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  • Monthly Archives: October 2013

    Chinese Call for “De-Americanization” Is an Empty Suggestion

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    A recent editorial in the Chinese newspaper Global Times called for “de-Americanization.” Concerned with the American government shutdown and the prospect of the debt ceiling not being raised, the editorial argued that the United States is too irresponsible to be allowed to remain the dominant power. “Such alarming days when … More

    Obstacles to Peace in South Sudan

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    Even as an independent country, peace remains elusive for South Sudan. Decades of civil war, genocide, complex ethnic relations, and deep-seated distrust continue to plague its relationship with Sudan. Despite a peace agreement in 2005 that failed to adequately deliver “diversity in unity” and eventually led to the creation of … More

    $17,000,000,000,000

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    President Obama boasted last week that he had signed legislation to lift “the twin threats” to our economy of government shutdown and default. But what was done to fix the problem of growing debt that leads Washington to repeatedly raise the debt ceiling? Nothing. In fact, by Friday, the U.S. … More

    Cloakroom: October 21 – 25

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    House Cloakroom Analysis: This week, the House is expected to consider the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRDA). This bill will allow the federal government to spend taxpayer money on activities that would be more appropriately and efficiently managed by states, localities, or the private sector. Lawmakers should be allowed to offer amendments to … More

    DeMint: Washington’s Control Creates Division Among Americans

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    Freedom means that people should be able to make their own decisions, but that freedom is not achievable when government forces values upon its people, said Heritage President Jim DeMint at the Values Voter Summit. “As we cringe at what’s going on in Washington today, particularly with Obamacare, it should … More

    Dave Ramsey Says People Will Pay More for Obamacare -- It's Simple Math

    When it comes to your position on Obamacare, financial guru Dave Ramsey says political parties don’t matter—only math. “Your health insurance premiums are going to go way up,” Ramsey said on his Oct. 4 show. “They have to . . . it’s not a political statement. It’s that I know … More

    Un-Affordable Care Act: The High Cost of Obamacare for One Texas Business

    American businesses are in a holding period of uncertainty because of Obamacare. That’s the message Larry Patterson, owner of a glass-repair franchise in Dallas, delivered at The Heritage Foundation earlier this week. Speaking on a panel about rising insurance costs under Obamacare, Patterson explained how his business is facing the … More

    House Bill Would Address Obamacare’s Abortion Secrecy Clause

    Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)(Pete Marovich/ZUMApress/Newscom)

    Last week, Representative Chris Smith (R–NJ) introduced a bill that would require qualified health plans offered on Obamacare exchanges to disclose whether the plan includes coverage of elective abortion. “This is a Right to Know bill,” explained Smith. “Americans have a right to know upfront and with full transparency when … More

    Updated JCT Methodology Will Improve Scoring of Tax Bills

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    The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) finally updated the antiquated way it analyzes business taxes. The update is an important and long-overdue step that will modernize and vastly improve the way JCT scores bills and aid in the drive for tax reform. JCT plays an integral part in improving policy … More

    The Battle of Yorktown, Then and Now

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    Restaurant owner Glenn Helseth and his wife have operated the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia, for more than a decade. Since the National Park Service owns the building in which his restaurant is housed, Helseth was forced to close his restaurant following the start of the government shutdown … More