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  • Monthly Archives: April 2012

    Virginia Protects Adoption Agencies’ Religious Liberty

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    Virginians witnessed an important victory for religious liberty last week. On Monday, Governor Bob McDonnell (R) signed legislation that affirms the conscience rights of the state’s religiously affiliated adoption agencies. The new law protects private adoption agencies from being forced “to perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer, or participate … More

    Arizona v. United States: Showdown in the Supreme Court

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    For the second year in a row, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an immigration case out of the State of Arizona.  And for the second time is as many years, the Obama administration has sued the State of Arizona in the hopes of stopping its state law aimed at … More

    Top 10 Most Expensive Obamacare Taxes and Fees

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    Yesterday was tax day, serving as a special reminder of how big the federal government has become. As Heritage has warned before, Obamacare is on track to makes things a lot worse. The President’s health law will be partially paid for by tax increases and the creation of new taxes. … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's New Gas Price Scapegoat

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    High gas prices are not a president’s friend, especially in an election year, so it’s not surprising that President Barack Obama is trying his darndest to shift the blame for record-high fuel prices onto something other than his failed energy policies. Yesterday he made a desperate attempt to distract from … More

    The Obama Oil Embargo

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    From canceling oil leases in his second week in office to denying the XL Pipeline this year President Obama and his administration have offered up a non-stop assault on affordable energy.  Now that high gasoline prices have come home to roost, the president is flailing around for an energy policy. … More

    New Research Confirms that Spending Cuts Stimulate the Economy

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    New research suggests that legislators should cut spending and enact growth-inducing policies. The reasoning? According to the study, spending cuts can positively affect economic growth and are the only historically reliable way to lower deficits and debt. The authors of the study, Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi, write that “spending-based … More

    EXPANDing to a Market Driven Energy Policy

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    Typically, comprehensive pieces of energy legislation expand the government’s authority over the energy economy rather than minimize it. The 2005 and 2007 energy bills are good examples, and probably the most expansive was the failed cap-and-trade in 2009. And most recently the House-proposed water and energy appropriations bill continues to … More

    In Pictures: What Costs More? Life or Taxes?

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    As the saying goes, there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Given that fact, it’s worth taking a look at how much it costs to live and how much it costs to pay taxes, especially on this Tax Day. The Republican Study Committee has pulled together a … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #30: FTC Sticks It to Appliance Makers

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    The Dodd–Frank financial strangulation statute transferred a portion of the duties once performed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That’s left the FTC to tap its $292 million budget and 1,176 full-time employees for devising stricter regulation of…appliance labels. Specifically, the agency intends … More

    Why Bush Isn’t Responsible for Today’s Debt Crisis

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    We get it, the last thing President Obama wants is to be blamed for is the nation’s growing debt—or anything else, actually. But the statute of limitations on blaming President George W. Bush for everything—anything—must have run out by now.  On the debt in particular, it’s sort of a hard … More