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  • Dodging the Debt Limit Stampede

    Brand-new Congressmen don’t take office until January, but they’re already consumed with worry about the national debt.  They’ll be faced with a vote expected next year to raise the debt ceiling beyond its current $14.3-trillion (about $47,000 apiece for everyone in America). The current $14.3-trillion debt ceiling has almost doubled … More

    Tying the Hands of the New Congress

    The lame duck Congress wants to tie the hands of the new Congress, limiting the ability to change government as the voters insisted in November. And just like other legislation such as Obamacare, this plan is being drafted in secret, not in the open. Circulating on Capitol Hill is a … More

    Immediate Changes to Reform How Congress Works

    Changing the membership of the Congress does not fix its out-of-touch culture. Congress’ immense unpopularity reflects the need for fundamental change in how it operates.  The Heritage Foundation is proposing four immediate changes—starting at the top.  The proposals would restore more power to rank-and-file members of the House of Representatives, … More

    It’s Time to Foreclose on Big Government

    The biggest foreclosure yet may begin on November 2nd, as voters start foreclosure proceedings against big government. It’s run up more debt than we can afford to pay. The paperwork has been validated. It’s found in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, duly approved and signed by our … More

    Duck Season Opens

    As Congress vacates Washington to campaign, they promise (or threaten) to return after Election Day to clean up the mess they leave behind. As Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) told a Heritage Foundation audience, it’s unclear whether the post-election session will be lame ducks.  Or dead ducks.  Or Daffy Ducks. Nelson … More

    Sophie's Choice - and Washington's

    Would you vote to cut taxes only for the middle class, if that were your only choice? The furor over the answer from House Republican Leader John Boehner (R–OH) obscures the fact that it’s a tough question—one for which all politicians should have a response ready before it’s asked. Reporters … More

    How Obama Mis-Spent His Summer Vacation

    Since 1985, the hands-down winner for worst marketing campaign has been New Coke—the disastrous flop when Coca-Cola tried to change its flavor. After 25 years, we have a new contender—President Obama’s “Summer of Recovery” slogan of 2010. The big media splash began in June, touting that “Obama, Biden declare ‘Recovery … More

    Obama's Backdoor Amnesty Follows A Pattern of Disrespect for Our Laws

    President Barack Obama lets people break laws that he doesn’t like.  The latest example is his backdoor amnesty for thousands of illegal immigrants, as a still-fuzzy but insidious picture is emerging. Obama shows a pattern of refusing to enforce laws (or refusing to permit states like Arizona to enforce them).  … More

    Government Strangles High-Tech Growth

    The CEO of Intel has joined the ranks of those labeling big government as the cause of our economic slump, not the solution. Paul Otellini says it already costs Intel an extra billion dollars to build a microchip plant in the U.S., rather than overseas.  In his illustration, it’s an … More

    Imaginary Savings Used to Justify $26-Billion in Spending

    Using the classic Washington fib that “It’s paid for,” Congress is spending an extra $26-billion to bail out state governments (who already got the lions’ share of last year’s failed $787-billion “stimulus” bill). The House will rush back from a six-week recess to spend the money next week—an urgency that … More