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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Six Reasons States Should Be Skeptical of Medicaid Expansion Cost Estimates

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    As states weigh their options regarding the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid, many have sought out cost estimates to assist them. However, in a new paper, Heritage experts Ed Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski caution state lawmakers that state cost estimates rest on key assumptions, some of which may be questionable. There … More

    Protectionist "Obsession" Is Misplaced

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    Former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D–MI) confessed Wednesday to an “obsession” with creating manufacturing jobs in the United States. That is a brave admission, given that the dictionary defines obsession as “a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea.” Following up on President Obama’s call in Charlotte for creation of … More

    9/11 Attack on U.S. Diplomats in Libya May Be Linked to Al-Qaeda

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    There are growing suspicions that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans may have been a terrorist operation launched by al-Qaeda or like-minded Libyan Islamist militants in revenge for the death of a high-ranking Libyan member of al-Qaeda. CNN reported late on Wednesday that … More

    Morning Bell: New Wave of Attacks on U.S. Embassies

    Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen

    Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen today and set fire to a building. Like the mob in Egypt on Tuesday, they tore down the American flag. Reports are also circulating of a separate protest in Tehran today with about 500 Iranians chanting “Death to America.” Meanwhile, a onetime mentor … More

    No More Solyndras Act: Good Start; Room for Improvement

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    This Friday, the House of Representatives will vote on the No More Solyndras Act, which would prohibit any new loan guarantees from Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. For applications that are already under consideration or have received conditional commitment, the bill would require the Secretary of … More

    A Cybersecurity Executive Order Could Harm Security

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    With reports of a draft executive order on cybersecurity being circulated, it now seems likely that President Obama will go forward with this flawed approach. The peculiar thing is that the order does not seem to add anything new. If that is true, why is the President expending political capital … More

    It's Time to Break 'The Machine'

    Reason TV and The Moving Picture Institute recently came out with a new video called “The Machine.” ”The Machine” highlights the correlation between the taxpayers, politicians, and the education unions. It works like this: Taxpayers send money to the government, which then uses it to pay for government education employees. Teachers are forced to pay … More

    Investigators: Sebelius Illegally Campaigned on Taxpayer's Dime

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    Independent federal legal officials have concluded that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by conducting political activity “in an official capacity,” according to a statement released on Wednesday. “Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made extemporaneous partisan remarks in a speech delivered in her official … More

    What's Driving High Poverty Numbers?

    Hundreds wait in line for section 8 housing vouchers in Bloomington, Indiana, in July. (Photo: Polaris)

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty numbers. It reports that 46.2 million Americans remain poor; the figure was unchanged from last year. The percentage of Americans who were poor remained at a near-record 15 percent. What we are sure to hear now is a cry from big-government … More

    More Than 48 Million Americans Remain Uninsured

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    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2011 findings on health insurance coverage in the United States. Despite a small reduction in the uninsured by 1.4 million from 2010 to 2011, 48.6 million, or 15.7 percent of Americans, remain without health insurance. Another area of disappointment comes from the number … More