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  • Monthly Archives: July 2013

    Eliminate Advanced Manufacturing and Alternative Fuel Programs

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    There are sound market ideas that address issues of high energy prices. Throwing money at corporations is not one of them. The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations released its report language on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill for 2014. While the House deserves credit for scaling back … More

    Things That Aren't Inevitable: The Farm Bill

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    Don’t you love it when the conventional wisdom gets turned on its head? What was supposed to happen in Washington a couple of weeks ago—passing the pork-laden food stamp bill known as the “farm” bill—didn’t happen. The special interests expected it to happen. Most of official Washington expected it to … More

    Russia Compliance Problem: How Obama's Policy Is Failing

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    In a recent article, Mark Schneider of the National Institute for Public Policy points out that Russia’s compliance issues with arms control treaties have worsened under Vladimir Putin. In 2007, Russia tested a multiple-warhead version of the SS-27 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) despite a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) provision … More

    Is the Supreme Court "Pro-Business"?

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    Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine, has penned an op-ed for The New York Times repeating the old saw that the U.S. Supreme Court is a “pro-business” court. Dean Chemerinsky’s fundamental misconception is on display right up front: A majority of the justices … More

    A Fourth-Generation Farmer Makes His Case for Splitting the "Farm" Bill

    Nearly a year ago, Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the unholy alliance between food stamps and agriculture policy — known in Washington as the farm bill — must come to an end. Congress failed to take that advice, … More

    Include Taiwan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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    “We do hope to [get] into TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] as early as possible,” said Mignonne Man-Jung Chan, former senior adviser to the President on Taiwan, at a recent event at The Heritage Foundation. Dr. Chan’s statement reflects the opinion of the Taiwanese government and key analysts who echo the sentiment … More

    Egypt: Fruits of the Obama Administration's Neglect

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    For a leader, neglect almost always turns out for the worse. Problems fester. Opponents are emboldened, and supporters demoralized. Aimlessness begets powerlessness, as changing positions confuse and bewilder. Then, after all is said and done, the very thing you most earnestly wanted to avoid comes to pass anyway, only now … More

    7 Ugly Truths About the House Farm Bill

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    The recently defeated House farm bill was fundamentally flawed. The House can now fix these flaws by going back to the drawing board and developing real reforms. To adopt necessary reforms, the House needs to separate food stamps from the farm programs and consider each on its own merit in … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare’s Dirty Dozen Implementation Failures

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    Last week, the Obama Administration attempted to spin its announcement of a one-year delay in Obamacare’s employer mandate as an effort to implement the law “in a careful, thoughtful manner.” Don’t be fooled. Even Democrats have admitted the law has turned into a massive “train wreck,” with delays, glitches, and … More

    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore: Internet Sales Tax Hurts Small Businesses

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    The misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), commonly called the Internet sales tax, recently passed the Senate and awaits action in the House. If it becomes law, it would force online retailers to collect sales taxes from residents in states in which the businesses have no attachment. It would overturn the … More