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  • Monthly Archives: February 2013

    Senate Deserves Answers on Hagel

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    A multitude of questions loom over former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) nomination process. It is now up to the Obama Administration to ensure that Senators get the answers comprehensively and not in drips and drabs. For one thing, Hagel’s performance during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee … More

    Chart of the Week: High Public Debt Damages Economic Growth


    When President Obama says he wants “a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth,” he means more government spending. This is why his State of the Union provided a laundry list of new government initiatives that will require new government spending. As Heritage expert Romina Boccia demonstrates … More

    Head Start: Reporters Need to Ask the White House the Obvious Question


    A rigorous and large-scale experimental evaluation, conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that the federal Head Start program has essentially no lasting cognitive or behavioral benefits. The results clearly call into question the federal government’s $8 billion per year commitment to the program. Far from … More

    Declining Economic Freedom and Growing Statism: The BRICs Are Hitting the Wall


    Economist Nouriel Roubini warned late last month at the World Economic Forum that economic growth in the so-called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) is at risk: Their past successes were “hyped up,” and the futures of the BRICs are at risk due to rising statism. This rising risk … More

    Burma Policy: Hope and Caution

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    “My advice to the U.S. government: Go slow and retain as much leverage as you can,” said Amnesty International’s Frank Jannuzi when speaking at a recent Heritage event on reform in Burma. Hosted by Walter Lohman, director of Heritage’s Asian Studies Center, the discussion also featured Thomas Malanowski of Human … More

    Strengthening Marriage Through Public Policy

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    As National Marriage Week concludes, citizens should consider the role policy plays in rebuilding a culture of marriage in America. The institution of marriage plays a unique and important role in orienting men and women into a lifelong commitment to one another and any children they might have. Marriage not … More

    Hard to Justify Across-the-Board Federal Pay Raises

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    The House just voted on a proposal to extend President Obama’s (misnamed) “federal pay freeze” for another year. While Congress has better ways of reducing excessive federal compensation, this approach beats handing out an across-the-board raise. Americans should not have to take a vow of poverty to work in government, … More

    Why the Hagel Nomination Is in Limbo

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    The Senate’s vote on Thursday for former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense failed by two votes to achieve a 60-vote majority in favor of cloture. White House spokesman Jay Carney blew a gasket, calling the Senate action on the Hagel nomination “unconscionable.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid … More

    Senator Sessions Makes Case for Freeing People from Welfare

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    “No longer can we measure compassion by how much we spend on poverty but how many people we help to lift out of poverty,” says Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL). Since the War on Poverty began back in the 1960s, the federal government has spent nearly $20 trillion (adjusting for inflation) … More

    Why Does Iran Endorse Chuck Hagel?

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    Just how diplomatic would former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) be as Secretary of Defense? The fact that Iran backs Hagel’s nomination should give Senators pause. Hagel has called repeatedly for better relations with Iran, the worst state sponsor of terrorism in history. In several past speeches (some not provided to … More