Peter Suderman

I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

 

There's an old saying: If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. We can now add to that, "or become chairman of the Senate banking committee." Senator Chris Dodd is one of the lucky legislators revealed last week to have taken part in a special lending program for "Friends of Angelo." That's Angelo […]

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John McCain and Global Warming, In Three Acts

 

Most movies have three acts. In the first act, you reveal some sort of problem; in the second act, you see that problem compounded; in the third act, the problem is revealed to be larger and more dire than anyone expected. So, in a monster movie: I) Uh-oh, there’s a monster! II) And it can […]

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Cherry Picking?

 

It’s true, as Marie Cocco notes in a recent column, that Barack Obama’s health care plan wouldn’t provide true universal coverage. Because it does not include a mandate (except for children), it’s virtually guaranteed that some individuals wouldn’t sign up for coverage. On the other hand, I’m not sure how Cocco arrives at the following […]

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John McCain: (Not So) Big Spender

 

The Center for American Progress's policy blog, The Wonk Room, is touting a new CAP study on costs associated with John McCain's health care plan. What's the big deal? His plan, they argue, would raise the administrative costs of health insurance. "The study flips McCain’s small government rhetoric on its head," the post's author writes.  Well, no. It […]

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Wrong Side McCain

 

During his 1999 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, the New York Times reported that John McCain told a group of college students that there was still a lot he didn’t know about global warming. “I don’t claim to be an expert on the issue,” he said. That’s a brave and surprisingly humble admission from […]

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Sweet… Sickly Sweet

 

The thing about cotton candy is that it looks nice and fluffy – It's pink! It's poofy! – but as soon as you actually take a bite, unless you're a four-year-old with a serious sugar-tooth, you realize how awful it actually is. That's kind of how the U.S. sugar program works, too, except instead of […]

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Global Warming… On Ice!

 

There’s an old saying that everything becomes funnier if you add “on ice!” to the end of it. Walt Disney… on ice! Nuclear winter… on ice! John Kerry… on ice! Pauly Shore… on ice! Okay, the last one is never funny, but you get the idea. Anyway, John McCain seems to be taking a similar […]

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But They Will Never Take… Our (Internet) Freedom!

 

Art Brodsky of Public Knowledge has a long and thoughtful piece on net neutrality, written largely in response to a column I wrote on the issue for the Spectator, as well as to a Washington Times piece written by Dick Armey, the chairman of FreedomWorks (where I work). Brodsky claims that what's at stake is nothing […]

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You Choose, You, erm… Win!

 

Over at The American Prospect, Dana Goldstein takes on school voucher programs, writing: Voucher programs stack the deck against families who prefer a secular education for their children. In Milwaukee, the site of the largest private-voucher experiment to date, 102 of 120 participating schools are religious-affiliated. I'm not really sure how this follows. Vouchers wouldn't […]

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That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

 

Peter Swire of the Center for American Progress is urging Congress to enact technical measures that enable users to opt out of online cookies-typically invisible and unobtrusive digital trackers which send information about a user’s behavior back to their hosts. This isn’t a new thing for Swire; previously, he’s complained that current technologies used to […]

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