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  • Monthly Archives: March 2012

    First Reactions to Ryan's Path to Prosperity Budget

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    There are six key elements to a successful federal government budget, including the plan released today by House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R—WI): Does it cut spending sharply and quickly? Does it begin decisive entitlement reform? Does it avoid any tax hikes? Does it ensure a strong national defense? … More

    Flat-Earth Thinking on Gas Prices?

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    President Obama blasted oil-drilling advocates last week, equating their solution for high gas prices to people who didn’t believe the Earth is round. President Obama said, They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas-guzzlers. … More

    The Obamacare Second Anniversary: No Gift for Women

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    This week, Obamacare will have its second birthday, but there’s little reason to celebrate. Throughout the week, Obamacare advocates will be emphasizing the law’s supposed benefits on specific groups of Americans, but as Heritage’s research over the past two years has shown, Obamacare harms Americans—even the groups showcased by the … More

    Morning Bell: Get on the Path to a Balanced Budget

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    Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the House Budget Committee, will release his budget blueprint today in what will surely be one of the most important policy developments in Washington this year. If as expected Senate Democrats fail yet again to advance a budget for the government, then the Ryan Budget … More

    Illinois Primary Day: Economy Still Top Issue

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    It’s another day and another state in the continuing quest that is the Republican primary process as Illinois voters head to the polls. And though the scenery changes with each day — from the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of the Windy City — there is one constant in … More

    Medical Malpractice Reform: States vs. the Federal Government

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    Medical malpractice reform is needed in many different states, but an effort currently underway on this issue in Congress is misguided. Legislatures in places like Texas that passed measures intended to reform the court processes used to make claims against doctors and hospitals and to stop abusive litigation have seen … More

    Meet Pastor Gauck, the Anti-communist German President

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    Germany has elected its 11th president: Joachim Gauck (72), a Lutheran pastor and internationally renowned human rights activist. The position of President of the Federal Republic of Germany is merely ceremonial, but several German presidents have used it as a bully pulpit over the past decades. The new German president … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #29: Drowning in New Regulations

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    Some 120 regulations taking effect in the past year require enhanced accommodations for disabled individuals at 65 different types of public and private facilities—encompassing 7 million privately owned sites and 80,000 units of state and local government—including stadiums; convention centers; auditoriums; airport terminals; public parking facilities; theaters and concert halls; … More

    Review: 'The Liberty Intrigue' A Conservative Political Thriller

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    It’s not uncommon to see fictional political heroes portrayed as populist figures who stand for the people and against the establishment, fighting corruption and bucking the system in order to usher in a brighter future for the American people. What’s rare, though, is for those characters to stand for conservative … More

    Federal Watchdogs Raise IRS Security Concerns

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    Less than a month from tax day, a pair of reports from federal watchdogs raises serious concerns about the Internal Revenue Service’s handling of sensitive and confidential taxpayer information. Potential security problems reportedly stem from inadequate measures to ensure the security of digital information, and from the IRS’s failure to … More