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  • Private Sector Labor Market Far From Recovery

    Heritage analysts Rea Hederman and James Sherk write about the June Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) employment reportr: “(BLS) announced that net employment increased by 431,000 in May, and that the unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent from 9.9 percent. While this appears to be good news, 411,000 of those … More

    Morning Bell: The Jobless Obama Recovery

    This Wednesday in Pittsburgh, President Barack Obama defended his administration’s economic policies telling the audience at Carnegie Mellon University: “Now, I’ve never believed that government has all the answers. Government cannot and should not replace businesses as the true engine of growth and job creation.” But that is exactly what … More

    Video of the Week: NJ Gov. Chris Christie on School Choice

    Last month, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) gave the keynote address to the American Federation for Children Policy Summit in Washington, DC. You can see his whole speech here and you can read about the studies Christie mentions demonstrating that school choice programs work, here.

    Government Unions vs Taxpayers

    CATO’s Dan Mitchell has a new Center for Freedom and Prosperity video out titled “Bureaucrats vs. Taxpayers” on how “government workers have now become a cosseted elite, with generous pay, extravagant benefits, lavish pensions, and ironclad job security. In exchange for this privileged status, they reward the politicians with millions … More

    A Tale of Two Labor Laws

    The Washington Post editorialized yesterday: Montgomery County has just completed a nightmarish budget year. Stressed, squabbling and besieged elected officials savaged services and programs and jacked up taxes to eliminate an eye-popping deficit of almost $1 billion in a $4.3 billion spending plan. Meanwhile, across the Potomac River in Fairfax … More

    Outside the Beltway: Head Start Fraud

    Head Start, which provides child development services primarily to low-income families and their children, is one of the few popular programs that came out of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. But following up on hotline tips alleging fraud and abuse, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) began an undercover investigation of … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare's True Costs Coming to Light

    Remember how President Barack Obama promised that his health care plan would reduce the deficit and put us on a path towards fiscal responsibility? Remember how Congress kept gaming the system to come up with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score that could justify those claims? Well, now that Obamacare … More

    Morning Bell: Time to Change Course in the Middle East

    Early Monday morning in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, helicopters lowered Israeli Commandos onto a Turkish-flagged ferry carrying 600 passengers determined to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Beset by activists armed with poles, knives and guns, the Israelis defended themselves, and the resulting violence left at least nine … More

    Morning Bell: Happy Memorial Day

    In honor of those who lost their lives while serving our country, we would like to share with you President Ronald Reagan’s 1986 Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery: Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have … More

    In Their Own Words: CBO Admits Obamacare Unsustainable

    This Wednesday CBO Director Doug Elmendorf gave a slide presentation on Capitol Hill titled: Health Costs and the Federal Budget. Elemendorf’s very first slide reads: Rising health costs will put tremendous pressure on the federal budget during the next few decades and beyond. In CBO’s judgment, the health legislation enacted … More