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  • Monthly Archives: June 2011

    School Choice on Its Way to North Carolina


    Add North Carolina to the list of states making monumental moves forward on school choice. In the last two weeks, legislators in the Tarheel State have advanced two policies to expand educational options for the state’s students. The first lifts the state’s cap on charter schools, currently limited to100. The … More

    “No More Waivers for You!”


    In a classic case of the “Friday afternoon news dump,” last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is closing the process to apply for a waiver to Obamacare’s annual limits provision in September. Both the timing and substance of this decision confirm that HHS’s … More

    Morning Bell: Pictures of America's Fiscal Nightmare

    U.S. Debt on Track to Fuel Economic Crisis

    There’s urgency in Washington to fix a problem that’s been a long time coming: America’s fast track to fiscal implosion. In The Heritage Foundation’s just-released, expanded 2011 Budget Chart Book, you can see just how bad the country’s spending problem is and how America racked up so much debt. Congress … More

    Daily Notes

    Defend and Save Act

    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), left, visits Heritage today at 10 a.m. to talk about her plan to save Social Security, which faces $6.5 trillion in unfunded obligations over the next 75 years. She’ll sit down afterward with me to talk about why Social Security reform should be part of … More

    A Champion of Freedom Passes


    Of all those whom we at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation have honored with the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom—and they include such famed defenders of freedom as Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, Vladimir Bukovsky, and Harry Wu—none surpasses the courage and commitment of  Elena Bonner, who passed away last Saturday. … More

    Our National Portrait: The Great Seal of the United States


    The decision to adopt a national seal was made on July 4, 1776, the same day that the Continental Congress declared America’s independence from Great Britain. As a practical matter, America needed an official emblem to affix to diplomatic and official documents in order to signify its sovereignty as a … More

    Make Easy Spending Cuts, But Don’t Disregard Entitlement Reform


    Treadmills for shrimp and poetry in zoos. The AARP recently decried these examples of government spending as part of a recent TV campaign against Medicare and Social Security reform proposals. AARP says that in order to balance the budget, Congress should consider cutting funding for these types of programs, instead … More

    Supreme Court: Save Wal-Mart, The Economy Lives Better


    The Supreme Court’s 9 to 0 decision today in Wal-Mart v. Dukes stopped an abusive class action lawsuit and should bring a huge sigh of relief that the plaintiffs’ bar was stopped from further exploiting employers who create jobs.  Although the administration will probably never publicly admit it given its … More

    Obama's New START Half Truths Have Consequences

    Obama and Medvedev sign new START

    Is President Barack Obama sowing the seeds of mistrust in Washington by playing “fast and loose with the truth in pursuit of political ends”? Heritage’s James Carafano writes that revelations about the President’s signature New START Treaty certainly make it look that way. Under the treaty, Russia will be permitted to build … More

    Resisting Temptation Over Libya

    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the conflict in Libya during an address at the National Defense University in Washington March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing

    It’s tempting to cut off funds immediately for President Obama’s ill-conceived Libya offensive.  But it’s not the right course.  For the sake of our allies, Congress needs to be patient in using the power of the purse to correct Obama’s misadventure. Even if the ongoing air attacks chased Muammar Qadhafi … More