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    Grading the Lawmakers’ Entitlement Reform Proposals

    Kudos to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Last month the paper asked each member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to explain how he or she would solve the long-term Social Security and Medicare funding shortfall. Their responses claimed two and a half pages of editorial space in the July 13 issue. It’s … More

    Regulate the Internet? FCC.gov Has It Right

    The FCC last Friday may have jumped with both feet into the business of regulating the Internet, but someone forgot to tell the folks that run the Commission’s website. “The FCC Does Not Regulate the Internet or Internet Service Providers (ISP)” the “consumer publications” page of FCC.gov is still proudly … More

    At Least Wal-Mart Employees Can Cast Presidential Ballots in Secret...

    …because if big labor gets its way, they will not be protected by the secret ballot at work. Today the Wall Street Journal has a front page story on management efforts to educate employees on what would happen to Wal-Mart if liberal majorities in Congress and the White House passed … More

    Mega Dittos, Rush!!!

    Today is the 20th anniversary of Rush Limbaugh’s national radio show. Rush can be heard on over 600 radio stations and gets more than 14 million listeners every week. This week, Human Events, has been paying tribute to Rush with essays from major conservative luminaries with titles like Empowerer of … More

    Stark's Remarks on Taxes Revealing in Ways He May Not Intend

    In a body known for intemperate remarks and fabricated figures, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) put in a worthy nominee for top honors in 2008 recently when he said: … the unfunded cost of the McCain-Bush tax cuts is more than $100 trillion. So if you weren’t giving away all of … More

    Morning Bell: More Evasions on Medicare

    Earlier this month, Anheuser-Busch was bought by the Belgian brewer InBev for $50.3 billion. As symbolic as the purchase was for American beer drinkers, the deal will have an even bigger impact on Belgium’s economy. A gross domestic product (GDP) of $378.9 billion makes Belgium the 28th-largest economy in the world. Now … More

    The Heads in the Sand Coalition Strikes Again

    Already Medicare expenditures account for 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Medicare Part A – the part of Medicare that pays hospital bills – is already spending more in benefits than it gets in revenues and is projected to grow by 7.4 percent on average over the next 10 … More

    Another Federal Bailout?

    First Bear Stearns, then Fannie and Freddie … and now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Last week Massachusetts received another short-term extension of its Medicaid waiver—which in part funds the state’s health care reform — until next Monday (July 28th) because the terms and conditions of its renewal are still pending. … More

    No Credit to Congress: House Judiciary Committee Votes on Price Controls

    In 1979, Robert Schuettinger and Eamonn Butler wrote a book called “Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls,” detailing 4,000 years of disastrous attempts by government to control market prices. Tomorrow, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on adding a 41st century to that litany of failure. The target: credit … More

    A Funny Bit of Entitlements Nonsense from the U.S. Navy

    Russell Beland is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His piece in the Washington Post over the weekend, “5 Myths About the Bust That Will Follow the Boom”, suggests the civilian leadership of the Navy may have too much time on its hands. In brief, Beland’s thesis is that … More