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  • Monthly Archives: November 2012

    Fiscal Cliff: Will Obama Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road on Entitlements?

    Even with the President’s desired tax hikes, publicly held debt would rise by $7.7 trillion in 10 years under the President’s budget. That’s right: Our federal debt would continue growing even if the President gets his way completely in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Until the debate focuses on reining in … More

    Morning Bell: 6 Fixes to America's Fiscal Crisis

    President Obama with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    President Obama made his first offer to congressional Republicans yesterday in negotiations over the “fiscal cliff”—an economic catastrophe of tax hikes just a few weeks away. The White House’s proposal? $1.6 trillion in tax increases, $50 billion in new stimulus spending, and a change that would make it easier to … More

    Lesson for Warren Buffett: British Millionaires' Response to Tax Increases

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    As the fiscal cliff approaches, Congress and President Obama continue to debate tax increases, even though spending is the problem. Investor Warren Buffett recently opined that tax hikes on the wealthy would not curtail investments or hurt the economy. His logic, like President Obama’s, assumes that incentives don’t matter. Oh … More

    Implications of the U.N. Decision to Upgrade Palestinian Status in the General Assembly

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    The Palestinian Authority, which has been pushing to be recognized as a state in the United Nations, has won a symbolic victory—an upgrade of its status. Despite the fact that the Palestinian push for unilateral statehood violates all existing internationally agreed frameworks for negotiating a peace between Israel and the … More

    Lunch with Heritage Google+ Hangout on the Fiscal Cliff

    While we are poised on the edge of a “fiscal cliff,” there are things the President and Congress can do to move us away from it. We will be hosting a Google+ Hangout live on our Google+ Page and here on The Foundry on Friday, November 30, at noon ET … More

    Prevention of Airline Carbon Taxes Should Be a Model for Carbon Regulations

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    President Obama recently signed legislation that prevents the European Union (EU) from taxing U.S. airline emissions for planes that travel to and from EU countries. Although the EU announced it would delay the tax from its broader cap-and-trade-like system for a year, the new law protects U.S. airlines from the … More

    The Health of Tyrants Chavez and Castro Worries Venezuela and Cuba

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias (C) posing with Cuban former President Fidel Castro (L) and his brother and current President of Cuba, Raul Castro, on June 17, 2011. AFP PHOTO/www.cubadebate.cu

    Just weeks after his October presidential electoral victory, Hugo Chavez is returning to Cuba for unspecified cancer treatment. The brief announcement of his return appears to contradict Chavez’s campaign reassurances that he had conquered cancer. Prior to the October 7 elections, Chavez, president since 1999, did all in his power … More

    Foreign Aid: Europe's Mistakes Should Be a Lesson for the U.S.

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    The European Union (EU) has hit a new low in its rule of law initiative to Kosovo, according to a recent report by the European Court of Auditors. With foreign aid and development programs as Europe’s main tools for foreign affairs, this new report confirms concerns that Europe’s approach to … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Teens Need Parental Involvement, Not “Emergency Contraception”

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    A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some parents and physicians concerned—and rightly so. The statement recommends that pediatricians counsel adolescent patients on some of the most commonly used forms of “emergency contraception” in the U.S., specifically recommending that all teenagers receive counseling and advance … More

    Liberal Stealth Groups Paved Obama Win

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    More than 4 million people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 did not vote this year. But by applying new voter science, Obama nudged enough replacements in key states — many who were rare or first-time voters — to give him his margin of victory (leveraged even larger by … More