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  • Monthly Archives: February 2009

    Voices of School Choice: Save Their Scholarships

    Blocking Children’s Path to a Better Future Omnibus Spending Bill Eliminates Opportunity: As it stands now, the House omnibus bill will eliminate the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP). Since the program’s inception in 2004, the DCOSP has given thousands of low-income students in the District of Columbia access to a … More

    Morning Bell: Free Our Energy

    Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is once again taking steps towards increasing our energy dependence. Just a few weeks after the Obama Administration unnecessarily slowed the process of leasing offshore areas to energy companies for drilling; Secretary Salazar is now rescinding leasing plans for oil-shale development on federal land … More

    Profiles In Conservatism

    NAME: Patrick McHenry OCCUPATION: Member of Congress, 10th District of North Carolina HOMETOWN: Cherryville, NC Patrick McHenry is serving his third term in the United States Congress where he represents North Carolina’s 10th District. He was elected to Congress in 2004, after serving in the North Carolina State Legislature. Congressman … More

    Obama Budget Recognizes the Need for More Retirement Savings

    While many aspects of the Obama budget are questionable and just plain wrong, they recognize the need for more Americans to be able to save for retirement. The budget includes the Automatic IRA, a cross-ideological proposal developed jointly by The Heritage Foundation and the Brookings Institution which will give up … More

    Al-Marri To Be Indicted In Federal District Court

    According to various news outlets, including the Washington Post, al-Marri (also known as Abdulkareen A. Almuslam), the last remaining unlawful enemy combatant in the United States, is about to be indicted in federal district court in the Central District of Illinois. The news stories indicated that he will be charged … More

    Quick Observations on President Obama’s Budget

    Budget Trickery The President also employs budget trickery on spending. He first assumes that Iraq spending will continue indefinitely at 2008 levels (which was never going to happen, according to the military’s own Joint Campaign Plan), and then calculates $1.5 trillion in savings against that baseline. If you eliminate that … More

    Pork Chalks Up Two More Victories

    Yet another controversy involving Congressional earmarks is brewing in Washington. This time around a lobbying firm, the PMA group (raided by the FBI in November), is accused of making fraudulent donations to members of Congress in exchange for federal pork directed toward their clients. Given mounting news reports of scandal … More

    Obama Tax Proposals (Mostly) Bad News

    President Obama’s budget document lacks the details necessary to judge fully his tax proposals. What we have are proposed streams of revenues over 10 years and short tag lines describing the proposals. A full assessment of his tax program will therefore have to wait. The initial impression, however, is that … More

    Ambassador Harvey Feldman

    On Tuesday, The Heritage Foundation lost a distinguished colleague, mentor and friend, Ambassador Harvey Feldman. Harvey Feldman’s leadership throughout his career in the U.S. Foreign Service and for more than a decade at Heritage helped define America’s long-term interests in Asia and around the world. He was a valued counselor, … More

    Next Bailout: Liberal Media?

    Over the past few months,  we’ve seen a seemingly endless parade of bailouts from Washington — for banks, for automobiles, and just about everything else.    Today,  Congress may be voting on yet another bailout — this time for liberal media.   This afternoon, the Senate is expected to take up a … More