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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Wind PTC Already Phasing Out—for Certain

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    The production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy is set to expire at the end of this year, but its supporters are arguing for an everlasting extension using twisted logic. For a while, the argument was that businesses need certainty. The law as it currently stands provides certainty—eligibility for the … More

    Rescue Taxpayers from Flawed Farm Policy

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    House leaders on Tuesday proposed a drought relief package for ranches, orchards, and nurseries as a substitute for the massive five-year farm bill that has been stalled for weeks in the deeply divided chamber. But the very same flaws that have sidelined the omnibus farm bill—lavish subsidies and perverse incentives … More

    Calls for Renewed Commitment to Religious Liberty after Obamacare Mandate Implementation

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    Today marks the beginning of implementation of the anti-conscience mandate, and with it come calls for continued vigilance to demand greater protection of religious liberty. “On this day, let us renew our determination to reverse the mandate,” House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) said in a statement released this morning. “The … More

    Powering America Vignette: What is Radiation?

    “What is radiation?” That simple, three-word question largely embodies the concerns that many Americans have about nuclear power. The answer can be just as complicated as one wants to make it. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, radiation is “energy radiated in the form of waves or particles.” Jim Hopson puts it … More

    Protectionism Shuts Down "Nathan's" Hot Dogs

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    In recent years, this country has been plagued with an epidemic of over-achieving teenage entrepreneurs who refuse to waste their youth sitting in their parents’ basements playing video games. These youths are entering the marketplace in droves to peddle hot dogs and lemonade without any thought to what that kind … More

    Postal Service in Default: The Beginning of the End?

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    Today the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will default on $5.5 billion in payments to the Treasury for future retiree health benefits. That is no small sum, to be sure. But much to the dismay of the USPS—and the ire of taxpayers—it marks the first of several anticipated and potentially larger … More

    Obamacare Robs Medicare of $716 Billion to Fund Itself

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    Last week, a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report updated the amount of money Obamacare robs out of Medicare from $500 billion to a whopping $716 billion between 2013 and 2022. According to the CBO, the payment cuts in Medicare include: A $260 billion payment cut for hospital services. A … More

    U.N. Disabilities Treaty Leaves Door Open for Abortion Advocates

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    A heated abortion debate in the Senate gives the U.S. just one more reason to oppose the U.N. treaty it is considering on disabilities. Last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of sending the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to the full … More

    Another Temporary Budget Deal: Don’t Blame a “Broken” Process

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    The stopgap spending agreement reached by House and Senate leaders may be the only way Congress will escape a post-election “lame duck” showdown over funding government agencies. It also presumably helps clear the agenda so Congress can focus on Taxmageddon and the scheduled defense-devastating sequestration—two other major fiscal problems lawmakers … More

    Sacramento Airport to Bid TSA Adieu

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    Late last week, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced that they had preliminarily approved Sacramento International Airport to begin moving forward with privatizing their screening workforce. The move is part of TSA’s Security Partnership Program (SPP), the nearly eight-year-old program allowing U.S. airports to opt out of federal screening and … More