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Top 10 Heritage Research Papers of 2012
Posted By Todd Thurman On December 27, 2012 @ 8:02 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
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.
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URLs in this post:
 The 2012 Index of Dependence on Government: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/02/2012-index-of-dependence-on-government
 Taxmageddon: Massive Tax Increase Coming in 2013: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/04/taxmageddon-massive-tax-increase-coming-in-2013
 High Gas Prices: Obama’s Half-Truths vs. Reality: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/02/gas-prices-5-half-truths-about-rising-gasoline-prices
 Federal Spending by the Numbers: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/10/federal-spending-by-the-numbers-2012
 Red Tape Rising: Obama-Era Regulation at the Three-Year Mark: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/03/red-tape-rising-obama-era-regulation-at-the-three-year-mark
 The Ryan Budget: Confronting the Nation’s Spending Crisis: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/03/ryans-budget-confronting-the-nations-government-spending-crisis
 Auto Bailout or UAW Bailout? Taxpayer Losses Came from Subsidizing Union: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/06/auto-bailout-or-uaw-bailout-taxpayer-losses-came-from-subsidizing-union-compensation
 Government Employees Work Less than Private-Sector Employees: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/09/government-employees-work-less-than-private-sector-employees
 Tax Policy Center’s Skewed Analysis of Governor Romney’s Tax Plan: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/09/tax-policy-centers-skewed-analysis-of-governor-romneys-tax-plan
 Welfare Reform’s Work Requirements Cannot be Waived: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/08/welfare-reforms-work-requirements-cannot-be-waived
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