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  • Monthly Archives: June 2012

    Mirroring Political Greatness

    World War Two. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill viewing the Alemein position during his visit to the Western desert in the Middle East August 1942.

    It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day attacks of a political campaign: Which candidate is mean to dogs versus which candidate has eaten them, and so forth. But sometimes it’s worthwhile to take a step back and remember how great politicians of the past carried out their craft. … More

    Lack of Confidence in Public Schools at an All-Time High

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    Gallup has just released its annual “Confidence in American Institutions” poll, which the company has conducted since 1973. This year’s results revealed that just 29 percent of Americans have confidence in our nation’s public schools. That number has declined from 33 percent since 2008 and is down from 58 percent … More

    North Dakota's Oil Boom in Pictures

    The North Dakota Oil Boom

    The combination of energy production and job creation is potent force. It’s one reason a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House today approved the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, legislation that would increase access to America’s resources and spur job creation. With the national unemployment rate still stuck above 8 … More

    Side Effects: Under Obamacare, 29.4 Million Americans Will Change Health Plans Each Year

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    Obamacare’s massive Medicaid expansion—combined with its new system of subsidies for government-defined coverage for additional millions of Americans—will force 29.4 million Americans to move from one form of health coverage to another each year, a recent study shows. The effect, called “churning,” is the involuntary movement of individuals from one … More

    Supreme Court Upholds Workers’ Rights Not to Fund Union Politics

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    Today’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of nonunion workers in Knox v. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) significantly strengthens nonunion members’ First Amendment rights not to contribute to union political activities. California requires state employees who choose not to join a government union to nonetheless pay the union for expenses … More

    USDA Backed $7.5 Million Stimulus Loan for Convicted Financial Felon

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture guaranteed a $7.45 million loan to a company owned by a convicted financial felon as part of the president’s stimulus package. The loan guarantee, one of 515 given out by the USDA as part of the stimulus to fund rural development projects, helped David Myers … More

    That’s the (American) Spirit!

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    Even before the United States became a nation in 1776, it had thrived under the American people—a fiercely independent people whose values were distinct and whose vision was far-reaching. The American Spirit, a new book coauthored by Dr. Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, and Brian Tracy, celebrates those … More

    The Founders’ Individual Mandate?

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    Once, Obamacare’s defenders were certain the Supreme Court would uphold the individual mandate requiring every citizen to purchase health insurance. Then came the oral argument. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was unable to articulate a limiting principle to Congress’s powers. That set off a scramble to find historical precedent for the … More

    Online Chat on Taxmageddon

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    Taxmageddon is coming. Sounds like a tagline for a horrible movie, but unfortunately it is quite real. Unless congress acts, taxes will be going up for everybody. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” chat. We are joined by Heritage’s Senior Tax Policy Analyst Curtis … More

    WikiLeaks’s Assange, Ecuador’s Correa, and the Politics of Anti-Americanism

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    On June 19, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, breached his bail conditions and secretly made his way to Ecuador’s embassy in London. There he made a request for political asylum. Assange was under house arrest and facing extradition to Sweden to stand trial for charges of sexual assault reportedly committed … More