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  • Monthly Archives: May 2013

    Congressional Budget Office Looks at a Carbon Tax

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    The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released its report on the impact of a carbon tax. (Disclaimer: I provided comments to the CBO on a draft of the report, earlier this year.) The economic parts were pretty sensible and conclude that (be sure you are sitting down)—there are no free … More

    U.S. Broadcasting Affected by Obama Administration Culture of Intimidation

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    The Obama Administration’s “culture of intimidation,” as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) has called it, has affected the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). In a power grab that is as outrageous as it is brazen, the Obama Administration is proposing to replace the only remaining Republican and one of … More

    Brutal Murder in London Highlights Dangers Faced by Military Personnel

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    In a brutal murder committed on the streets near the Royal Artillery Barracks in South London, a British soldier became the latest victim of an act that Prime Minister David Cameron described as having “strong indications” that it was linked to terrorism. Two men were shot and wounded by London … More

    Immigration Reform in One Infographic

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    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill on Tuesday. It will go to the Senate floor after the Memorial Day recess. Heritage has pointed out the problems with this “comprehensive” approach — including the staggering costs of amnesty and a failure to secure the border. SHARE … More

    Social Security Benefits and Cost of Living: Protecting Against Inflation

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    Adopting the chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) in Social Security to more accurately account for changes in the cost of living is a small first step toward fixing a broken program that is currently accelerating its own demise by paying excess benefits. Fifty-seven million Americans receive Social Security benefits, and … More

    Cost of Illegal Immigration and Amnesty Could Be Higher

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    American taxpayers cannot afford the cost of amnesty. The cost of illegal immigration and amnesty could amount to $6.3 trillion, which would fall on American taxpayers over the long term, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis. As Heritage showed, the majority of illegal immigrants receiving amnesty would receive far more … More

    House Appropriations Plan Delivers Sequestration Cuts and Protects Defense

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    In a refreshing break from tradition, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $967 billion discretionary spending plan that would stay within the fiscal year 2014 sequestration spending levels. The measure would protect defense from further cuts and instead deliver the total savings through reductions to domestic discretionary programs. It was … More

    Conversations with Conservatives on IRS, Debt Limit, Immigration (VIDEO)

    Have a question about the debt ceiling, Benghazi, or the IRS? Get the inside scoop from the champions of conservatism in the House of Representatives. This month’s meeting of Conversations with Conservatives will take place Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. It will be streamed live online. Viewers may  participate in the conversation on Twitter (tweet … More

    Morning Bell: What Did Apple Do Wrong?

    Members of Congress called Apple executives to testify on Capitol Hill yesterday. Why? Because the company makes money overseas, and some Senators want to get their hands on the cash. A Senate subcommittee accused the company of “shifting” profits from the U.S. to other countries and avoiding paying taxes. But … More

    Big Hospitals’ Obamacare Deal Betrays Seniors and the Poor

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    A backroom deal made during the writing of Obamacare will harm seniors and the poor, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). During their closed-room dealings with the Obama Administration, the hospital industry’s lobbyists agreed to support Obamacare—provided that the law placed restrictions on physician-owned “specialty” hospitals, noted WSJ. These … More