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Heads in the Sand (or somewhere else)

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today became the latest in a growing list of Democrats who claim that the federal government does not have a spending problem. 

February 14, 2013
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Google under Fire

Google is the world’s largest search engine, and Android by some estimates is the most popular mobile platform, but the company is facing several problems related to privacy and security, as well as the validity of claims made in regard to software...

April 27, 2011
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Future Shock

In the 1986 ad known as “The Deficit Trials,” a young prosecutor speaks on behalf of a poor, tattered generation that by 2017 has suffered the consequences of failing to address what was then a $2 trillion national debt. Today, at $14.3 trillion, or...

March 30, 2011
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Air Force Tanker Struggling to Lift Off

Replacing the aging fleet of aerial refueling tankers has been an Air Force priority since 2002.  In that year, Congress approved funding for Boeing to lease up to 100 767s to replace the 50-year-old KC-135 tankers.  However, the deal fell apart in...

August 31, 2010
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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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