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  • Monthly Archives: September 2012

    Free Checking No More: Thanks, Dodd–Frank!

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    Free checking accounts, once considered common, are becoming increasingly rare as the enormous costs of new regulations hit banks’ bottom lines. According to the just released 2012 Checking Survey by Bankrate, Inc., a publisher of financial information, only 39 percent of banks continue to offer free checking accounts, a sharp … More

    SAT Scores at Historical Low; Education Spending at Historical High

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    SAT scores among the nation’s test-takers are at a 40-year low. As The Washington Post reports: Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and … More

    Echoes of 1980

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    For those old enough to remember 1980, the current campaign can seem mighty familiar. Back then, for example, the presidency of Jimmy Carter was besieged by an ongoing recession and soaring energy costs. Carter’s reaction was to retreat to Camp David for 10 days of talks with political leaders and … More

    Romney's Tax Plan Doesn't Have to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

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    The Tax Policy Center (TPC) made headlines with its analysis of Governor Mitt Romney’s tax reform plan. The authors of the TPC report found, incorrectly as it turns out, that Romney’s plan would “necessitate” a tax increase on middle- and low-income taxpayers. Their conclusion is wrong and the report flawed … More

    Obamacare Spends More Than a Trillion in Taxpayer Dollars and Still Leaves 30 Million People Uninsured

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    On November 7, 2007, at a speech in Bettendorf, Iowa, then-candidate Obama said: Every four years politicians come before you to talk about health care. You hear the same promises. And then you see the same results. Well it’s time to end the outrage of 47 million uninsured Americans. It’s … More

    Obama at U.N. in Defense of Free Speech—Sort Of

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    Speaking at the United Nations this morning, for the first time since anti-American violence erupted in the Middle East on September 11, President Obama found his voice in defense of freedom of expression, American values, and the work of murdered U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Though two weeks too late, it … More

    Obama Has Another Jimmy Carter Moment at the U.N.

    Obama at the U.N., 9/25/12

    President Obama’s U.N. speech offered little confidence for those living in the direct firing line of an Iran, which may soon be armed with a nuclear weapon. For the people of Israel—and millions living in the Gulf states that lie in the shadow of Tehran—Obama’s address to the U.N. must … More

    Identity Security Only as Strong as the Weakest Link

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    The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a new report, “Driver’s License Security: Federal Leadership Needed to Address Remaining Vulnerabilities.” The authors note that many states have made solid progress in reducing identity fraud in their states, but there are still vulnerabilities created by cross-state license fraud. States are currently not … More

    WATCH: "Won't Back Down" Producer at The Bloggers Briefing

    The movie “Won’t Back Down“ opens this Friday with an inspiring message about education reform. At today’s Bloggers Briefing, Chip Flaherty, executive vice president and publisher at Walden Media, will talk about the film and its important message. Watch it live at noon ET on Heritage’s Livestream channel. The movie is already … More

    Iran Escalates Threats Ahead of Ahmadinejad’s United Nations Speech

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    The war of nerves between Iran and Israel continued to escalate over the weekend as a prominent Iranian officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps threatened to launch a pre-emptive attack on Israel if Tehran concluded that an Israeli attack was imminent. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of … More