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  • Monthly Archives: July 2012

    Food Stamps: Getting Help from Mexico to Increase Government Dependency

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) just pulled the plug on its controversial outreach program to promote food stamps with “telenovelas” (soap operas), but that’s not the end of its courting of Spanish speakers. As the Daily Caller reports, the USDA and the Mexican government have been working together “to … More

    Russian Demands Are Still Not a Reason to Abandon U.S. Missile Defense

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    Continuing its longstanding opposition to U.S. missile defense,Russia has demanded to know the parameters of the proposed missile defense shield in Europe and ways to verify that the system will not target Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). According to Russia’s acting envoy to NATO, Nikolai Korchunov, creating a joint partnership … More

    Morning Bell: Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Strangling Economy

    Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, Financial Reform Bill

    Has your bank raised its fees or stopped offering free checking accounts in the last couple of years? If so, you can thank the regulatory boondoggle that is the Dodd-Frank financial law. Since its passage two years ago tomorrow, the number of large banks that offer free checking has declined … More

    What Taxmageddon Really Means for Families

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    Taxmageddon is approaching closer by the day. Much of the focus has been on the impact Taxmageddon will have on the economy. But just how will this massive tax hike impact America’s most fundamental unit of society? Families will see their taxes go up by more than $4,100—just in 2013—because … More

    Online Chat on Welfare Reform - LIVE NOW

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    Last week, the Obama administration bypassed Congress to gut the successful 1996 welfare reform law of its work requirements. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat. We are joined by Heritage’s Rachel Sheffield who is taking your questions about the success of welfare … More

    Obama Administration Rebuffs Congressional Inquiry on Legality of Gutting Welfare Reform

    Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

    Two Members of Congress demanded an official explanation from Obama’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) for its gutting of welfare work requirements—and HHS responded by saying (in many more words), “Well, years ago, some Republicans tried to do this.” Except they didn’t. Not only did Secretary Kathleen Sebelius completely … More

    China Likes American Stuff, and That's Good

    General Motors $4.3 billion loss

    China’s State Administration for Foreign Exchange is buying $1.5 billion worth of pension assets from General Motors. The assets are positions in funds held by the Carlyle Group, Blackstone, and CVC Capital. This is the latest in a surge of Chinese investment in the U.S., investment that benefits all the … More

    Energy Department Can't Locate $500,000 in Stimulus Money

    The Energy Department can’t figure out how hundreds of thousands of dollars in “green energy” stimulus money earmarked for manufacturing equipment was spent, according to a new report from the agency’s Inspector General. DOE’s IG stated in a July 2012 audit report that $500,000 of equipment bought with stimulus money to … More

    Will Nebraska Students Get to Learn About America's Founding Fathers?

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    The state capital of Nebraska is named for Abraham Lincoln. Oddly, students may have to look outside the state’s school system if they hope to learn about him, and other exceptional American leaders, in the decades ahead. A committee of 45 educators there is rewriting the state’s standards for teaching … More

    O Canada: Riding High on Greater Economic Freedom

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    A recent Canadian study examining average household wealth in Canada and the U.S. reported something quite shocking. According to the study, the average Canadian has a net worth of $363,202, compared to $319,970 for the average American. While headline writers have touted this as a vindication of socialism, the reality … More