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Year: 2011

January 03, 2011

Will President Obama take on green extremists within gov't agencies? Unfortunately, probably not . . .

Author: Brandon Middleton . . . But Hugh Hewitt's message to the President is still worth a read.  From his op-ed in yesterday's Washington Examiner: President Obama can stimulate job growth immediately, but to do so he will have to rein in the environmental activist zealots he has employed throughout the executive branch. The U.S. ...

January 04, 2011

Polar bears as political pawns!

Author: Reed Hopper The Lake Berryessa News is carrying an article provocatively entitled: "Polar Bears as Political Pawns: President Obama sides with George Bush!"  The author admits the title is misleading because the brunt of the story is that environmentalists have been using the polar bear as political pawns, not Bush and ...

January 05, 2011

Are you paying attention Jerry Brown?

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF friend, Roger Clegg, reports that New Jersey Gov. Christie, has "quietly dismantled" New Jersey's Division of Minority and Women Business Development.  From their website, it is clear that the program was set up to provide race- and sex-based preferences for New Jersey contracting.  So kudos to ...

January 06, 2011

The media misses the point yet again with Justice Scalia

Author:  Damien M. Schiff The brouhaha over Justice Antonin Scalia's remarks in California Lawyer Magazine about the protections afforded (or not) to various minority groups under the Constitution has in large measure missed the important take-away.  Here you have a Supreme Court justice articulating a version of originalism that is ...

January 06, 2011

Reading the Constitution on the House floor

Author: Timothy Sandefur Today, for the first time, the House of Representatives opened with a reading of the full text of the Constitution. This symbolic move is refreshing to those of us who take the Constitution seriously, and it's sad to see that some people find it objectionable. One writer at Salon complained that the ...

January 10, 2011

PLF promises lawsuit over feds' unnecessary beetle restrictions

Author: Brandon Middleton On September 9, 2010, Pacific Legal Foundation made a simple request to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service: take the valley elderberry longhorn beetle off of the list of protected species under the Endangered Species Act. By no means would this be a complex task for the Service–in fact, PLF's September ...

January 11, 2011

A new economic liberty book

Author: Timothy Sandefur My friend, Prof. David N. Mayer, will be speaking at the Cato Institute on Tuesday, Jan. 18, about his new book Liberty of Contract: Rediscovering A Lost Constitutional Right. I’ve read it, and it’s an excellent, short, readable, and very thoroughly researched book on the history of economic liberty. Check it ou ...

January 11, 2011

Dystopian diatribe announces a new environmentalist religion

Author: Brian T. Hodges Seattle's Crosscut blog is normally a good source for local environmental and land use news. But last week, Crosscut published a very strange diatribe ("Hallelujah to our new green faith") regaling the readers with reports of the birth of a new environmental religion. I would normally ignore such a vanity article, ...

January 12, 2011

Will new greenhouse gas rule eliminate green jobs?

Author: Daniel Himebaugh Washington State Representative Jeff Morris (D-Mount Vernon) writes in The Seattle Times that a new EPA rule — the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule — will cost Washington up to 26,000 green jobs, and hurt more than 130 renewable-energy projects.  Morris says that the new rule "will regulate emissions fro ...

January 12, 2011

Why should the government decide who is more "worthy" of receiving care?

Author:  Anne M. Hayes "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care–the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open." This statement was made by Dr. Donald Berwick, the man President Obama appointed last year to head Medicare and Medicaid. And while it sparked a bit of outrage at the ...

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