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  • Since 12/7, Texas has added 1.3 million jobs. The other 49 states lost about a million. (BLS.gov)

    10/22/2014 3:01:35 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 10-22-2014 | Mark J. Perry
    Since December 2007 when the Great Recession started, Texas civilian employment has increased by 12% and by more than 1.32 million jobs, from just over 11 million jobs in December 2007 to 12.32 million in September of this year (see blue line in chart). In contrast, civilian employment in the other 49 states without Texas is still 0.73% and almost one million jobs below the December 2007 level (see red line in chart) – 134.27 million non-Texas jobs in September vs. 135.26 million in December 2007. It’s also important to note that while job growth in Texas slowed considerably in...
  • Campbell Brown at AEI: Public School Protection Racket

    10/07/2014 11:50:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 6, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “What do you call Democrats with kids?” goes a joke of fairly recent vintage. “Republicans,” is the punch line. Former CNN reporter Campbell Brown may not have reached that point yet but she has become skeptical of some time-worn shibboleths of public school teachers’s unions. “I talked to one prinicipal who has been trying to get rid of an incompetent teacher for seven years,” Brown said in remarks at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on October 2, 2014. In her experiences with the New York City public schools, Brown discovered that three key obstacles to reform can be found in...
  • Update on Eric Holder and the False Information that Remains on the DOJ Website

    01/16/2014 6:19:21 AM PST · by SAVEOURSOULS · 9 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | Jan. 15, 2014 | Mark Perry
    Here’s a recap and update of the nearly three-year quest for truth and justice at the Department of Justice: 1. In a speech on August 3, 2009 in Long Beach, CA at a conference sponsored by The University of Minnesota’s Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, Attorney General Eric Holder made the following claim: “Intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45. These statistics are shocking and completely unacceptable.” 2. In a subsequent speech on October 19, 2009 at a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event in Washington, D.C., Holder...
  • A 31-Year-Old Is Tearing Apart the Heritage Foundation

    11/26/2013 5:07:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    The New Republic ^ | 11-25-13 | Julia Ioffe
    Think Republicans have been making fools of themselves? Blame Michael Needham. Link only to a very interesting article. Consider the source.
  • AEI scholar suggests Heritage Foundation lacks ‘integrity, loyalty, balls’ after Jason Richwine’s

    05/10/2013 6:43:17 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6:41 PM 05/10/2013 | Caroline May
    American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray suggested on Friday that former Heritage Foundation analyst Jason Richwine, whose doctoral dissertation at Harvard included evidence that Hispanic immigrants have lower IQs than non-Hispanic whites, had been railroaded and forced to resign by people without integrity or “balls.” Quote: Jason Richwine, guilty of crimethink, "resigns." The bashing from the right has been as mindless as from the left. Thank God I was working for Chris DeMuth and AEI, not Jim DeMint and Heritage, when The Bell Curve was published. Integrity. Loyalty. Balls.DeMuth was the president of AEI from 1986 to 2008. The Bell...
  • Is Obama’s universal pre-K plan too much, too soon?

    02/15/2013 8:58:50 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 32 replies
    A E I ^ | 2-15 | James Pethokoukis
    Proponents of President Obama’s universal prekindergarten proposal make a strong case for the potential benefits of such a plan. Studies of about 100 low-income kids enrolled in two pricey and intensive preschool projects in the 1960s and 1970s found the children, while not experiencing any permanen IQ improvement, developed life skills that meant they were more likely as adults to hold a job, own a home, and stay out of jail than counterparts in a control group. More recently studies of broader, statewide pre-K programs, particularly in Oklahoma provide some further evidence of effectiveness, though the results are certainly not...
  • Selkie Girl Deconstructed

    02/01/2013 12:46:40 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Please tell me if anyone has heard of this "junior classic" “Last spring, my 2nd-grade daughter came home with an extra assignment—a worksheet she hadn’t completed in class for a story called The Selkie Girl,” Jennifer Holladay writes in the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Rethinking Schools.” She brought the book home, too, and it was one I’d never seen before, a Junior Great Books anthology (Series 3, Book 1), published by the nonprofit Great Books Foundation.” “As we settled in, I asked my daughter to tell me about The Selkie Girl. Her rendition gave me pause, so I asked her...
  • Joe Biden miscited our work at the debate last night

    10/13/2012 7:09:38 AM PDT · by don-o · 4 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | October 12, 2012 | Alex Brill & Matt Jensen
    In last night’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Biden said (as best we can decipher) that AEI research supports the assertion that Governor Romney’s tax plan would hike taxes on the middle class. First, we would note that AEI does not take institutional positions on any policy matters and that the views we have expressed are only our own. More importantly, Vice President Biden’s assertion is completely incorrect. In fact, we have demonstrated that Governor Romney’s plan can accomplish his stated goal of providing 20% statutory rate reductions for ordinary income while maintaining distributional and revenue neutrality. In plain English,...
  • Conservatives rally on embassy attacks

    09/13/2012 7:08:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | September 12, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Conservative foreign policy hawks, outraged at the media’s circle-the-wagons reaction to the attacks on two embassies, are speaking out in defense of Mitt Romney. Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton tells Right Turn:”The perception of American weakness that provided the foundation for these attacks is largely because of Obama administration mistakes and lack of resolve. A repetition of 1979 in Tehran is not far fetched, especially given the weakness of Obama’s statement this morning.” He dismisses the media storyline as pure boosterism: “The press criticism of Romney’s statement is so clearly at the administration’s behest that they...
  • AEI Hosts Fifth Secret Meeting to Promote Carbon Tax

    07/12/2012 9:17:52 AM PDT · by mykroar · 7 replies
    globalwarming.org ^ | 7/11/2012 | Marlo Lewis
    Today, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a prominent conservative think tank, hosted a secret, four-and-a-half hour meeting of pols, wonks, and activists, including several self-identified ’progressives,’ to develop a PR/legislative strategy to promote and enact a carbon tax. This was the fifth such meeting to advance the ”Price Carbon Campaign/Lame Duck Initiative: A Carbon Pollution Tax in Fiscal and Tax Reform.” An annoted copy of the meeting agenda appears at the bottom of this post.
  • Conservative Think Tank: Mess Is the GOP's Fault (Gingrich "extremism must be punished and ignored")

    04/30/2012 3:42:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    Newser ^ | April 30, 2012 | Mark Russell
    Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist slammed for radicalizing Washington Washington is more dysfunctional than it has been in 40 years, and while Democrats have deserved their share of the blame over the years, today "the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party," write Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post. What makes their column particularly interesting is that Ornstein is not liberal, but a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, and Mann is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Together, they call the GOP an "insurgent outlier in American politics" because of the...
  • Were Obama’s Recess Appointments Constitutional?

    02/14/2012 11:45:57 AM PST · by american_steve · 17 replies
    OfficialWire ^ | 02/14/2012 | Staff
    The 2012 election year has just begun, and already controversies have swirled around a number of President Obama’s actions. Constitutional issues are at the forefront as the president seeks to improve his chances of reelection by delivering on his promises. But is the president violating the Constitution as he tries to implement his program of transformation? Constitutional attorney David Rivkin believes he is. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington D.C. will be facilitating a discussion on one of the recent controversies, President Obama’s “recess appointments.” On January 4, 2012, President Obama made the following appointments: Richard Cordray as Director...
  • AEI Podcast with Resident Fellow Andrew Biggs on Rep. Ryan's budget, Social Security, & Ezra Klein

    04/07/2011 12:29:47 PM PDT · by Superstu321
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | April 7, 2011 | AEI Podcast
    This time on Banter, Apoorva and Stu sit down with AEI Resident Scholar Andrew Biggs to chat about Paul Ryan’s new budget plan, entitlement reform, and a special piece of fan mail for Andrew.
  • AEI VP Danielle Pletka on Libya the President's Oval Office speech

    03/29/2011 1:37:22 PM PDT · by Superstu321 · 4 replies
    On this special edition of Banter, Stu and Apoorva are joined by AEI Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, Danielle Pletka (on Twitter @dpletka). They discuss the ongoing situation in Libya and President Obama’s speech about the operation.
  • After the Wave

    03/22/2011 7:37:19 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 10 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 1-10-2011 | henry olsen
    Conservative Republicans are rightfully giddy about the results of the midterm elections. The enormous Republican wave washed away hundreds of Democrats at all levels of government, giving Republicans their highest number of seats in the House of Representatives since 1946, and their largest number of state legislators since 1928. More important, the currents that caused the wave clearly work to Republicans' benefit: Voters were expressing widespread opposition to the liberal direction in which President Obama and the Democratic Congress have taken the country. This has led many conservatives to argue that, on November 2, 2010, America returned to its normal...
  • Gingrich Speech (Live Streaming AEI)

    07/29/2010 11:44:38 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies · 3+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7-29-10 | Newt Gingrich
    http://interactive.foxnews.com/livestream/live.html?chanId=6
  • Still at It: David Frum Takes Shot at the Club for Growth

    06/13/2010 11:37:20 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 2 replies · 241+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | June 13, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    It's called "Left, Right and Center," which claims to be a "civilized yet provocative antidote to the screaming talking heads that dominate political debate." But there's not a whole lot of truth in advertising for KCRW Santa Monica's radio program, which is also podcasted on the Internet. The show normally features Robert Scheer, editor of the left-wing investigative Web site Truthdig.com and a former Los Angeles Times columnist, representing the left. Matt Miller, a former Clintonista and senior fellow at the left-wing Center for American Progress represents the so-called center. And former Washington Times editorial page editor and visiting senior...
  • America's new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control

    05/23/2010 9:53:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 615+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | Arthur C. Brooks
    America faces a new culture war. This is not the culture war of the 1990s. It is not a fight over guns, gays or abortion. Those old battles have been eclipsed by a new struggle between two competing visions of the country's future. In one, America will continue to be an exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise... --snip-- To win, the 70 percent majority must come together around core principles: that the purpose of free enterprise is human flourishing, not materialism; that we stand for equality of opportunity, not equality of income; that we seek to stimulate...
  • Transfer Tax?

    05/21/2010 7:57:19 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 185+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 21, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Transfer Tax? Bethany Stotts, May 21, 2010 Alleging waste and a “transfer tax” in higher education, Peter P. Smith argues in the most recent Education Outlook that America should establish a “National, ‘Student-Facing’ Course Database and Transfer Information System” for postsecondary transfer students, and “Automate” the “Processing and Evaluation of Transfer Credits” in order to decrease the number of students who get sidetracked from graduating. In addition to these two reforms, Smith also suggests that higher education should “Create agreements among Colleges that Streamline the Transfer Process,” “Improve the Management and Quality of Postsecondary Data for the Administration of Credit...
  • Greenfield Schools

    04/14/2010 9:25:22 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 114+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | April 14, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Greenfield Schools Bethany Stotts, April 14, 2010 In a recent American Enterprising Institute (AEI) Education Outlook, Senior Fellow Frederick Hess suggests that the K-12 system should adopt “Greenfield” schooling practices in order to enhance educational entrepreneurship. “‘Greenfield’ is a term investors, engineers, and builders use to refer to an area where there are unobstructed, wide-open opportunities to invent or build,” he writes in the April publication. “It is not a term one hears often in K–12 education. This is no surprise.” Hess argues that educational entrepreneurs today are often siphoned into resource-intensive “whole school” models. “Some reformers are fascinated by...
  • A Deepening Crisis Between U.S., Israel

    03/29/2010 10:17:32 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 22 replies · 781+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | March 29, 2010 | John R. Bolton
    Passover is an unfortunate time to be asking what has gone wrong between America and Israel. Is today's strenuous disagreement over Israel's West Bank housing policy the real problem, or is this controversy merely a symptom of deeper, more profound differences?Partly because of the extraordinary secrecy surrounding Prime Minister Netanyahu's recent White House meeting with President Obama, much remains hidden from public view. Nonetheless, after 14 months in office, Obama has made clear he sees the U.S.-Israeli relationship very differently than any of his predecessors.Consider, for example, Obama's September 2009 U.N. General Assembly speech, profoundly anti-Israeli, and to a...
  • Republican Elite In Disarray After David Frum Is Sacked By Think-Tank

    03/27/2010 10:32:45 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 92 replies · 2,117+ views
    London Times ^ | March 27, 2010 | Giles Whittell
    March 27, 2010 Republican Elite In Disarray After David Frum Is Sacked By Think-Tank America’s conservatives were in open disarray yesterday after the abrupt sacking of a leading Republican for daring to blame his party for “the most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s”. David Frum, who coined the phrase “Axis of Evil” when he was a speechwriter for President Bush, was fired by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) after posting a column on his website that called healthcare reform a disaster for Republicans and blamed it squarely on their own refusal to compromise with the Obama Administration. The prominent...
  • On David Frum’s Departure from AEI

    03/26/2010 1:13:06 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies · 880+ views
    National Review ^ | March 26, 2010 | Charles Murray
    With Mike Allen’s account of his exchange with David Frum, we apparently have David’s version of his departure from AEI: Donor pressure forced AEI president Arthur Brooks to fire him. “But the elite isn’t leading anymore,” David is quoted as saying. “It’s trapped. Partly because of the desperate economic situation in the country, what were once the leading institutions of conservatism are constrained. I think Arthur took no pleasure in this. I think he was embarrassed. I think he would have avoided it if he possibly could, but he couldn’t.” I have known and liked David and Danielle Frum for...
  • Frum’s Fall is the Right’s Loss

    03/26/2010 8:45:12 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 44 replies · 1,119+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | 3/25/10 | John R. Guardiano
    The Right’s response to David Frum’s perceived heresies has inflicted serious intellectual and political damage on the conservative movement. I’m a full-spectrum conservative of conviction. But even if I leaned to the left, I still would find it laudatory that, in recent decades, political conservatives in America have been the most steadfast defenders of freedom of speech and the most vigorous champions of free and open intellectual inquiry. Indeed, no graduate of an American college or university in the past quarter century cannot help but notice that the biggest threat to free speech today comes not from the political Right,...
  • David Frum Out At Conservative Think Tank

    03/25/2010 4:30:31 PM PDT · by crymeariver · 9 replies · 779+ views
    NPR News Blog ^ | 03/25/2010 | Frank James
    The paid services of former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum are apparently no longer required at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Frum made headlines earlier in the week with his criticism of Republican leaders who he said had brought their party its
  • AEI fires David Frum ?

    03/25/2010 6:54:05 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 19 replies · 900+ views
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 25, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The working assumption is that they canned him for his “Waterloo” piece about ObamaCare and the GOP. Did they? Hmmm: Frum made clear in a letter to AEI President Arthur Brooks that his departure after seven years at the conservative think tank was not voluntary. “I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute,” he wrote, “and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship.” AEI did not comment immediately. In a brief interview, Frum said “there was no suggestion by AEI” that his sharp criticism of the GOP’s health-care strategy was the reason for...
  • Republican commentator David Frum loses job after criticizing GOP health-care strategy

    03/25/2010 3:08:38 PM PDT · by freespirited · 88 replies · 2,986+ views
    Wapo ^ | 03/25/10 | Howie Kurtz
    Three days after calling health-care reform a debacle for the Republicans, David Frum was forced out of his job at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday. The ouster also came one day after a harsh Wall Street Journal editorial about the former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, which said that he "now makes his living as the media's go-to basher of fellow Republicans" and accused him of "peddling bad revisionist history." Frum made clear in a letter to AEI President Arthur Brooks that his departure after seven years at the conservative think tank was not voluntary. "I have had...
  • Ex-Bush Speechwriter David Frum 'Terminated' By Top Conservative Think Tank

    03/25/2010 1:21:46 PM PDT · by HD1200 · 34 replies · 1,888+ views
    Being reported by Huffington What took the think tank so long?
  • AEI Says Goodbye (Frum Let Go By conservative institute)

    03/25/2010 12:40:34 PM PDT · by Free America52 · 27 replies · 1,214+ views
    frum forum ^ | 03/25/2010 | conservative american news
    Dear Arthur, This will memorialize our conversation at lunch today. Effective immediately, my position as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute is terminated. I appreciate the consideration that delays my emptying of my office until after my return from travel next week. Premises will be vacated no later than April 9. I have had many fruitful years at the American Enterprise Institute, and I do regret this abrupt and unexpected conclusion of our relationship. Very truly yours, David Frum
  • How Much is My Bachelor's Really Worth?

    02/04/2010 11:57:43 AM PST · by bs9021 · 39 replies · 768+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | February 4, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    How Much is My Bachelor’s Really Worth? Bethany Stotts, February 4, 2010 Mary Pilon writes for the Wall Street Journal on February 2 that researchers are questioning whether college graduates actually gain $800,000 or $1 million in additional lifetime earnings over those with only a high school degree. “In recent years, the nonprofit College Board touted the difference in lifetime earnings of college grads over high-school graduates at $800,000, a widely circulated figure,” Pilon reports. “Other estimates topped $1 million.” “But now, as tuition continues to skyrocket and many seeking to change careers are heading back to school, some researchers...
  • Overcoming Anti-Reform Excuses

    02/03/2010 10:31:57 AM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 98+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 3, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Overcoming Anti-Reform Excuses Bethany Stotts, February 3, 2010 Superintendents work outside the box to promote beneficial change in their local school districts, argues Frederick Hess in the January 2010 American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Education Outlook. In “Cages of Their Own Design: Five Strategies to Help Education Leaders Break Free,” AEI Senior Fellow Hess asserts that superintendents and principals often make three complaints which “are real problems” but not exclusively true. The first “common excuse,” is that they are restricted by their contract bargaining agreements but “most CBAs include substantial ambiguity on various counts,” including teacher pay and other personnel decisions,...
  • Passing the First Quarter

    02/02/2010 7:51:53 AM PST · by bs9021 · 73+ views
    http://www.academia.org/passing-the-first-quarter/ ^ | February 2, 2010 | Tilla Bradley
    Passing the First Quarter Tilla Bradley, February 2, 2010 The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) hosted a panel discussion of the education policies of the Obama administration. Panel members included Alice Johnson Cain, the education director for the Hope Street Group, Kevin Carey, the policy director at Education Sector, Frederick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at AEI, Mark Schneider, the former commissioner of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, and Andy Smarick, a visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and adjunct fellow at AEI. Research fellow Andrew Kelly acted...
  • 'A Probabilistic Undertaking'

    11/16/2009 9:37:11 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 258+ views
    American Journalism Center ^ | November 16, 2009 | Sarah Carlsruh
    ‘A Probabilistic Undertaking’ Sarah Carlsruh, November 16, 2009 “We are now losing in Afghanistan. It is not a slow win. It is not a stalemate,” proclaimed Frederick Kagan at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) November 4th lecture on the “Afghanistan Strategy: The Way Forward.” Top Commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, requested in an August 31st report to President Barack Obama that 40,000 additional troops be sent to Afghanistan. A September 21st Washington Post article quotes Gen. McChrystal saying that “Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months)—while Afghan security capacity matures—risks...
  • Conservative Think Tank scholar:Palin "not qualified to participate in discussion" of economy

    10/08/2009 7:55:15 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 111 replies · 3,608+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 10/8/2009 | FT
    In a full page article about the falling value of the Dollar in Financial Times the article notes that Sarah Palin posted a comment on her Facebook page on the issue. The opening paragraphs of the article contained her quote: The falling US dollar is giving ammunition to the critics of the Obama administration and fuelling broader concerns about the potential erosion of America’s reserve currency status. Republican politicians have highlighted the dollar’s slide as evidence of waning US power. Sarah Palin, the former vice-presidential Republican candidate, on Wednesday sought to link the dollar decline to rising US indebtedness and...
  • College By...Subscription?

    10/05/2009 9:33:24 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Campus Report ^ | October 5, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    College By...Subscription? by: Bethany Stotts, October 05, 2009 Is subscription-based online education a successful strategy for remedial education? Burck Smith, co-founder of SMARTHINKING argues in a September publication that “call center” style online courses would prove more affordable for both students and colleges. “According to one recent report, the cost of offering these courses exceeds $2 billion a year, of which approximately $800 million is borne by students and families in tuition and fees,” writes Burck for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Educational Outlook. He was referring to the 2008 Strong American Schools Diploma to Nowhere report, which was...
  • Is Conservatism Brain-Dead?

    10/04/2009 7:59:24 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 238 replies · 3,545+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | October 4, 2009 | Steven F. Hayward
    Over his decades as a columnist, lecturer, TV host and debater, William F. Buckley Jr. lost his cool in public only once--when he threatened to sock Gore Vidal "in your goddamn face" on the third night of their joint appearances on ABC during the ill-fated 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Three nights on a television set with Vidal might drive anyone mad, yet Buckley also tangled with the roughest players on the left, from Jesse Jackson to William Kunstler, with unfailing composure. But suppose that instead of his formal addresses and his weekly "Firing Line" show on PBS, Buckley...
  • Sarah Palin begins to build her network of advisors

    09/23/2009 12:24:22 AM PDT · by meadsjn · 53 replies · 2,115+ views
    Texas for Palin ^ | Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | Josh Painter
    Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Sarah Palin begins to build her network of advisors Politico's Ben Smith reports: Randy Scheunemann, has emerged as an advisor to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as she attempts to build a serious public profile and begins to build a network of aides and advisors typical of a national politician. Scheunemann confirmed this evening that he's with Palin in Hong Kong, where she is delivering a paid speech at a conference hosted by the brokerage house CLSA, which has in the past heard keynotes from Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Rich Lowry recounts how the McCain...
  • Government Friends with Benefits

    08/12/2009 12:50:05 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 186+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 12, 2009 | Mytheos Holt
    Government Friends With Benefits by: Mytheos Holt, August 12, 2009 Last Thursday, August 6, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a presentation by resident scholar Andrew Biggs on his paper entitled “The Case for Simplying Social Security Benefits.” Prominently featured by Biggs were the problems with estimating Social Security benefits due to the byzantine calculations involved. In discussing his political priorities, the former Social Security Administration official cited equity and predictability as the two relevant factors. “First, we want to make benefits more predictable, and secondly, we want to improve the social insurance value of the program,” he said. To...
  • Garden State Gubernatorial (The Democratic dominance in New Jersey may be coming to an end)

    08/11/2009 11:00:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1,171+ views
    National Review ^ | 8/11/2009 | Jennifer Marsico
    It has been twelve years since a Republican won a statewide race in New Jersey — a longer run of GOP losses than in any other state. But recent polls show that Democratic dominance may be coming to an end in the Garden State. New Jersey’s incumbent governor, Jon Corzine, is trailing Republican challenger Chris Christie by double digits in recent polls. These polls are boosting the spirits of beleaguered Jersey Republicans, but only to a certain degree: The Garden State GOP has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory before. State senator Tom Kean Jr. led Robert Menendez early...
  • Bastiat, and the Folly of Cash for Clunkers (The Broken Windows Parable revisited)

    08/08/2009 2:10:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 599+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8/8/2009 | John Chapman
    WASHINGTON: In sponsoring the recently enacted Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act (CARS), Betty Sutton, a Copley Township Democrat, had her biggest moment as a U.S. House memeber. Better known as ''cash for clunkers,'' this federal program provides vouchers of up to $4,500 to U.S. residents toward the purchase of new, more fuel-efficient vehicles when trading in a vehicle that gets no more than 18 miles per gallon. The trade-in vehicles can be any age, and while many of them still work perfectly well, they must be scrapped. The federal dollars are in addition to a dealer-designated scrap value...
  • The G-8 Economic Suicide Pact

    07/09/2009 6:08:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 3,065+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 9, 2009
    Climate Change: Channeling King Canute, G-8 leaders agree to wreck the world's economy, and ours, by pledging to prevent temperatures from rising more than 4 degrees by 2050. What if the Earth has other plans?Canute was the legendary king whose sycophantic followers praised his power and wisdom. He was The One of his time. He once stood on the shore and commanded the waves to halt. As the story goes, he was exercising his ego when in fact he was giving his followers a dose of reality — the power of man over nature is finite and inconsequential. We were...
  • SAVING US LIVES: BUSH'S POST-9/11 RECORD

    05/22/2009 3:19:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies · 837+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 22, 2009 | Dick Cheney
    Following are excerpts of for mer Vice President Dick Cheney's address at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington yesterday. NOW and for years to come, a lot rides on our president's understand ing of the security policies that preceded him. Whatever choices he makes concerning the defense of this country, those choices shouldn't be based on slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history. Our administration always faced its share of criticism, and from some quarters it was always intense. That was especially so in the later years of our term, when the dangers were as serious...
  • Cheney Defends Interrogation Program, Condemns NY Times (Video 5/21/2009 AEI Speech)

    05/21/2009 9:02:16 PM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 786+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 5/21/2009 | Dick Cheney
    Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush administration's measures to defend the United States after the 9/11 terror attacks. Cheney said they "did not invent powers," but used the authority authorized by the Constitution. Cheney condemned the New York Times for exposing the top secret terrorist surveillance program. "It impressed the Pulitzer committee, but it damn sure didn't serve the interests of our country," Cheney said.
  • Video: Cheney's Speech To The American Enterprise Institute

    05/21/2009 3:48:36 PM PDT · by careyb · 14 replies · 936+ views
    AEI ^ | 5/21/09 | Dick Cheney
    Slamming Obama, New York Slimes.
  • Audio at CSPAN of Dick Cheney's speech

    05/21/2009 10:24:53 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 6 replies · 1,686+ views
    CSPAN ^ | May 21, 2009 | Dick Cheney, former Vice-President of the United States of America
    Former VP Cheney Counters Pres Obama on terrorism policy Audio.
  • Text of Dick Cheney's speech at AEI

    05/21/2009 9:40:24 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 12 replies · 500+ views
    Stephen C. Rose web site ^ | May 21, 2009 | Dick Cheney, former Vice-President of the United States of America
    Text Also at link. Hat tip Stephen C. Rose
  • RAW DATA: Text of Dick Cheney's National Security Speech at AEI (MUST save)

    05/21/2009 9:13:46 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 52 replies · 2,201+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5-21-09
    Thank you all very much, and Arthur, thank you for that introduction. It's good to be back at AEI, where we have many friends. Lynne is one of your longtime scholars, and I'm looking forward to spending more time here myself as a returning trustee. What happened was, they were looking for a new member of the board of trustees, and they asked me to head up the search committee. I first came to AEI after serving at the Pentagon, and departed only after a very interesting job offer came along. I had no expectation of returning to public life,...
  • The Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism

    05/06/2009 10:53:53 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 20 replies · 853+ views
    AEI ^ | April 30, 2009 | Arthur C. Brooks
    There is a major cultural schism developing in America. But it's not over abortion, same-sex marriage or home schooling, as important as these issues are. The new divide centers on free enterprise--the principle at the core of American culture. Despite President Barack Obama's early personal popularity, we can see the beginnings of this schism in the "tea parties" that have sprung up around the country. In these grass-roots protests, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans have joined together to make public their opposition to government deficits, unaccountable bureaucratic power, and a sense that the government is too willing to prop...
  • The Capitalist Future

    04/18/2009 6:46:40 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 8 replies · 717+ views
    AEI ^ | January 1, 2000 | Irving Kristol
    It is by now a cliché to say that the most important political event of the twentieth century has been the collapse of the Communist regimes and of the socialist idea on which they ultimately rested. True, there are still quite a few intellectuals who try desperately to distinguish one from the other, who insist that there is still some life left in the socialist idea, conceived of as a kind of immortal political soul that survives the corruption and decay of its worldly incarnations. But political ideas do not have any such Platonic or otherworldly status. They live and...
  • Why Capitalism?

    04/18/2009 5:12:32 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 23 replies · 829+ views
    AEI Online ^ | March 12, 2009 | Allan H. Meltzer
    Newspaper headlines during the peak of the housing-credit crisis called it "the end of capitalism" or the end of American capitalism. As often, they greatly overstated and misstated by projecting a serious, temporary decline as a permanent loss of wealth. Capitalist systems have weathered many more serious problems. Capitalism as a guiding system for economic activity has spread over the centuries to now encompass most of the world's economies. This spread occurred despite almost continuous hostility from many intellectuals and, in recent decades, military threat from avowedly Communist countries.Capitalist systems are neither rigid nor identical. They differ, change, and adapt....