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  • Monthly Archives: March 2013

    Overcoming the Digital Divide: What Conservatives Must Do to Win

    Robert Draper’s New York Times Magazine article last month spurred debates and discussions among conservatives about the role of digital media in politics. It revealed the frustrations of movement conservatives and political operatives about the results of the 2012 election. Technology, data and analytics were once again part of the … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Days Four and Five: As the Temperature Rises, the Doors Close

    Frank Chmura Stock Connection Worldwide/Newscom

    The row between China and the European Union at the U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) got Thursday off to a heated start. By the time Friday came to a close, it seemed possible that the conference might collapse into the same acrimonious confusion that ended last July’s … More

    Morning Bell: The Marriage Debate Through a Child's Eyes

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    Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do … More

    The Best Plan for Farmers and Ranchers: Free Trade

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    Congress is currently fighting over the future of U.S. farm programs. In 2011, taxpayers subsidized farmers to the tune of $10.4 billion in government payments. Imagine if the government had a way to increase payments to farmers while reducing taxpayer subsidies to zero. Such a policy exists. It’s called free … More

    Obamacare at Three Years: Increasing Cost Estimates

    Obamacare at 3 years

    Today marks three years since Obamacare was signed into law, and taxpayers probably aren’t celebrating. Over the last three years, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has revised its cost estimates for Obamacare’s new entitlements—the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies—many times, and they have more than doubled since 2010. The first … More

    Israelis Experience Obama’s Charm Offensive

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    President Obama wowed his youthful audience in Israel on Thursday. Having arrived on Wednesday with a mere 10 percent approval rating, Obama clearly hoped to win Israeli hearts and minds with his almost hour-long speech. He went straight to the Israeli people with his pitch, eschewing a more traditional and … More

    Marriage: Children, Freedom, and a Crucial Debate

    Those pressing the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 essentially argue that marriage as we’ve always known it is not constitutional. But redefining marriage would make marriage about the desires of adults rather than the well-being of children. That was the … More

    Government Sugar Policy: Buy High, Sell Low?

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    It was recently reported that the federal government is considering buying 400,000 tons of sugar to prop up prices for sugar producers. The government would then sell the sugar at a loss of 10 cents per pound, costing taxpayers $80 million. Conventional wisdom for investors is “buy low, sell high.” … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Day Four: As a New Draft Arrives, China Speaks and the EU Begs

    Arms Trade Treaty conference session (Photo by Ted Bromund)

    The fireworks at the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference in New York started late on Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon, the atmosphere, which had in previous days been calm, felt like last July, when the last negotiating conference collapsed into failure. The fun began with an intervention on Wednesday by … More

    Obamacare at Three Years: A Broke Program for Early Retirees

    Obamacare at 3 years

    Adding to the list of documented Obamacare failures (see here, here, here, and here) is the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP). Obamacare created the ERRP to provide employers and other health plan sponsors funding for insuring early retirees between the ages 55 and 65 and their dependents. Eligible plan sponsors … More