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  • Monthly Archives: August 2009

    Sales Tax Holidays: Popular Policy “Clunker”

    Virginians will celebrate their annual “sales tax holiday” this weekend—August 7 through August 9. On these three days, the state’s 5 percent sales tax will be exempted from school supplies, clothing, and footwear. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of … More

    Many on the Left Claim “Millions of Women” May Lose Health Benefits

    Activists on both sides of the issue are raising concerns about whether the proposed government-run “public plan” and the private but government-approved plans in the proposed National Health Insurance Exchange will be required, permitted, or prohibited from covering abortions. This is a critical issue, but in the course of this … More

    Morning Bell: The White House Strikes Back

    An overwhelming majority of Americans (72%) don’t believe President Barack Obama will keep his promise to overhaul the health care system without adding to the federal deficit, according to a study released yesterday by the Quinnipiac University. According to Gallup: “Americans are being asked to approve major new health care … More

    Cash for Clunkers Sentence of the Day

    “But don’t expect anyone in Congress to admit that taxpayers are paying around $6,000 to provide a $4,500 rebate for a foreigner or illegal immigrant to buy a new car. “ That’s Lurita Doan. She argues: “First, DOT created and staffed an entirely new organization with three divisions to administer … More

    In the Green Room: MEP Daniel Hannan

    Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan came to Heritage today to remind Americans why and how to avoid Europe’s mistakes. On March 24, 2009, Daniel Hannan became an overnight internet sensation when a YouTube recording of his three-minute speech responding to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s remarks before the … More

    Townhall Downfall: Reps. Ross & Snyder (D-AR)

    Despite President Barack Obama’s deadline, both the House and Senate failed to pass Obama’s health care plan before they adjourned for the month of August. Now Senators and Representatives are returning home to participate in one of America’s greatest democratic traditions: the townhall. The events afford citizens the rare opportunity … More

    Get Real About Getting Rid of Nukes

    Although folks like President Obama, U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon, and IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei have long dreamed of a nuclear-free world, it’s time to get real and admit that the road to zero they want to take is unlikely to get us there. Proponents of denuclearization may have the best … More

    Heritage Foundation Releases Economic Study of Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade Bill

    The idea behind cap and trade is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by putting a price on the right to emit carbon and other greenhouse gases on businesses. Since 85 percent of America’s energy needs are met through carbon-emitting fossil fuels, cap and trade would be a massive tax on … More

    What If Auto Insurance Was Subsidized And Regulated Like Health Care?

    Great op-ed by Zach Krajacic in the Christian Science Monitor yesterday: Imagine how much automobile insurance would cost if it paid for all expenses associated with owning an automobile – oil changes, engine failures, worn-out tires, brakes, rust, and so on. The number of people who couldn’t afford car insurance … More

    Obama Leaderless on Trade

    The US’s largest trade and business groups yesterday released a letter, calling on the Obama administration to “make the case” for free trade. From the letter: “We need to revitalize our export and international trade leadership by moving forward on multilateral, regional and bilateral market-opening opportunities.” The Financial Times goes … More