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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Taxpayer-Funded Infrastructure Bank: The "Investment" Isn't Worth It

    Obama Forward

    Bad ideas never seem to die. But the proposal to create a national infrastructure bank to federally fund transportation and infrastructure projects with taxpayer dollars is one such idea that President Obama and lawmakers in the 113th Congress should put to rest. A recent Politico article noted that the departure … More

    Don’t Gut Our Military: $150 Billion in Commonsense Proposals to Prevent Sequestration

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    Unless Congress acts, March 1 will trigger a $55 billion-per-year ($43 billion in 2013, as the fiscal cliff deal delayed the cuts for two months) cut in national defense, known as sequestration, which will weaken the United States’s ability to defend itself. But this does not have to happen; Congress … More

    Morning Bell: It's School Choice Week

    Joseph Kelley said his son Rashawn

    The third annual National School Choice Week is officially underway. Once again, school choice advocates—including parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many others—will come together to promote educational choice, with more than 3,600 events taking place nationwide. School choice is something to celebrate, because it gives families the power to … More

    Filibuster Deal Harms Senate Minority

    Photo: Pete Souza

    On Thursday, the Senate approved two resolutions making both temporary and permanent procedural changes—to the detriment of the rights of the minority party as well as individual Senators on both sides of the aisle. The first resolution was in the form of a standing rule to be in place for … More

    VIDEO: Jim DeMint Appears on NBC's "Meet the Press"

    Senator Jim DeMint, President-Elect of The Heritage Foundation

    Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” today to discuss President Obama’s liberal vision for America and how conservatives must counter his radical agenda. As he did during a Saturday speech to the National Review Institute, DeMint called on conservatives to do a better job of … More

    Cloakroom: The Senate This Week

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    Senate Cloakroom: January 28 – February 1 Analysis: This week, the Senate will take up the House-passed Sandy relief bill and hold a confirmation vote on Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for the office of Secretary of State. The Sandy bill is expected the pass the Senate, although there will be … More

    Chart of the Week: Union Membership Continues to Decline

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    Union membership fell by 400,000 to the lowest level since the 1930s, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this past week. As a percentage of the work force, union workers fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent. One reason for the decline is simply that workers don’t want to join … More

    Scholars Agree: High Tax Rates Do Harm Growth

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    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) stirred controversy last year when it released a study claiming that tax rates do not influence economic growth. Predictably, those who favor higher taxes used the flimsy report to bolster their backward argument that raising tax rates, as Congress and President Obama did with the … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #38: OSHA Advances Worker Risk—and Not Much Else

    Newscom

    If the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulated its own doings in the manner it does private business, the agency’s doors would surely be shuttered. So lousy is its record of accrediting workplace safety examiners that some applicants have waited 10 years for their paperwork to be processed. It’s … More

    Presidential Speeches Quiz: Who Said It?

    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), c1865.

    Barack Obama has compared himself to many Presidents. First he ran as Abraham Lincoln reincarnated. He even appealed to the spirit of Ronald Reagan. Then he tried to govern like Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR). He campaigned for re-election as Harry Truman running against a “do-nothing” Congress. He’s been to Osawatomie, … More