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  • Monthly Archives: April 2012

    Raising the Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Income Workers

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    Should we raise the minimum wage? The editors at Bloomberg think so. They maintain that low-wage jobs are expanding and that a minimum wage hike would boost the economy. Despite these notions, hiking the minimum wage remains a bad idea. Bloomberg first laments that low-wage jobs are becoming the norm: … More

    Of Course Higher Taxes Slow Growth

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    In The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez present a rambling defense of higher taxes on the rich to fund an engorged federal government. That they needed to throw out so many tired and errant arguments shows their entire argument is so much hot air. Of … More

    Morning Bell: What's the Senate Thinking?

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    April 29 marks the third year in which the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget — a staggering dereliction of duty, particularly given the country’s near-$16 trillion debt. But that’s not the Senate’s only blockbuster failure under the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). From spending to jobs … More

    What Young Americans Should Really Fear

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    Over the past week, President Obama has been on the road making an appeal to young Americans, offering a sales pitch on lower interest rates for their burdensome student loans. What he didn’t mention, though, is the even bigger nightmare they’ll face down the road. The president’s meme is one … More

    Is the War on Terror Over? Are Islamists Now 'Legitimate'?

    April 20, 2012 - Cairo, Egypt - Egyptian Islamist and Liberal parties march together into Tahrir Square for the first time since early in the revolution.

    There’s a bunch of good news coming from one senior official in the State Department. According to this unnamed source, “the war on terror is over,” and “people who once might have gone into al Qaeda see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.” That may be true if—and only if—you … More

    Decter, Podhoretz Receive Luce Award

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    Two political thinkers and writers who pioneered neoconservatism, Midge Decter and Norman Podhoretz, were celebrated Saturday night when The Heritage Foundation presented them with the Clare Boothe Luce Award, our highest honor for contributions to the conservative movement. Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner joined Board Chairman Thomas A. Saunders in … More

    Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Firms Struggle, But Hike Executive Pay

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    When insurance giant AIG paid lucrative bonuses to top executives after receiving federal support, President Obama asked, “How do they justify this outrage to the taxpayers who are keeping the company afloat?” But three years later, numerous green energy companies backed financially by the administration are paying out large salaries … More

    Violence Against Women Bill Fails to Address Fraud

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    The Senate is poised to consider S. 1925 this week, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Despite the law’s good intentions, more recent reauthorizations—including the bill before the Senate—are seriously flawed and veer away from the legislation’s original goals of protecting vulnerable women. As Heritage research fellow … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Justin Amash and Author Katie Pavlich at The Bloggers Briefing

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    Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) swore to support and defend the U.S. Constitution upon taking office. The founding document weighs heavily on him with each vote, and it’s the reason Amash is the only member of Congress to justify each of those votes on his popular Facebook page. He’ll speak today … More

    College (Loan) Football: The Looming Interest Rate Hike

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    Over the weekend, President Obama urged Congress to prevent a pending interest rate hike on student loans. While he argued that failure to keep interest rates low would be a “tremendous blow” to students, he failed to note that federal overreach into the industry is largely to blame in the … More