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  • Monthly Archives: July 2011

    Mandating Coverage of Contraceptives Is Bad Social Policy


    The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has issued its long-awaited report making recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on mandatory insurance coverage of preventive services for women’s health care. The mandatory coverage of certain preventive services … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Dangerous Debt Ceiling Strategy

    resident Barack Obama delivers a statement about the debt limit on July 22, 2011

    President Obama kicked off the weekend with a testy Friday night press conference warning of the drastic consequences of failing to raise the debt limit, the havoc it would wreak on financial markets, and the disastrous repercussions for the poor and middle class. That message of fear was reiterated throughout the … More

    Washington in a Flash: Obama Makes His Pitch to La Raza

    Barack Obama at National Council of La Raza

    President Obama takes a break from the debt-limit talks to deliver a speech before the National Council of La Raza — a group that has served as an important bridge for Obama’s administration to the Hispanic community. Don’t expect Obama to deviate from the typical White House line when it … More

    White House Confirms It Will Likely Sign Any Debt Deal Congress Sends

    In an accidental moment of honesty, White House Deputy Press Secretary Dan Pfeiffer today admitted on Twitter that President Obama will likely sign any debt deal Congress sends his way. This revelation came in an exchange with Stephen Gutowski, the blogger known as The College Politico. Gutowski asked Pfeiffer: “Do … More

    Chart of the Week: How to End Deficits Without Raising Taxes

    President Obama and congressional leaders can’t seem to agree on any plan to avert a debt crisis. As the White House’s Aug. 2 deadline approaches, the House has adopted the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, while the Senate has floated a number of bad ideas. Earlier this year, The Heritage Foundation formulated … More

    A National Defense of Marriage


    Recent attacks on the institution of marriage disregard the importance of married mother-father households to child well-being and the necessity of defending the institution of marriage for the good of civil society. At this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill that would repeal the federal Defense of Marriage … More

    Faith Leaders Meet with Obama to Protect Welfare State


    On July 20, 12 Christian leaders met with President Obama at the White House to voice concerns about the prospect of budget cuts to government welfare. The group included Jim Wallis of the liberal social justice organization Sojourners and representatives from the National Association of Evangelicals, the U.S. Conference of … More

    An Effective Approach to Poverty: Circle of Protection or Triangle of Uplift?

    Among the most valuable outcomes of the ongoing debate regarding the debt ceiling crisis and the critical need to rein in government spending has been a sharper focus on priorities in determining prospective cuts in government spending. A coalition of faith leaders from a broad spectrum of denominations has declared … More

    What Obama Won't Tell Latinos at La Raza Conference

    President Obama speaks following White House press conference on July 12, 2011

    Here’s what you won’t hear from the President when he addresses the largest Latino advocacy organization’s annual conference today: Latino unemployment is in double digits following a failed stimulus bill. Nearly one out of every two Latinos will fail to receive a high school diploma, despite the federal government’s control … More

    President Obama, Paul Krugman Botch History


    Proponents of government spending are fond of citing 1937 as an example of when government implemented sharp austerity, and the economy derailed. This argument is dead wrong. On Thursday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argued that fiscal austerity right now would make our economic crisis worse. “Even if we manage to avoid immediate catastrophe, the … More