT resources for their users via the … More

    Hercules Battles Anti-Conscience Mandate in Court as August 1 Deadline Looms

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    A federal district court judge in Colorado will hear arguments today regarding a motion for preliminary injunction in Newland v. Sebelius. Hercules Industries and the Newland family requested the injunction to halt the Obama Administration’s implementation of its conscience-crushing contraception mandate. At stake is whether family business owners like the … More

    Farm Bill Misses Crucial Food Stamp Reform

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture appears to be on a mission to recruit food stamp participants. Radio advertisements, Spanish telenovelas (soap operas), and reaching across the border to partner with Mexico are some of the highlights of their advertising campaign. This, along with massive growth in program spending, indicates critical … More