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  • Monthly Archives: February 2012

    Heritage vs. ACLU at Voter ID Debate

    Absentee ballot from Virginia in 2008 (Photo by Saul Loeb/Newscom)

    Voter fraud has a history of plaguing elections, inspiring a growing number of states to enact voter identification laws in recent years. The issue was the focus of a debate Thursday at the National Press Club between Heritage senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky and Laura Murphy, director of the … More

    End—Don’t Extend—the Wind Energy Tax Credit


    The Hill reports that a bipartisan group of Senators is urging lawmakers to extend the wind energy production tax credit, which is scheduled to expire by the end of this year. Congress should let the tax credit expire and offset the resulting tax hike with reductions elsewhere. The wind energy … More

    Department of Education Gets Defensive on National Standards


    In a press release issued late Thursday afternoon, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the following in response to skepticism on the part of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) about the Common Core national standards push: The idea that the Common Core standards are nationally-imposed is a conspiracy theory in … More

    A New, Green Stimulus Throughout the President’s Budget


    A closer look at President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposal shows how the White House intends to initiate a “green stimulus” through not just the Department of Energy (DOE) but other federal agencies as well. Though not a comprehensive accounting of non-DOE energy spending, a quick survey of the … More

    Act of Desperation: Iran Halts Oil Shipments to U.K., France

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    Iran’s decision to halt oil shipments to the U.K. and France last weekend is a weak retaliatory measure against European actors for tougher sanctions. Despite this largely symbolic measure, Iran did manage to surprise world markets and drive up the price of oil. The U.K. imposed its hardest-hitting sanctions to … More

    Medicare Needs the Life Support of Premium Support


    Medicare reform is coming soon; it has to if the program is going to survive. As budget expert J. D. Foster writes, “Medicare reform is inevitable because its demands on the federal budget are unsustainable.” The Congressional Budget Office projects that by 2022, Medicare spending will exceed $1 trillion—almost 90 … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Majority of Births to Women Under 30 Are to Single Moms


    Unwed childbearing has been on the rise for more than five decades, and today more than 40 percent of U.S. children are born to single women. A new study additionally reveals that the majority—53 percent—of births to women under 30 occur outside of marriage. Rather than a teen birth issue, … More

    Side Effects: If You Like Your HSA, Get Ready to Lose It


    Everyone remembers President Obama’s repeated promise, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Unfortunately, Obamacare breaks this promise many times over. One way is through its medical loss ratio (MLR) requirement and the impact it will have on consumer-driven, high-deductible … More

    Burma’s Reforms: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Election


    By all accounts, Burma today is vastly different than a year ago. Since the fraudulent November 2010 elections, President Thein Sein has enacted a series of reforms, eliciting praise from the international community. Yet numerous challenges still remain, and recent incidents have cast doubt on the government’s ability, and willpower, … More

    Will the Senate Break Its Promise on Earmarks?

    Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM

    U.S. senators last year promised they wouldn’t pass any bill with earmarks during the 112th Congress. President Obama even said he would veto legislation that contained pork-barrel projects. But with the Senate set to debate a transportation bill next week, one lawmakers is crying foul. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) uncovered … More