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  • Monthly Archives: October 2011

    Boehner, Kasparov: Obama's Russia Reset Is Not Working

    An assistant shows the block with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting on March 6, 2009 in Geneva.

    At The Heritage Foundation’s October 25 conference dedicated to the Obama Administration’s failing “Reset” policy toward Russia, House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) and Members of Congress hailed freedom and democracy as the guiding principles of American foreign policy. They also asserted that Russia’s occupation of Georgian territory is going to … More

    Pushing Basket-Weaving College Loan Debt onto Working-Class Taxpayers

    President Barack Obama delivers remarks on student loans at the Tivoli Events Center of the Aurarian campus in Denver on October 26, 2011. UPI/Gary C. Caskey

    President Obama’s “blame conservatives” rhetoric was on full display yesterday as he described his plan to provide relief to students overburdened by loan debt that they voluntarily assumed. “We can’t wait for Congress to do its job, so where they won’t act, I will,” Obama told a crowd of Denver college … More

    What Kirchner’s Win in Argentina Means for the U.S.

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    It came as no surprise when Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner swept the election on Sunday, earning herself a second term. After all, polls had projected her win for weeks beforehand, predicting that she would take anywhere from 52 percent to 57 percent of the votes. In the end, … More

    Gibson Guitar Targeted as the Lacey Act Falls Flat in Nashville

    In recent months, the U.S. government has dispatched heavily armed federal law enforcement officers to raid Gibson Guitar factories—American guitar factories!—in Tennessee for violations of the Lacey Act, a federal statute that makes it a crime to import some tropical hardwoods in violation of foreign laws. Condemning this “overreach” by … More

    Does 'Austerity' Work?

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    Remember the Great Depression of the 1920s? If not, that’s because it didn’t happen. The recession of the early ‘20s quickly ended after spending and taxes were cut dramatically. It provides a clear lesson in “austerity” that President Obama should heed. In 1920, newly elected President Warren Harding inherited a … More

    Morning Bell: What is the American Idea?

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

    What is the American idea? That all depends on whom you ask. According to President Barack Obama, it’s the notion that the federal government is the answer to America’s problems, and that through its intervention–by sheer force of spending–it can create a brighter future for all Americans. There’s a different … More

    PODCAST: The Futures of Libya and Iraq

    A Libyan rebel holds a Kingdom of Libya flag at Bab Al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli August 23, 2011.

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, foreign policy expert James Carafano fills us in on the latest news throughout the Middle East. Click here to listen. Now that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi is gone, what’s next? President Obama has announced the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq by the end … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Paul Ryan on Saving the American Idea

    In a speech today at The Heritage Foundation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke about Saving the American Idea. The full text transcript of his remarks as prepared for delivery are below: “Saving the American Idea: Rejecting Fear, Envy and the Politics of Division” Thank you so much, … More

    Year After Obama Lifted Drilling Ban, Pace of Permitting Is Worse

    The Obama administration is approving only 37 percent of the deepwater drilling plans submitted this year — a figure that falls below even last year’s low approval rate. It’s also taking federal bureaucrats an average of 115 days to approve the plans, nearly double the historical average. Greater New Orleans … More

    Don't Do Business With Poor People? New York Times Readers Disagree

    New York Times office in Manhattan

    A recent New York Times online report suggested that Americans should quit buying products made by poor people—because when people in the United States buy coffee, sugar, t-shirts, or tomatoes, they are guilty of exploiting impoverished workers. The story quoted the executive director of a group called Art Works Projects: … More