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  • Monthly Archives: October 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Celebrates Hurricane Damage in New York City

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press)

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press) East Coast residents are still reeling from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. At least 39 people are dead, 8.2 million are without power, the storm inflicted about $20 billion in property damage, and it … More

    Installing Windmills Doesn't Make the Wind Blow

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    A tweet from the Department of Energy (DOE) gives a link to a DOE webpage highlighting a graph from, and giving a link to, a study by the American Wind Energy Association. Skipping the question of how appropriate it is for the DOE to flack for an advocacy organization, we … More

    U.S. Drops Out of Top 10 in Latest Legatum Prosperity Index

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

    In an unprecedented fall, the U.S. dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in the 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index that was published today. The index benchmarks countries in eight categories: economy, education, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, health, personal freedom, safety and security, and social capital. Legatum’s latest … More

    Is a Tax Cut Always a Good Thing?

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    According to Friday’s Washington Post, the Administration is considering a new, short-term tax cut. Should conservatives cheer? As a matter of principle, there are at least two reasons to dislike taxes and to applaud tax cuts. First, taxes take money away from those who made the money in the first … More

    Could Hurricane Sandy Affect the 2012 Election?

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    The unusual question was asked to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “Would the President have the power to adjust Election Day?” Within hours, online forums and TV pundits began citing precedent for postponing elections, most notably the New York City mayoral election just after 9/11—a municipal election that, legally, … More

    New York Times: "A Big Storm Requires Big Government"

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press)

    In a shameless attempt to politicize Hurricane Sandy, The New York Times rushed out an editorial, “A Big Storm Requires Big Government,” attacking conservatives for advocating a rebalancing of disaster response responsibilities. The Times says the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) “was put back in working order by President Obama, … More

    Morning Bell: Sandy Slams East Coast

    Flooding in New York City's financial district. (Photo: Polaris)

    Super-storm Sandy lived up to expectations yesterday and overnight, delivering a powerful punch with heavy rains, strong winds, and significant storm surge. After taking 69 lives in the Caribbean, Sandy hit the eastern United States, where at least 16 people have died. Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted … More

    U.N. Loses Focus on the Human Rights They Ought to Protect

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    The U.N. Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group reconvened last week in Geneva to examine the human rights records of 14 U.N. member states. The review was established as part of the new Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2006 and intended to review all 192 U.N. member states … More

    Morning Bell: Bracing for Hurricane Sandy

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    Hurricane Sandy is battering the East Coast this morning, expected to wreak havoc for millions of people from the Mid-Atlantic to northern New England. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are affected by the storm. Please take care and be safe. Because of Sandy’s timing this late in October, … More

    Chart of the Week: Major Benefits of Free Trade

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    Nations that embrace international trade enjoy significantly stronger economies, achieve lower rates of hunger, and maintain a better stewardship of the environment, according to new data published by Heritage for the forthcoming Index of Economic Freedom. There are, of course, other factors that contribute to such positive trends. But international … More