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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    Giving Thanks for Religious Liberty: Faith in Action Helps Those in Need

    Thanksgiving at the Bowery Mission

    Americans will gather around Thanksgiving tables this week to reflect on the past year and give thanks for the blessings of family, friends, and fundamental freedoms like religious liberty. For Peter, his gratitude this holiday is simple: “I’m thankful for shelter and food.” Earlier this fall, Peter stood outside the … More

    Morning Bell: Should We Pay Government Employees More?

    Andy Stern to step down at SEIU?

    Federal employees—who work on average a month less than private-sector workers and get paid more—are lobbying for higher pay. Government unions know that Congress is looking for ways to nip and tuck the federal budget, and they’re counting on being left out of the deal. “The Federal-Postal Coalition—a group representing … More

    The Wrong Technology: Evidence of Faulty Panels Continues to Mount at Abound Solar

    Abound Solar

    Claims that Chinese solar subsidies killed Abound Solar—and not faulty solar panels made by the company itself—are beginning to wear as thin as the solar panels they produced. A Denver news channel’s documents characterized the company’s solar panels as “low performance” and suffering from “catastrophic failures.” A Daily Caller report … More

    The Right Time for a Carbon Tax Is Never

    exhaust fume

    Once the electorate was made to realize that cap-and-trade bills (Lieberman-Warner, Waxman-Markey, etc.) were actually taxes on fossil energy, cap and trade became political poison. So it is surprising that an explicit tax on fossil energy is now being pushed in Washington. The hope among carbon-tax proponents is that they … More

    D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Is Accountable—to Parents

    Joseph Kelley said his son Rashawn

    The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) has helped hundreds of D.C. schoolchildren leave underperforming public schools to attend schools of their parents’ choice. As The Washington Post reported Sunday about the school voucher program: In the District, it’s clear that vouchers have provided many children with an education at well-established … More

    Time to Remove the Taxpayer Trough from Wind Producers

    Newscom

    The meal provided by the taxpayer is over. When pigs finish eating the slop that a farmer put in the trough, they’ll hang around the trough waiting for more food, but the farmer doesn’t cave. That meal is over, and the farmer promised no more food than what he put … More

    Medicaid Is Failing the People It Is Intended to Help

    Newscom

    Heritage’s Kevin Dayaratna finds in a recent survey of academic literature that “Medicaid’s so-called safety net cripples the very people it is designed to help.” The structural flaws in the program produce a cascade of failures, starting with underpaid and overburdened doctors, which produces longer waits for care, in turn … More

    Four Men Arrested in a Plot to Bomb U.S. Targets in Afghanistan

    In this photograph taken on September 26, 2008, a member Afghanistan's Taliban militia poses as he stands on a hillside at Maydan Shahr in Wardak province, west of Kabul. (AFP PHOTO)

    Early this morning, news broke of an attempted terrorist attack against U.S. military targets in Afghanistan. A federal complaint unsealed yesterday alleges that four men—all U.S. citizens or permanent residents—were engaged in an active plan to carry out “violent jihad” and target U.S. government facilities in Afghanistan. From the news … More

    Obamacare Insurance Exchanges: States Have Options

    John Kasich

    Governor John Kasich (R) is expected to opt not to set up a state Obamacare exchange. This is the right decision for Ohio. The President’s health care law is unworkable and unsustainable. Rejecting the health insurance exchanges, and equally as important, the Medicaid expansion, are two opportunities states have to … More

    Morning Bell: Can Hostess Save the Twinkies from the Union?

    Hostess-cakes

    Taking down the Twinkie. Clogging Wal-Mart parking lots on Black Friday. Messing with a major airport on the day before Thanksgiving. If unions are trying to be more popular with the American people, they’re doing it wrong. Americans have gone crazy over the possible loss of Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Ding … More