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  • Monthly Archives: February 2012

    PODCAST: CPAC and the State of Conservatism

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    In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, leading historian and expert on the conservative movement, Lee Edwards, discusses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and the state of conservatism. Click here to listen. What is the importance of CPAC? What’s Heritage’s role this year? What advice should guide conservatism moving foward? Listen … More

    Congressional Research Service Misses the Point on Defense Budget

    A soldier of the 2nd cavalry regiment participates in a virtual combat training on the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer (RVTT) at Rose Barracks in Vilseck-Grafenwoehr January 25, 2012.

    The recently released Congressional Research Service (CRS) report “A Historical Perspective on ‘Hollow Forces’” misses two important points in its analysis of the defense budget, impacts of the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, and the usage of the term “hollow force.” First, the report does not even attempt to … More

    Morning Bell: Dependence on Government Highest in History

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    When John F. Kennedy was President, just over a quarter of federal spending went to fund programs paying for some 21.7 million Americans to be dependent on Uncle Sam. But as high as that spending and dependence on the federal government was then, it has exploded today, with one in … More

    What They’re Saying: Obamacare's Contraception Mandate Tramples Religious Liberty

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    On January 20, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized regulations for preventive services under Obamacare that require religious institutions beyond churches to provide and pay for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization in their health coverage. The mandate violates the teachings and beliefs of many religious institutions … More

    Ryan House Budget Committee Leads on Process Reforms

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    With debt and spending out of control, the good news is that the House Budget Committee is taking important steps toward focusing Congress on its most basic duty: budgeting. By speedily passing several budget process reform bills, Chairman Paul Ryan (R–WI) and others on his committee are moving Congress in … More

    Charges Against NGO Workers Show Egypt Is Slow to Change

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    Last year, Egyptians overthrew the Mubarak regime in the name of freedom and democracy. Yet, the transitional government’s recent taking of hostages—foreign nongovernmental staff—reveals that authoritarian tendencies remain a major problem. On Monday, Egypt’s public prosecutor published a list of 43 workers, including 19 Americans, who will be put on … More

    Even Krugman Agrees--Economy in a Dead-Cat-Bounce Recovery

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    Despite a recent spate of good economic data, including last week’s jobs report, the U.S. economy remains deeply depressed. Don’t take my word for it. That’s how Paul Krugman, leftist econo-pundit extraordinaire, describes the economy. In a recent column in The New York Times, he wrote, “our economy remains deeply … More

    Side Effects: Medicare Advantage Gains Won’t Last

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    Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that average premiums in Medicare Advantage (MA) for 2012 have fallen by 7 percent, and enrollment has increased by about 10 percent. This is great news for the program, which allows seniors to receive Medicare benefits through a private … More

    EU Should Act Quickly on Syria

    Syrian mourners gather around the bodies of people allegedly killed by Syrian government forces during a funeral procession in Maarat al-Noman, Idlib province, Syria, February 7, 2012. UPI

    You can tell how serious the situation in Syria is getting by looking at the recent actions taken by its neighbors. Earlier this week, the Gulf Cooperation Council—a regional intergovernmental grouping consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—released a condemning proclamation against the Assad … More

    NLRB's 'Snap Elections' Rule Would Dramatically Increase Unionization

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    A new National Labor Relations Board regulation that expedites elections for union representation will likely lead to dramatically higher rates of unionization, a new study has found. A majority of workplace union elections are decided by five or fewer votes, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis. What’s more, “cutting the … More