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  • Monthly Archives: July 2013

    Sequestration “Meat Cleaver” Is Really a Scalpel

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    In his speech yesterday, President Barack Obama referred to sequestration as a “meat cleaver” again, when news reports in fact show that the cuts have been much more targeted and much less devastating than he claims. “Then, rather than reduce our deficits with a scalpel, by cutting out programs we … More

    U.N. Disabilities Treaty Unnecessary to Protect the Disabled

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    The State Department marked the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week by touting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). As Heritage expert Kim Holmes points out in The Washington Times, the United States already has the most effective system … More

    From the Horse’s Mouth: D.C. Circuit Doesn’t Need More Judges

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    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard, Senator Chuck Grassley (R–IA) questioned whether the Senate should confirm any additional judges to the D.C. Circuit. Putting aside serious concerns about Pillard’s radical positions on sex education, abortion, and religious liberty, Republicans and Democrats have … More

    U.N. Intervention Brigade in Congo Greeted with Increased Violence

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    The United Nations’ peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has not significantly improved the situation in the DRC. The lack of progress and the recent escalation of violence raise questions about whether U.N. peacekeeping operations are the best means for addressing ongoing conflicts like those in … More

    Green Jobs: Surely You're Joking, Mr. President

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    In his speech at Knox College, President Obama laid out his plan for the Detroitification of America: higher taxes, higher spending, increased minimum wages, more mandates, and rerouting the path of upward mobility through tried-and-failed social programs. He blames unfettered markets for taking America away from the halcyon days of … More

    Sequestration Helps Force Needed Spending Cuts and Enables Private-Sector Jobs

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    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a letter this week describing how canceling sequestration in 2014 would affect the economy. The CBO dutifully plugged the numbers into its economic model, and the model gave the result it was written to give: more government spending equals more output in the government … More

    Energy "Race to the Top" Is a Race to the Trough

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      Advocacy groups are pushing to include the State Energy Race to the Top Initiative Act of 2013 legislation as an amendment to the Shaheen–Portman efficiency bill. But the “race to the top” idea amounts to nothing more than a subsidy-filled race to the trough for companies that are hungry … More

    Morning Bell: Can Obamacare Get the Young Blood It Needs to Live?

    What would it take to get you to enroll in Obamacare? A folksy song? A celebrity endorsement? An ad in a porta-potty? Taxpayer money may be used for all of those things and more as October 1—the date when the health insurance exchanges are supposed to open—approaches. But all the … More

    Reckless Government Spending Isn't Funny, But This New Sitcom Is

    Do you think the federal government spends too much money? The answer is pretty obvious — and not a laughing matter. But the group Bankrupting America found a way to poke fun at the issue of “spend it or lose it” budgeting — the concept that agencies are rewarded for … More

    Eric Holder Messes with Texas

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    Obama’s Justice Department is fighting a recent Supreme Court decision—and picking a fight with Texas. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will ask a federal court to subject Texas to a pre-clearance requirement—something the Supreme Court just struck down—for all of its proposed changes to voting … More