Feb 25, 2010

Bipartisan Health Care Reform Must Include Tort Reform

Now that his yearlong partisan push for government-run health care has so far failed to produce legislative results, President Barack Obama wants Republicans to join him for another White House summit to see if he can salvage his proposals. But unless the president and congressional Democrats address the need for tort reform as a critical component of cutting health care costs, a bipartisan solution seems unlikely. The unsustainable path of rising costs is a serious national problem. ...

  • health care
Feb 19, 2010

No Civilian Trials for Gitmo Terrorists

The White House can't seem to figure out what to do with the terrorists in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay, but the administration still wants the American people to cough up more than $230 million to transfer them to the Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois and an additional $200 million to pay for increased security in cities where Guantanamo detainees will go on trial in civilian courts. On top of that, the president's 2011 budget includes a little-noticed provision that ...

  • Defense & Homeland Security
Jan 7, 2010

Geithner’s Time to Give Answers

Secretary Timothy Geithner needs to start giving some answers. Will the Congress compel him to start answering questions? In recent weeks, Republican investigators on the House Oversight Committee unearthed troubling evidence that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, while under the leadership of Secretary Geithner, pressured American International Group (AIG) to conceal critical information from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about billions of dollars in counterparty payments ...

  • Executive Branch
Nov 30, 2009

The Energy Debate’s Missed Nuclear Opportunity

Next month, global leaders will gather in Copenhagen to demonstrate their commitment to reducing carbon emissions and creating ecologically sustainable solutions to power our economy in the 21st century. Indeed, a moment has arrived when the world is looking to the United States to set the tone and serve as a model worthy of emulation – to be, as it were, a carbon-free city upon an ever-green hill. That is, if we can keep the lights on. America’s economic strength was forged on the back ...

  • Energy
Nov 24, 2009

Census and Sensibility

In the face of the growing challenges, Congress must scrupulously guard its Constitutional responsibility to ensure a fair, accurate and trustworthy count for the 2010 Census.    Since antiquity, nation-states have needed a reliable headcount of the population to know what size of army could be raised, what taxes could be levied, and to keep governing officials apprised of the customs, habits and social structures of the citizens living in remote areas of the ...

  • Politics & Elections
Nov 18, 2009

Fake Job Numbers Vital to Stimulus Propaganda

Since President Obama took office, the American people have been subjected to an aggressive propaganda campaign designed to convince them that the $787 billion stimulus bill is working. Month after month, as unemployment continues to rise, the administration has sent its spinmeisters out to trumpet an altogether dubious number of jobs "created or saved." Vice President Biden -- the man appointed by the president to oversee the recovery effort -- has shamelessly continued to claim credit ...

  • Wasteful Spending
Nov 9, 2009

Walls Can Fall

Twenty years ago, at 6:53 PM on November 9, 1989, a spokesman for the East German government announced the Politburo's long overdue decision to allow unrestricted travel between East and West Germany. Within hours, thousands of East Germans converged on Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. By midnight, they were pulling one another over the twelve-foot-high reinforced concrete slabs, joining loved ones from the West whose embrace they had been denied for more than forty years of ...

  • Conservatism
Nov 4, 2009

Dem Proposals: Legislative Delusion

After widespread disapproval of their 1,000-page proposal for government control of health care, congressional Democrats have responded by producing a 2,000-page bill that leaves many Americans wondering why these “reforms” seem oddly familiar to failed experiments already tried at the state level. Strange indeed is the fact that many states are working overtime to undo the damage wrought by earlier “reforms” that closely parallel the ones now being pushed in Washington. Consider the ...

  • health care
Oct 13, 2009

A Bipartisan Health Care Proposal that Makes Good on Officials’ Promises

When it comes to healthcare reform, most Republicans and Democrats agree on many of the key issues: protecting patient choice, promoting portability and providing tax incentives for small businesses and the self-employed. There is another bipartisan proposal that, if enacted, would make good on the campaign promises of President Barack Obama and numerous congressional leaders — both Republicans and Democrats. Clearly, the time has come to give every American the opportunity to access the ...

  • health care
Oct 13, 2009

Mozilo’s Friends on the Hill

Angelo Mozilo has lots of friends. Or at least, he used to. The former chief executive of Countrywide Financial now faces a series of federal lawsuits, including one brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud and insider trading. Suddenly, some of the most powerful Washington politicians are eschewing the shameful appellation “Friend of Angelo.” Back in the early 1990s, when Countrywide was climbing to the top of the mortgage industry, Mr. Mozilo was looking to make ...

  • Politics & Elections