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  • Yearly Archives: 2011

    In Michigan, Obamacare is Already a Job-Killer

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    While the White House continues its rhetoric on job creation, the job-killing effects of Obamacare are already taking effect. One provision of the law, its tax on medical device manufacturers, is already having a detrimental impact on a Michigan-based manufacturer. Stryker Corporation has announced that it will cut approximately 5 … More

    PODCAST: Heritage Co-Hosts Upcoming Presidential Debate

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    In a Heritage in Focus, Heritage Vice President of Communications Mike Gonzalez discusses the opportunity Heritage shares with American Enterprise Institute and CNN to co-host a GOP presidential debate. Tune in here. What will the focus of the debate be? How did Heritage get the opportunity to become involved? Listen to … More

    Super Gimmick: How to Spend Non-Existent War 'Savings'

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    In 1969, as President Nixon’s Domestic Policy Council sought ways to spend the forthcoming “peace dividend”—savings projected from the wind-down of the Vietnam War—council members ran into an inconvenient fact: The fiscal windfall did not exist; any post-war “savings” were already committed to a range of new spending, including some … More

    Who, under the Constitution, Makes Foreign Policy?

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    In less than five days, GOP candidates will meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss national security and foreign policy. This first-ever presidential debate sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute will be the occasion for candidates to explain their vision for American foreign policy. Some presidential candidates’ views … More

    U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to the Philippines: Another Ship on the Way

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R), beside Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario (L), signs a declaration marking the 60 years since the United States signed a security treaty with the Philippines on board the USS Fitzgerald, a US Navy destroyer, docked at the Manila bay on November 16, 2011.

    Back in August, the Philippine Navy christened its newest flagship, the 115-meter Gregorio del Pilar, a refurbished former U.S. Coast Guard vessel built in 1965. Philippine Navy Chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama stated that this Hamilton-class cutter “symbolizes the revival of the Philippine Navy.” And that revival will soon continue … More

    House Subcommittee Reveals Obamacare's Flaws for Taxpayers, Small Business

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    A recent Gallup poll revealed that 47 percent of Americans—a plurality—support repeal of Obamacare. While the reasons for the law’s unpopularity are limitless, its broken CLASS program and unsuccessful small business tax credit may play a role. A few weeks ago, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it … More

    Pakistan Dust-up An Unfortunate Distraction

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    The Pakistani media are having a feeding frenzy over an op-ed written more than a month ago in the London-based Financial Times by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz. In his op-ed, Ijaz asserts that the Zardari government—through a senior Pakistani diplomat he later identified as Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S. Husain … More

    Putin Is Back "Seriously and for a While"

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    Last Friday, this author had the opportunity to dine in the company of Vladimir Putin, his senior staff, and the attendees of the annual Valdai Club meeting in Moscow. Despite its location at an upscale riding club, the dinner was delicious, and horse meat was not on the menu. Responding … More

    The Founders on Defense Spending

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    In the midst of the current budget battle, there are a lot of folks—right and left—who assume that defense spending is a luxury that America just can’t afford at the moment. This a view far removed from James Madison’s conviction that “security against foreign danger is…an avowed and essential object … More

    Delay, Baby, Delay: Obama Decision Puts Up to 200k Jobs on Hold

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    First, it was 20,000 jobs the Obama Administration delayed by punting a decision to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada into the United States. Multiply that number by 10 and you have the amount of jobs the President is putting … More