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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Will America Catch the Eurovirus?

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    In a new Backgrounder, “How Contagious Is Europe’s Economic Crisis?”, we discuss several channels through which a European crisis could be transmitted to the U.S. economy and note the key policy responses needed in the U.S. and in Europe. Current effects. The U.S. is already affected by lower demand for … More

    Chicago Teachers Union President: Teachers Want "Anything More They Can Get"

    As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike continues into its second week, 800 union delegates are preparing to vote on an agreement today. While CTU President Karen Lewis—who led the walkout on September 10—backs the speculative agreement, she admits that the delegates “very well could” vote against it and continue … More

    Dependence on Government vs. the American Dream

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    Mother Jones has opened a broad debate about the role of government in our society. In a clandestine tape recorded in May and obtained by the magazine, former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) remarked that 47 percent of taxpayers pay no federal income taxes. He notes, among other things, the increase … More

    Government Employees Work Less Than Private-Sector Employees

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    A new Heritage Foundation study shows that government employees work around three hours less per week and roughly one month less per year than private-sector workers. Substantial differences in work time persist even after controlling for occupational and skill differences between sectors. The “underworked” government employee should obviously be of … More

    Air Force Celebrates 65th Birthday

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    Today marks the 65th birthday of the United States Air Force. Since 1947, the Air Force has served the U.S. as the dominant air power in the world. With thousands of years and miles of service among the airmen and amazing successes such as the SR-71 program and the no-fly … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike Contradicts Principle of Public Service

    Students at Chicago schools are spending another day at home today, after a 700-page court filing against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was sidelined for later consideration. Teachers walked off the job soon after the school year began, frustrating Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and thousands of Chicago parents. “This continued … More

    How Academia "Observed" Constitution Day

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    On Constitution Day, all schools receiving federal funds are required to teach students about the U.S. Constitution. Some higher-education institutions fulfilled the requirement in unique ways. While some colleges were handing out pocket-sized Constitutions and holding public readings of the 225 year-old document, the University of California, Berkeley was celebrating … More

    Iran: A Strategy for the Threat Closer to Home

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    The House of Representatives will soon take floor action on a piece of legislation know as the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, aimed at protecting American citizens from Iran and defending American interests and assets in the Western Hemisphere. Introduced last March, the legislation requires the Secretary of … More

    California to Use Popular TV Shows to Market Obamacare Exchanges

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    Officials in California plan to use popular network television shows to market the state’s new health care exchange, established as part of Obamacare, according to a marketing plan drafted in June. “Individuals from California’s robust entertainment industry will be approached at the most senior levels to engage in California’s effort, … More

    Index of Dependence on Government Jumps for the Fourth Year in a Row

    The leak of a video featuring former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) has sparked debate about government dependency and the number of people in the United States who do not pay federal income tax. The Heritage Foundation has published the Index of Dependence on Government for the past 10 years, and … More