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    Morning Bell: Liberal Lies on Taxes

    Today is tax day for Americans, and like clockwork the establishment media are working overtime to cover up just how unfair and burdensome the U.S. tax code really is. The following Gallup headline is typical: “Just Half of Americans Complain Tax Bill Is Too High.” Clicking through, we see that … More

    Morning Bell: Stop the Bailout Parade Before It Gets Worse

    Now that the Senate has passed its “Foreclosure Enhancement Act,” attention turns to the House, which will hold hearings on its own response to the housing “crisis.” As the Christian Science Monitor reports, “at the heart of the emerging consensus is a bigger role for the Federal Housing Administration in … More

    Morning Bell: Let Hope Work Now

    With President Bush’s letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday and John McCain’s speech in Brooklyn yesterday, now all three presidential candidates and the White House are supporting plans that would expose taxpayers to hundreds of billions of dollars in housing market risk. All three plans would set extremely bad precedents … More

    Morning Bell: Liberal Lies Connect Economy and War

    Reporting on yesterday’s events on Capitol Hill, the New York Times notes: “It is not easy to draw a straight line from the slumping economy to the war in Iraq and a trade deal with Colombia, but Democrats are trying to connect those dots.” For liberals, the connection between Iraq … More

    Morning Bell: The Questions That Matter

    The report from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker to the Senate today could be a clarifying moment in the debate over Iraq if the right questions are asked. Unfortunately, it appears presidential politics will motivate the Senate’s anti-war candidates to ask only backwards looking questions that will not … More

    Morning Bell: Liberal Incoherence on Iraq

    The more things change, the more they stay the same. The last time Gen. Davis Petraeus testified MoveOn.org tried to discredit the war effort by taking out a full-page ad in the New York Times labeling Petraeus “General Betray Us” that claimed he was lying about the levels of violence … More

    Morning Bell: How We Got Here and How Best to Get Out

    According to the E.J. Dionnes of elite media groupthink, the current economic troubles are due solely to unfettered Wall Street greed and the federal government’s only sin was not enough command and control of the economy. Former National Economic Council director Lawrence Lindsey sets the record straight: Contrary to the … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Make It Worse

    Reporting on the Senate’s new housing bailout bill, the New York Times claims “Senate Republicans, in particular, had felt compelled to move housing legislation quickly after the Federal Reserve’s intervention to avert the collapse of Bear Stearns.” Apparently these Republicans are determined to prove that limited government intervention in the … More

    Morning Bell: Would You Kill Your Mother to Save the Polar Bear?

    Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Interior Department’s delay in deciding whether to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. Since the polar bear is an immensely popular megafauna, environmentalists hope that an endangered species listing for the bear … More

    Morning Bell: What's at Stake in Bucharest

    The early reports out of President’s Bush’s trip to Europe for tomorrow’s NATO summit in Bucharest all seem to focus on the U.S. backing of Ukraine’s and Georgia’s bids to join the alliance. While NATO should pursue membership for those two former Soviet republics, there is so much more at … More