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  • Monthly Archives: March 2013

    President Obama’s Middle East Trip Underscores Need for Economic Freedom

    Newscom

    President Obama is in the Middle East this week, two years and three months after Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi unleashed the Arab Spring by protesting against his lack of economic freedom. Mohamed’s father died when he was three years old. When his stepfather became ill, Mohamed quit school to … More

    Is the Government Reading Your E-Mail?

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    Should the contents of your e-mail messages be protected from unwarranted law enforcement scrutiny to the same extent as your physical letters sent through the mail? To ask the question makes the answer seem obvious. E-mail is today’s postal service and the personal contents of your e-mail messages are as … More

    Obamacare at 3 Years: Unrealistic Expectations for ACOs

    Obamacare at 3 years

    Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)—a concept that a group of doctors and hospitals will work collectively to manage the care and costs of Medicare patients—were expected to transform the delivery of health care. Yet again, much like the rest of Obamacare, these promises appear to be falling short of expectations. In … More

    Eliminate the Ineffective SNAP Employment and Training Program

    Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom

    Senator Pat Roberts’s (R–KS) amendment to the Senate’s budget plan (S.Con.Res. 8) to eliminate funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) Employment and Training Program is a serious attempt at imposing some much-needed fiscal discipline in Congress. According to the Government Accountability Office, officials at SNAP did not track … More

    Obamacare at Three Years: One Entitlement Repealed, Two to Go

    Obamacare at 3 years

    When the same Congressmen who voted for Obamacare vote to repeal a provision of it, it’s obvious that provision must be totally unworkable on every level. And that’s what happened to the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act. Formally repealed in January’s fiscal cliff deal, CLASS was Obamacare’s … More

    North Korea Ups the Ante with Cyber Attack

    Korean Central News Agency via Korean News Service

    On Tuesday, several South Korean banks and television broadcasters were taken offline due to a “pretty massive” cyber attack. For the most part these attacks were just a nuisance, temporarily cutting off online access to bank accounts and freezing TV station computers, though not interfering with any broadcasts. Most signs … More

    Obama in Israel: What’s Behind All the Smiles?

    KOBI GIDEON/G.P.O./SIPA/Newscom

    President Obama Wednesday stated during an appearance with Israeli President Shimon Peres that “the state of Israel will have no greater friend than the United States.” In public appearances with both Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there were smiles and hugs all around. But all these smiles have to … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Day Three: Turning Up the Pressure on the U.S.

    Photo by Ted Bromund

    As the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference moved through its third day, the isolation of the United States became ever clearer. The U.S. position is that the current text of the treaty, negotiated last July, needs to be better drafted but should not be substantially changed. Yesterday, it became … More

    Redefining Marriage Threatens Religious Liberty

    Bill Sykes/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom

    Religious liberty doesn’t stop at the church doors. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the nonpartisan public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religions, filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court making the case that legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriages creates hazards for … More

    Carbon Tax: Still a Bad Idea

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    An anti-carbon tax amendment will likely be considered as the Senate attempts to pass its first budget in four years. While it has been made quite clear that passing a carbon tax would fail in both chambers of Congress, it is important to stress why enacting a carbon tax would … More