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    What Does the Future Hold for Mandatory Public Service?

    Time magazine ran a story back in 2007 on “The Case for National Service.” The story described the positions of the candidates for president on expanding “public service” programs. Two of the Democrat candidates favored mandatory community service by all high school students. And two others — Hillary Clinton and … More

    Morning Bell: More Than ANWR

    Skyrocketing gas prices are rapidly changing Americans’ priorities. Voters routinely identify energy costs as either the second or third most important issue. Considering that any economist will tell you that high energy prices are a major cause of recent economic sluggishness, and that the economy has been the No. 1 … More

    They Can't Outrun the Law Forever

    Writing in the Modesto Bee, Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) reports: “Listening to constituents this Memorial Day, the issue most on their minds was the price of gasoline.” Judging from the Senate’s desperate effort to “do something” about gas prices this week, we’re guessing most congressmen heard the exact same things … More

    Chilling Growth to Counter Global Warming

    Those urging Congress to pass the Lieberman-Warner bill say it would slow global warming by capping carbon dioxide emissions. However, more and more studies — from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Charles River Associates, The Heritage Foundation, even the Environmental Protection Agency — predict severe consequences in higher energy costs for … More

    Morning Bell: A Teaching Moment

    Environmentalists and their allies in Congress are already conceding defeat on the Lieberman-Warner global warming legislation that will be debated this week in the Senate. The Washington Post reports that “even supporters of the complex, extensively negotiated 494-page bill say that there is little chance that it will win Senate … More

    Morning Bell: Ed Markey's Illuminating Marker

    Editorializing in favor of the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill set to be debated in the Senate next week, the New York Times urges liberals to “make sure that the economics of this debate are framed in a positive way.” The newspaper need not worry: liberal activist groups and politicians have been … More

    Morning Bell: Yes, Politico, There Is a 'Pelosi Premium'

    Considering their recent fumbles, no one can rightly accuse House Republicans of being marketing geniuses. But the campaign they launched last month, the “Pelosi Premium,” highlighting how Democrat energy policy drives up the cost of gasoline, is dead on. Covering congressional energy policy, the Politico today dismissively writes of the … More

    Morning Bell: Holding Responsible Regulation Hostage

    At the height of the “mortgage crisis” liberal commentators gleefully claimed recent financial turbulence was proof that free markets didn’t work. If only the housing market in this country was actually free. In actuality, two government-sponsored entities, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, have used their guaranteed access to federal credit … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    ATLANTA — Contrary to the rhetoric of  Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — and CNN’s Lou Dobbs, for that matter — free trade continues to greatly benefit American workers.  That was some of the good news from Heritage’s Resource Bank meeting this morning as Ambassador Terry Miller, who directs our … More

    Perspective on War Spending

    Unable to summon the courage to end funding for the Iraq war, liberals are now trying to blame Iraq for the current economic turmoil. We’ve already detailed why this argument is so specious, but sometimes visuals communicate better than words. Here is how little the U.S government is spending on … More