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  • Monthly Archives: May 2011

    Tales of the Red Tape #9: Regulators Going Off on Microwave Ovens

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    At the behest of Congress, the Department of Energy (DOE) has “invested” several years and considerable tax dollars in devising restrictions on the amount of electricity it takes to run virtually every household appliance. Alas, a regulator’s work is never done. Having assumed control over the energy we use to … More

    The State Flexibility Act: Moving Closer to Successful Medicaid Reform

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    Spending on the two big health entitlement programs—Medicare and Medicaid—poses the threat of a fiscal meltdown if Washington does not act to contain their costs. Medicaid, the federal-state partnership to provide health care for the poor and disabled, is also a main driver of growing state budget shortfalls. According to … More

    Controversial Obama Judicial Nominee Faces Possible Senate Filibuster

    A lifetime appointment to the federal bench is now selling for $700,000. At least that was the cost for Rhode Island judicial nominee Jack McConnell, who has donated that sum of money to Democrats in the two decades before President Obama tapped him for federal district court. McConnell faces a … More

    Guest Blog: Rep. Michele Bachmann on the Defense for Defense Spending

    Our government is in a fiscal crisis. As debt skyrockets, the spending decisions before us in the coming months and years will have a deep impact on the future of our nation. Lawmakers and the American public must debate the merits and faults of each category of spending. But, as … More

    Morning Bell: Top Six Reasons We Got Osama bin Laden

    Taking down Osama bin Laden was an achievement resulting from a culmination of a decade of national security policy. Soft power and diplomacy helped along the way, but it was hard power and military might that made it possible. President George W. Bush put the correct policies in place, including … More

    Video: Freshmen Members on Funding Defense

    As Heritage kicks off Protect America Month, we headed to Capitol Hill to speak with several members of the House’s freshmen class about the importance of funding defense. The video features short interviews with three freshmen: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC). Rep. … More

    Medicare’s New Performance Measures Are Bad News for Hospitals

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    Congress has yet to enact health care reform that will successfully reduce costs without threatening the quality of care patients receive. Obamacare attempted to achieve this by moving Medicare from a system that pays for the volume of services to one that pays for value. But in fact, the new … More

    Rejoicing in Justice Done

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    My 8-year-old son saw the news reports about Osama bin Laden’s death buzzing Monday on our TV. He took particular note of scenes of cheering crowds: flag-wavers in Times Square and at Ground Zero in New York City, baseball fans in Philadelphia, patriots in Boston, enthusiastic students on college campuses. … More

    Conservative Party Wins Big in Canada

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    While the world was watching the news coming out of Pakistan about Osama bin Laden, closer to home voters in Canada went to the polls on May 2 and gave Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper a solid majority in Parliament. Conservatives have won or are ahead in 167 of the … More

    Nullification Fails, Again (This Time in North Dakota)

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    In another victory for common sense and the Constitution, nullification has died a deserved death in North Dakota.  Sometimes you really can’t win for losing. The originally proposed “Nullification of Federal Health Care Reform Law” declared the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (Obamacare) to be unconstitutional, and so “invalid,” … More