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  • Monthly Archives: April 2010

    House and Senate Cloakroom: April 26-30, 2010

    House Cloakroom: April 26-30 Once again the major issues for the week will be on the Senate side with possible consideration of a financial regulation overhaul bill and the possible introduction of a climate change bill by Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman.  The House will be taking up three smaller … More

    New Arizona Immigration Law Makes Sense

    Today, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that would make it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and would allow state law enforcement to require individuals to produce proof that they are in the U.S. legally. This decision is a major stepping stone in … More

    U.S. Missile Defense Plans Don’t Add Up

    The Department of Defense has submitted a report to Congress that warns Iran may be able to reach the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by 2015. If Iran also successfully develops a nuclear weapon within that time, the consequences would be devastating for the U.S. and its … More

    Relying on Economic Freedom in Trying Times

    The Honorable Zoran Stavreski, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for the Republic of Macedonia, spoke at The Heritage Foundation on April 23rd about the economic reforms that have helped his country weather the recent global storm. According to Stavreski, adherence to the principles of free enterprise and individual … More

    The Federal Budget in Pictures

    Earlier this month, we announced the release of the 2010 Heritage Budget Chart Book. This recurring feature allows visitors to dig down deep into the data of government revenue and expenditures in a visual format that is easy to understand. This year’s chart book does not disappoint, providing roughly 40 … More

    Side Effects: It’s Official- Higher Health Care Costs

    Yesterday, the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that runs the giant entitlement programs, released their analysis of the new health care law. The AP reports that “White House officials have repeatedly complained that such analyses have been too pessimistic and lowball the law’s … More

    Red Tape Rising: The Government Targets Your Dinner Plate

    You may not realize it but government regulations affect each American every day. As the Environmental Protection Agency cheerfully notes in their pro-regulation video contest introduction: Even before you leave the house in the morning, government regulations help set the price of the coffee you drink, the voltage of electricity … More

    A Full 10% of General Motors Bailout Paid Back

    General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre should have thought twice about the title of his Wall Street Journal op-ed, “The GM Bailout: Paid Back in Full.” GM did announce that it would repay the $5.8 billion ($4.7 billion to U.S, $1.1 billion to Canada) remaining balance on the loans the automaker … More

    Obamacare’s Big Surprises for the Uninsured

    The recently signed health-care legislation will have lasting consequences on health care in America. The massive two-piece package includes federal control of benefits, increased taxes, mandates on employers and individuals, and an expansion of costly and inefficient entitlements. This represents a federal takeover of the U.S. health care system on … More

    The Eco-Left's Love of Eco-Taxes

    Earth Day is over, so you don’t have to worry about the special interest eco-lobby for another 364 days, right? Wrong. If you’ve recently paid a five-cent tax on a plastic bag while living in or visiting your nation’s capital, then you’ve been punitively taxed by the eco-left for a … More