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  • War on the American Dream: Sapping America's Potential

    Government Controlled Life

    • Stimulus: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 significantly grew the size and scope of government, doubling the size of federal agencies—including Education and Energy—and moving America toward a government-mandated health care system, all while placing future generations further in debt.
    • SCHIP: The State Children’s Health Insurance Program was recently expanded to include wealthy adults in a government health care program designed for low income children. The expansion is funded by a tobacco tax paid for predominantly by the poor and dependent on future smokers.
    • Health Care: President Obama has made a significant down payment on a national health care plan that would force millions of Americans out of their private plans and into a government-run monopoly, providing lower quality care at a higher price to all.
    • Housing: The Helping Families Save Their Home Act of 2009 actually destabilizes neighborhoods by allowing bankruptcy judges to unilaterally renegotiate your neighbor’s mortgage principal and interest rates, causing an unstable mortgage market and incentives for individual bankruptcy.
    • Welfare: The stimulus bill abolished the welfare reform under President Clinton, adding nearly $800 billion in new means-tested welfare spending over the next decade. The cost amounts to over $10,000 for each family paying income tax.
    • Land Use: President Obama wishes to impose federal “smart use” regulations on local zoning, housing, and transportation laws so American cities will be developed by his standards, causing housing prices and foreclosures to skyrocket.

    Government-Controlled Business

    • Card Check: The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would eliminate the secret ballot in union organizing elections and create a federal arbitration board made up of bureaucrats in Washington who will tell private businesses how to operate.
    • Auto Bailouts: After nearly $100 billion of taxpayer dollars has been distributed to two automakers, neither company is recovering. Meanwhile, the President and Congress dictate which cars they must build and dictate who runs the companies.
    • War on Paychecks: After fewer than 100 executives at AIG collected excessive bonuses for poor work, Congress retaliated by passing a bill that would eliminate bonuses for thousands and set broad-based wage ceilings. But the President did not think it went far enough, adding that the government should regulate wages nationwide.

    The Exit Strategy

    • Equal Opportunity: Citizens need to be free to choose health care programs that match the congressional plan—and not in name only. Employees need to be free not to form a union just as freely as choosing to form one, and employers need to be free to offer reasonable compensation not dictated by Washington bureaucrats.
    • Empowered Americans: Washington needs to let Americans keep more of their money. By cutting individual and business taxes, Washington will allow businesses to flourish and individuals to succeed. Families will always invest in their own future better than Congress will for them.
    • Building U.S. Energy Choices: Washington should allow free enterprise to diversify our energy mix. Nuclear, solar, wind, coal, and biofuels should all have a place in keeping energy prices low while reducing environmental impacts.
    • Protect America: Through a strong missile defense program and a 4% baseline for defense spending; we can protect America and be free to project global leadership while minimizing our vulnerability to attack.
    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    12 Responses to War on the American Dream: Sapping America's Potential

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    2. thomas Gilfoyle says:

      Could you please point me to the Foundation's positions on those generational-theft deficits prior to January of this year?

      Could you show me the Foundation's position on the Medicare Drug Plan of the Bush Administration?

      Specifically, what parts of welfare reform have been repealed? ANd does the $10,000 per family represent the cost of welfare change, or the whole package?

      How does a renegotiation of my neighbor's mortgage destabilize my house?

    3. Conn Carroll Conn Carroll says:

      Per your request:

      "Could you please point me to the Foundation’s positions on those generational-theft deficits prior to January of this year?"

      Here is a whole site of stuff detailing our work with Comptroller General David Walker on the issue:
      http://www.heritage.org/research/Budget/FWUT.cfm

      "Could you show me the Foundation’s position on the Medicare Drug Plan of the Bush Administration?"

      June 13, 2003 The Medicare Drug Bill: An Impending Disaster for All Americans
      http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/EM885

      "Specifically, what parts of welfare reform have been repealed? ANd does the $10,000 per family represent the cost of welfare change, or the whole package?"

      Stimulus Bill Abolishes Welfare Reform and Adds New Welfare Spending
      http://www.heritage.org/Research/Welfare/wm2287.c

      "How does a renegotiation of my neighbor’s mortgage destabilize my house?"

      Mortgage Modifications in Bankruptcy Would Undermine Homeownership, Prevent Few Foreclosures
      http://www.heritage.org/Research/LegalIssues/bg22

      Happy Reading Thomas!

    4. Al, The Villages, Fl says:

      This is what happens when a candidate (Obama) is elected who promises change/hope without any details or vision of what his America would be like. This is also what happens when a citizenry goes to the voting booth without doing their homework to become informed and when the media does not do it's job of informing the people. There were books written about Obama and Chicago politics that would have given a good clue as to where he might go. This administration, full of academic,unprincipled (by conservative standards) liberals is intent on proving the unprovable – that socialism can work. In the process they will destroy this country if we give them enough time.

    5. Jerome Zacny says:

      There are lots of us 'dreaming' of winning the lottery,just like a lot of people 'dream' of owning their own home. Why doesn't the government feel obligated to dump a few million on each of us with the lottery dream?

      Everyone wants more than they have, from the poorest of us to the wealthiest. One of the many good things about this country of ours is that everyone here has opportunity to earn more than they have. I would like to have the financial security and lifestyle of a professional athlete, or a successful entertainer. It isn't fair that I can't have these things merely because I don't have the talent to earn them. If I can't have these things, then no one should have them.

      Why doesn't the government pass a law providing all of this to me and to people who feel the same way? I will vote for anyone who will make this happen for me.

      Not one of America's millionaires and billionaires should be allowed to keep one dime more of their money than the average annual income of the American family. Not everyone has the same talent, ambition, drive or desire to become wealthy, ipso facto, that's unfair. The great and powerful Obama needs to come to the rescue, with the aid of wizards Frank and Pelosi, and become the "Great Leveler".

      Such legislation, of course, would exempt the federal lawmakers and administration, as it always does.

    6. Duane Phinney Pensa says:

      "This administration, full of academic,unprincipled (by conservative standards) liberals is intent on proving the unprovable – that socialism can work. In the process they will destroy this country if we give them enough time."

      That's why they're using a hybrid mix of socialism and fascism.

    7. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      It seems that our President follows no ones rules but his own. He bows before a Monarchy, the King of Saudi Arabia ,appogizes to the rest of the World for Americans being what they are, Mrs. Obama is to High to curtsy before the Quenn of England, and he promises all of American the most charming things , but all that comes out of his mouth is feathers!

      I doubt that this man has read even one book of American history and protical!

      His still insist that we have an energy crisis, while turning two of the world's largest oil reserves into Federal Parks right here, that would have provided us with two hundred years of our own fuel!

      He insist that Global Warming is caused by CO2 emmissions, and now says the Sun is getting cooler and that we are going to saturate the Troposhere with CO@ to create a Green House effect to keep the Earth warm, while taxing use on carbon emissions!

      He still insist on calling crude oil a fossil fuel, though all of the modern world knows that it is nothing but a combination of the Earths Crust's two most common compounds and is continuly being created, along with methane and coal!

      He has given the highest tax increase in history to tobacco, without even a quick study of individual State histories that have done the same in a much smaller fashion. More people quit smoking and less money came in to fund the Treatment Facilities! Now people will just grow thier own tobacco and/or trade for good. Check history under "Tobacco Value Currency." Besides there are no laws against growing it yet!

      Everything this Administration does is pooly thought out and too quickly executed. For every ten people working in an industry that he shuts down, only two are replaced in his new, so called, Green Industries.

      Our population is growing, not reducing. We need more jobs, not less! Promises are cheap, action is hard. So far all I've seen from this Administration is cheap talk, and shame brought to its people.

      The only ones I have pride in at the moment are the people at FORD, and I thank God that my family have always been FORD automobile people. People who have always made products for the working man, not the supercellious pseudointellectual types with no craft work skill who will have to beg for food and shelter when Obama brings this whole thing crashing down around us!

      Hozro

    8. Ron. Derry NH says:

      It is hard to believe Americans are laying down as this Congress and Peewee Herman run the country into a socialistic quandary of ineptitude and fascist mandates.

      In a few short weeks an inexperience dictator has been given the keys to the kingdom, has erased all dignity in the office by bowing then lying about bowing to the king of a foreign nation, has allowed the buffoonery and corruption of government mismanaged moneys to continue and is still declaring his war on America and instilling his social regime of centralized, costly mandated change into his brand of socialism with no cost limits or end in sight.

      Everything you listed here are blows against freedom, liberty and the right to choose. This is COMMUNISM, something we used to resist, for every good reason possible.

      This level of deceit has seldom been allowed to fester, but now it seems Americans are just laying back and letting their country be destroyed by the three stooges, Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

      We the people are being placed under the yoke to support a communist agenda and a financial devaluation of our people to maintain a level of taxation to keep Washington in power over our citizenship. This is no stimulus but a systematic degradation of Americanism and the hands of the chosen few.

      Nothing this congress is doing shows a trust in the American people or a trust in the value of our ways.

      Europe would be wise to run from peewee's play house as fast as they can, before the vortex of shameless pandering and moronic ineptitude engulfs them too.

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    10. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      The dems were in charge of the banking committee, look what a mess they have made. Some of the fault must go to those that chose to purchase a home they knew was not in their capacity to pay for. I am all for helping those that have lost jobs due to no fault of their own, but a line has to be drawn at some point in time. I worked for my home and mamaged to pay for it. Those payments did not come easy, but I asked noone for help in getting there. The current administration is wrong in this business and are intent on making this country into a socialist government and in the process send us into the annuals of history as a failed society. The bad part of this situtation there are people that suck this "change" up as if it was sugar. Wake up and see what is happening.

    11. Grace, Florida says:

      Thomas, please don't think for one minute we approved of Bush's out of control spending. The point here is that Obama was supposed to change things not increase spending. Of course he and Demoncrats will say they have to spend to get out of the mess Bush left- (Yes we're sick of hearing him cry over the mess Bush left – if he couldn't handle it – He shouldn't have run for President) – he told us he was going to do that and maybe he needed to do some spending – but the things that are going on in this country, by this government is unpardonable and irresponsible.

    12. Dave O, VA says:

      Pres. O is sure to be reelected if only because there is no serious conservative contender on the horizon. And no, Palin's not who we need. We need someone who's seasoned, worldly, and confident in their conservative philosophy. We don't need more Bush types who disappoint when we need them or who aren't taken seriously because they come across as hayseeds.

      It doesn't seem the younger generations understand or care about how the Govt is spending their future and reducing their freedoms. It's the naive, indoctrinated youth who vote Demo.

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