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  • Obama transition vet joins Joule board [biodiesel/ethanol]

    01/20/2011 7:21:36 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | 01-18-2011 | by Kyle Alspach
    Renewable fuels developer Joule Unlimited Inc. said John Podesta, a veteran of two White House administrations, has joined its board of directors. Podesta was previously White House chief of staff under President Clinton, and more recently served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition. He is currently president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, a think tank he founded in 2003. “I have seen and heard many proposals by renewable energy companies, and can unequivocally say that Joule has a technology and a system unlike any other, with industrial viability and a clear path to market within the next...
  • Ted Cruz Gets a Boost from Powerful Conservative Insiders

    11/09/2015 5:14:01 PM PST · by Isara · 20 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | November 9, 2015 | Rob Garver
    An influential political action group in Washington, Heritage Action for America, all but endorsed the presidential candidacy of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday, with the release of an analysis of the platforms of the top 12 candidates for the Republican nomination.Cruz has been consistently in the middle of the pack in early polling, typically gathering only a fraction of the support currently being lavished on frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson. However, with backing from well-funded Super PACs, the Texas senator has the ability to assert himself in the race in the event that one or both of the...
  • Tired of capitalism? There could be a better way.

    10/01/2015 2:51:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9-30-15 | Matt Bruenig
    "Matt Bruenig is researcher of poverty and welfare systems at the think tank Demos." By now, it is well established that capitalism is fundamentally built upon threats of force. As libertarian philosophers Robert Nozick and Matt Zwolinski have explained, the only way to turn unowned natural resources (such as land, minerals and other goods) into privately owned property is by violently preventing all others from using them. This one-sided exclusion destroys freedom of movement and cuts many people off from the things that they need to survive.
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...
  • Leaked:US think-tank plan on E.Ukraine suggests internment camps, executions, nationalizing property

    07/04/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 7-4-2014 | RT
    A leaked memorandum from the RAND corporation think tank suggests that Kiev should engage in an all-out war in the eastern regions, including shutting down all communications, putting citizens in internment camps and killing all who resist. The RAND Corporation is non-profit global think tank which offers research and analysis to the US armed forces. In the shocking letter, which has been leaked by the media, the advice offers a step by step brutal guide in how to deal with the population in eastern Ukraine. ‘Military op’s advantages overweigh disadvantage’ In the first line the memorandum notes that the peace...
  • 25 Years Working For Free Markets

    10/18/2013 5:48:05 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/14/2013 | Joseph Lehman
    Twenty-five years ago the idea that the Mackinac Center might still be around today probably seemed about as far-fetched as predicting that the birthplace of the UAW, the cradle of organized labor and the stronghold of its national power would be a right-to-work state today. In four minutes I want to show you how our allies came together to make that victory possible. A video by Correy Burres helps tell this story. We are here in part to celebrate that success, but not as a stopping point. It’s only a milestone on the way to freedom across the board. No...
  • Conservative Think Tank - Please, While You Eat Your Turkey [vanity]

    11/21/2012 7:45:31 AM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 5 replies
    Vanity | 11/21/2012 | Self
    This weekend you'll spend time with the family. You'll sit around the familiar scene - it's the same every year, delicious turkey, favorite football, ahhhh the pie. Perhaps you'll have a big lull in the conversation. I ask you, please remember - it's a great time to tell everyone about the Small Business Think Tank ! We need people ! ----------> Marketing people - marketing, marketing ----------> All Business Backgrounds - People who can help with Startup of a new business ----------> Accountants, Lawyers, Business Owners --- anyone, really ----------> Kids will be home from college - See if anyone...
  • Conservative Think Tank - Check out the Shop Small(R) Campaign [Vanity]

    11/20/2012 9:20:18 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 11 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/21/2012 | Self
    American Express has a Shop Small(R) campaing going on at the moment; you'll see ads all over. I just wanted to cite that as an example of the kind of advocacy the proposed think tank would do: a) a for-profit private sector initiative b) focus on general public awareness, not a particular product or business c) presents tons of possibilities in partners, goals, tie-ins, venues, media attention, etc. This is the type of advocacy program that the think tank would undertake.
  • Mission Statement for Startup Think Tank - Accepting Interested Founders, Volunteers

    11/18/2012 3:28:29 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 18 replies
    Vanity | 11/18/2012 | Self
    At the end of this is the mission statement for the think tank, for those familiar: Can you take a minute to ping all your lists and anyone you think might be remotely interested ? Please ask them to ping all their lists as well. Over the next few weeks/months I'm looking for a handful of people who would like to participate as founding organizers. Please let me know if you want to be on my list. There will be private messages regarding initial organization. Here's the message "marketing article" for first-timers, others can skip to the first post to...
  • Iran Claims Think Tank Says It Can Hit Dimona Nuclear Reactor

    10/10/2012 4:10:27 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/10/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Iranian media say a U.S. think tank reports Tehran can strike the "Israeli nuclear complex at Dimona or the Israeli airbases without drawing the United States into a war." The state-controlled Fars News Agency reported Wednesday that “a group of U.S. presidential advisers at the Wilson Center warned that Iran could engage in at least token missile/rocket strikes against the attacker, targeting sites in Israel or U.S. facilities in the region.“ The advisers allegedly said that the Obama administration should avoid any military adventurism against Iran because it could backfire. "According to unclassified estimates, Iran probably has at least two...
  • Schwarzenegger to head think tank

    08/05/2012 1:25:59 AM PDT · by thecodont · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, August 3, 2012 | Carla Marinucci
    As the unstoppable cyborg in "The Terminator," Arnold Schwarzenegger made "I'll be back" part of the national lexicon. Nearly two years after leaving California's highest elected office, he's making good on the promise in a big way. The former Republican governor, who just turned 65, told The Chronicle that he will head up the Schwarzenegger Institute for Public Policy at University of Southern California, a think tank designed to explore "post-partisan" politics and global challenges. Among the luminaries working alongside him are former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros...
  • Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry ($37 million & MANDATE)

    11/18/2011 2:51:00 AM PST · by Fred · 298 replies · 2+ views
    Wapo ^ | 11/18/11 | Dan Eggen
    A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker and other perks, according to records and interviews. The Center for Health Transformation, which opened in 2003, brought in dues of as much as $200,000 per year from insurers and other health-care firms, offering some of them “access to Newt Gingrich” and “direct Newt interaction,” according to promotional materials. The biggest funders, including firms such as AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Novo Nordisk, were...
  • Diagnosis and a Remedy

    11/06/2011 6:41:41 PM PST · by Ari Bussel
    Jewish Wisdom By Ari Bussel A journalist looks around and beyond reporting asks himself: What is it that I do not see? Who is not here who should be? Why is something done in a certain manner and not another? An analyst looks at commonalities, trends and correlations. Since forecasting is an art, and given that one usually fails in forecasts since one often bases them on past behavior, analysts restrict themselves to providing a set of scenarios, from the probable to the less likely. The choice between the different scenarios is left for decision makers. A history buff studies...
  • 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 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
  • Plans for presidential center thrill Bushes

    11/19/2009 5:59:51 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies · 457+ views
    Source cannot be posted, | assume 19 November 2009 (don't make me hunt for it)
    See link below. Article has a doozy of a comment by a poly sci professor at SMU and many comments to article
  • Arm Afghan Tribes, Experts Say

    11/08/2009 9:19:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 612+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | October 30,2009 | Greg Grant
    A number of experts think the U.S. should abandon its “top down” strategy of building an Afghan national army and should switch to arming and paying local tribes to fight the Taliban. Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, appearing Thursday at a Capitol Hill conference sponsored by RAND, said he closely examined former Soviet counterinsurgencies in Poland and the Ukraine. In both cases, the Soviets successfully levered small, locally recruited militia forces to successfully battle numerically superior anti-regime insurgents. He warned of the perils of trying to police xenophobic Tajiks, Uzbeks and Pahstuns with an Afghan national army. A better...
  • Hizb ut-Tahrir's Ideology Legitimizes Islamist Terror

    11/06/2009 12:18:30 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 501+ views
    A disturbing new report by the Centre for Social Cohesion, a British think tank, makes a strong case that Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) is not the "peaceful" Islamist group it purports to be. In a study published Monday, the center - quoting extensively from the statements and writings of HT leaders and party organs – shows that the group actually advocates hijacking planes and other forms of jihadist violence in order to annex all Muslim-majority nations and colonize non-Muslim-majority ones. Representatives of HT, which seeks to establish a global Islamic state (a Caliphate), have long claimed that they oppose violence.
  • Jordanian Brotherhood Chief Tied to Virginia Islamist Think Tank

    05/15/2009 3:24:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 252+ views
    SNIPPET: "A trustee of an Islamic think tank in Northern Virginia that is long suspected of financing terrorists is expected to become the new head of the Muslim Brotherhood's chapter in Jordan. Ishaq Farhan is expected to be named interim head of the Islamic Action Front (IAF), which is the Muslim Brotherhood's Jordanian political wing, the Jordan Times reported. The move follows the resignation of IAF directors after a leadership dispute. Farhan also is a longtime trustee of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). He is listed on the organization's IRS Form 990s from at least 2005, through 2007,...
  • CA: Still a rotten idea - Don't soak ratepayers for energy think tank

    08/18/2008 11:15:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 270+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/18/08 | Editorial
    In April, when Public Utilities Commission Chairman Michael Peevey persuaded the PUC board to back his plan to use $600 million generated by a 10-year surcharge on some energy bills to create a PUC-run global warming think tank, the response was far chillier than he probably expected. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was enthusiastic, but he was practically alone. Experts on utility law questioned whether it would be legal for an agency created to regulate utilities to force ratepayers to subsidize an agency think tank. Consumer groups such as The Utilities Reform Network questioned the fairness of imposing an additional de facto...
  • A Government-Funded Defense Think Tank’s Ties to Terror

    04/09/2008 6:45:01 AM PDT · by MaximusRules · 6 replies · 66+ views ^ | April 08, 2008 | Patrick Poole
    Considering IDA’s influential position with the Department of Defense and the intelligence community, and the sensitive nature of the work it undertakes for the federal government, it is distressing that this federally-funded “think tank” has established a strategic partnership with four different Islamic organizations that have been identified by federal prosecutors as tied to the international terrorist network. IDA has partnered with these groups as part of American Muslims for Constructive Engagement (AMCE), an alliance of six different organizations: International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT) Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Muslim American Society (MAS) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)...
  • Futuristic NASA think tank to be shut down[Institute for Advanced Concepts]

    03/21/2007 7:51:57 AM PDT · by FLOutdoorsman · 8 replies · 462+ views news service ^ | 20 March 2007 | Maggie McKee
    NASA will likely shut down its Institute for Advanced Concepts, which funds research into futuristic – and often far-out – ideas in spaceflight and aeronautics, officials say. The controversial move highlights the budgetary pressures the agency is facing as it struggles to retire the space shuttles by 2010 and develop their replacement. The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was established to "give an opportunity for people outside of NASA to develop really revolutionary and creative concepts for future aeronautics and space missions", says Robert Cassanova, who has served as the institute's director since its inception in February 1998. The...
  • Think tank: California's is one of leanest work forces (Tom McClintock says it should be)

    03/09/2007 10:14:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 502+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 3/8/07 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - While critics believe California state government is bloated, a new analysis from a Silicon Valley think tank suggests the state has one of the leanest work forces in the country. Census data released this week shows California had 393,609 full-time-equivalent employees as of last March, working out to 105 employees per 10,000 state residents, according to the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. That makes California the third-lowest in the nation in state employees per resident, behind every state except Illinois (at 103) and Nevada (at 104). The federal government has 142 employees per...
  • Think tank: Hezbollah used human shields

    12/05/2006 12:30:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/06 | Amy Teibel - ap
    JERUSALEM - An Israeli think tank with strong links to the military released videos and testimony Tuesday it said proved Hezbollah guerrillas used civilians as human shields during last summer's war in Lebanon. The report's authors hoped to challenge allegations that Israel committed war crimes when it attacked residential areas during the war. Although no formal war crimes charges have been filed against either side, Israel has taken the brunt of international criticism. Israel is especially sensitive about the possibility of legal action because of previous lawsuits and indictments abroad against Israeli leaders and military officers. The 300-page report, compiled...
  • W library in record book ($500M center would be priciest for a Prez)

    11/27/2006 2:23:56 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 64 replies · 1,358+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | November 27, 2006 | THOMAS M. DeFRANK
    WASHINGTON - He may be a certified lame duck now, but President Bush and his truest believers are about to launch their final campaign - an eye-popping, half-billion-dollar drive for the Bush presidential library. Eager to begin refurbishing his tattered legacy, the President hopes to raise $500 million to build his library and a think tank at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush lived in Dallas until he was elected governor of Texas in 1995. Bush sources with direct knowledge of library plans told the Daily News that SMU and Bush fund-raisers hope to get half of the half billion...
  • NAFTA has hurt living standards, think-tank says (Economic Policy Institute)

    09/27/2006 2:19:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 1,171+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/06 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The North American Free Trade Agreement has lowered the standard of living for workers in the United States, Mexico and Canada, according to a new report. Signed in 1994, the trade deal was touted as a win-win situation for all three signatories. But the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think-tank, said that NAFTA has led to cuts in social spending and prompted wages to stagnate or even fall. "Twelve years later, it is clear that the costs to workers outweighed the benefits in all three nations," the report said. "Workers' share of the gains from rising...
  • Russia falls short of G8 standards: UK think-tank

    06/24/2006 6:15:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 590+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/06 | Adrian Croft
    LONDON (Reuters) - Russia does not meet democratic standards for membership of the Group of Eight and its leadership of the rich nations' club risks destroying the G8's credibility, a British think-tank said on Sunday. Russia has gone backwards in its respect for democracy and civil liberties since it took over the presidency of the G8 in January, the Foreign Policy Center said in a report published before a Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg on July 15-17. The Foreign Policy Center is an independent think-tank whose patron is British Prime Minister Tony Blair. "(Russian President Vladimir) Putin's record...
  • How Much Government Do We Need?

    03/07/2006 6:52:40 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 4 replies · 468+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3-7-06 | Daniel Son
    In the long run, the battle to make America safer is part of a larger cause—the battle to make the free world safer and, indeed, to make the whole world freer. Victory will come only if representative government prevails, because freedom is the one force strong enough to stop tyranny and terror. In our modern day and age, America appears to have forgotten the guiding principles that have led her thus far. Getting America Right offers not a revolutionary, novel solution, but an answer that is as old as America herself—a conservative one...
  • Wealthy Liberals Form Partnership, Pledge to Support Think Tanks

    08/18/2005 3:20:04 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 20 replies · 449+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2005 | Edsall, Thomas
    At least eighty wealthy liberals have each pledged $1 million or more to the newly established Democracy Alliance to fund a network of progressive think tanks and advocacy groups, the Washington Post reports. The goal of the alliance, which was founded last spring, is to foster the development of liberal and left-leaning institutions that can counter the influence of established conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Cato Institute. According to alliance officials, many liberal groups are too focused on promoting an agenda that was enacted when Democrats enjoyed majorities...
  • 80 liberals each pledge $1 million for alliance

    08/07/2005 9:16:15 AM PDT · by visagoth · 72 replies · 2,553+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8-7-2005 | THOMAS B. EDSALL
    <p>WASHINGTON - At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute at least $1 million each to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups, to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up during the last three decades.</p>
  • 80 liberals each pledge $1 million - hope to copy success of think tanks run by conservatives

    08/07/2005 12:37:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 157 replies · 3,298+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 7, 2005 | THOMAS B. EDSALL
    <p>WASHINGTON - At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute at least $1 million each to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups, to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up during the last three decades.</p>
  • Bruce Kovner: The most powerful New Yorker you've never heard of.

    08/04/2005 6:05:48 PM PDT · by bluerose · 13 replies · 1,021+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/1/05 | By Philip Weiss
    Multibillionaire commodities king Bruce Kovner is the patron saint of the neoconservatives, the new Lincoln Center's crucial Medici, owner of a vast Fifth Avenue mansion and the most powerful New Yorker you've never heard of. If no one knows anything about Bruce Kovner, it is because he likes it that way. Yet the unassuming manner is camouflage for one of the most powerful people in the country, culturally, financially, and politically. Kovner, 60 years old and divorced, manages the largest hedge fund in the world and every year ratchets higher on the Forbes list of the richest Americans (most recently,...
  • U.S. Falls out of the Index of Economic Freedom's Top 10

    01/06/2005 12:18:36 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 54 replies · 1,567+ views ^ | 06 Jan 2005 | Editors - Jan-6-2005 - For the first time ever, the U.S. does not rank among the world's 10 freest economies in the Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The U.S.' score in the 2005 Index did not change from 2004. But improvements in the economies of Chile, Australia and Iceland enabled all three to surpass the U. S., leaving it in a tie for 12th with Switzerland and out of the top 10 for the first time in the 11-year history of the Index.
  • Mushahid for Muslim think tank

    12/05/2004 8:34:42 AM PST · by miltonim · 6 replies · 315+ views
    Pakistan Link ^ | December 5, 2004
    Secretary General Pakistan Muslim League Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said called for the establishment of a "Muslim Think Tank" to project view point of Muslim Ummah and counter the propaganda against Islam in an effective manner. “The Muslim Ummah should have its own television channel to project its point of view in a better and convincing way,” Mushahid told the prize distribution ceremony of 9th Annual Bi-lingual declamation contest of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) on Saturday night. He said in the present circumstances the Islamic world and Muslim intellectuals and journalists are facing challenges of projection of image...
  • Schwarzenegger gives closed-door speech to economic think tank (Hoover Inst.)

    07/13/2004 6:27:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 639+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/13/04 | AP - Stanford
    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Still locked in a stalemate with legislators over a state budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was scheduled to deliver a private speech Wednesday at the Hoover Institution, the Stanford University think tank he turned to as a candidate to help shape his economic vision and budget plans. Schwarzenegger was to be the keynote speaker at an annual meeting of Hoover's board of overseers, as well as about 1,000 Stanford community members and their guests. But despite being embroiled in a high-stakes showdown with legislators over the state budget - specifically, how to fund state and local governments...
  • Report: 18,000 al Qaeda fighters

    05/25/2004 7:31:17 PM PDT · by Gdzine · 36 replies · 297+ views
    CNN ^ | May 25th, 2004 | CNN
    LONDON, England (AP) -- Despite losses around the world, al Qaeda has more than 18,000 potential terrorists, and its ranks are growing because of the conflict in Iraq, a leading think tank warned Tuesday. Al Qaeda still has a functioning leadership despite the death or capture of key figures, and estimates suggest al Qaeda operates in more than 60 nations around the world, the International Institute of Strategic Studies said in its Strategic Survey 2003-4. The terrorist group poses a growing threat to Western interests and attacks are likely to increase, the institute said. "Al Qaeda must be expected to...
  • Hudson Institute prepares to leave city

    03/05/2004 4:02:02 PM PST · by Samwise · 144+ views
    The Indianapolis Star ^ | March 5, 2004 | Kristina Buchthal
    <p>The Hudson Institute, a national conservative research group based in Indianapolis for 20 years, will likely move its headquarters to Washington.</p> <p>If the move is approved by the institute's board of trustees, the Hudson name will leave Indianapolis. But its approximately 20 domestic policy researchers will remain in the city, merging with another conservative research group and continue their research projects, said Jennifer A. Butsch, Hudson's spokeswoman.</p>
  • Think-Tank Accuses Ministers Of 'Spin' Over Migrants' Tax (UK)

    01/04/2004 4:50:13 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 133+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-5-2004 | Philip Johnston
    Think-tank accuses ministers of 'spin' over migrants' tax By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor (Filed: 05/01/2004) The Government is accused today of exaggerating the contribution made by immigrants to the economy to cover up its "failure" to control the country's borders. Ministers have claimed repeatedly that legal immigrants pay £2.5 billion more in taxes than they receive in benefits. This figure is based on Home Office research published last year. But Migrationwatch UK - an independent think-tank that questions the need for mass immigration - challenges the way ministers used the research. It says they omitted qualifications in the original...
  • Great Scots! (the Scottish Englightenment - politics, economics, philosophy - and its influence)

    11/02/2003 12:57:33 PM PST · by Stultis · 24 replies · 834+ views
    Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg (PBS) ^ | 2 October 2003 | Arthur Herman & Robert Galvin w/ Ben Wattenberg
      Arthur Herman    Coordinator of the Smithsonian’s Western Heritage Program, and author of "How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It"   Robert Galvin    Retired Chairman of the Board of Motorola and author of America’s Founding Secret: What the Scottish Enlightenment Taught Our Founding Fathers Great Scots!Ben Wattenberg: Hello, I’m Ben Wattenberg. Only three centuries ago, Scotland was a primitive country still home to savages living in huts, barbaric wars, and witch trials. But not long after, Scottish philosophers created a common sense approach to the study of political...
  • Richard Perle: The Making of a Neoconservative (Interview)

    11/02/2003 11:32:44 AM PST · by Stultis · 14 replies · 235+ views
    Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg (PBS) ^ | 14 November 2002 | Richard Perle (interview)
    Richard Perle: The Making of a NeoconservativeBen Wattenberg: Hello. Richard Perle, the infamous and famous Richard Perle, thank you for joining us on Think Tank.Richard Perle: It’s a pleasure to be with you Ben.Ben Wattenberg: Well, why don’t we pick up the Perle story at that swimming pool. Whose swimming pool was it and what were you doing there?Richard Perle: It was Albert Wohlstetter’s swimming pool in the Hollywood Hills. Albert’s daughter, Joan, was a classmate at Hollywood High School. We sat next to each other in Spanish class. She passed, I didn’t, but she invited me over for a...
  • Iraqi Hearts and Minds (Ivo Daalder & Karl Zinsmeister)

    11/02/2003 12:44:10 PM PST · by Stultis · 11 replies · 115+ views
    Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg (PBS) ^ | 9 October 2003 | Ivo Daalder & Karl Zinsmeister w/ Ben Wattenberg
    Ivo Daalder    Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, member of the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, and co-author of "America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy"  Karl Zinsmeister    Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, editor-in-chief of The American Enterprise magazine and author of "Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq." Iraqi Hearts and MindsTHINK TANK WITH BEN WATTENBERGTTBW 1128 PBS feed 10/9/2003“Iraqi Hearts and Minds” Funding for Think Tank is provided by: At Pfizer we’re spending nearly five billion dollars looking for the cures of the future. We have twelve thousand scientists...
  • North Carolina Think Tank John Locke Foundation establishes blog on NC Public Policy Issues

    08/22/2003 4:15:06 AM PDT · by Huber · 5 replies · 210+ views
    The John Locke Foundation ^ | 8/21/03 | John Hood
    A Special Message from the Desk Of: John Hood, President August 21, 2003 Come Joins Us In The “Locker Room” New weblog to host discussion and debate on public policy issues I’m writing today to alert you and other regular visitors to the John Locke Foundation’s web sites — including,, and — about a new Internet feature we unveiled this morning: a weblog on public policy issues of interest to North Carolinians. “Blogs,” as they have come to be known, are an increasingly popular way for a variety of individuals and organizations to communicate with each other,...
  • Tax Demagoguery

    05/31/2003 9:54:04 AM PDT · by Isara · 11 replies · 285+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | Monday, June 2, 2003 | Editor
    Politics: The president had hardly put down his pen after signing the tax cut Wednesday when class warfare broke out again. As usual, the demagoguery doesn't comport with reality.According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a hard-left Washington think tank, many families whose yearly incomes are between $10,500 and $26,625 — a number that's nearly 12 million — won't be getting the additional $400 per-child tax credit that was part of the tax cut.While we're not challenging the findings, we object to the misleading nature of the argument. A significant fact is being left out.The Tax Foundation tells...
  • Bring Back OTA--Congress' Own Think Tank - Legislators need objective scientific advice

    05/20/2003 8:14:30 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 5 replies · 332+ views
    The Scientist ^ | May 19, 2003 | Daniel S. Greenberg
    Scientists cheered in 1972 when Congress created the Office of Technology Assessment, a PhD-laden think tank that was dedicated to providing policy analyses and technical evaluations for the House and Senate. They wept in 1995, when, in a burst of political pique and boastful penny-pinching, Newt Gingrich and his Republican Revolution abolished OTA. Resuscitation efforts started then, and continue--in futility. Thus, in the current Congress, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), one of the few scientists in Congress, reintroduced the Office of Technology Reestablishment Act. Like its predecessors, the bill disappeared into the black hole of legislative losers, never heard of again....
  • Terror Crackdown Has Not Reduced Al-Qaida Threat, Warns Thinktank

    05/13/2003 7:47:49 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 5-14-2003 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    Terror crackdown has not reduced al-Qaida threat, warns thinktank Richard Norton-Taylor Wednesday May 14, 2003 The Guardian (UK) Al-Qaida remains a "potent" international terrorist network with more than 18,000 trained members at large in up to 90 countries, and could take a generation to dismantle, a leading international affairs thinktank warned yesterday. The warning came in the annual strategic survey of the International Institute for Strategic Studies whose author, Jonathan Stevenson, said the Riyadh bombings "bore the hallmarks" of an al-Qaida operation. The bombings "may be the first indication that the regime change in Iraq in the short term is...
  • Americans don't give as much as thought (depending on criteria)

    05/06/2003 4:48:29 PM PDT · by Core_Conservative · 8 replies · 521+ views ^ | May 6, 2003 | Daniel W. Drezner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
    Great Responsibility By Daniel W. Drezner 05/06/2003 E-Mail Bookmark Print Save TCS Americans like to think of themselves as generous to the less fortunate. It's therefore disheartening to read in the Financial Times that, "Japan and the US are the least helpful of the rich countries towards the developing world, according to a new measure from a leading think tank." The "leading think tank" is the Center for Global Development (CGD), a recent offshoot of the prestigious and nonpartisan Institute for International Economics (IIE) Anyone familiar with IIE's work over the past two decades knows that they excel at producing...
  • Council on Foreign Relations Head Resigns

    01/28/2003 1:07:26 PM PST · by ewing · 32 replies · 442+ views
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | January 28, 2003 | International Advisory Borad
    Leslie H. Gelb..developing
  • GOP Can Revive The State (California); Thank You From Bill Simon

    12/06/2002 7:30:53 AM PST · by ZGuy · 12 replies · 174+ views
    Bill Simon email | 12/05/2002 | Bill Simon and Richard Riordan
    California is in crisis By Richard Riordan and Bill Simon Jr., Richard Riordan was the mayor of Los Angeles from 1992 to 2000. Bill Simon Jr. was the Republican candidate for governor in 2002. We are struggling through the first recession in almost a decade. The state government faces a crushing, two-year budget deficit of some $40 billion. And we face a number of serious long-term problems: Housing starts are meeting only 50% of our needs. More than 7 million residents lack health insurance. Our schools remain near the bottom of national rankings. The state's businesses are overburdened by excessive...
  • Bush planned Iraq regime change before election

    09/15/2002 12:25:03 PM PDT · by eagles · 53 replies · 585+ views
    The Sunday Herald | 9-15-02 | Neil Mackay
    Sunday Herald - 15 September 2002 Bush planned Iraq 'regime change' before becoming President By Neil Mackay -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A SECRET blueprint for US global domination reveals that President Bush and his cabinet were planning a premeditated attack on Iraq to secure 'regime change' even before he took power in January 2001. The blueprint, uncovered by the Sunday Herald, for the creation of a 'global Pax Americana' was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice- president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), George W Bush's younger brother Jeb and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding...
  • Think-Tank Calls For Unhealthy Food Tax

    07/15/2002 2:50:10 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 519+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7-15-2002 | Andrew Sparrow
    Think-tank calls for unhealthy food tax By Andrew Sparrow, Political Correspondent (Filed: 15/07/2002) Unhealthy food should be taxed, a Left-wing think-tank will argue this week. Demos, which has close links with the Government, will urge ministers to consider imposing a levy on "fatty, highly processed and fast foods" in order to encourage people to eat more healthily. In a report that covers "food poverty", Demos will point out that poor diet is to blame for health problems such as obesity and that this is a particular problem for low-income families, who are proportionally more likely to eat food with a...