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  • Monthly Archives: October 2011

    Obamacare's CLASS Act Collapses; White House Pulls Plug

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    The Obama Administration notified Congress today that the CLASS Act — Obamacare’s long-term care insurance plan — is flawed, unsustainable, and unable to go forward. In a letter to Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote that “Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable … More

    Drowning in an Ocean of Ink? Heritage to the Rescue!

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    America publishes roughly 288,000 books every year, more than any other country in the world. Although this is a wonderful reflection of our country’s thirst for knowledge, such a tidal wave of publications is a nightmare for people looking for top quality works. Where on earth do you begin to … More

    Trading Protection of the United States for "Reset" Must Stop

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    President Obama is sacrificing missile defense for a “reset” with the Russian Federation, writes Rebeccah Heinrichs in her most recent piece. The Obama Administration has scrapped the third site in Poland and the Czech Republic, the Bush’s Administration’s ballistic missile defense plan for the protection of the U.S. and European … More

    Elected Officials Back 'Occupy' Protests Despite Violence, Lawlessness

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    The ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests have been characterized by shows of violence, lawlessness, and occasional anti-Semitism. But elected officials are reportedly backing the movement behind the scenes, most recently pressuring the owners of the New York City park that is the epicenter of the protests to postpone a much-needed … More

    Freer Trade, Greater Prosperity

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    Some critics of free trade say that trade agreements just help the “rich” get richer while making the “poor” poorer, but in fact, free trade benefits everyone. Looking at data from The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage’s Bryan Riley and Ambassador Terry Miller found that the benefits … More

    PODCAST: The Constitution and National Defense

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, former Attorney General Ed Meese and graduate fellow Marion Smith discuss the Constitution and providing for the common defense. Click here to listen. Were the Founders isolationists, who believed in non-interventionism? What relevance does their understanding of providing for defense have today? And what … More

    Movie Review: Beyond Hoop Dreams for 'Mighty Macs'

    All things considered, “The Mighty Macs” contains most of the elements of a typical sports movie: motivational characters, a group of misfits, impossible odds, and, in the end, victory hanging on the last play of the game. “The Mighty Macs” chronicles the journey of Immaculata College’s women’s basketball team from … More

    Why the New FTAs Should Be Embraced

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    It started almost five years ago with free trade agreements (FTAs) reached between the Bush Administration and the governments of Peru, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Unfortunately, the then-Democrat controlled House allowed only the FTA with Peru to be approved. The other three were abandoned. Now, with the approval by … More

    Illinois Shows that Taxing and Spending Has Consequences

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    In January 2011, newly elected Illinois governor Pat Quinn imposed a 67% income tax increase on citizens and a sharp increase in the corporate tax rate to satisfy missed and unpaid bills. A month later, the state issued $3.7 billion in bonds just to make payments to unfunded state pensions. Unfortunately, … More

    What We've Learned About Terror Trials From the Underwear Bomber

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    It was supposed to be the second full day in federal court for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The so-called “Christmas Day bomber” aka “The Underwear Bomber” faced eight charges, including attempted murder on an aircraft. But, acting as his own attorney, Abdulmutallab surprised many Wednesday by pleading guilty. He faces a maximum … More