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  • Tankosphere Today: Sept. 17, 2008

    Taxpayer Patent Extortion – The Technology Liberation Front Wow. Mike Masnick writes about NASA’s plan to auction off some of its patent portfolio to the private sector. When I read this I had to do a double-take: NASA has a patent portfolio?… Capitalism Breeds Generosity – InsiderOnline Does capitalism make … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept 16, 2008

    Regulating Away Improvement – Adam Smith Institute The bailouts are getting bigger. The rescue of US mortgage giants Freddie-Mac and Fannie-Mae is hailed as the largest bailout in history. On our side of the Atlantic we saw the similar, but smaller, rescue of Northern Rock… Lehman Bankruptcy: In Capitalism, Failure … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept 15, 2008

    Top Ten Overlooked Facts About Trade – The Club For Growth The #1 Fact: “For 2008, the United States is on track to retain its title as the world’s largest exporter, with exports of goods and services approaching $2 trillion. In other words, American workers… The Aspen Institute on Educational … More

    This Week in Washington: Sept 15, 2008

    The two big issues in Washington this week are drilling and bailing out the automakers. Drill, baby, drill. For years, Congress has banned oil and natural gas drilling on most of America’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Less than two weeks ago, the Republican convention erupted with chants of “Drill, Baby, … More

    5 Misconceptions About the National Debt

    There is a lot of information about the national debt, but misconceptions cloud the debate. There are five common misconceptions about the national debt. This video explains them, as well as why they are not accurate guides to measure the debt. Heritage’s Brian Reidl also mentions the real threat to the National Debt – unfunded entitlement … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept 12, 2008

    Nevada Research Policy Institute Launches Transparency Site – Government Bytes Check out the Nevada Research Policy Institute’s new transparency website, www.transparentnevada.com. Launched earlier this week, the site enables users to search through county and state financial data such as purchasing contracts, lobbying expenses, budgets, and government employee salaries… CBS News … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept. 11, 2008

    An Earmark for Alien Research? – The Club For Growth As you will agree, efficient and effective operation of the Department of Defense (DOD) is critical to ensuring the security of our nation and the safety of our troops… Five Trillion Here, Five Trillion There – Government Bytes As a … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept. 10, 2008

    When Government Fails, Blame the Private Sector – OpenMarket.org Taxpayers are now in the process of bailing out the “Government-Sponsored Enterprises” — the mortgage giants Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac — to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. The GSEs have long received subsidies that cost taxpayers around … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept. 9, 2008

    Long Before Midnight, Regulatory Stepping Down – Shopfloor.org The memo in question came from Chief of Staff Bolten on May 9th (a copy is here), setting the deadline for new regs on June 1, as reported in The New York Times in “Administration Moves to Avert a Late Rules Rush”… … More

    This Week in Washington: Sept. 8, 2008

    Drilling and Defense Spending are the two big issues this week in Washington. For years, Congress has banned oil and natural gas drilling on most of America’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). On Oct. 1, that ban, along with one that forbids the extraction and development of oil shale in the … More