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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Morning Bell: Obama Doesn't Just Gut Welfare Reform, He Turns It Upside Down

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    The controversy over the Obama Administration’s gutting of welfare reform continues to grow. Two new government reports show the move’s illegality and effects on taxpayers. And the House of Representatives is set to vote today to approve or disapprove Health and Human Services’ (HHS) rewriting of the 1996 law. Yesterday, … More

    Fighting the Real Threats to the American Dream

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    George Bernard Shaw supposedly said that England and America were “two nations divided by a common language.” A similar problem applies to progressives and conservatives today. Both the left and the right talk about rebuilding, saving, restoring, defending, or rescuing an American Dream that is said to be slipping, fading, … More

    The Jones Act vs. Affordable Energy

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    The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted another Washington regulation that is holding back the economy. But this one can’t be blamed on President Obama, because it was enacted over 90 years ago. The protectionist Jones Act requires shippers transporting goods between two points in the United States to use vessels … More

    The Right Rhetoric: Free Trade Leads to Jobs and Growth

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    A new article published yesterday in The Wall Street Journal, featuring new research by The Heritage Foundation, tries to slice through the rhetoric on trade policy during a week when the Obama Administration announced a new trade suit against China. The article reaffirms the basic benefits that free trade brings … More

    Armed Services Committee to Question Administration on Sequestration Report

    This Thursday, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will hold a hearing on sequestration’s impact on defense and national security in light of the Sequestration Transparency Act Report, which the White House released on September 14. The report unfortunately brings very little insight to the impacts of sequestration on U.S. … More

    Washington Post Gives Bill Clinton Two "Pinocchios" in Welfare Fact Check

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    When Bill Clinton is awarded two out of four “Pinocchios” for legitimatizing President Obama’s gutting of welfare’s work requirements as a pro-work move, maybe there’s hope yet for the occasional fact-based assessment of a policy debate from the mainstream media. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler finds that the former President … More

    Union Strong-Arming Rewarded in Chicago

    The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has ended its seven-day strike, agreeing to a contract negotiated by the union and the school district. At the expense of 350,000 children and taxpayers throughout the state, the union has won big. The union secured a 3 percent salary increase in the first year, … More

    Food Stamp Participation Doubled Among Able-Bodied Adults After Obama Suspended Work Requirement

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    A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms that food stamp participation doubled among able-bodied adults after the Obama Administration suspended the program’s work requirements. As Heritage’s Kiki Bradley notes: The welfare reform of 1996 requires that after three months on food stamps, recipients be engaged in some … More

    "Atlas Shrugged: Part II" Celebrates Free Market, Smaller Government

    With mounting concern over America’s welfare state and growing dependence on government, the producers of “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” hope the timing of their movie brings clarity to the debate. It makes its big-screen debut on Oct. 12, less than a month before Election Day. At the Heritage’s Bloggers Briefing yesterday, … More

    Obama: Don’t Worry About $16 Trillion Debt

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    Last night on the CBS Late Show with David Letterman, President Obama suggested that “we don’t have to worry about [the debt] short term.” Excuse me? On September 4, the U.S. national debt hit the $16 trillion mark. We now owe more on the national debt than the entire U.S. … More