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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Chinese Auto Subsidies: Hypocrisy from the Obama Administration

    Headache for American automakers

    The Obama Administration recently filed a case with the World Trade Organization, alleging that China provided at least $1 billion in subsidies to Chinese carmakers from 2009 to 2011. On the same day, The Wall Street Journal reported that if the government sold its 26.5 percent stake in General Motors, … More

    The Forgotten Constitution

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    Today is Constitution Day. It’s not a federal holiday, and that’s fitting. After all, for 225 years now, the Constitution has not taken a day off. Ours is the longest lasting, most successful constitution in history. But, even this relatively short document contains a few clauses that even seasoned experts … More

    Congressional Research Service Wrongly Implies Lower Tax Rates Don't Strengthen Economy

    Family finances

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) set out to make a convincing case that lower income tax rates do not strengthen the economy. It failed, but in so doing, it called into question the quality of CRS analysis and the institution’s credibility as non-partisan. The CRS is supposed to provide expert, … More

    The Right to View Even Ridiculous and Offensive YouTube Videos

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    Censorship of the Internet is one of the distinguishing features of autocratic governments from China to Cuba. Is this the direction the U.S. government might be moving? It’s too early to tell, but the Obama Administration’s unusual request to Google to “review” the offending “Innocence of Muslims” movie trailer is … More

    Is India Embracing Market Reform?

    Indian Market

    Was it something the entire rest of the planet said? Late last Friday, the much-criticized government of India went from devaluing market-based economic reform at seemingly every turn to embracing it—in the space of one press conference. While India still faces a mountain of challenges, it finally may be moving … More

    Medicare Roundup 9/17: Setting the Record Straight

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    In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reforming Medicare based on defined-contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition, going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much of this criticism … More

    Morning Bell: Our Constitution Is Under Fire

    Constitution Day

    Today, the federal government has acquired an all but unquestioned dominance over virtually every area of American life. It acts without constitutional limits and increasingly regulates our most basic activities, from how much water is in our toilets to what kind of light bulbs we can buy. So while we … More

    Chart of the Week: Sequestration Reduces Defense as Budget Priority

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    The Obama Administration released its sequestration report more than a week late, but other than a 9.4 percent reduction in discretionary national defense funding, there are few other details, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Slattery. He describes President Obama’s own budget request as one that would “dramatically shrink” the … More

    Cloakroom: And Just Like That, They're Gone Again

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    House Cloakroom: September 17 – September 21 Analysis: The House will be in session this week for the final week prior to the November elections and will take up immigration, welfare, and energy legislation. There will be a vote on a resolution under the Congressional Review Act regarding a rule … More

    New Administration Report Gives Few Details on Sequestration's Military Cuts

    The White House is attempting to use the U.S. military as a bargaining chip to force Congress to raise taxes—the looming “sequestration” budget cuts were never supposed to happen, because Congress was supposed to come to a budget agreement. Now the military faces deep, across-the-board cuts. The President has attempted … More