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  • Monthly Archives: April 2013

    Why We Pay the Income Tax

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    As millions of Americans scrambled this week to get their taxes filed on time, they probably didn’t spend much time wondering how we got here. But the modern income tax, with the federal government drawing most of its money from payments by citizens, is relatively new. The American Revolution, of … More

    WATCH: Rep. Doug Lamborn, Author Wayne Root at Bloggers Briefing

    On this somber day, our prayers go out to the victims of yesterday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon. At the Bloggers Briefing beginning at noon ET today, Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) will join us to talk about missile defense and the heightened threat from North Korea. Lamborn is a strong advocate for … More

    Morning Bell: Standing with Boston

    Keiko Hiromi/Polaris/Newscom

    America is at its best when it faces adversity with courage, confidence, and determination. That recipe of “what makes us who we are” holds for hurricanes, disasters, and tragedies like the one that occurred during yesterday’s Boston Marathon. A security professional knows what to do first: Take care of the … More

    Prayers for Boston Marathon Explosion Victims

    Two explosions rocked Boston today at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Local and federal authorities are working to secure the area and investigate the bombings. We will soon know more details and be able to decide on what the best policies are in response. For now, as a … More

    Despite Victory Claim, Big Setback for Chavismo in Venezuela

    David Fernandez/Newscom

    On April 14, some 14.8 million Venezuelans went to the polls to select a new president to replace Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5. By the narrowest of margins—reportedly fewer than 235,000 votes—it appears that Nicolas Maduro, candidate of Chavez’s United Socialist Party (PSUV), defeated opposition leader Henrique Capriles … More

    Bad Deal for the U.S.: Kerry on Missile Defense

    MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA/Newscom

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated during his recent trip to China that the U.S. would withdraw some of its missile defenses if China can persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. It is optimistic to assume that China would be interested in persuading North Korea to … More

    The High Cost of Offshore Wind: Is Cape Wind the Next Solyndra?

    Jerry & Marcy Monkman / DanitaDelimont.com "Danita Delimont Photography"/Newscom

    Opponents have called it “another Solyndra waiting to happen.” An estimated $2.6 billion offshore wind project near Massachusetts could be awarded a $350 million Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee and a 30 percent federal tax credit, according to recent reports. The much beleaguered 468 megawatt, 130 turbine Cape Wind … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline Hearing Tuesday

    Reuters/TransCanada Corporation/Newscom

    President Obama has been holding up the Keystone XL Pipeline. Could Congress go ahead and clear it for construction–and prevent environmental activists from tying the project in litigation if it gets the green light? That’s the question at tomorrow’s Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing. The subcommittee … More

    Cutting the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Won’t Make Us Safer

    Newscom

    President Obama is considering further unilateral cuts in the nuclear arsenal, but his disarmament policies will do nothing to make the world a safer place. In a newly published paper, “Slouching Toward Zero,” Dr. Robert Butterworth, president of Aries Analytics, charges that the modernization of U.S. nuclear forces, while remaining … More

    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Undercover Busts of Innocents at Gun Shows

    Frank Chmura Stock Connection Worldwide/Newscom

    One begins to wonder if Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) didn’t just take whatever verbiage Attorney General Eric Holder’s staff handed to them and put it in their gun control legislation without even reading it. The Schumer-Toomey-Manchin (STM) bill facilitates undercover sting operations at … More