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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Rick Santorum, Felon Voting, and the Constitution

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    Last night’s Republican presidential debate raised the issue of felon voting.  Rick Santorum was challenged over his vote for federal legislation that would automatically restore the voting rights to felons as soon as they are released from prison and have completed any required probation or parole. As I testified nearly … More

    Barron’s Roundtable Blames Economic Malaise on Government Policies

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    Barron’s published its year-end roundtable discussion with 10 money managers and financial market experts on Saturday. The star investors voiced their concerns about three government-related problems that threaten economic growth and prosperity in this country. 1. Cumbersome government regulations are holding businesses back and discouraging investors from investing in American … More

    The Good News of Taiwan's Election

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    With the election of Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan has once again demonstrated the maturity of its political processes. The successful conduct of Taiwan’s democratic elections reminds us that Taiwan is part of the growing group of states capable of undertaking peaceful elections as the means of effecting political transition and change. … More

    Solyndra Update: Friday Document Dump Raises More Questions

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    The White House’s Friday evening Solyndra document dump revealed a pair of interesting facts that should not be lost in the news cycle’s three-day-weekend lull. Neither is a smoking gun, but both will likely fuel the fire of an investigation the administration would rather see die out. According to internal … More

    Even After Debt Limit Increase, Congress Has Work to Do

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    On Thursday, President Obama formally notified Congress that the total federal debt (debt subject to statutory limit) is within $100 billion of the debt limit and requested an increase of $1.2 trillion. The announcement comes as no surprise, because such an increase is the anticipated third and final installment of … More

    European Sanctions on Iran Necessary for International Security

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    As Iran’s nuclear weapons program pushes forward, the European Union is dragging its feet on implementing sanctions that would help cripple the Iranian regime’s progress. This week, eight U.S. Senators sent a letter to Lady Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, urging the … More

    Morning Bell: South Carolinians Have a Right to Work

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    This week, all eyes are on South Carolina as the Palmetto State votes on Saturday in the next Republican presidential primary contest. Jobs and the economy are rightly being debated by the entire political spectrum. It’s not the first time in the past year that South Carolina has been center … More

    VIDEO: Gov. Scott Walker Reflects on Wisconsin Government Union Reforms

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker testifies before Congress

    One year ago Republican Gov. Scott Walker took office in Wisconsin with an ambitious budget plan to set his state on a new course. Democrats revolted in protest, even fleeing the state to prevent a vote on the measure. Walker was ultimately able to make reforms to government unions, but … More

    Morning Bell: Life-Changing Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    The greatest tribute to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., is not to name a street in his honor or celebrate a national holiday. It is to recognize and support those who are working to carry out his vision, those who empower those facing the greatest obstacles through personal … More

    Chart of the Week: How Countries Compare on Economic Freedom

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    Heritage and the Wall Street Journal released the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom on Thursday, ranking 179 countries on 10 benchmarks that gauge their economic success. This year Heritage introduced a new interactive feature that gives you the opportunity to create a comparative graph. This week’s chart shows how the … More