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    Deficit Spending Stimulus Skeptics

    President Barack Obama wants us to put away out “childish” disagreements. But there is nothing childish about the very real concerns many economist have about his $800 billion soon to be over $1 trillion stimulus package. Those with very adult doubts about how borrowing another dollars can save our economy … More

    Morning Bell: Where Are the 'Hard Choices'?

    Just like all his other speeches, President Barack Obama’s inaugural address delivered lofty rhetoric yesterday, but as is often the case with Obama, the speech provided more heat than light when it came to tough issues. Seeking to set a tone of accountability, Obama said: Our economy is badly weakened, a … More

    Economists Are Answering the Wrong Question

    U.C. Berkeley Economics professor Brad DeLong has made it his mission to label any economist who says anything bad about Barack Obama’s deficit spending plan as “ethics-free Republican hacks.” To this end he has compiled a list Republican former members of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers who have either … More

    'Thank You, President Bush'

    As the sun sets on the Bush presidency, it is important to honor the man who answered the call to public service, provided us leadership in a time of great consequence, and held his office with dignity and courage. The Heritage Foundation sometimes disagreed with President George W. Bush on … More

    A Stimulus for Global Warming Research

    If the tide on global warming is beginning to shift, and climate scientists who believe global warming is a serious threat are looking for a job, look no further: An economic stimulus plan released by House Democrats yesterday would pump more than $1 billion into climate science at federal agencies, … More

    Morning Bell: The Borrowing Bailout Parade Must End

    Before President Bush took office, the federal government took in $2 trillion in revenue in 2000. As Bush leaves office, the federal government is expected to take in $2.4 trillion in 2009. In other words, after eight years under President Bush, the federal government is taking in $400 billion more … More

    Forests Need Shovels Too

    The left’s big search for ‘shovel ready‘ projects continues. The White House Bulletin reports that New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee, “expressed concern that the economic stimulus package lacks sufficient funding for backlogged national park and water projects.” Actually, Bingaman went beyond … More

    New Data, Same Result: New Deal Never Solved Unemployment

    Committed to the belief that bigger government is always better, Media Matters and Campaign for America’s Future are pushing back data showing that the New Deal never solved unemployment. Cutting through their rhetoric, both leftist organizations make the same narrow objection: that the data we use does not count make … More

    The Left Takes a Tax Holiday

    Earlier today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), told reporters that the tax cut provisions in the economic stimulus plan will be cut, without offering further details. You may remember that earlier in 2008, Chairman Rangel was investigated for violating a number of House ethics rules, which … More

    Morning Bell: It's About the Judgment, Senators

    Looking ahead to today’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, ranking member Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) says he is worried about Holder’s “ability to maintain his independence from the president.” This is the wrong question. The proper question is one of judgment: Does the nominee … More