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Posts Tagged ‘Guest Blogger’

  • In the past week, military excursions into the tribal regions of Pakistan targeted Islamist militants believed to have connections to a number of plots designed to strike at the European mainland. As more evidence comes to light, it becomes clearer that Islamist militants have been preparing to hit “soft” targets in and around Europe, in [...] More

  • Small business is the backbone of our economy.  They create new jobs, employ half of the private sector workforce, and represent 99.9% of the businesses in this country.  In recent years, small businesses have created 7 out of every 10 private sector jobs.  In tough economic times, the government should do everything in its power [...] More

  • Two of the most prominent “safety net” hospitals in Massachusetts are facing sizable budget gaps again this year, and are turning to the feds to bail them out. Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) have long received, in part because of their emphasis on the under- and uninsured, greater political assistance in [...] More

  • I have always been thankful that so many of our country’s greatest leaders and statesmen were able to be on this earth at the same time and place to draft the Constitution.  As a lifelong student of history and government, we were blessed as a nation to have individuals that put self-interest and sectionalism aside [...] More

  • Guest Blogger: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) on Obamacare

    Posted September 2nd, 2010 at 6:00pm in Health Care 11

    If at first you don’t succeed, change the message. That’s the lesson learned when it comes to the new trillion dollar health law passed this spring. One of the central advocacy groups who pushed for the Obamacare recently held a confidential ”messaging” conference call with the progressive movement where they revealed the results of extensive polling on the [...] More

  • Editor’s Note: On the right, please watch our exclusive interview with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and then below, please read an original guest blog to The Foundry from the Governor himself. We’ve been through a global recession. Now we’re fighting through a stalled recovery. Revenues are the lowest they’ve been in half a century. [...] More

  • Obamacare’s Porous Protections Against Funding Elective Abortion

    Posted August 2nd, 2010 at 12:00pm in Education 1

    As states roll out their newly mandated high-risk pools under ObamaCare, a troubling trend is emerging.  Pennsylvania and Maryland released documents on their state websites earlier this summer that implied their plans would cover elective abortions.  Additionally, New Mexico posted a draft summary of its high-risk pool services that listed elective abortion as among its [...] More

  • Guest Blogger: Dr. Eric Novack on Mandatory Insanity

    Posted July 16th, 2010 at 3:00pm in Health Care 7

    The debate over health care reform has been a theoretical affair, full of abstractions that contradict one another. Amid all the ambiguity, one fact is unequivocal and unprecedented. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, every American will be compelled to purchase health insurance, or else – the “or else” being a fine collected by [...] More

  • Responding to North Korea’s torpedoing of a South Korean warship in March, I blogged a series of recommendations – one being that we should ratify the long shelved Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). It has many economic benefits, and would demonstrate “no retreat by the U.S. from Northeast Asia,” I argued. One skeptical [...] More

  • At a hearing in March I asked Secretary Tim Geithner whether the US was at risk for losing our AAA credit rating, as a Moody’s quarterly report had indicated.  He point blank responded that there is “not a chance” that this would happen to our country.  I wish I could share his confidence, but given [...] More

  • In the wake of the moratorium on offshore drilling projects that President Obama announced late last month, The New Orleans Times-Picayune has attempted to measure the cost of so much disruption to one of Louisiana’s core industries. The result? A conservative estimate – assuming a shutdown of just six months – suggests the moratorium could cost [...] More

  • Guest Blogger: Cliff May on Strengthening America

    Posted June 2nd, 2010 at 12:00pm in Ongoing Priorities 0

    What can be done to advance American strength? The list is long and the mission is urgent. It starts with this: Strengthening America must become a priority. That is not the case at present as anyone who takes the trouble to read the Obama administration’s new 52-page National Security Strategy (NSS) will learn. True, the document [...] More

  • Guest Blogger: Rep. Pete King (R-NY) on Al-Qaeda

    Posted May 26th, 2010 at 12:00pm in Protect America 7

    In some respects, the recent attempted Times Square car bombing and the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized citizen, point to a significant success in America’s Global War on Terror. In the aftermath of 9/11, our government quickly reformed the Intelligence Community and established the Department of Homeland Security, moves which have been successful in making [...] More

  • During this past Wednesday’s mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2011 National Defense Authorization Act my fellow conservatives on the House Armed Services Committee stood strongly on the side of the American people, vociferously fighting for security, liberty, and freedom through our Defend America First platform.  One of the issues debated on Wednesday, which many of [...] More

  • At today’s Senate Foreign Relations hearing on the START Treaty (a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms pact) that President Obama is seeking Congressional approval for, I asked Senator Kerry a simple question. Should it be the goal of the U.S. to have a missile defense system that renders nuclear threats by other nations useless, including Russia? To [...] More

  • In the last week, the government-backed mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac asked the taxpayer for $19 billion to stay afloat.  Add that to the $127 billion in bailouts they have already received since September 2008, and we are now talking about a whopping $146 billion of your hard-earned tax dollars being used [...] More

  • Guest Blogger Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA): You Sunk My Battleship

    Posted May 12th, 2010 at 9:10am in Protect America 12

    Will North Korea’s Kim Jong-il get away with murder?  That’s a question Koreans, and many in the region, are asking a month and a half after a South Korean naval vessel was sunk, killing 46. An investigation, assisted by U.S. naval intelligence, and other international partners, is still ongoing.  Yet it’s all but certain that the [...] More

  • This summer, the United States Senate will make one of the most solemn determinations within our constitutional system – whether to confirm a president’s nominee to a lifetime of service on the United States Supreme Court. When considering a nominee for the vacancy created by Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement, the Senate must determine whether the [...] More

  • During his successful presidential campaign against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan introduced the American electorate and the broader international community to a new doctrine that would contribute greatly to defeating the Soviet Union.  His idea of achieving “peace through strength” still resonates in today’s world and President Obama should welcome it as cornerstone of his Administration’s [...] More

  • As the Senate moves closer to another cloture vote on Senator Dodd’s legislation, we are again reminded of the several flaws found in the Dodd-Frank approach to financial regulatory reform. Beginning with the rescue of investment bank Bear Stearns in the spring of 2008, the Federal government has committed trillions of taxpayer dollars to institutions like [...] More