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  • TOP 10 REASONS OBAMACARE IS WRONG FOR AMERICA

    07/30/2009 9:41:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 636+ views
    Heritage.org ^ | July 30, 2009 | Rory Cooper
    1.Millions Will Lose Their Current Insurance. Period. End of Story: President Obama wants Americans to believe they can keep their insurance if they like, but research from the government, private research firms, and think tanks show this is not the case. Proposed economic incentives, plus a government-run health plan like the one proposed in the House bill, would cause 88.1 million people to see their current employer-sponsored health plan disappear. 2.Your Health Care Coverage Will Probably Change Anyway: Even if you kept your private insurance, eventually most remaining plans—whether employer plans or individual plans—would have to conform to new federal...
  • CO2 Rules: The Anti-Stimulus

    03/24/2009 6:23:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 1,088+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 24, 2009
    Climate Change: The EPA has prepared a finding for review that global warming is a public health threat, the first step toward regulating the American economy down to your lawn mower.We are often told how the pursuit of alternative energy will help save the earth from climate change and create lots of green jobs. Advocates rarely use the phrase "global warming" any more because the earth is in fact no longer warming, and hasn't for a decade due to a decline in solar activity and other natural factors. They prefer the phrase "climate change" because it can cover a multitude...
  • Will Congress Cross The Jordan?

    08/12/2008 5:35:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 628+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2008
    Energy: While members of Congress take vacations their constituents can no longer afford, a country prepares to end its dependence on foreign oil by extracting supplies from shale rock. It's not the U.S. It's in the Middle East.Jordan imports 95% of its oil. Unlike the U.S., the desert kingdom plans on doing something about it. It does not, however, plan to cover its flat open spaces with solar panels or wind farms. It's going to do something the Democratic Congress has refused to do — get oil from its abundant shale rock. On Sunday, Maher Hjazin, head of the Jordanian...
  • Palin Vs. Kerry (And MoveOn.org)

    07/16/2009 5:24:24 AM PDT · by DB9 · 9 replies · 1,555+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | July 16, 2009 | unknown (IBD editorial)
    Palin Vs. Kerry (And MoveOn.org) By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:20 PM The political death of Sarah Palin has been greatly exaggerated. In a devastating op-ed in the Washington Post, Alaska's governor exposes the cap-and-tax fraud that has nothing to do with earth's temperature and everything to do with government control of the economy. She also exposes the stealth socialism ambitions of the Democratic left and once again points out the availability of abundant "shovel-ready" resources under America's soil, off America's shores and even in America's rocks. Judging from the reaction from Sen. Kerry and...
  • Sarah Palin: Great IBD Editorial Regarding My "Cap And Tax" Article

    07/16/2009 7:22:08 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 18 replies · 2,216+ views
    Facebook ^ | July 15, 2009 | Sarah Palin
    Great IBD Editorial Regarding My "Cap and Tax" Article Yesterday at 7:20pm The political death of Sarah Palin has been greatly exaggerated. In a devastating op-ed in the Washington Post, Alaska's governor exposes the cap-and-tax fraud that has nothing to do with earth's temperature and everything to do with government control of the economy. She also exposes the stealth socialism ambitions of the Democratic left and once again points out the availability of abundant "shovel-ready" resources under America's soil, off America's shores and even in America's rocks. Judging from the reaction from Sen. Kerry and the political arm of George...
  • Palin Vs. Kerry (And MoveOn.org)

    07/15/2009 5:52:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 84 replies · 5,697+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 15, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: John Kerry, replying to an op-ed Sarah Palin wrote on cap-and-trade, suggests the Alaska governor "check the view from her front porch." What she sees from there, senator, is energy wealth going to waste.The political death of Sarah Palin has been greatly exaggerated. In a devastating op-ed in the Washington Post, Alaska's governor exposes the cap-and-tax fraud that has nothing to do with earth's temperature and everything to do with government control of the economy. She also exposes the stealth socialism ambitions of the Democratic left and once again points out the availability of abundant "shovel-ready" resources under America's...
  • The Growing Air Power Fighter Gap: Implications for U.S. National Security

    07/15/2009 3:19:28 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 36 replies · 2,259+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 7, 2009 | Mackenzie Eaglen and Lajos Szaszdi
    Since World War II, the U.S. military has used air power as a decisive force multiplier to prevail in peacetime and in combat. In fact, "American ground forces have not come under attack from enemy air forces since the Korean War."[1] Usually, the military with the best and most fighter aircraft achieves air superiority (control of the airspace over the operational zone). Accordingly, Air Force leaders consider their air superiority mission their second highest priority, behind only nuclear deterrence.[2] The U.S. military has consistently gone one step further by establishing air supremacy, in which "the opposing air force is incapable...
  • CBO Lowballs Waxman-Markey Cost

    07/13/2009 6:06:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 737+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 13, 2009
    Climate Change: Supporters of economy-killing cap-and-trade legislation not only misquote the Congressional Budget Office's report lowballing the costs. They ignore how CBO cooked the books to get its numbers.We have often cited the CBO in our editorials. It's a nonpartisan entity whose staffers normally do a decent job analyzing data and crunching numbers. But as regards the true cost of climate change legislation, they have fallen victim to the computer-age trap: garbage in, garbage out. In recent weeks, ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos twice misquoted a CBO analysis of the Waxman-Markey bill that claims that we can save the...
  • 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...
  • California Digging (Its Own Financial Grave)

    07/01/2009 5:16:12 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 38 replies · 3,244+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | Juky 1, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Regulation: Ignoring the first rule of holes, a bankrupt state passing out IOUs welcomes an EPA waiver allowing it to further kill its economy. Too bad the state can't stop the air pollution imported from a growing China. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday granted California its long-standing request — denied by the Bush administration — for a waiver to allow it to impose even more stringent air pollution rules than currently required by the federal government.The way is now clear for implementation of a 2002 state law requiring new cars to increase their fuel economy 40% by 2016....
  • Only Warming Is On The Left

    06/29/2009 6:17:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,091+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 29, 2009
    Climate Change: A switch of four Republican votes would have defeated Waxman-Markey, the Democrats' global warming legislation. But like the Clinton Btu tax, the bill could die in the Senate and turn the House over to the GOP.What were these RINOs thinking? The GOP is supposed to be the party of low taxes and free markets. Rep. Mike Castle, one of the eight offered an explanation right off of President Obama's teleprompter. "Nations around the world are surging ahead with emission reductions and developing new energy technologies," Castle, Delaware's at-large congressman, posted on his House Web site. "The United States...
  • Only Warming Is On The Left (Mark Kirk And The GOP's Cap-And-Traitors)

    06/29/2009 5:36:24 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,784+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | Jun | Investors Business Daily
    Climate Change: A switch of four Republican votes would have defeated Waxman-Markey, the Democrats' global warming legislation. But like the Clinton Btu tax, the bill could die in the Senate and turn the House over to the GOP. What were these RINOs thinking? The GOP is supposed to be the party of low taxes and free markets. Rep. Mike Castle, one of the eight offered an explanation right off of President Obama's teleprompter...Illinois Republican Mark Kirk, who has senatorial ambitions to replace the choice of impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Sen. Roland Burris, demonstrates why GOP fortunes in the Land...
  • Climate Policy: Free Trade Promotes a Cleaner Environment

    06/29/2009 5:23:41 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 158 replies · 1,680+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 24, 2009 | Daniella Markheim
    Regardless of the scientific merit behind doomsday predictions of global warming, President Obama and Congress seem intent on instituting a U.S. policy regime to address the specter of climate change.The debate on the most effective way to "green" America--cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, tough energy standards and regulations, some hybrid approach, or sticking to open markets--will be a heated one. With affordable green technologies still in development, policymakers need to recognize that the economic cost of limiting U.S. production of greenhouse gases on U.S. consumers and companies will be high--high enough to question whether the costs are worth the equally uncertain...
  • Waxman-Markey: Man-Made Disaster

    06/25/2009 5:07:18 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 28 replies · 2,146+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 25, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Fiscal Policy: The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an anti-stimulus package that in the name of saving the earth will destroy the American economy. Smoot-Hawley will seem like a speed bump...As we've said before, capping emissions is capping economic growth. An analysis of Waxman-Markey by the Heritage Foundation projects that by 2035 it would reduce aggregate gross domestic product by $7.4 trillion. In an average year, 844,000 jobs would be destroyed, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by almost 2 million. Consumers would pay through the nose as electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket, as President Obama once...
  • The Cap-And-Trade Bill Is An Economic Disaster

    06/26/2009 9:07:27 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 21 replies · 1,255+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | June 26, 2009 | IBD Editorials
    Fiscal Policy: The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an anti-stimulus package that in the name of saving the earth will destroy the American economy. Smoot-Hawley will seem like a speed bump.Not since a misguided piece of legislation imposed tariffs that turned a recession into a depression has there been a piece of legislation as bad as Waxman-Markey.The 1,000-plus-page American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) is being rushed to a vote by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before anyone can seriously object to this economic suicide pact.
  • Waxman-Markey Global Warming Bill: How bad will it be for where you live?(Incl. Table to look it up)

    06/26/2009 5:11:56 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 35 replies · 2,491+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 6/26/09 | Karen Campbell, Ph.D. and David Kreutzer, Ph.D.
    It has become quite clear over the past several months that placing a cap on carbon emission--via rationing, taxing, and eliminating consumer choice--will have major implications for American families and the economy. An analysis of the Waxman-Markey bill (as reported out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce) by The Heritage Foundation found that unemployment will increase by nearly 2 million in 2012, the first year of the program, and reach nearly 2.5 million in 2035, the last year of the analysis. Total GDP loss by 2035 would be $9.4 trillion. The national debt would balloon as the economy...
  • CBO Grossly Underestimates Cost of Cap and Trade (Waxman-Markey)

    06/24/2009 3:48:45 PM PDT · by flattorney · 13 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | June 24, 2009 | David Kreutzer, Karen Campbell, Nicolas Loris
    Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their analysis of the Waxman-Markey climate change bill that had proponents of the bill claiming Americans could save the planet for just $175 per household. That was the figure CBO estimated cap and trade would cost households in 2020 alone.[1]Both the CBO's analysis and the subsequent legislation are troubled: The analysis grossly underestimates economic costs while the legislation will have virtually no impact on climate. Overall, there are a number of basic problems with CBO's analysis: Their allowance cost numbers do not add up; They ignore economic costs such as the decrease...
  • Examiner Leads Conservative Response to Liberal Blogosphere

    06/19/2009 5:50:37 AM PDT · by RatherBiased.com · 8 replies · 569+ views
    Washington Paper Hires Right-Leaning Pundits, Reporters to Take on the 'Nanny State' For the first few years of George W. Bush’s presidency, Mark Tapscott was a journalist without a newsroom, shouting from the sidelines about his industry’s swift decline. Tapscott ran the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Media and Public Policy, and trained reporters in the use technology for research and crunching numbers. When he considered how few conservatives, libertarians, or real skeptics of federal power were working in newsrooms, he saw a problem that was making the growth of government possible. “The [Freedom of Information Act],” wrote Tapscott in a...
  • Sham Elections Expose Obama’s Iran Policy

    06/17/2009 3:14:44 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 1 replies · 216+ views
    On the eve of Friday’s election in Iran, President Barack Obama told reporters: “We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran. Whoever ends up winning the election in Iran, the fact there has been a robust debate hopefully will advance our ability to engage them in new ways.” But almost immediately after the polls closed, election authorities miraculously claimed to have counted millions of paper ballots and named the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner. Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, then went on state television Saturday to declare the result a “divine...
  • Nuke just has to explode in space to destroy a country

    05/26/2009 5:56:11 PM PDT · by LiveFreeOrDieUSA · 126 replies · 4,682+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 10, 2009 | James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
    Sunlight fills the bedroom. It's past 8 a.m., and it's cold. Why didn't the alarm go off? The bathroom lights are out. The house is without power. The battery-operated radio plays nothing but static. The phone is dead. What on earth has happened? In fact, what happened was not on Earth. It was above it. A nuclear weapon has detonated high over North America, an explosion so far up that neither the flash nor bang disturbed anyone slumbering in darkened bedrooms across the United States. Electrical systems and computers from New York City to San Francisco cease to function. City...
  • IPTV needs to be the next step for conservative media

    05/08/2009 7:41:09 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies · 934+ views
    Let's face it folks, we have the liberal media on the ropes. Drive by newspapers are dying. liberal broadcasts are setting record lows. Liberal cable outlets are always claiming 2nd, 3rd, etc best to Fox. So what's the next step?
  • The Results Are In: Stimulus Bill Neither Timely Nor Targeted

    05/24/2009 1:56:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,037+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 21, 2009 | Patrick Tyrrell
    Before the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the "stimulus bill"), President Obama and his chief economic advisor, Larry Summers, stressed that the government's response to the economic crisis needed to be "timely, targeted, and temporary." As predicted by a Heritage Foundation analyst,[1] the bill is neither timely nor targeted. Only time will tell if it is temporary. Not TimelyGovernment agencies have spent only a tiny fraction of money planned to be spent in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. Moreover, agencies have not allocated most of the money that has been directed toward...
  • Whoopi Finally Gets It! [video]

    05/13/2009 12:42:51 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 60 replies · 2,335+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | May 12, '09
    "Whoopi Goldberg Rails Against Her Taxes." Now if only she can convince Obama to stop proposing ever new taxes, like today's Sugar Tax, yesterday's estate tax hike proposal and the grandaddy of them all - the Global Warming Tax.
  • Judge Sotomayer on Whether Judges Make Policy [video]

    05/06/2009 7:59:44 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 4 replies · 642+ views
    Judge Sotomayer supposedly is the leading candidate on Obama's short list for the Supreme Court. Not because of her outstanding record of judicial excellence or expertise in constitutional law (such silly concerns are now irrelevant), but because she's the perfect nominee for partisan Democratic party Identity Politics. She kills three birds with one stone: she's Hispanic, female and a liberal judicial activist. In the video she makes it very clear (despite her levity about the matter) that a judge's role is not to interpret the Constitution but to legislate from the bench. A couple more like her and we won't...
  • Heritage Foundation Mourns Loss of Jack Kemp, Fighter and Leader

    05/05/2009 9:41:23 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 5 replies · 632+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 05-02-09 | Heritage President Ed Feulner
    Jack Kemp was a great player in the world of ideas, with a mind as strong as his arm. His strength and friendship will be missed greatly.
  • A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher--30 Years On

    05/01/2009 3:38:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 6 replies · 887+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 1, 2009 | Robin Harris
          May 1, 2009 A Tribute to Margaret Thatcher--30 Years On  by Robin Harris, D. Phil. WebMemo #2419 Thirty years ago, Britain embarked upon a conservative revolution that not only transformed the country but left an indelible and unmistakable impact on the rest of the world. Only two British Prime Ministers--Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher--have by force of personality and power of example done anything like this.In The Gathering Storm, Winston Churchill wrote of his initial thoughts after his election as Prime Minister in May 1940: As I went to bed at about 3 a.m., I was...
  • Obama’s First 100 Days (AskHeritage.org)

    04/29/2009 11:27:01 AM PDT · by newgeezer · 3 replies · 1,608+ views
    AskHeritage.org ^ | April 27. 2009 | The Heritage Foundation
    This week marks Barack Obama’s historic first 100 days as President. Highlights of his Presidential actions are listed below. Impact on Spending, Debt, and Taxes• President Obama’s $3.69 trillion budget will raise taxes on all Americans by $1.4 trillion over the next decade, and will permanently elevate federal spending to nearly 23 percent of the entire economy by 2019—a level reached only three times since the end of World War II. • The President’s budget dumps a staggering $9.3 trillion in new debt—$68,000 per household—into the laps of America's children and grandchildren. This is more debt than has been accumulated...
  • Five Reasons the EPA Should Not Attempt to Deal with Global Warming

    04/26/2009 12:42:44 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 18 replies · 1,361+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 23, 2009 | Ben Lieberman and Nicolas Loris
    On April 17, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an endangerment finding, saying that global warming poses a serious threat to public health and safety. Thus, almost anything that emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could be regulated under the Clean Air Act. This is the first official action taken by the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide.The endangerment finding is the initial step in a long regulatory process that could lead to the EPA requiring regulations for almost anything that emits carbon dioxide. Automobiles would likely be the first target, but subsequent regulations could extend to a million...
  • If Not Yucca, Then Where For (Nuclear) Waste?

    03/30/2009 7:03:10 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 46 replies · 1,102+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | March 30, 2009 | Max Shulz
    President Obama's decision to slash funding for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository not only creates big problems for his administration, it raises concerns about whether the nuclear renaissance will stall in its tracks. Failure to come up with an adequate solution to storing the nation's spent nuclear fuel could prevent new nuclear plants from being built despite worries about Americans' growing energy needs. For Obama, it's not enough just to oppose opening Yucca Mountain, as he did during the campaign. About 60,000 metric tons of nuclear waste are presently stored onsite at the nation's 104 commercial nuclear reactors,...
  • Sen. John McCain Speaks to the Heritage Foundation on "Generational Theft" - Complete Video 3/26/09

    03/26/2009 2:10:28 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 303+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | March 26, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Sen. John McCain speaking to the Heritage Foundation today on the subject of "Generational Theft." McCain has said repeatedly that the massive spending of the Obama Administration amounts to stealing from the future generations of Americans. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Taxpayers Should Be More Than a Little Scared

    03/20/2009 12:41:58 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 27 replies · 1,388+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | March 20, '09
    Maybe JAY LENO should host Meet the Press. Leno pressed Obama hard on the House's vote to strip AIG employees of their retention bonuses via the tax code: "Well, here's something that kind of scared me. They passed this thing that says we're going to tax 90 percent of their bonuses. And the part that scares me is, if the government decides they don't like a guy, all of a sudden, hey, we're going to tax you and then, boom, and it passes." And taxpayers should be scared by this Administration. Especially considering Obama's answer: "The change I'd like to...
  • NEW LAW WOULD AUTHORIZE GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF 4 MILLION SMALL BUSINESSES

    03/13/2009 12:20:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies · 2,056+ views
    National Center for Policy Analysis ^ | March 13, 2009 | National Center for Policy Analysis
    The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, H.R. 1409, S. 560) does more than take away secret ballot elections: It empowers the federal government to impose contracts on newly organized companies. The government would set wages, benefits, work assignments, promotion procedures, and any major changes to business operations. Because EFCA has no meaningful small businesses exemption, it would authorize federal control of up to 4 million small businesses employing 39 million Americans. Consequently, bureaucrats with no management experience would effectively control these small businesses, says James Sherk, the Bradley Fellow in Labor Policy at the Heritage Foundation. The misnamed Employee Free...
  • Political Elite Losing Touch With America on Global Warming

    03/12/2009 6:46:00 AM PDT · by Delacon · 28 replies · 2,049+ views
    The Heritage Foundation/ The Foundry ^ | March 12th, 2009 | Nick Loris
    Senator John Kerry stressed that the economy cannot be a scapegoat for not implementing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas reductions. He went so far as to call doing nothing a “suicide pact”.Forget cost and forget the recession, says Kerry: “Climate change is not governed by a recession, it’s governed by scientific facts about what’s happening to Earth. And you either accept the realities of the science or you don’t. You don’t enter a mutual suicide pact because the economy is having a hard time right now.” Senator Kerry has one thing right; it should be governed by scientific facts....
  • President Obama’s Health Care Strategy

    03/06/2009 10:22:18 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 14 replies · 604+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | March 6, 2009 | Heritage Foundation
    But the steady substitution of private health care for a government run plan is only half of the nationalized medicine equation. As even President Obama noted yesterday, expanding government health care to more and more Americans will be extremely expensive. That is where the health care rationing comes in. President Obama already laid the groundwork for health care rationing by dramatically expanding funding for the Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) council in the stimulus bill, and even without former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) his health care plan will include a Federal Health Board that will turn that research into regulation.... But...
  • Cap and Trade Was Never About Climate

    03/07/2009 8:27:03 AM PST · by Delacon · 32 replies · 1,101+ views
    The Heritage Foundation/ The Foundry ^ | March 6th, 2009 | Conn Carroll
    The Wall Street Journal [1]’s Kimberley Strassel reports today that the businesses in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership are beginning to realize that the cap and trade was never about global warming: “People are learning,” says William Kovacs, vice president of environment, technology and regulatory affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (which has been cautious about embracing a climate plan). “The Obama budget did more to help us consolidate and coalesce the business community than anything we could have done. It’s opened eyes to the fact that this is about a social welfare transfer system, not about climate.” Nothing...
  • The White House “Rush” to the Fairness Doctrine

    03/04/2009 11:10:47 AM PST · by Delacon · 12 replies · 1,324+ views
    The Heritage Foundation/ The Foundry ^ | March 4th, 2009 | Rory Cooper
    Over the past few weeks, America has seen President Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and former Campaign Manager David Plouffe channel much of their focus on what they see as a major problem facing America. You might think the object of this affection is the spiraling economy, which has led them to declare war on moderately successful investors and small business owners while they refuse to acknowledge a war on terror. That is certainly a focus. Secondarily, you might think it is the housing crisis, where they are attempting to cram down irresponsible mortgages so that responsible...
  • The Obama Tax and Spend Economy is Here

    03/02/2009 5:00:13 PM PST · by Delacon · 9 replies · 723+ views
    Yesterday,  just days after President Barack Obama signed his economic stimulus measure, the White House released a statement claiming credit for the reopening of a window and door factory in Chicago. Vice President Joe Biden said, “The reopening of this factory and the rehiring of these workers provide an excellent example of how the money in the Recovery Act is targeted to spur job creation quickly.” If the Obama Administration is going to claim credit for every job created since  Obama and Biden were elected, then if they are honest, they should also take the blame for every job lost....
  • Global Warming: Using the Polar Bear to Impose Costly Measures

    03/02/2009 4:41:28 PM PST · by Delacon · 14 replies · 504+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | March 2, 2009 | Ben Lieberman
    In 2008, the Bush Administration, responding to litigation from an environmental group, listed the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Bush Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne also made some changes to the implementation of the ESA in order to limit the adverse consequences. But now, the omnibus appropriations bill, first passed by the House and now being debated in the Senate, seeks to reverse these common sense limitations.If successful, this revised polar bear policy would greatly threaten economic growth and serve as a powerful anti-stimulus measure, not just in the polar bears' Alaskan habitat but throughout...
  • Fairness Doctrine Confusion

    02/20/2009 5:23:05 AM PST · by Delacon · 14 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Heritage Foundation/ The Foundry ^ | February 19th, 2009 | Rory Cooper
    On Wednesday, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt told FoxNews.com: “As the president stated during the campaign, he does not believe the Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated.” However, only three days earlier, President Obama’s Senior Advisor David Axelrod told Fox News Sunday, “I’m going to leave that issue to Julius Genachowski, our new head of the FCC … and the president to discuss. So I don’t have an answer for you now.” Certainly there is some confusion in the current White House. Where else is there confusion? Are former Presidents confused?Former President Bill Clinton was on liberal radio host Mario Solis Marich’s program...
  • Back to Muzak? Congress and the Un-Fairness Doctrine

    02/16/2009 6:56:17 PM PST · by Delacon · 11 replies · 614+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 23, 2007 | James L. Gattuso
     "Our massive strategy was to use the Fairness Doctrine to challenge and harass right-wing broadcasters and hope the challenges would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue." --Bill Ruder, Democratic campaign consultant and Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Kennedy Administration[1] "The main thing is the Post is going to have damnable, damnable problems out of [its Watergate coverage]. They have a television station...and they are going to have to get it renewed." --President Richard Nixon[2] Should the federal government mandate "fairness" in broadcasting? "Yes," say some Members of Congress, including...
  • An Open Letter to the Congress and the President of the United States

    02/13/2009 10:48:32 AM PST · by fiodora · 40 replies · 2,098+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 13, 2009 | Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
    For the last 35 years, educators and analysts at The Heritage Foundation have been intimately involved in the nation's great public policy debates. In all that time, we have never encountered legislation with such far-reaching and revolutionary policy implications as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act currently before Congress. And never have we seen a bill more cloaked in secrecy or more withdrawn from open public exposure and honest debate. In addition to being the single most expensive bill ever proposed, this measure calls for a massive expansion of the federal government's reach into the day-to-day life of virtually every...
  • Green Collar Jobs – Not On This Planet

    02/08/2009 7:12:12 PM PST · by Delacon · 17 replies · 1,088+ views
    Heritage Foundation/The Foundry ^ | February 6th, 2009 | Ben Lieberman
    A key argument in favor of the stimulus package is that it contains several measures that are not only good for the environment but will create new jobs and boost the economy. From the people who make wind turbines and solar panels to those who install insulation in buildings or design electric cars, the predicted number of so-called green collar jobs to be created [1] stretches into the hundreds of thousands. But reality says otherwise. In fact, everywhere that these green measures have been tried, unemployment has increased, not decreased. The same will happen across the U.S. if the stimulus...
  • The American Option: A Jobs Plan That Works

    02/03/2009 11:39:55 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,480+ views
    Remarks as prepared by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC January 29, 2009 Good morning. Thank you Phil for that gracious introduction. I also want to thank Mike Frank, Brian Darling, and everyone at the Heritage Foundation for this opportunity to speak on the most pressing issue facing our nation today. I always feel at home at Heritage. Especially since Dr. Feulner stole some of my best people, Nina Owcharenko, Tim Chapman and Charlotte Davis. And I think all Americans owe a huge "thank you" to all of the House Republicans and the 11 courageous...
  • "Defend America" Rally

    01/29/2009 9:01:37 AM PST · by concretebob · 43 replies · 2,078+ views
    Defend Our Constitution ^ | 29 January 2009 | Defend Our Constitution
    We are pleased to announce the "Defend America" Rally will be held on May 23, 2009 on the West Front Grassy Area at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This is a "grass roots" rally that will bring any and all Americans who are concerned about the growth of the power of the federal government and the loss of individual freedom in America together for an afternoon that will help to raise the awareness of citizens around the country to this issue and to raise the awareness of politicians that we will not tolerate the transition of America to...
  • Senator Warns White House Will 'Create Crisis' and 'Panic' to Push Stimulus (Obambi's fault)

    01/27/2009 4:46:01 PM PST · by xtinct · 19 replies · 1,278+ views
    Business and Media Institute ^ | 1/27/09 | Jeff Poor
    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., criticizes mainstream media for not reporting loads of pork in proposed legislation. Is the new Obama administration taking cues from the Bush administration to get Congress to act? It certainly seemed that way to, South Carolina’s junior Republican senator, Jim DeMint. DeMint, speaking Jan. 27 at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., explained the Obama administration will “create crisis and widespread panic” just like its predecessor in order to get Congress to act expeditiously. “I’ve been around long enough to know whenever someone tells me I have to make a decision right now, my response is...
  • 10 Questions About the Economic Stimulus Bill

    01/20/2009 9:37:13 PM PST · by WackySam · 5 replies · 379+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 1-15-09 | Brian M. Riedl
    The $800 billion economic "stimulus" bill may be more appropriately called the "Obama debt plan." It will, after all, dump $6,700 per household of new debt into the laps of our children and grandchildren. Whether it will actually stimulate the economy is another matter. So perhaps politicians can first answer a few questions from the back of the classroom: 1. President-elect Obama claims that spending approximately $800 billion will create 3.675 million new jobs. That comes to $217,000 per job. This doesn't sound like a very good value, especially with the national average salary around $40,000. Wouldn't it be cheaper...
  • The Crisis of American National Identity

    01/06/2009 11:14:35 AM PST · by Yardstick · 8 replies · 683+ views
    Claremont Institute ^ | January 5, 2009 | Charles Kesler
    About a decade ago, when he was vice president, Al Gore explained that our national motto, e pluribus unum, means "from one, many." This was a sad day for knowledge of Latin among our political elite—and after all those expensive private schools that Gore had been packed off to by his paterfamilias. It was the kind of flagrant mistranslation that, had it been committed by a Republican, say George W. Bush or Dan Quayle, would have been a gaffe heard round the world. But the media didn't play up the slip, perhaps because they had seen Gore's Harvard grades and...
  • Obama to Deep Six Marriage, Promote Cohabitation

    12/24/2008 4:32:52 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 36 replies · 1,333+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Dec. 18, '08 | Robert Rector
    Being raised by two married biological parents has considerable benefits for a child. By contrast, simple cohabatation by biological parents is highly unstable and does not deliver significant long-term benefits. On the other hand, sequential cohabitation by single mothers with men unrelated to the child can actually prove harmful to the children. Actual marriage between biological parents continues to decline. In 2006, the out-of-wedlock birthrates among blacks was 70.7%, among Hispanics, 49.9% and among non-Hispanic whites, 26.6%. The American Left has traditionally regarded marriage as an imprisoning institution. Thus the left has watched the steady decline of marriage with indifference...
  • (Christopher Ruddy): Paul Weyrich: RIP

    12/22/2008 2:07:55 PM PST · by Publius804 · 5 replies · 528+ views
    www.newsmax.com ^ | December 22, 2008 | Christopher Ruddy
    Paul Weyrich: RIP Paul Weyrich, a leader of the conservative movement, was laid to rest today in Fairfax,Va. Paul was not a household name. He was well known to many in Washington, certainly in Republican circles. For Newsmax readers, he was an old friend. Almost from the beginning, Paul has been a contributing “Pundit” in Newsmax’s online commentary section. When I heard of Paul’s passing last Thursday, I thought of Bill Buckley’s death this year. When Buckley passed in February, he was eulogized as the intellectual father of Reagan conservatism. If Bill Buckley was the intellectual godfather, Paul Weyrich was...
  • Paul Weyrich, conservative giant

    12/19/2008 3:28:04 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 435+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, December 19, 2008 | House editorial
    Paul Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation, died Thursday at age 66. Mr. Weyrich, one of the giants of the modern conservative movement, co-founded the Heritage Foundation in 1973 and founded the Free Congress Foundation the following year. He spent the past three and a half decades working to build political coalitions in support of limited government, a strong national defense and traditional values. Mr. Weyrich was a journalist before coming to Washington as an aide to Sen. Gordon Allott, Colorado Republican, in 1967. Shortly after starting work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Weyrich received by mistake an...