THE SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING ACT OF 2011

TESTIMONY OF LAWRENCE J. HAAS SENIOR FELLOW FOR U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY COUNCIL TO THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON H. R. 963: “THE SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING ACT OF 2011” Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Nadler, […]

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A Way Out for Dems on Debt Ceiling Talks

Today’s decision by the two Republican participants to withdraw from negotiations led by Vice President Biden to reach a deficit-reduction package, saying they won’t go for tax increases, would seem to put President Obama and congressional Democrats on the defensive. It doesn’t have to. At first blush, […]

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Moving in the Right Direction on Deficits

Winston Churchill may have said it best about his fond friends: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” On fiscal policy, we Americans have long been “trying everything else.” We’ve cut taxes and boosted spending for at […]

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Other Nations Now Side Stepping U.S. on Trade

While Washington frets that gridlock over budget deficits will hurt the economy in the long run, policymakers have apparently forgotten that gridlock can produce economic harm in all sorts of ways.  Take trade. The Wall Street Journal reported that, in Colombia, lawmakers have voted for legislation that […]

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Biden Gang: This Generation’s Smoot-Hawley?

Will history judge today’s national leaders in the same way that it has judged former Senators Reed Smoot and Willis C. Hawley – as well-intentioned but misguided policymakers who helped send the economy further into the ditch? Smoot and Hawley? They sponsored legislation, which President Herbert Hoover […]

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