• Heller Calls for Death Penalty for Death Tax

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., spoke out today against a measure that would permanently set the estate tax at 45 percent. Under current law the tax, also referred to as the death tax, is set to expire at the end of this year. The Permanent Estate Tax Relief...

  • Special Session, Here We Come!

    (Sean Whaley/Nevada News Bureau) – An official with the Gibbons administration said today there will be a special session of the Legislature by June to repeal a Nevada law that is keeping the state from going after millions of dollars in federal funds to improve schools. Lynn Hettrick, deputy chief of staff...

  • Time to Outlaw Public Employee Unions

    (Warner Todd Huston) – What happens when a private sector union gets far too many benefits to the point where the business for which its membership works goes under or whose existence is threatened? Punishment. Unions either take a reduction of benefits or pay – or both – and cuts in time...

  • Coming Up Next: Immigration Reform, The Sequel

    (Jim Clark) – With headlines screaming about health care reform, Afghanistan, global warming, and the Dubai default another “hope and change” scheme is quietly being hatched, or more correctly, revisited, just below the political surface . . . immigration reform. Readers will recall that the last time the issue surfaced newly reelected...

  • The National Commission on Healthcare Reform—Part Three

    (Mike Zahara) – We’ve determined that what’s currently moving through Congress is not real reform, but more Medical Industrial Complex protections, posing as reform. Congress is beholden to too many special interests and a bad bill, at this point, is far worse than no bill at all. In this final piece before...

  • Tax Pledge Could be ObamaCare’s Undoing

    (Alexander Bolton/The Hill) – The Senate healthcare bill presents a tricky political challenge to Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Arlen Specter (Pa.), the only two Democrats in the Senate to have signed anti-tax pledges. Americans for Tax Reform, the group which persuaded Nelson and Specter to sign the pledge, will press both...

  • Audit the Fed Attached as an Amendment

    (Ron Paul) – I was pleased last week when we won a vote in the Financial Services Committee to include language from the Audit the Fed bill HR1207 in the upcoming financial regulatory reform bill. As it stands now, if HR 3996 passes, because of this action, the Federal Reserve’s entire balance...

  • Obama Goes Wobbly on Student Performance Requirement

    Looks like the Nevada teachers union might not have to give in and give up the ban on using student test scores in teacher evaluations after all. The state law thus far has prevented Nevada from participating in the money chase for some $200 million of federal “Race to the Top” dough,...

  • Senate Health Care Bill: The Five Paragraphs You Must Read

    (Sue Blevins and Robin Kaigh) – “There is no such thing as a little freedom,” said Walter Cronkite. “Either you are all free, or you are not free.” Whether you’re for or against federal efforts to help people buy health insurance, you should know that the reform bill before the Senate would...

  • Prescription for Real Health Care Reform

    (Mike Zahara) – Let’s begin with what Congress could easily pass tomorrow and save itself a whole bunch of seats that will otherwise be lost next year because they’re forcing through such a bad bill that reforms nothing and still leaves millions uninsured in the process: 1. Barring insurers from canceling existing...

  • WSJ: Lieberman’s Stand Against Reid: No Public Option

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: “I’m going to be stubborn on this.” Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a “public option,” or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition...

  • 10 Things You Should Know About Reid’s Health Care Bill

    (Sen. Mitch McConnell) – Democrats have spent six weeks behind closed doors putting together a trillion-dollar experiment in government-run health care that raises premiums, raises taxes, and cuts Medicare. We have now had less than 48 hours to look through this 2,074-page bureaucratic nightmare. Here are 10 things that every American should...

  • Reid Trying to Fool Public on Abortion Coverage in Health Plan

    (Don Nelson) – Senator Harry Reid has broken his promise to keep abortion out of health care by rejecting the Stupak-Pitts amendment and substituting it with language that will fund and subsidize abortion on demand throughout pregnancy in two large new federal programs. Reid’s attempt to fool the public is transparent. Reid’s...

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