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>>CEI Argues Against National Biometric ID Cards on Fox News

CEI's Alex Nowrasteh appeared on Fox News to argue against a new proposal for a new form of biometric identification that violates individual privacy.  

>>CEI Testifies Before Congress on the Role of Government in Innovation

CEI's Wayne Crews testified this week in front of the House Committee on Science and Technology on the "America COMPETES Act." He testified that the intervention of government in innovation will limit the growth of innovation.

>>Shaping the Debate

Will the Jobs Bill Create Any Jobs?

Ryan Young's article in the American Spectator

Dodd's Main Street Punishment Bill

John Berlau's article in

Don't Buy Hype on Plastic Baby Bottles

Angela Logomasini's article in Sun Sentinel

Reaction to FCC's Broadband Plan

Ryan Radia's quote in PC World  

>>Best of the Blogs

Senate Passes $18,000,000,000 Spending Bill: Will it Create Jobs? 

by Ryan Young

The Senate just passed an $18 billion spending bill. Since the House already passed it, the legislation is now headed to President Obama’s desk to await his signature and become law. The hope is that the spending will create jobs. If you’re reading this blog, then you probably know enough about economics to know that isn’t what will actually happen.

Some U.K. government ads on global warming too scary

by Fran Smith

“Is global warming the new apocalypse?” asks The Times of London in an article focusing on children’s fears about global warming in the context of a scare-mongering U.K. government advertising  campaign to promote climate-change awareness.
Recently the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that some of the campaign’s print ads using nursery rhymes overstated the risks of global warming and were to be banned. 

Human Achievement of the Day: Human Nature

by Michelle Minton

Leave it to man to improve upon mother nature. Sure, she’s got trees of every shape color and size, they rustle in the breeze, and produce life-giving oxygen, but can her trees produce jet fuel? Now, ours can:
Over at Columbia University, professor Klaus S. Lackner has one-upped the natural world by coming up with a synthetic tree that can absorb carbon dioxide 1000 times faster than “old-style” trees and hundreds of times faster than windmill generators.

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 84: Detroit Seizing Destiny, Property

Richard Morrison, Jeremy Lott and Dave Weigel come together bring you episode 84. We cover Washington state’s death wish, new polling on the politics of healthcare, private investment in space exploration, eminent domain abuse in Detroit and the effects of cocaine use on global warming.

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ALG's Calls Times Coverage of Supreme Court Decisions "Slanted"

"The whole concept of 'Congress Shall Make No Law' in the First Amendment has gone missing in The Times as does the larger case history."— Editor Kevin Mooney.

March 19th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government's today released an analysis of New York Times' coverage of recent significant Supreme Court decisions.

"Americans from both sides of the political spectrum must accommodate themselves to Supreme Court decisions that are offensive to their ideological convictions. The liberal editors with The New York Times resolve this dilemma by ignoring the majority opinions in their coverage, while martyring dissenting justices," said Kevin Mooney, Editor of

"Despite all of the editorial posturing on behalf of civil liberties and constitutional rights, it is evident from recent reports that The Gray Lady has not come to terms with high court rulings that expand on First Amendment and Second Amendment freedoms," Mooney added.

"Whatever the merits of a particular case, the majority opinion is the law of the land and deserves consideration and attention in the reporting," said Mooney.  "The cases should be open to criticism and scrutiny and it's find to give at least one dissenting view space and attention but not at the expense of arguments that carried the day in court."

The McDonald v. Chicago case now before the court is in many respects a sequel to the District of Columbia v. Heller case that ruled in favor of an individual right to own a gun. "The Times shows its hand by marginalizing the majority of opinion in Heller written by Justice Antonin Scalia. This does a great disserve to the readers because the justices who joined Scalia in Heller could very well rule the same way in McDonald," said ALG President Bill Wilson.

Mooney described other Times coverage as a "crusade in favor of legislative changes to the Citizens United V. FEC ruling, which restored First Amendment freedoms lost under campaign finance laws."

"Two of America's most important founding principles – the right to free speech and the right to freely associate – were recently reaffirmed by the court as it set aside unconstitutional restrictions," Mooney explained.

Mooney said the "whole concept of 'Congress Shall Make No Law' in the First Amendment has gone missing in The Times as does the larger case history. While it's certainly appropriate to raise questions the potential impact of the court ruling on upcoming political races, the larger case history has been omitted here to the detriment of readers."

"Allowing corporations, and for that matter unions, to have greater dexterity and flexibility where political advocacy is concerned will not threaten the republic's foundations and the burden should be on those arguing in favor of restrictions," Mooney added.

Wilson said The Times should be more "consistent," concluding, "The same newspaper that hides behind the First Amendment whenever it leaks national security information should put a little more weight into the clear constitutional language the high court has restored to its proper station."



ALG Letter to House Members on Government Takeover of Health Care 

To the Members of House of Representatives:

Sunday's expected vote on the government takeover of our nation's health care system promises to be the most important vote of your political career.  As you are already well aware, the American people do not support this takeover.  In Congressional District after Congressional District, the American people express strong majority opposition to the plan. 

The only thing that remains is for you to do the right thing.  ObamaCare must be defeated.

Nothing has changed in this bill.  President Barack Obama's plan – despite its numerous incarnations – will still ration care away from seniors, drive Americans off of their private health options and onto a government-run system, reduce quality, increase premiums, and saddle taxpayers with runaway costs, more spending, confiscatory taxes, and a debt that can never be paid.

That, of course, has not prevented Mr. Obama from intentionally misrepresenting the increased cost of insurance premiums as reported by the Congressional Budget Office at his fraudulent 'bipartisan' health takeover summit.

The relevant Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report stated, "CBO and JCT estimate that the average premium per person covered (including dependents) for new nongroup policies would be about 10 percent to 13 percent higher in 2016 than the average premium for nongroup coverage in that same year under current law… Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law."

The CBO also reported, "About half of those enrollees would receive government subsidies that would reduce their costs well below the premiums that would be charged for such policies under current law," which formed the basis of Mr. Obama's claim, responding to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) at the "bipartisan" health care summit, stating, "Lamar, when you mentioned earlier that you said premiums go up, that's just not the case, according to the Congressional Budget Office."

Mr. Obama is misleading the American people.  This is not a case where Mr. Obama and Senator Alexander were "both right." Mr. Obama was wrong.

Subsidizing premiums does not lower the cost of health care, it shifts the burden of the price of health coverage increasingly to taxpayers.  At the same time, ObamaCare increases the minimum requirements for insurance coverage, which forces premiums up, as noted by the CBO.

The CBO report also stated, "the average insurance policy in this market would cover a substantially larger share of enrollees' costs for health care (on average) and a slightly wider range of benefits. Those expansions would reflect both the minimum level of coverage (and related requirements) specified in the proposal and people's decisions to purchase more extensive coverage in response to the structure of subsidies."

Because of the subsidy, Mr. Obama wants to claim that individuals would be paying less for premiums, and that therefore the cost of health coverage is somehow being reduced.  This is like claiming that subsidized housing and mortgage loans are causing the price of housing to go down, or that subsidized student loans are causing the price of education to go down, which of course is absurd.

In fact, subsidies across the economic spectrum have been directly linked to housing inflation, education inflation, and other asset bubbles, because the subsidies inflate demand artificially, which directly causes prices to increase.

These sorts of blatant lies explain exactly why the American people are completely opposed to this bill.  For example, Harry Reid claimed at the summit that "no one" was considering the use of reconciliation when he himself was speaking of it publicly.  And now, of course, we know that it is being considered on the floor of the House on Sunday.

But, the lies do not stop there.  Mr. Obama claimed in his address to the joint-session of Congress that his bill would reduce the deficit when the entire entitlement will be operating in the red within less than 15 years, costing over $2.5 trillion from 2014 to 2023. 

Now it's been revealed that House Democrat leadership are internally acknowledging that ObamaCare is not deficit-neutral, as reported by Politico.  Stop pretending that it is.  You know that adding 30 million individuals to government-run health care cannot be done in a deficit-neutral manner.  In fact, hardly anybody believes that it can.  When polled, only 11 percent say ObamaCare would reduce the deficit, compared to a full 68 percent of likely voters who say that it will.

Moreover, the corrupt process that has been undertaken to take over the nation's health care system has been reprehensible, unconstitutional, and is undermining the public's faith in our Republic. Once modified in the House, a bill, before it can become law, must proceed to the upper chamber under normal rules. The House cannot on one hand, say that it has voted "deem as passed" the Senate bill, and on the other, say it has only voted to modify the Senate bill.  

House members cannot have it both ways.  Either they can vote on the Senate bill up-or-down, or they can modify it and send it back to the Senate under normal rules.  They cannot do both in accords with the Constitution.

The lies just go on and on.  The American people have had enough of Barack Obama and this Congress.  It's time to scrap this bill once and for all, and to uphold the overwhelming will of the American people.


William Wilson


Americans for Limited Government


AFP - Obama Is Right: This is Historic 

Dear Friend,

With 48 hours to go before the expected House vote, I wanted to let you know just how deeply the grassroots effort you are a part of has permeated the health care battle. 

Click to see a snapshot of one of our "Hands Off My Health Care" rallies posted today as the top picture on, which is considered the top news compilation site on the Internet.

Click here to see a picture from a different "Hands Off My Health Care" rally that was the top photo on, which is one of the top 5 web portal sites in the nation. 

If you CLICK to you'll see the petition site we just launched at 6 a.m. on Thursday.  Well over 100,000 activists have already signed this petition telling their member of Congress: "If you vote YES on health care, I'm voting NO on you this November."  We're using your zip code to bombard members of Congress with the petitions from their constituents back home.

In all candor, I do not know if we are going to win in the House of Representatives on Sunday.  Our best intelligence says the other side is a few votes short, but no one really knows – after all, we're dealing with 431 politicians, and vote counts rely on their word...

But, after being on the road in targeted districts, after seeing the photos and videos from rallies, after talking with thousands of our fellow citizens in recent days, I can tell you unequivocally that we are winning with the American people

Congress knows we're winning with the people on health care.  And, even their friends in the mainstream media know we're winning.  Yesterday I appeared on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews and it was challenging as usual with him.  But at the end of the interview I told him you cannot find fired-up crowds calling FOR the health care takeover.  Chris, not usually at a loss for words, basically agreed!

A mom in Fairfax, Virginia protested outside President Obama's health care speech at George Mason University this morning. She told one of our AFP staff, "This is my first rally. … I didn't think it would come to this." Neither did we – and we've been fighting this health care takeover since Obama was on the campaign trail. Click to see video from the rally.

You're making a difference in the closing days of this hard-fought battle. I hope to see you at the rally tomorrow – Saturday, at noon, in Upper Senate Park right by the Capitol. We've got AFP activists coming in from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and even as far away as Wisconsin! It's going to be an amazing coalition effort of organizations and tea party groups against this health care takeover.

Our friends across the nation who can't make it to Washington this weekend need to see the rest of us there. As do all the members of Congress.

Tim Phillips Signature


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CHQ - Actor Jon Voight Joins Conservative Activists in the Fight Against Obamacare

Actor Jon Voight will speak to conservative activists at a rally in Washington tomorrow 
Washington Times (Inside the Beltway) - "The health care vote looms heavy over the nation in the next 72 hours, like the sword of Damocles or maybe a 500-pound gorilla holding the sword of Damocles. Prepare for media saturation as press and pundits handicap, underestimate and overpackage the confusing legislation that has come to symbolize the agony and/or ecstasy of the democratic process. There will be whirling graphics, vote tallies, time lines, speculation: Broadcasters will treat the vote like an election, the coverage amped up by emotional politicians and the added frisson of 'tea party' street protests at the Capitol, led by, among others, actor Jon Voight."


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Other Articles at News From The Front: 

Shocking Poll in California Senate Race: Democrat Boxer in Dead Heat with Republican Campbell
Rasmussen Reports - "Incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer is now in a virtual dead heat with former Congressman Tom Campbell in California's U.S. Senate race. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Boxer leading Campbell 43% to 41%"

Another Senate Poll:  McCain-Hayworth race tightening in Arizona
Rasmussen Reports - Sen. John McCain lost his bid for the presidency in 2008, and now it looks like he's fighting for his very political life as the most recent Rasmussen poll shows the Arizona GOP U.S. Senate race is tightening.  McCain's lead over J.D. Hayworth has narrowed to seven points, down from twenty-two in January - and it's now within the poll's margin of error. 

Reading tea party leaves
Chicago Tribune (Jonah Goldberg) - "The quest for single-payer health care is not primarily grounded in good economics nor in good politics but in a heartfelt ideological desire for 'social justice.' The constant debate over whether the 'European model' is better than ours often sounds like an empirical debate, but at its core it's a cultural and philosophical argument that stretches back more than a century.
Democrats don't get it
Shreveport Times (Ward P. Minot, Jr.) - Even with the majority of Americans against this massive ObamaCare health reform, President Obama, his administration and the Democratic Congress leaders, Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi continue to push this health care reform.

Fox News Poll: 68% say vote out all incumbents
Fox News - "If American voters only had the following two choices on the Congressional ballot -- keep all current lawmakers in office, or get rid of all incumbents in Congress -- what would they do?

"A new Fox News poll asked that question, and the answer could be bad news for incumbents this fall. Sixty-eight percent of voters would oust all incumbents, while 20 percent would keep all lawmakers in office." 


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