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  • Top 10 Heritage Research Papers of 2012

    As the year comes to a close, we reflect on 2012 by offering highlights of the top 10 most-read research papers by Heritage scholars.

    1) The 2012 Index of Dependence on Government
    By William Beach and Patrick Tyrrell
    February 8, 2012
    The great and calamitous fiscal trends of our time—dependence on government by an increasing portion of the American population, and soaring debt that threatens the financial integrity of the economy—worsened yet again in 2010 and 2011.

    2) Taxmageddon: Massive Tax Increase Coming in 2013
    By Curtis Dubay
    April 4, 2012
    If President Obama and Congress fail to act this year, an enormous, unprecedented tax increase will fall on American taxpayers starting on January 1, 2013.

    3) High Gas Prices: Obama’s Half-Truths vs. Reality
    By Nicolas Loris
    February 23, 2012
    Higher gas prices drive up production costs for goods reliant on transportation, and more money spent at the pump means less money spent at restaurants and movie theaters.

    4) Federal Spending by the Numbers
    By Alison Acosta Fraser
    October 16, 2012
    The federal government has closed out its fourth straight year of trillion-dollar-plus deficits, and the imperative to rein in spending has never been greater.

    5) Red Tape Rising: Obama-Era Regulation at the Three-Year Mark
    By James L. Gattuso and Diane Katz
    March 13, 2012
    During the first three years of the Obama Administration, 106 new major federal regulations added more than $46 billion per year in new costs for Americans.

    6) The Ryan Budget: Confronting the Nation’s Spending Crisis
    By Alison Acosta Fraser and Patrick Louis Knudsen
    March 21, 2012
    In the few months since Washington’s dramatic debt ceiling confrontation, America’s fiscal situation has only worsened. Federal spending is set to soar past previous record-shattering levels, endangering the economic future of the nation.

    7) Auto Bailout or UAW Bailout? Taxpayer Losses Came from Subsidizing Union Compensation
    By James Sherk and Todd Zywicki
    June 13, 2012
    The U.S. government will lose about $23 billion on the 2008-2009 bailout of General Motors and Chrysler. President Obama emphatically defends his decision to subsidize the automakers, arguing it was necessary to prevent massive job losses.

    8) Government Employees Work Less than Private-Sector Employees
    By Jason Richwine, Ph.D.
    September 11, 2012
    The stereotype of the under-worked government employee is frequently invoked in criticisms of public-sector employment. But does the average public employee really work less than the average private employee?

    9) Tax Policy Center’s Skewed Analysis of Governor Romney’s Tax Plan
    By Curtis Dubay
    September 23, 2012
    Their conclusion is the result of a series of carefully made choices. These choices, not the underlying nature of the Romney plan, cause them to arrive at their selected result. This finding is harming the debate on tax reform.

    10) Welfare Reform’s Work Requirements Cannot be Waived
    By Andrew M. Grossman
    August 8, 2012
    Under the guise of providing states greater “flexibility” in operating their welfare programs, the Obama Administration now claims the authority to weaken or waive the work requirements that are at the heart of welfare reform.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

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