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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Agriculture Department Paid $2 Million for a Single Intern

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    A report from the Agriculture Department’s Inspector General has revealed some stunning examples of financial waste in the Department’s nascent technology security efforts, which have mismanaged about $63 million in taxpayer funding. Among the IG’s findings: the USDA spent more than $2 million on an internship program that only hired … More

    Cybersecurity: President Threatens to Override Congress

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    The signs are growing that President Obama may once again trot out his new favorite tool—the executive order—to override the will of the people as represented by Congress. Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) failed to get the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 passed. Even with the last-minute horse trading that … More

    Public-Private Partnerships Offer Smart Alternative to Sweeping Defense Cuts

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    There is little disagreement that looming cuts in the defense budget set to take place in January are ill-advised, though there is intense debate over how to prevent them. However, one way to improve the defense budget without sequestration, downsizing, or raising taxes is to increase partnerships between the military … More

    Morning Bell: 'Pizza Tax' Only a Hint of Obamacare's Costs

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    Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter spurred new outrage over Obamacare when he said recently that the law will hike pizza prices. But his business isn’t the only one that will have to pass its new costs on to consumers—or cut back, which will mean even fewer jobs. At least … More

    Cuba: Cosmetic Changes Will Not Save the Castro Regime

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    Today, Cubans are reportedly being allowed to listen to Gloria Estefan. She and about 50 other artists were, until this week, blacklisted and banned. However, it’s not just the airwaves that are getting a facelift: Earlier this month, the aged Castro regime adopted a new tax code said to simplify … More

    Federal Court Upholds Marriage in Hawaii

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    Yesterday, the federal district court in Hawaii ruled that Hawaii’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman does not violate the U.S. Constitution. This ruling comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review multiple cases involving the issue of same-sex marriage and voters in Maryland, Minnesota, … More

    A Somali Maritime Force? Think Again

    Amid growing threats of piracy, a Somali coastguard returns from a patrol off the coast on April 30, 2011

    Earlier this week, Somalia’s prime minister and presidential hopeful Abdiweli Mohamed Ali announced that his government seeks to establish a marine task force to stop “foreign countries and companies from taking Somalia’s resources illegitimately.” Ali is getting ahead of himself. Instead of looking to expand the government’s use of force, … More

    Obamacare Mandate Harms the Poor: A Case Study of Catholic Charities

    Ruby was unable to pay her rent and had been evicted from her apartment. Now she was drenched in the rain. “I was sitting out in the rain with all my stuff lying around,” Ruby said. “My daughter and I sat there all day.” That’s when Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C., … More

    The American People Want Obamacare Repealed

    Protesters oppose Obamacare at Supreme Court

    After the Supreme Court ruling that upheld most of his health care law, President Obama claimed that the decision was a “victory for people all over the country.” However, public opinion polls that show that a majority of Americans don’t want Obamacare. RealClearPolitics has compiled polling data since the bill … More

    Postal Service Finances: Yes, It Can Get Worse

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    It is becoming hard to keep the billions of dollars in missed payments and recorded losses by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) straight. Today, tack another multibillion-dollar chunk of change onto the list: The USPS reported a third-quarter net loss of $5.2 billion, bringing year-to-date losses to $11.6 billion. But … More