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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    Morning Bell: Political Convention Drama Begins

    Isaac

    This week’s Republican National Convention is already experiencing its own drama thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac, which has postponed most of the events until tomorrow. But this year marks the 100th anniversary of another Republican Convention embroiled in political drama of a different nature. Unlike today’s conventions, which are little … More

    HHS Mandate "Serious" Threat to Religious Liberty (VIDEO)

    Are the concerns of religious employers about a mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) simply a matter of getting “all worked up over nothing,” a new video asks, as the Obama Administration suggests? John Stonestreet, national director of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, puts the … More

    Heritage Remembers Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)

    Neil Armstrong

    On June 13, 2008, my wife and I were driving home from a Washington party. The University of Edinburgh, my Alma Mater, had recognized the singular achievement of Neil Armstrong, and our Principal, Sir Timothy O’Shea, had conferred an honorary degree on him. Linda and I witnessed the event and … More

    Heritage Intern Wins CNN Competition to Report on Convention

    AlexAnderson

    Next week, Alex Anderson, who interned with Heritage’s Young Leaders Program this summer, will be joining two other CNN iReporters for an all-expenses-paid trip to Tampa, Florida, to cover the Republican National Convention. Anderson, who is a rising junior at Hillsdale College in broadcast journalism, was the only college student … More

    Chart of the Week: Tax Revenues Devoured by Entitlements

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    The looming unsustainability of the big three entitlement spending programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—is not inevitable, but in order to avoid the catastrophic effects of consuming every bit of tax revenue in just one generation, reform is a necessity. Take a look at Medicare, the largest portion of the projected … More

    Social Security Pays Benefits to Millionaires' Children

    Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA)

    Many aspects of Social Security date back to 1939 and reflect an America that is long gone. One of these pays Social Security benefits to minor children—even if the parents are millionaires. Case in point: the Social Security checks sent to the three younger children of Representative Pete Stark (D–CA). … More

    CBO Appears Immune to Embarrassment

    Budget-FY-2012

    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released its latest concocted quarterly estimate on President Obama’s failed stimulus. CBO’s findings are as preposterous as its 11 previous studies of the stimulus, discussed here, here, and here. The story doesn’t change, because CBO’s faulty analysis doesn’t change. Each time CBO does an … More

    Time to Restore America's Rule of Law

    Newscom

    In his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Professor David Skeel of the University of Pennsylvania Law School pointed out: No one doubts that the coming election will be the most important referendum on the size and nature of government in a generation. But another issue is nearly as important and … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Back to School Prep Is a Lifelong Project

    It’s back-to-school time, and parents are scurrying to equip their children for success. But children’s school preparation should begin much earlier than August. As numerous studies show, it should start during a child’s toddler years. Parents’ involvement with their children (both academically and otherwise) from their earliest years in life … More

    Are Spending Cuts as Harmful as Tax Increases?

    Newscom

    Wednesday’s warning by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that the fiscal cliff is likely to push the economy back into recession should bring things sharply into focus for lawmakers. The CBO is correct that the fiscal cliff will lead to a recession, but its report contains faulty economic reasoning. The … More