Policy Articles


Obama's Syria Policy a Mess

7:01 AM, Jun 15, 2013

Thursday the White House announced that the American intelligence community assesses, with a level of high confidence, that the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against the opposition multiple times, in a limited fashion. Now that it is clear Assad has crossed the Obama red line by using chemical weapons, the question is, has this changed the president’s “calculus,” as he said it might? The media is reporting that it has.

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Rappers, Stars Ask Obama to Ease Drug Policy, Reform Prisons

6:52 AM, Apr 09, 2013

A list of rappers and stars, including Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Kim Kardashian, and many more, have written an open letter to President Obama to ask that he ease the nation's drug policy. They also ask that prison policy be changed, too. 

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The Commonwealth Pursues a Bold Proposal for Sound Money

Honoring its heritage.
2:45 PM, Feb 05, 2013

In these days of unprecedented monetary activism by the Federal Reserve, including massive purchases every month of federal government debt, it’s nice to see even a fledgling amount of resistance from attentive citizens. A bill now making its way through the Virginia legislature would establish a joint subcommittee “to study the feasibility of a metallic-based monetary unit.”

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Women's Group: 'More Women in Senate Likely to Result in Higher Taxes, Bigger Government, Less Freedom'

12:41 PM, Jan 03, 2013

A women's group earlier today released a statement with the following headline, "More Women in Senate Likely Result Higher Taxes, Bigger Govt, Less Freedom." The group making the claim is the Independent Women's Forum.

The group says, "Policy More Important Than Gender Based Stereotypes."

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Over $60,000 in Welfare Spent Per Household in Poverty

2:27 PM, Oct 26, 2012

New data compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that, last year, the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.

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Obama's Favorite Economic Analysis Group Claims His Budget Raises Taxes on 1 in 4 Americans

10:08 AM, Aug 02, 2012

President Obama yesterday cited an "independent, non-partisan" economic study by the Tax Policy Center. The president used the group to buttress his argument against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax plan. (This, despite the fact that a former staffer for President Obama helped produce the "independent, non-partisan" analysis.)

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An Obamacare Plan B

3:15 PM, Jun 21, 2012

In the event the Supreme Court does not put Obamacare out of our misery next week, Mitt Romney ought be ready to roll with the punches and come out at once with Plan B. Plan A was to have the Court sever it neatly with one swing of the axe, but there was always the possibility the Court would not follow the returns of the recent elections. Plan B should be the political process, which involves not the minds of nine, but the intent of millions, expressed in the usual ways. Thus, Plan B should be to elect politicians who will undo Obamacare with the tools given their branches of government.

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Chris Christie: Obama Is Driving America Off a Fiscal Cliff

12:19 PM, Jun 08, 2012

New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie blasted President Obama in a speech earlier today at a conservative conference in Chicago

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White House Punts on Same Sex Marriage—Again

Cancels trip to N.C. on day of vote.
12:04 PM, May 08, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney was asked aboard Air Force One about President Obama's position on same sex marriage. He punted. Again. From today's pool report:

On whether the White House feels the need to clarify the president's gay marriage stance, Carney said he had no updates. He said he's sure POTUS will be asked about the topic in future interviews and press conferences and will discuss his views then.

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Recommended Reading: National Affairs

10:45 AM, Apr 27, 2012

The Scrapbook has been reading, with great interest and profit, not one but two stellar recent publications of that stellar journal, National Affairs.

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Perry’s Education Policy Highlights Conservative Weaknesses

2:30 PM, Nov 16, 2011

One federal department Rick Perry can remember he wants to eliminate is Education. The presidential candidate has just revealed an overview of his approach to “wasteful, overbearing, and redundant” agencies, going into greater detail yesterday with a new policy document.

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Jon Huntsman's Pro-Growth Tax Plan

Time for a second look at a flailing campaign?
1:13 PM, Aug 31, 2011

Reuters blogger and WEEKLY STANDARD contributor James Pethokoukis takes a look at Jon Huntsman's recently unveiled tax plan, and by golly, it might be the first thing about his candidacy that generates real excitement:

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