Voters should demand answers about Obamacare exemptions

Over the last few months, most public discussion of Obamacare has centered round the pending legal challenges to the constitutionality of the so-called “individual mandate,” the provision in the law that requires everyone to purchase insurance.  It will be months if not a year or two before that question is finally resolved, but in the […]

The Scots-Irish Voting Bloc

Reporter and political analyst Salena Zito identifies an overlooked voting bloc whose ethnic identity is shared by seventeen U.S. Presidents, including Barack Obama.  President Obama seems to have found his inner Celt  in time for the 2012 elections.  However, Zito points out that the Scots-Irish were critical to 2010 Republican victories, and could be again […]

What’s behind the growing incivility in public discourse?

Carl Graham of the Montana Policy Institute suggests that growing incivility in some public discourse is “explainable by the dual effects of unsustainable spending levels and revulsion at government’s increasing and political inclination to pick winners and losers.” Summary: Our civil discourse is getting louder and hotter now because so much is at stake with […]

In Portland, Art Therapy and Other Lures for the Homeless

In Portland, Art Therapy and Other Lures for the Homeless

In the  Wall Street Journal, Portland, Ore.-based writer Ethan Epstein argues that the lavish new $46.9 million Homeless Service Center opening this week in Portland’s Pearl District could well attract more homeless people rather than tackle the pervasive drug-dealing and panhandling that threaten the Rose City’s livability.  Read his May 27 article here.

Sen. Coburn: Cut from Medicare to Reduce Deficit

Sen. Coburn: Cut from Medicare to Reduce Deficit

05/27/11 - In an interview with Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma gives his reasons for leaving the ‘Gang of Six’ bipartisan deficit negotiations and offers his own prescription for fixing the nation’s finances.

Fixing schools should be priority, not ‘dessert’

05/26/11, Oregonlive.com By Dave Lister – For those of us in opposition, the narrow defeat of the obscenely expensive Portland Public Schools construction bond was a miracle on the order of the parting of the Red Sea. Not only did the supporters of the measure have more than a million dollars to spend against an […]

In blow to business groups, justices uphold Arizona law on hiring foreign workers

The National Law Journal, May 26, 2011 by Tony Mauro In a ruling that could encourage states to impose their own restrictions on hiring illegal aliens, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that penalizes employers who knowingly hire unauthorized foreign workers.  Read more…

Word of the Decade: ‘Unsustainable’. Washington finally acknowledges the debt crisis. But can it act?

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan comments on the American establishment’s awakening to the severity of the debt crisis.  “The American establishment, on both sides of the political divide, is admitting as never before that we are in an existential challenge. And this is progress. It was not always so! It wasn’t so two years […]

Fiscal Libertarianism and Divided Government

Fiscal Libertarianism and Divided Government

A few days ago, Jim Huffman argued that a “divided conservative vote is a sure prescription for a second Obama term.” From a fiscal libertarian perspective, however, it’s not clear that having a Republican in the White House is necessarily preferable to a second Obama term. The key assumption here is that Republicans will build […]

Small Businesses Fight IRS Over Data

5/26/2011 by Laura Saunders, Wall Street Journal. The Internal Revenue Service, moving aggressively to collect more taxes from small businesses, is telling companies being audited to turn over exact copies of the electronic records kept in their business-software programs, according to a letter from an agency official to the American Institute of CPAs.   Read more…

Transportation: From the Top Down or Bottom Up?

Originally published 05/25/11 on HuffingtonPost.com, by Randal O’Toole. Should transportation be funded and planned from the top down or bottom up? Top-down advocates, such as the Brookings Institution’s Robert Puentes (writing in the May 23, 2011 Wall Street Journal) argue that only central planners can have a “clear-cut vision for transportation” that will allow them to target spending […]

Democrats continue kicking the Medicare can down the road

Two items in yesterday’s WSJ.com Political Diary underscore the challenge Republicans will face in the 2012 elections. John Fund comments on yesterday’s special election in which Democrat Kathy Hochul won a U.S. House seat in New York that was once held by Jack Kemp, and to which only three other Democrats had been elected since […]

A 62% Top Tax Rate?

Democrats have said they only intend to restore the tax rates that existed during the Clinton years. In reality they’re proposing rates like those under President Carter. 5/26/2011 by Stephen Moore, Wall Street Journal Media reports in recent weeks say that Senate Democrats are considering a 3% surtax on income over $1 million to raise […]

EPA Regulations and the myth of killer mercury

Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget provided an update on the Administration’s regulatory reforms in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute and in an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. Sunstein wrote that “the reforms being released today . . […]

Nobody Read John Dillinger His Rights

Nobody Read John Dillinger His Rights

By Jack Roberts – Rarely, it seems, are Americans joined in a common celebration of anything these days.  That’s one reason we take such delight in the fact that the raid by Navy Seals that killed Osama bin Laden was greeted with such spontaneous enthusiasm.  But America being America, some voices were raised in dissent.  […]

Dependency and Votes

05/25/11 by Thomas Sowell, TownHall.com Those who regard government “entitlement” programs as sacrosanct, and regard those who want to cut them back as calloused or cruel, picture a world very different from the world of reality. Read more…

Supreme Court Ruling Deals a Blow to State Sovereignty

Supreme Court Ruling Deals a Blow to State Sovereignty

By Jim Huffman – The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Brown v. Plata is certain to result in both praise and condemnation.  While there are clearly serious problems of overcrowding in the California prison, the critics have the better argument. The holding in the 5-4 majority’s opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, is […]

The trillion dollar cost of excessive government regulation

The trillion dollar cost of excessive government regulation

With the ongoing debates in Congress over the budget and competing proposals for how to reduce the massive federal debt, it is easy to forget that the direct costs of government are only part of the picture.  In addition to the taxes necessary to sustain the President’s $3.83 trillion budget and to start paying down […]

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