The Idea Lab

March 31, 2011 | Issue Post

Coal is a vital domestic natural resource that powers the U.S. economy.... More than 50% of the U.S. electric supply comes from coal-fired power plants. This obviously translates into a lot of jobs:... In 2009 there were 1,400 mines in the U.S. employing over 87,000 miners.... There were also 31,000 jobs related to the transportation of coal and 60,000 jobs in coal-fired power plants.

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March 30, 2011 | Issue Post

People are already angry about high gas prices. But they really get steamed when they learn how much their own government is contributing to the problem. It's time for Congress to impose a cease-fire in the Obama administration's war on lower gasoline prices.

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March 29, 2011 | Issue Post

We continue to endure tough times here in southwest Michigan and across the country.... Unemployment remains high as gas prices hurtle toward $4 a gallon. And yet, despite our economic maladies, there are unelected bureaucrats in Washington furiously working on regulations that will not only circumvent Congress, but will send more manufacturing jobs overseas and increase costs at the pump.

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March 23, 2011 | Issue Post

As a former staffer in Ronald Reagan's White House, I fondly remember one of the president's best-known phrases: "It's morning again in America." It was inspirational and hopeful, suggesting the dawning of new opportunities and a better future for all.

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March 1, 2011 | Issue Post

Today the House Committee on Energy and Commerce begins writing a new chapter in federalism.

We will hear directly from governors about the devastating consequences of Obamacare that loom for their states -- a sobering reminder about the budgetary time bomb the new health-care law represents.

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February 17, 2011 | Issue Post

Less than a month ago, President Barack Obama announced a governmentwide review of regulations to remove outdated rules that may be hindering the nation's fragile economic recovery and slowing job creation.

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