House Pledges Billions for Jobs…Again

By Robert Flanagan
12/30/2009
On December 16th, 2009, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a $174 billion piece of legislation intended to boost employment. It provides roughly $50 billion for public works projects and another $50 billion for state and local governments. According to the New York Times, the measure included a “mix of money for highway, transit and...

TAGS: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Stimulus

White House Record On Making Legislation Available to the Public For Five Days Before Signing

By Robert Flanagan
12/30/2009
Jim Harper of the Cato Institute has posted his analysis of where President Obama currently stands on his pledge to post all legislation online for five full days before signing it into law. Harper concludes that: President Obama has signed 114 bills into law. 86 of those bills, or 75%, have been held at the...

TAGS: Barack Obama, Cato Institute, Jim Harper, Sunlight Before Signing, Transparency

Playing Politics at the New Orleans Public Defenders Office

By Robert Flanagan
12/10/2009
Orleans Parish Chief Public Defender Derwyn Bunton has announced that his office could soon stop accepting rape and murder cases due to budget cuts. An article by Laura Maggi in the Times-Picayune outlines the situation. The New Orleans City Council has voted to eliminate a $500,000 appropriation to the Public Defenders Office in the 2010...

TAGS: Derwyn Bunton, Orleans Parish District Attorney, Public Defenders Office

Moody’s Warns USA Could Lose AAA Credit Rating

By Robert Flanagan
12/10/2009
On December 8th, 2009, the Credit Rating Agency Moody’s stated that, “The United States, along with 16 other countries, could lose their Triple-A credit rating if fiscal deficits and heavy debts are not effectively managed.” While the group stressed that the threat is not immediate, it did point out that a downgrade could come as...

TAGS: Budget, Credit Rating, Deficit, Moody's

The Cap and Trade Illusion

By Robert Rosamond
12/10/2009
The Obama administration intends on implementing a ‘Cap and Trade’ bill by May of 2010 in hopes of curbing the emission of harmful greenhouse gases and reducing pollution. Not only would the legislation fail to effectively reduce emissions it would cost American citizens billions in taxes. Here’s what you need to know about the ‘Cap...

TAGS: Cap and Trade, Environmental Protection Agency, Greenhouse Gas

Creating the Carbon-Credit Bubble

By Robert Flanagan
12/04/2009
On June 26th the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454: The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Under this system, the government will issue a fixed number of carbon credits that will give the bearer the right to release carbon into the atmosphere over the course of a year. In future years, the...

TAGS: Cap and Trade

Lousiana Department of Education Sees Drastic Salary Increases

By Robert Flanagan
12/04/2009
A report by the Associated Press highlights increasing salaries within the Louisiana Department of Education. Between 2007 and 2009, the payroll has increased by 21%, while the number of employees has decreased. State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek argues that the increase is needed to get the “best human capital.” Pastorek, who earns a $430,000...

TAGS: American Legislative Exchange Council, Department of Education, Education, Paul Pastorek

President’s Cabinet Appointments Lack Private Sector Experience

By Robert Flanagan
12/04/2009
Nick Schulz, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, recently posted a chart that showed prior private sector experience for members of the President’s Cabinet from 1900 to 2009. The chart, which came from a J.P. Morgan research report, is posted below. Schulz states that the chart excludes the Postmaster General, Navy, War, Health, Education...

TAGS: American Enterprise Institute, Cabinet, J.P. Morgan, Nick Schulz, Obama