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  • Monthly Archives: February 2013

    Cutting Federal Waste: Not a Silver Bullet, but Still Important

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    President Obama’s State of the Union Address tomorrow evening provides him with a chance to explain how he would put the country on a path to a balanced budget. He should talk about entitlement program reforms and meaningful discretionary spending cuts, but he should also target the low-hanging fruit of … More

    Cloakroom: February 11 – February 15

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    House Cloakroom Analysis: The House has a light week planned. The only notable legislation on the floor will be a bill to prevent a planned pay increase for federal employees for this year. Major Floor Action: HR 273 – To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for federal employees Major … More

    U.S.–China Trade: Don’t Let the Numbers Fool You

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    The numbers for America’s trade in 2012 came out on Friday and, as usual, China is prominent. America’s goods trade deficit with China broke the $300 billion barrier, rising almost 7 percent from 2011 to $315 billion. Also, China was said to have passed the U.S. as the largest trading … More

    Obama Jobs Council Disbanded - Despite Economy, Jobs as Top Priority for Americans

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    President Obama has allowed his jobs council to expire - even though “strengthening [the] economy” and “improving [the] job situation” continue to be top priorities for the American people, according to the Pew Research Center. This action fits with the President’s pattern of ignoring job-creating recommendations that don’t align with his views. … More

    Wall Street Journal Profiles Heritage Scholar Hans von Spakovsky

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    A stalwart advocate of election integrity and a formidable opponent of those seeking to subvert our nation’s electoral process, Hans von Spakovsky sat down with The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto to share his experiences fighting to protect every citizen’s right to vote. In his capacity as a senior legal … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers: Regulatory Purgatory

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    No Child Left Behind (NCLB) may be regulatory hell for school leaders—as a reported 7 million man hours of paperwork each year to comply suggests—but “regulatory purgatory” through a strings-attached waiver process is hardly better. That’s how Senator Pat Roberts (R–KS) referred to the Obama Administration’s strings-attached waiver process in … More

    Why Federal Transit Hasn’t Lived Up to Its Promises

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    Next City, the nonprofit organization that produced this recent Super Bowl commercial parody, and other transit advocates claim that trains, buses, and even trolleys provide practical ways for people to travel between home and work, and places like church and the store. They say transit is affordable and helps the … More

    Morning Bell: Get the Federal Government Out of the Natural Gas Business

    In North Dakota, people have jobs. That state led the nation in job creation last year, and its unemployment rate is only 3.2 percent (compared to the national rate of 7.9 percent). Why? One word: energy. As Nicolas Loris, Heritage’s Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow, writes in a forthcoming paper: … More

    Catholic Bishops Recognize Failures in Obama Admin's "Accommodation"

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    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement Thursday expressing concern with the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent proposed update to the anti-conscience mandate in Obamacare. As Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, explained: [The proposal] appears to offer second-class status to our first-class … More

    Free Trade Twist: China No Longer Cheapest Labor

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    As wages in China rise with economic growth, some companies are beginning to look elsewhere for what was once China’s selling point: cheap labor. It just highlights the power that free trade provides—growing economies and raising living standards. Consider that wages in China are five times greater than they were … More