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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Conversations with Conservatives: Congressmen Weigh in on Debt Ceiling Deal (VIDEO)

    In advance of Wednesday’s vote on suspending the debt ceiling, six Republican congressmen joined The Heritage Foundation’s Bloggers Briefing to discuss conservative viewpoints on the budget deal. Not all of the congressmen who spoke were persuaded of the debt extension. Representative Justin Amash (MI) was the first to state he … More

    Obama to Lead on Climate Change, but Only Through Back Door

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    During his 2013 inaugural address, President Obama told Americans that the United States “will respond to the threat of climate change” and will take the lead for other countries to follow suit. This commitment is a willful rejection of reality. Congress has been unwilling to enact legislation to unilaterally address … More

    Obama's Radicalism Revealed

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    It’s only Day 3 and the Obama Administration already feels old and tired. Year in and year out, the President keeps saying the same things. Over and over again. By this point, we’re tempted to simply tune him out. But that would be a mistake. From the very beginning, President … More

    Phil Mickelson and His Tax Bogey

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    Professional golfer Phil Mickelson, one of California’s many but dwindling wealthy, apparently carded a bogey when he intimated over the weekend that the near 60 percent marginal tax rate on the state’s millionaires may be enough to make him flee to a lower tax burden state. In November, the state … More

    CFPB Servicing Rules Are Excessive and Unauthorized

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has imposed yet more regulation on the mortgage market, as required by the Dodd–Frank statute. The latest set of requirements and restrictions focuses on mortgage servicers, those who are hired by lenders to collect payments and manage other administrative aspects of home loans. Bureau … More

    Abortion: U.S. Taxpayers Fund It Here and Abroad

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    Roe v. Wade, which marks its 40th anniversary this week, created a host of new conflicts for life and conscience and did nothing to resolve cultural and political debates around the issue—including debates around the funding of abortion. Each year, the federal government entangles taxpayers in the abortion business, and … More

    President Reagan on Trade, Peace, and Prosperity

    President Ronald Reagan addresses the 15th Annual March for Life by telephone

    As President Obama crafts his 2013 trade agenda, he should look to the words of Ronald Reagan for inspiration: Free trade serves the cause of economic progress, and it serves the cause of world peace. When governments get too involved in trade, economic costs increase and political disputes multiply. Peace … More

    Chile's Strong Economy: A Case of Positive Policy and Freedom

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    Chile continues to lead Latin America in 2013 in both economic growth and economic freedom. These positive outcomes reflect well on the solid policy choices being implemented by the Chilean government of President Sebastián Piñera. Making it onto the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom’s list of top 10 freest countries … More

    Morning Bell: It's Time to Balance the Budget

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    Today, the House will vote on a proposal that would suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying a bit more time for the overarching budget debate. This puts off the difficult decisions that are needed to get the country’s fiscal situation in order. Heritage’s vice president for domestic and … More

    Four Questions for Hillary Clinton on Benghazi

    In testimony before the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have an opportunity to show Washington what it means to “take full responsibility” for the Benghazi disaster. At a very minimum, it should mean providing real answers. As the Obama team from the day … More