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  • Yearly Archives: 2011

    'Occupy Wall Street' a Blight on Main Street

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    “Occupy Wall Street” protesters claim to be fighting for the disenfranchised members of Main Street America. But their protests are exacting a significant toll on businesses in the cities where they have set up camp. Oakland has been hit hardest. A week after “Occupy” protesters there rioted, vandalizing local businesses and clashing … More

    Surprise, Surprise: Yet Another Part of Obamacare Increases Premiums and Kills Jobs

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    Even without Obamacare, the United States faces rising health care costs and an economy struggling to recover from the recent downturn. Despite its supporters’ promises, the health care law does not solve these problems. A study released today by the National Federation of Independent Business highlights the impact of Obamacare’s … More

    Istanbul Conference: Lacking Substance

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    Vague platitudes, rather than meaningful solutions, dominated last week’s international conference on Afghanistan held in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul. Conference participants, including Pakistan, Iran, India, China, and Russia, broadly affirmed their support for the sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Afghanistan. But for countries like Pakistan that continue to support Afghan … More

    Obama Administration to Reconsider Christmas Tree Tax

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    In the face of a national outcry, the Obama administration has decided to delay its Christmas Tree Tax—first reported here on the Foundry—though they haven’t said till when (presumably until the criticism blows over). ABC’s Jake Tapper reports: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation a revisit a … More

    Leaked Emails Fuel Perception of Cronyism in Solyndra Loan

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    In a move that is sure to intensify the already testy exchanges between the White House and congressional investigators, the House Energy and Commerce Committee today released a series of emails showing that Obama donor and Solyndra investor George Kaiser explicitly mentioned the now-bankrupt solar company in talks with administration … More

    Austerity Successes in Previous Downturns

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    The left continues to resist any suggestion of spending cuts right now. In their view, a depressed economy is no time to slash spending; that would only further weaken demand. The successful austerity policies adopted in response to the downturn of 1920, however, offer a clear rebuttal to this notion. … More

    Offshore Drilling Plan Lacks Something: More Drilling

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    Yesterday, the Department of Interior released its new five-year offshore drilling plan. Unfortunately, the program is far less expansive when it comes to opening areas to access, exploration, and drilling than it should be. The plan schedules 15 possible lease sales in the 2012–2017 time horizon—10 in the central and … More

    DEBATE PREP: What if China Changes?

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    The political debate over China seems familiar because they’ve been on the political table for years.  Is China taking American jobs?  How cooperative is the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on issues like nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran?  China rises; America frets, and Presidential candidates talk about roughly the … More

    Morning Bell: The Debate Over Iran

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    On November 22, Republican candidates will gather together in Washington, D.C., for a presidential debate presented by The Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute on CNN. The subject: foreign policy and national security. Chief among the foreign policy issues that the President of the United States must address is the matter of an increasingly … More

    Scribecast: Harmon Kaslow Previews 'Atlas Shrugged Part 2'

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    It was no coincidence that “Atlas Shrugged Part 1” made its box-office debut on tax day, April 15, earlier this year. So it was only appropriate that the DVD release would fall on Election Day. Harmon Kaslow, the movie’s producer, visited Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing today to talk about the film … More