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    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

    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

    Morning Bell: Move Forward, Not Back, on Entitlement Reform

    Last week, after the Congressional Budget Office report showed that the pre-stimulus budget deficit would reach $1.2 trillion in FY 2009, President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his campaign promise to make Social Security and Medicare reform a “central part” of his efforts to control skyrocketing federal spending. Democrats on the Hill … More

    Morning Bell: Will Chu Let America Power Up?

    The rest of the world may talk a good game when it comes to ending their use of carbon based energy, but the reality is a completely different story. While the European Union lectures us on global warming, Germany is busy building 27 coal-fired plants by 2020 and Italy plans … More

    Morning Bell: Duncan Chose Choice ... Will He Allow You?

    After eight years under President Bush, federal spending on K-12 public education is at an all time high. The federal government currently spends $71 billion a year on K-12 programs, an increase of more than 40% from when Bush first took office. The word ‘education’ does not appear in the … More

    Morning Bell: Workers Deserve Better Than a Big Labor Lackey

    Today may well turn out to be a major turning point in the history of the labor movement, and not because Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) will face questions at her Secretary of Labor confirmation hearings in the Senate. No, the bigger story is the voice vote conference call Service Employees … More

    Morning Bell: Nailing Down Daschle's Direction on Health Care

    Previewing the Senate’s confirmation hearing for President-elect Barack Obama secretary of Health and Human Services appointee Tom Daschle, the New York Times predicts: “Daschle to Face Tough Questions on Competition in Health Insurance.” And we certainly do hope that Senators press Daschle hard on his vision for a government run … More

    Morning Bell: Temporary Tax Cuts, Permanent Spending, and "Trillion Dollar Deficits for Years to Come"

    One of the biggest challenges President-elect Barack Obama faces in the years to come is how to both enact “swift and bold” changes to public policy while still blaming President Bush for everything that is bad about the economy. Hence Obama’s press conference yesterday where he anesthetized Americans to the … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Take the Bait for Obama's Trillion Dollar Spending Trap

    Across the country today, President-elect Barack Obama got exactly the headlines he wanted from his supporters in the establishment media. “Obama Pitches Stimulus Plan: GOP Asked to Help Design” says the Washington Post. “Obama Sweetens Stimulus for GOP” reports the Los Angeles Times. Obama Finds Lovefest on Capitol Hill blares … More

    Morning Bell: Some Early Victories in Stimulus Debate

    2009 is going to be a tough year for conservatives. We face a new liberal president in the White House, an adoring and compliant media establishment at his disposal, and safe majorities in both the House and Senate. But all hope is not lost. President-elect Barack Obama knows he campaigned … More