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Washington Times: Hot Button
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Washington Times: Hot Button

BY Amanda Carpenter

Answering the call Thousands of conservative activists answered Rep. Michele Bachmann's call to come to Washington and protest the Democratic health care expansions being pushed through Congress.

11/09/2009
LAMBRO: New Protests Planned
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LAMBRO: New Protests Planned

BY Don Lambro

Last month's nationwide "tea party" demonstrations to protest massive government spending increases and rising taxes received relatively little coverage from the national news media.Liberal big-government groups dismissed them as the work of right-wing advocacy organizations in Washington, and the events were so dispersed - most of them in small cities and towns - that no one could be sure how many actually had turned out to attend them.

05/22/2009
A Stealth Budget Bill
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Op-ed Placement

A Stealth Budget Bill

BY Matt Kibbe

President Obama is insisting on arcane procedural language tucked away in the budget resolution conference report that will dramatically expand the federal government's control over your personal health care decisions and our nation's health care system, all without a single hearing or a public debate.

05/19/2009
Model for health-care reform?
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Model for health-care reform?

BY Matt Kibbe

Is Tom Daschle the 2009 version of Ira Magaziner? Mr. Daschle, named as President-elect Barack Obama's health and human services secretary, will attempt to create a universal health-care system just as Ira Magaziner attempted under the Clinton administration. In 1993, Mr. Magaziner helped write and push a bill that would have nationalized health care. The plans and tactics may be different, but both men have the same ends - to drastically increase government control over our health care.

01/13/2009
Bailout Brakes
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Bailout Brakes

BY Matt Kibbe

"Well, if you're so opposed to a bailout of Wall Street, what would you do?" I get this question all the time from advocates of the proposed $700 billion Wall Street bailout here inside the Beltway. In the nation's capital, this is what passes for a plausible "defense" of bad policy proposed during times of crisis. "We must do something. Here's something. Do it. Now!"

10/01/2008
Bailout Plan Splits Free-Market Backers
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Bailout Plan Splits Free-Market Backers

BY Donald Lambro

A furious family squabble is raging among free-market advocates over the Bush administration's economic-rescue plan, between those who say let debt-ridden businesses fail and those who warn of a deep recession if government doesn't bail them out. The fight has divided conservatives as well their grass-roots supporters, who make up a large part of the Republicans' political base and threaten to undermine party unity in the middle of a close presidential election. That grass-roots backlash has to a large degree fueled House Republican opposition to the Treasury's bailout plan.

09/28/2008
Mortgages Hook for Taxpayers?
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Mortgages Hook for Taxpayers?

BY Matt Kibbe

Shareholders of Countrywide Financial have voted for Bank of America's estimated $3 billion takeover of the struggling mortgage company. Many analysts and investors publicly wonder why Bank of America would buy the troubled mortgage lender, which holds a rapidly deteriorating portfolio of tens of billions of dollars in exotic loans, owns almost $2.6 billion in foreclosed properties, and is trading below book value. The information surfacing about Sen. Christopher Dodd's mortgage lender bailout bill may provide the answer.

06/29/2008
Ensure Responsible Drinking of Beer, Wine and Spirits
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Ensure Responsible Drinking of Beer, Wine and Spirits

BY George McGovern/Dick Armey

If you were to review our careers in political life, we are sure there are only a handful of things we would agree on: (1) The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. (2) April 15 is Tax Day even though we have differing opinions on the tax itself. (3) On Jan. 20, 2009, there will be a new president in the White House. (4) And our days in the Senate and House, respectively, were some of our proudest. We also agree on a topic important to all of us: We must take every step possible to ensure responsible drinking of beer, wine and spirits.

04/30/2008
Cautionary Tale of Congestion Pricing
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Cautionary Tale of Congestion Pricing

BY Dr. Wayne Brough

With Christmas and winter weather fast approaching, most Americans are anticipating a holiday with friends and family. Many, however, are also bracing for the inevitable travel crush. It's peak season, and for air travelers, fears of delay and cancelations are none too real. So much so that President Bush and Transportation Secretary Mary Peters pre-emptively announced new plans to ease congestion. Barring inclement weather, these measures should keep passengers moving and ease the burden at the nation's busiest airports.

12/10/2007
Inside the Beltway
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Inside the Beltway

BY John McCaslin

Could've been shot Inside the Beltway has received New Year's greetings from Lawrence Lindsey, former economic adviser to President Bush, who, due to a sluggish economy, was abruptly shown the door in the middle of the holiday season. "But then, this was not a normal holiday season for us," Mr. Lindsey writes from Walt Disney World in Florida, where his family went into seclusion with Goofy, Daffy and Donald Duck. "Some of you may have assumed that our stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge was a sign that Washington was starting to bug us," writes the president's fall guy. "Washington is enough to make anyone go ape after a while." But Mr. Lindsey stresses that Mr. Bush told him it was nothing personal. After all, he quotes the president as saying, "You helped me win a tough election; you developed an economic plan that was needed and effective; you provided sound advice to me during very tough times. In short, you did your job with distinction and class, and I am most grateful." Besides his three children, Mr. Lindsey says his wife, Sue, "is quite happy to have me at home more. At the holiday senior staff dinner at the White House she was seated next to the president and thanked him for sending me back home. She followed that up with, 'Stalin would have shot him.'" Next up for Mr. Lindsey is establishing a consulting business, teaming up with his former deputy Marc Sumerlin, who departed the Bush camp by his own choosing in August. "Hopefully I will be able to really take advantage of the new lower tax rates," Mr. Lindsey points out. Saddam's bomb maker It might not be the actual smoking gun President Bush needs to start an overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, but Saddam's bomb maker will appear on national television tonight to tell the American public everything he knows about Iraq's deadly arsenal. Khidir Hamza spent 20 years developing Iraq's atomic weapons program [the one Saddam says doesn't exist] and tells all in the new book "Saddam's Bombmaker: The Terrifying Inside Story of the Iraqi Nuclear and Biological Weapons Agenda," co-authored by Jeff Stein, veteran Washington reporter and editor of Congressional Quarterly Homeland Security. The story and its evidence are unlike any coming out of Iraq, for two reasons: Mr. Hamza knows so much firsthand, and he is one of only a few who has lived to tell it. For those who haven't read "Saddam's Bombmaker," the History Channel will summarize the book tonight from 10 to 11. It begins with the weapons developer's harrowing escape from Iraq and his first encounter with skeptical CIA agents. He then spills Iraq's beans, painting an unprecedented portrait of Saddam - his unrivaled power, drunken rages, murder of underlings and his women. You might even spot a smoking gun or two. Long war A search is under way for Vietnam veterans who died as a result of their service but who do not meet the government requirements for having their names added to the 58,229 inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or the Wall. These additional "heroes" will be honored at the Fifth Annual In Memory Day ceremony at the Wall on April 21. More than 800 fallen veterans were recognized during past ceremonies. "Each year, thousands of service members and civilians die as a result of Agent Orange exposure or other physical and emotional wounds from the war," explains Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which was responsible for building the Wall. Family members and friends should obtain an application to submit names no later that Friday, Feb. 28, by calling 202/393-0090 or by visiting www.vvmf.org. West Virginia calendar Faced with a Medicaid-driven budget crisis, West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise is demanding cheaper "Canadian prices" on pharmaceuticals sold in his state. But observers here in Washington say if Mr. Wise, a Democrat, looked further at the Canadian system, he'd realize that Canadian-style health care is a prescription for disaster. Which is why Citizens for a Sound Economy tomorrow will send "Canadian Healthcare First Aid Kits" to all of West Virginia's legislators and the governor, hoping it will stop Mr. Wise's plans. We're told the first-aid kit includes a "five-year calendar," so West Virginia citizens can schedule their emergency surgery at a pace consistent with the delays Canadian citizens must endure; and a bandage, aspirin and Alka-Seltzer, to hold them over while they wait.

11/12/2007

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