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National Debt Roars Past $9 Trillion
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National Debt Roars Past $9 Trillion

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The news should have made banner headlines, but few paid attention as the U.S. national debt passed the $9 trillion mark this week. I suppose the lack of interest is understandable, since the citizens who will be stuck paying this bill are mostly in grade school. The sad thing: the national debt was "only" $5.735 trillion when George W. Bush took office in January 2001. We're on pace for the national debt to increase by more than 50% during his 8 year tenure as chief executive.

11/08/2007
Republican Radicals? You Betcha...
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Republican Radicals? You Betcha...

Our friend Ramesh Ponnuru from National Review puts forward an interesting proposition in Time magazine. Republican proposals on health care policy are radical.

11/08/2007
FreedomWorks Wins Big for Taxpayers in Oregon and North Carolina
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FreedomWorks Wins Big for Taxpayers in Oregon and North Carolina

FreedomWorks’(http://www.freedomworks.org) grassroots campaigns in Oregon and North Carolina put a stop to tax hikes in both states, and sent a message that citizens are fed up with higher taxes and spending.

11/08/2007
FreedomWorks Wins Big for Taxpayers in Oregon and North Carolina
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FreedomWorks Wins Big for Taxpayers in Oregon and North Carolina

FreedomWorks’(http://www.freedomworks.org) grassroots campaigns in Oregon and North Carolina put a stop to tax hikes in both states, and sent a message that citizens are fed up with higher taxes and spending.

11/08/2007
Guess What? The Flat Tax is a Good Idea!
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Guess What? The Flat Tax is a Good Idea!

Cato's Dan Mitchell points us to this fantastic bit of news about economic growth in the former Soviet province of Georgia, which recently instituted a flat tax.

11/07/2007
JCT: Rangel Tax Bill Hits Almost All Americans
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JCT: Rangel Tax Bill Hits Almost All Americans

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House Ways and Means Republicans are releasing a new study today by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), an analysis arm of Congress. They find that Rep. Charlie Rangel’s "Mother of All Tax Hikes" plan will raise taxes on Americans at almost every income level. The bill hits working and middle class households, and puts the lie to Rangel’s “tax the wealthy” rhetoric.

11/07/2007
The Health-Care Lemon
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The Health-Care Lemon

Nick Gillespie at Reason points us to this great short by Stuart Browning on the perils of government-run health care. http://www.youtube.com/v/YMooY7C02zw&rel=1&border=0" style="left: 0px ! important; top: 21px !

11/07/2007
Key Vote YES on Free Trade with Peru
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Key Vote YES on Free Trade with Peru

On behalf of our 850,000 FreedomWorks members and supporters nationwide, I write to urge you to support the free trade agreement with Peru. The agreement would reduce tariffs for 80% of United States consumer and industrial exports to Peru and would phase out the remaining tariffs in the next ten years.

11/07/2007
Oregon Nixes Tobacco Tax Hike For Children's Health Care
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Oregon Nixes Tobacco Tax Hike For Children's Health Care

BY Jeff Mapes

A record amount of advertising underwritten by the tobacco industry overwhelmed supporters of expanding health coverage to children in Oregon Tuesday, as voters rejected an 84.5-cent-a-pack increase in cigarette taxes. The resounding defeat for the tobacco tax -- which lost 60-40 percent -- in a predominantly Democratic state is a boost for an industry that is pressing Republicans to hang firm in the congressional debate over the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Democratic attempts to expand SCHIP are funded with a proposed 61-cent-per-pack increase in the federal cigarette tax, which would bring the federal tax total to $1 per pack. "You'll be hearing about it everywhere," predicted Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, and a longtime foe of the tobacco companies.

11/07/2007
Transfer tax goes down in Swain, Macon
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Transfer tax goes down in Swain, Macon

Voters in Swain and Macon counties soundly defeated land-transfer tax ballot initiatives Tuesday, dashing hopes that the newly approved measures would provide a new revenue source. In Swain County the vote was 1,458 against and 392 for the transfer tax, a 79 percent to 21 percent margin. Macon County had a similar result.

11/07/2007

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