The Idea Lab

May 23, 2011 | Issue Post

Any time Congress passes a massive, partisan "reform" bill -- promising Americans troves of goodies while simultaneously claiming to reduce the deficit -- taxpayers better drink a double dose of caution. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) should cause us to chug a big gulp of just that.

May 9, 2011 | Issue Post

President Obama is playing the artful dodger from the finger of blame for high gas prices. While he and his appointees skillfully dodge and point fingers at everyone else, his administration's policies and decisions have helped set the stage for the increased costs American consumers are paying at the pump now and in the future.

April 21, 2011 | Issue Post

Some in Washington insist that our nation's environmental concerns are at odds with our economic ones. They say job protection must be sacrificed for clean air and water, or healthy economic growth cannot exist with healthy families and communities.

April 15, 2011 | Issue Post

West Virginia is well known as a leading producer of coal, the fuel source that still provides nearly half of America's energy needs. Many also know that the Obama administration has been waging a war on coal -- first through its attempt to pass a cap-and-trade energy tax, and now through the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate what the president could not legislate.

April 7, 2011 | Issue Post

The Internet's innovation and success is unmatched and since its inception, it has thrived without government interference. The Federal Communications Commission nonetheless ruled in December to impose Internet regulations, even though Congress has never authorized it to do so. There is also no crisis warranting such intervention.

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.