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On Second Thought, Maybe the U.S. Should Be More Like Europe
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On Second Thought, Maybe the U.S. Should Be More Like Europe

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the European Union and the United States have again chosen different paths regarding free trade, this time with South Korea. However, for once it’s old Europe that wants to boost economic output by lowering barriers. Meanwhile, in the formerly free market U.S., a Congress beholden to Big Labor throws up roadblocks.

07/20/2009
Census Data Says Current Health Care System Leaves 16 (Not 46) Million Underserved
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Census Data Says Current Health Care System Leaves 16 (Not 46) Million Underserved

Thirty million is a lot of people. It is about four times the population of New York City. It is 10 percent of the population of the entire United States. It is also the amount by which everyone from the Obama administration to the mainstream media is exaggerating the number of Americans who may currently be unable to obtain health insurance. From a new study by FreedomWorks:

07/13/2009
Sanford’s Down, Sarah’s Out, Franken's In; Is the Tea Party Over?
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Sanford’s Down, Sarah’s Out, Franken's In; Is the Tea Party Over?

It’s been a strange and troubling few weeks for advocates of lower taxes and limited government. Nancy Pelosi successfully rammed what may be the largest tax hike in American history through the House of Representatives. Two rapidly rising stars in the GOP have unexpectedly tumbled back to Earth. And a federally-funded special interest power grab looms over the health care system.

07/07/2009
Protectionism: Another Reason To Kill Waxman-Markey Energy Tax Bill
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Protectionism: Another Reason To Kill Waxman-Markey Energy Tax Bill

If the taxes the Waxman-Markey bill would effectively levy on Americans were not enough to delight you, then a provision this bill contains that would further alienate China - just as several pieces of recent news suggest a trade war with China might be brewing - ought to do the trick.

06/29/2009
Dissent, Not Denial: Informed Opposition to the Science of Climate Change Is Growing
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Dissent, Not Denial: Informed Opposition to the Science of Climate Change Is Growing

Beneath the surface of a Cap and Tax debate that has only just begun to rage in this country, a basic premise is largely being taken for granted. Prominent fixtures of the political class, from Al Gore to Newt Gingrich to John McCain, have accepted and declared as fact that the Earth is getting warmer, the icecaps are getting smaller, carbon is to blame, and only government can save the day.

06/29/2009
Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate
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Unsettling Science in the Health Care Debate

Settled science rarely is. Except to those with a vested policy interest in the debate. True to form, a recent diatribe by Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest acknowledges none of the widely available data that conflict with his passionate crusade against table salt. However, to a debate that has endured for decades, Jacobson does bring a modern twist:

06/11/2009
Unions Oppose Panama Free Trade
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Unions Oppose Panama Free Trade

Big Labor is gearing up to fight a free trade agreement with Panama supported by the President, Speaker Pelosi, and many republicans.  The agreement would reduce or eliminate tariffs and other trade barriers between the two countries.  The administration could present the deal before Memorial Day.

04/28/2009
Who said these words?
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Who said these words?

Although these words were spoken about two months ago, recent developments have made them seem even more relevant. Here’s a multiple choice question: Who said the words below?

03/27/2009
Protectionism: Following in Hoover's Footsteps
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Protectionism: Following in Hoover's Footsteps

Ron Kirk, president Obama's pick for U.S. Trade Representative, is facing his confirmation hearings this week.  The administration is seeking more trade restrictions on deals made under President Bush including Columbia and South Korea.  President Obama said during his campaign that he generally supports free trade, but talked about a tougher system.  Kirk and the president agree that there should be tougher labor and environmental rules before making deals.

03/11/2009
What's Made in the USA?
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What's Made in the USA?

What’s made in the USA today?  An article on the CNBC website today lists the top manufactured goods in the United States including air craft, missiles, space equipment, tractors, cars, gas turbines, and computer chips.

02/17/2009

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