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  • Monthly Archives: January 2012

    Obama's New Defense Strategy Leaves America Less Safe

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    President Obama’s new national defense strategy is a budget-driven exercise masquerading as a strategic plan, writes Heritage’s Kim Holmes, former Assistant Secretary of State, in The Washington Times. In trotting out the new strategy, President Obama said the “tide of war is receding.” Accordingly, U.S. forces will “no longer be … More

    Can a Conservative-Minded Leader Save Guatemala?

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    On Saturday, President-elect Otto Pérez Molina will be inaugurated in Guatemala, following his November runoff election win against Manuel Baldizón Méndez. Pérez, a member of the conservative Patriotic Party, has no easy task in front of him as he steps up to lead what some have called one of the … More

    Americans Remain Unconcerned by Income Inequality

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    A new poll shows that, despite attempts by liberal protesters and politicians to inject class resentment into the national debate, Americans, by and large, remain unconcerned by income inequality. Gallup reports that only 2 percent of Americans list the “divide between rich and poor” as the most important economic issue … More

    What CBO Says About Raising Eligibility Ages for Medicare, Social Security

    Dark clouds hover over the nation’s finances and threaten a perfect storm of massive debt and crushing taxation unless Congress starts acting—soon. Washington must demonstrate that it is serious about reining in ever-rising spending and reducing annual deficits. Passing commonsense reforms to our major entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social … More

    "Ladies in White" and Obama’s Failed Policy of Cuban Appeasement

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    They call themselves “las Damas de Blanco” (“the Ladies in White”). They are a prominent group of courageous Cuban women, many of them wives of political prisoners. They have fought not just for the rights of the unjustly imprisoned but for the rights of all the Cuban people to have … More

    The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom: Africa Still Rising

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    Yesterday, Heritage’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom was released, and Africa features prominently. With an average score gain of 0.2 points, reflecting a net gain of economic freedom in 22 countries, sub-Saharan Africa is once again the most improved region. While scores of Western nations have seen their ratings plummet … More

    Morning Bell: So, You Think You're Free?

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    So you think you’re free? Thanks to big government spending and exploding debt, the United States — and indeed the world — is less economically free today than it was a year ago, according to the 18th annual Index of Economic Freedom, released yesterday by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street … More

    VIDEO: The Real Legacy of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Iron Lady

    As moviegoers head to theaters this weekend, many will want to compare the person they saw on screen to the real woman. As we explained this week, there is no resource better than the Iron Lady’s own words. Our new video attempts to shine a spotlight on her important legacy—one that continues … More

    Sweeping Restrictions in the Next Round of Nuclear Talks?

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    The Obama Administration is preparing for a next round of negotiations on nuclear weapons with the Russian Federation. This is likely going to a difficult and unsuccessful endeavor. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation hosted the event “After New START: Next Round?” featuring Ambassador Henry Cooper, former director of the Strategic … More

    Republican Presidential Candidates Embrace Medicare Premium Support

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    Earlier this week in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidates touted the benefits of a Medicare premium support system — the approach to entitlement reform embraced by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and The Heritage Foundation. Ryan’s recent partnership with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) helped thrust the idea of premium … More