Thursday, June 16, 2005


by Daniella Markheim

Heritage Foundation: With CAFTA working its way through Congress, myths about the trade agreement are running rampant. In a new paper, trade expert Daniella Markheim lays out the facts on CAFTA--and debunks the biggest myths.

Will CAFTA cost the U.S. jobs? No way, CAFTA will actually encourage job creation by opening Central America to U.S. goods, explains Markheim.

Will CAFTA encourage illegal immigration? Far from it--increased prosperity in Central American should actually help stem the tide.

And what about labor standards? CAFTA actually requires enforcement of labor regulations, but in a way that won't cause economic damage, either.

The facts are clear, concludes Markheim. "CAFTA will improve U.S. economic performance, support American jobs, and promote economic freedom and prosperity."

Just the Facts: Debunking Some Myths About DR-CAFTA



Cities must constantly reinvent themselves. Smart and creative planning are the best ways for cities to ensure that they'll thrive for years to come. Excessive regulation, short-sighted planning and a static way of looking at problems are no way to help a city grow and flourish.

From the Goldwater Institute, Joel Kotkin writes a fascinating study of Phoenix, Arizona...

This view ignores the remarkable and perhaps unlikely success the region has enjoyed. The greater Phoenix area has had one of the highest job growth rates in the country, far outpacing cities such as Houston, San Jose, and Seattle during the last few years. Moreover, this growth has come while maintaining a low cost of living, roughly 25 percent below places like San Diego. Due to this, Phoenix’s average annual wage is worth more than the average wage in places like Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. The region also has one of the highest homeownership rates in the country, more than twice that of New York or Boston.

Goldwater Institute - Phoenix Rising: A City of Aspiration


THE DAILY 7: Dick Durbin, Jason Torres, Hollywood, Kerry Skarbakka, Deep Throat & Runaway Wilbanks Sell Out, New Yankee Stadium Pictures 

1) Dick Durbin wants American troops to lose so George Bush can lose.

Washington, DC, (202) 224-2152; Chicago, IL, (312) 353-4952

2) A 26-year-old pregnant woman with cancer whose brain function ceased last month is being kept alive with a respirator in hopes she can have a very premature baby who has a chance to survive. Jason Torres, the husband who is fighting hard for his baby, is a real man.

Donate to The Susan Torres Fund

3) The opposite of love is not hate but indifference; Republicans have a new tactic, ignore Hillary Clinton.

4) Remember when John Kerry called Hollywood actors the "mainstream of America"? Well, most Americans think movie stars are poor role models and almost half say movies generally aren't as good as they used to be.

5) The biggest loser: Kerry Skarbakka is the jerk who is jumping "repeatedly from a museum roof to create photographs that recall scenes from the World Trade Center attack, but his spectacle was scorned by some onlookers and victims' relatives."

6) No Shame: "Deep Throat" is selling his story, "Runaway Bride" sold her story for $500,000 for a Katic Couric interview.

7) The Bronx Bombers: Behold, the new Yankee Stadium, circa 2009...

Remember the The Susan Torres Fund. Also highlighting are Michelle Malkin, California Conservative and IMAO


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