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  • Monthly Archives: February 2011

    Meet Heritage’s Featured Facebook Fan, Samantha Thompson

    Each week, The Heritage Foundation highlights one of its nearly 300,000 Facebook Fans on its “Featured Fan” page. This week’s fan is Samantha Thompson of Oracle, Arizona! Read her story below, and be sure to become a fan of Heritage on Facebook! Thanks for being a fan, Samantha! Moments after Rep. Gabrielle … More

    Put the Ineffective Department of Labor Job-Training Programs on the Chopping Block

    House Republicans are attempting to live up to their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal government’s current fiscal year 2011 budget. One of the funding categories being placed on the chopping block are the employment and training services run by the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration … More

    Obama’s Latin America Visit Next Month: No Time for the Business Sector?

    Ever since President Obama announced in his State of the Union speech that he will travel in March to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador “to forge new alliances across the Americas,” dozens of White House and State Department officials have been meeting with people in those three countries to plan … More

    Clientitis at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations?

    Ambassador Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, gave the first of a series of scheduled speeches last week in Portland, Oregon. The focus of the speeches is “Why America Needs the UN” and was inspired, apparently, by congressional efforts to include U.S. payments to the U.N. among … More

    The Ineffective FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants

    House Republicans are attempting to live up to their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal government’s current fiscal year 2011 budget. One of the proposed programs placed on the chopping block is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) program—a federal program that subsidizes … More

    Evidence Is Clear: Head Start Is Ineffective

    House Republicans are attempting to live up to their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal government’s current fiscal year 2011 budget. One of the proposed programs placed on the chopping block is Head Start – a “Great Society” pre-school program intended to provide a boost to disadvantaged children … More

    China’s Treasury Bond Holdings Rose, Not Fell

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    The Department of the Treasury today updated its figures on foreign holders of Treasury bonds. The update appears to show that Chinese holdings of Treasuries fell slightly last year. This is nonsense. The PRC accumulated $471 billion in surplus foreign exchange in 2010. Under Beijing’s own balance-of-payment rules, that money … More

    Memo to the White House: Don't Stop, Start Defending DOMA

    The New York Times continues to lower the threshold of responsibility in matters marital, and yesterday’s editorial calling on the Obama Administration to abandon the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the latest—and perhaps oddest—example. It is odd first and foremost because the Obama Justice Department’s defense of DOMA maintains … More

    Tunisia: Predictably Disastrous Handling by Brussels

    Harvard University’s Niall Ferguson recently criticized the Obama Administration for lacking foresight and planning over the events in Egypt. The point of his criticisms of the Administration—and, by extension, the European Union—was illustrated over a year ago in a Heritage Foundation “war game.” In late 2009, Heritage invited security experts … More

    Now Is the Best Time to Defund Obamacare

    Now—when the House considers the bill to fund government for the rest of the year and seeks to reduce spending by $100 billion—is the best of all times to defund Obamacare. But although it’s a golden opportunity, so far defunding Obamacare is not on the agenda. Republican freshmen have the … More