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Sex, Drugs and BlackBerrys

On the stimulus package's one-year anniversary on Feb. 17, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stated that taxpayers had "gotten their money's worth."  However, it is difficult to understand how multimillion-dollar "stimulus" programs that research...

February 28, 2010
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As Massachusetts Goes….

…so goes the ongoing effort to fight government waste, higher taxes, and save the future for our children and grandchildren. The result of the special election for Senate in Massachusetts reflected a national outpouring of outrage over the...

December 31, 2009
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The Year of Living Dangerously

The nation will hear President Obama’s first State of the Union Address on Wednesday as he tries to salvage a devastating plunge in popularity for his agenda.  But, as bad as it has been for the President, whose support has dropped from 69 percent a...

December 31, 2009
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Broadband Boondoggles

Wanted:  $4.7 billion for a national broadband grant program.  Prior experience not necessary.

September 30, 2009
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Salvage the Good from the Healthcare Debacle

The healthcare reform juggernaut, arguably the most radical attempt to remake the economy and the nation’s healthcare infrastructure in history, was supposed to have flown through Congress before the August recess with nary a peep.  Instead, as...

July 31, 2009
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A “Generic” Call for Change

As Congress braces for the largest reform of healthcare in the nation’s history, lost in the debate has been an issue critical to federal and state healthcare budgets, as well as the ability of consumers to afford lifesaving drugs.  The issue is...

May 31, 2009
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Stimulus not Stimulating

The White House announcement on May 20 of 100 projects in 100 days of the stimulus, a plan that was intended to be “timely, temporary, and targeted,” was greeted with great skepticism, including an ongoing dispute about the amount of money that has...

April 30, 2009
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Energy Battle Heats Up

Americans are feeling some relief from the drop in gas prices, which were more than $4.00 per gallon last summer and now hover around $2.25 per gallon.  After expectations that winter home heating costs would rise dramatically above the prior year,...

March 31, 2009
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Taking Taxpayers for a Ride

Most Americans have a favorite train story.  When my parents took my brother, sister and me out West in 1966, we took the overnight train from Denver to Salt Lake City.  We were awed by the beautiful scenery from the dome cars, ate well, slept...

March 31, 2009
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Railing Against High-Speed Rail

On November 4, voters in California will have a dozen propositions on the ballot.  There are four bond issues, including renewable energy, veterans housing, and children’s hospitals.  The most expensive – Proposition 1A – would provide for a bond...

September 30, 2008
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Earmarks Invade DC

An op-ed in the May 17 Washington Post by Colbert King showed that earmarks know no boundaries.  King cited $56 million in projects in the District of Columbia’s budget that were “initiated and approved by the [city] council without extensive...

April 30, 2008
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Extreme Makeover: San Joaquin River

How much should it cost to restore salmon to a river?  Try $22 million per salmon under legislation that is moving through Congress. 

April 30, 2008

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