A Round-up of Op-Eds from the Heritage Foundation

Tax Us, Exempt Matt Damon? – Brian Darling
Congress decided to load up the bailout bill too, of course. Amid warnings of a massive economic slow-down being right around the corner, lawmakers couldn’t seem to refrain from freighting the potential deal with earmarks. How much damage could Congress do in just two weeks? Consider that the Senate bill was 451 pages — just a tad longer than the three pages submitted by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson[...]

When Whales Trump Security – James Jay Carafano
Increasingly, environmental organizations have opted to advance their agendas with a single-mindedness that borders on blindness. Zealous dedication to The Cause has led them to wage legal battles even when victory means compromising national security to achieve little more than symbolic advances in environmental protection. Alarmingly, they have found common cause with a judiciary that has lost a sense of proportionality[...]

Bringing Alaskan Energy To The White House Race – Ben Lieberman
However, environmental restrictions place much of this additional energy out of reach. For example, America’s most promising single source of oil is the estimated 10 billion barrels beneath a few thousand acres at the edge of Alaska’s 19.6 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). But the federal government has long placed ANWR off limits. Even more oil is likely to exist beneath the waters north and west of the state. Though not explicitly restricted like ANWR, this offshore region is subject to spools of environmental red tape that effectively make it so[...]

Pain of Credit Crunch is Likely to Continue – JD Foster
The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve have tried to stem the tide of financial contagion, beginning with the managed collapse of Bear Stearns on through the de facto bankruptcy of AIG, previously the world’s largest insurance firm. These on-off efforts were stunning and controversial. They also proved too little, too late[...]

Courting Voters – Robert Alt
Today, the first day of the Supreme Court’s fall term, President Bush is scheduled to offer a significant speech on judicial nominations in Cincinnati, Ohio. That Bush chose the judiciary as the subject of one of his last major speeches is fitting. Unlike Eisenhower, who once quipped that his two biggest mistakes were “both sitting on the Supreme Court,” history is likely to find Bush’s appointments of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to be among his administration’s greatest and most enduring accomplishments. And it is more than just a little symbolic that the speech is in Ohio, the perennial swing state that secured Bush’s victory in 2004, where the judiciary was and should once again be a major campaign issue[...]