Stories by Ajay Ravichandran

Conservative Economists: Raise Revenue

August 11th, 2011 at 12:52 am 60 Comments

One of the sticking points during the debt ceiling standoff was the refusal of many Republicans to accept a deal that increased revenues. The idea that “Washington has a spending problem, site not a taxing problem” has become a common GOP refrain.

However, look FrumForum spoke to several right-leaning economists about this position, for sale and their verdict was clear – they were willing to accept higher revenues as part of a debt-reduction plan.


Weak Police Mean London is Burning

August 10th, 2011 at 2:21 pm 8 Comments

Americans often think of Britain as a peaceful and law-abiding society. This idea is now being challenged by the ongoing London riots, clinic and another data point suggests that the problem is even deeper – figures from last year show that London’s crime rate has now surpassed New York City for most types of violent crime.


Why the GOP Turned its Back on Defense

August 2nd, 2011 at 1:17 pm 18 Comments

One important consequence of the recent debt deal is the way it has highlighted a growing divide within the Republican Party between budget-cutters and defense hawks. Eli Lake’s recent piece in The New Republic offers a comprehensive look at how the shift in the GOP foreign policy debate is playing out in the party’s presidential race.


Canada’s Oil Sands: Secret Weapon Against Terrorism

July 30th, 2011 at 6:50 am 79 Comments

Despite the debt-ceiling stalemate, some bills are being passed. On Tuesday, July 26, the House approved a measure to speed up the approval process for a Canada-U.S. oil pipeline. FrumForum recently discussed the vote with two Canadian sources who have both been active in promoting the Canadian oil industry in the U.S, and their responses highlight the variety of approaches being used to do so.

Want to Start Your Own Business? Better Try France

July 27th, 2011 at 3:55 pm 28 Comments

Since Tocqueville, buy viagra foreign observers have often helped the United States to see itself in a new light, sickness and the British thinktank ResPublica seems to be continuing in that tradition as it prepares to set up an American branch. During a recent visit to FrumForum, ResPublica founder Phillip Blond shared a presentation which included a startling fact: despite American politicians’ pro-small business rhetoric, the U.S. lags far behind most other developed countries in the share of citizens employed by small businesses.


Bloggers React to Boehner’s Debt Ceiling Plan

July 25th, 2011 at 5:07 pm 16 Comments

As more details began emerging today about House Speaker John Boehner’s new debt-ceiling proposal, FrumForum decided to compile some initial reactions to the plan from around the Web.

The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein is skeptical that Boehner can deliver on his promised spending cuts:

I’d like to see how many immediate, specific, spending cuts there are in this plan. Spending caps may be a part of an overall strategy for deficit reduction, but they’re also another way to kick the can down the road by leaving future Congresses to define what will be cut to meet those caps … I’d like to see what kind of wiggle room future Congresses would have to get around those automatic cuts.


DC Interns Shine at Cato Debate

July 22nd, 2011 at 9:54 am 15 Comments

The Cato Institute held its second annual Libertarianism vs. Conservatism Intern Debate Thursday, tadalafil pitting Cato interns against students interning at the Heritage Foundation (video of the debate can be found here). This year’s event proved to be a marked improvement over last year, with the two sides covering a wider range of issues and displaying more original thinking. While the conservative side came out on top overall, both groups failed to address the key economic issues facing young people.


D’Amboise’s Change of Mind on Changing Climate

July 22nd, 2011 at 12:23 am 16 Comments

As part of his effort to present himself as the conservative alternative to Olympia Snowe, Scott D’Amboise has trumpeted his opposition to the enactment of a cap-and-trade policy that would aim to fight global warming by putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions. The “News” section of his campaign Web site features a press release from the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity that praises him for signing a pledge to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue,” and he thanked the organization for giving him an opportunity to highlight his opposition to Snowe’s “cap and trade tax hike plan” in a recent Facebook post.

But is D’Amboise’s professed opposition to cap-and-trade consistent?


Is Threatening to Kill the President Still Illegal?

July 21st, 2011 at 5:20 pm 11 Comments

On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that comments which encouraged the assassination of President Obama and predicted that he would have “a .50 cal in the head soon” while using racial slurs against him were protected by the First Amendment. While the decision seems to be a plausible reading of existing precedents, a former Secret Service agent contacted by FrumForum thought that it exposed the president to unacceptable risk.


Newt Stays Sane on the Balanced Budget Amendment

July 15th, 2011 at 4:28 pm 16 Comments

As the debt ceiling talks drag on, cialis many Republicans are suggesting a new condition for raising the amount that the federal government can borrow: the passage of a balanced budget amendment.  Twelve senators and thirty-six members of Congress have signed a pledge to tie any debt limit increase to the enactment of  such an amendment, and the House now plans to vote on one next week. However, this idea recently came under fire from an unlikely source – former House speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. While his campaign may be struggling, Gingrich is still eager to weigh in on the debt debate and was willing to question the wisdom of making a balanced budget amendment part of the negotiations.