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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Morning Bell: Deadline for States to Claim Their Role in Obamacare

    Obama Forward

    Tomorrow is an important day for Obamacare. It’s the deadline for states to declare their intentions about setting up their own health insurance exchanges for residents to purchase insurance under the new regime. If a state does not set up an exchange, the federal government will come in and set … More

    Google Hangout on Right to Work in Michigan

    Michigan right to work union protest

    Join us on Friday, December 14, at noon ET for our “Lunch with Heritage” Google+ Hangout. We will be hosting a panel discussion on what right to work means for Michigan, and what it means for employers and employees. We want to hear from you. If you have questions you … More

    QE4: Another Big Step Down a Dangerous Road

    Newscom

    The Federal Reserve Board today announced the introduction of yet another hyper-aggressive monetary policy, dubbed “QE4” by some for the fourth round of quantitative easing. Three times a dud, fourth time a charm? Not likely. The Fed’s concerns for the economy are well-founded. The economy continues to struggle badly under … More

    Your Opinion Needed for the State Department

    state-department

    The State Department wants your opinion. No, not on weighty matters like the Arab Spring/Winter, relations with Russia, the state of NATO, or Chinese free-trade violations. The pressing question of the day is whether it should rename its blog DipNote. To tell the truth, the options are not exactly mind-blowing, … More

    A123: It's Not China's Government That's The Problem

    A123_batteries

    China’s largest auto-parts maker just won the bidding for A123 Systems, the bankrupted electric car battery company. It’s time to back the car up and remember where the American taxpayer started with A123. A123 received a $249 million grant as part of the 2009 stimulus. By the time it went … More

    Gov. Snyder Looks to Indiana's Right-to-Work Success

    Governor Snyder Talks with Michigan Mayors at Mayors’ Summit at Michigan Municipal League

    Automotive parts manufacturer Android Industries is headquartered in Auburn Hills, MI. But in March, when the company decided to build a new plant, it looked south – to right-to-work Indiana. Android’s Fort Wayne, IN, plant brought 66 jobs and nearly $9 million of investment to the Hoosier State. The company cited … More

    Saving Medicare: New Legislation from Retiring Congressman Herger

    Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA). (Photo: James Berglie/Zuma Press/Newscom)

    Retiring House Ways and Mean Health Care Subcommittee chairman Wally Herger (R–CA) has introduced the most complete and detailed major Medicare reform proposal in a decade. Herger leaves a rich legacy with the Save and Strengthen Medicare Act (H.R. 6645). The bill moves Medicare to a defined-contribution model with competition … More

    BioWatch Early Warning System Should Be Continued

    Statue-of-Liberty NY

    Despite serving as the U.S.’s only defense against biological weapons, the BioWatch program is on the cutting board because of high cost and a large number of “false positives.” These concerns, though real, should also be weighed against the very real threats in the world and the benefits brought by … More

    VIDEO: How Harry Reid's Power Grab Would Harm the Senate

    Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) visited The Heritage Foundation Tuesday to underscore the importance and tradition of Senate rules and warn against the blatant power grab by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to rewrite the rules using the “nuclear option.” “Really, this is a question about whether the Senate continues … More

    Fiscal Cliff: Clinton-Era Spending Levels, Anyone?

    Clinton at DNC 2012

    Many are proposing that tax rates for upper-income earners go back to their levels during the Clinton Administration. What you don’t hear is how we can return to Clinton-era spending levels. That would be a real solution to the upcoming fiscal crisis, and the President could lead the way. The … More