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  • Monthly Archives: April 2012

    Common Core Math Standards Fail to Add Up

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    The push to nationalize the content taught in public schools across the country should be of great concern to state leaders. The Common Core national standards effort represents a massive federal overreach into what is taught in local schools, further removing parents from the educational decision-making process, and likely to … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: The Information Revolution Edition

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    House Cloakroom: April 23 – April 27, 2012 Analysis: This week the House will take up a proposal to increase internet security.  The bill is based on the idea that the private sector knows best how to defend its networks. As a result, it creates a clear legal avenue for … More

    Food Stamp Participation the Highest Ever...and Growing

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    The number of Americans on food stamps (or, as it is now called, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is higher than ever before, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report. Since 2007, rolls have grown by 70 percent. And participation rates are expected to increase over the … More

    Morning Bell: The Bloated Government of America

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    The General Services Administration blew through $820,000 in taxpayers’ money in a lavish ”team building” trip to Las Vegas, and President Barack Obama is “apoplectic” at the news, according to the president’s campaign advisor, David Axelrod. Obama, he says, has devoted his efforts to saving “tens of billions of dollars” in … More

    The Arizona Model: Five Questions for Former AZ Speaker Kirk Adams

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    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis described the states as “laboratories for democracy.” Policies enacted at the state level can offer insight into their likely efficacy on the federal level. Kirk Adams, the former Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, has authored legislation that pulled the state’s budget from … More

    Chart of the Week: Crony Capitalism Leads to Higher Sugar Prices

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    Sugar producers contribute only a small percentage of value to overall U.S. crop production, yet the industry continues to reap the rewards from government thanks to a significant lobbying presence and sizable campaign donations. The result is government interference in the sugar market, which dates to the 1930s Depression. American … More

    Chuck Colson's Redemption Story

    Chuck Colson, Nixon administration top official in the Watergate era

    We at Heritage were saddened to learn of the death of Christian leader, cultural commentator and former White House counselor Charles W. “Chuck” Colson. America is the land of second chances — and few men have made more of theirs than Chuck Colson did. For in addition to loving and … More

    Scribecast: Neal Boortz Reflects on Life in Talk Radio

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    Talk-radio host Neal Boortz is no fan of the nation’s capital. “The place gives me the creeps,” he said on this week’s Scribecast. Boortz, a self-described libertarian who first visited Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, said federal bureaucrats have given the city a bad reputation. “I came to know Washington … More

    President Obama's Enemies List

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    In 1971, America was introduced to President Richard Nixon’s “

    Why Won’t the Euro Crisis Just Go Away?

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    The European euro/debt/growth/banking/identity crisis is entering its third year. With so many summits, toasts, tense conference calls, and self-congratulatory pronouncements of ultimate success by Europe’s brightest lights, why won’t the crisis just go away? Instead, it is ramping up as interest rates on Spanish and Italian debt rise to critical … More