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  • Monthly Archives: July 2013

    Why Don't We Have Free Trade with Every Country?

    Photo credit: Newscom

    With a July 31 expiration date fast approaching, both the House and Senate last week introduced legislation that would extend free trade preferences to developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Introduced with broad bipartisan support, the extension was lauded by both sides of the aisle for supporting … More

    Immigration Bill Would Be a Bonanza for Special Interest Groups (and Lawyers)

    Barack Obama at National Council of La Raza

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) has said that the House will not vote on the Senate-passed immigration bill and will instead deal with the issue on a piece-by-piece basis. One of the many problems in the Senate bill is the slush funds that would help finance the budgets of radical … More

    U.S. International Broadcasting Finally Accessible for Americans

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    This month, Americans finally got the opportunity to watch and listen to news programming that the U.S. government has been broadcasting to the rest of the world for decades. This is a good thing. Americans should benefit from and be informed about the news that their tax dollars pay for … More

    Bunny Disaster Plans: Unveiling the Magic Behind Regulations

    Photo courtesy of Marty Hahne

    Cartoon star Bullwinkle the Moose had a running gag in which he tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat and ended up facing a tiger, rhino, lion, or a bear. It’s a good thing he’s not working the nightclub circuit today. The permitting process would be a nightmare. … More

    How Government Shut Down the Chinatown Bus

    Nicolaus Czarnecki/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    The federal regulatory apparatus has made Americans poorer and less safe, and it has eliminated hundreds of jobs by shutting down 41 bus companies in the past year. Ironically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) justifies its heavy-handedness as promoting safety, when in fact the shutdowns will likely result … More

    Coal Ash Bill Empowers States

    Photo: Monty Rakusen/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom

    The House will soon consider Representative David McKinley’s (R–WV) Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218), which would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from classifying coal combustion residues (also known as coal ash) as a hazardous waste. It would also allow states to create their own regulatory permit … More

    EU Finally Begins to Take Hezbollah Threat Seriously

    MAZEN MAHDI/EPA/Newscom

    Yesterday, the European Union finally reached the necessary consensus among its 28 member states to list Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist organization. The decision comes after many months of impasse and indecision, the byproduct of the EU’s required unanimity coupled with a concern among some European nations that the … More

    Moody's: Further Deficit Reduction Needed to Maintain Stable Outlook

    RICHARD B. LEVINE/Newscom

    Moody’s changed the outlook on the U.S. credit rating from negative to stable this week, citing improving deficits. While this is good news, policymakers should curb their enthusiasm about what this means for the U.S. debt situation. The improvement could be fleeting, as Moody’s relies heavily on favorable economic growth … More

    The Right Kind of Federalism

    Newscom

    Regular elections are a critical feature of American democracy. If you don’t like the way your town, state, or federal government is headed, you know you’ll have a chance to change leadership at the ballot box. Of course, if your state is slowing you up with high tax rates and … More

    A Backdoor Path to Amnesty?

    Credit: J. Emilio Flores/LA Opinion/Newscom

    Members of Congress have debated various versions of the DREAM Act more than 30 times over the past dozen years. They’ll do so again today, possibly setting the stage for a backdoor path to amnesty in the U.S. House. Although no bill text is available — and might not be … More