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    Cruz Blasts Obama's Use of Executive Orders

    During last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama stated that he would try to work with Congress, but would go around lawmakers if he needed to. It was a constant theme of his speech, mentioning it several times throughout the night, such as when he said: We’ll … More

    Q&A: What Is This “myRA” Retirement Account Obama Announced?

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced a new type of retirement savings account he wanted the Treasury to create. He signed the executive order today. We asked Romina Boccia, Heritage’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, what this is all about. — Amy Payne … More

    The False Promise of Federal Job Training

    Last night, President Obama, in his State of the Union speech, called for “an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more … More

    The Four Things Mike Lee Blames for Creating 'Real Inequality'

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) responded to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, and gave the American people his definition of “real inequality.” According to Lee, the inequality crisis can be divided into three areas: immobility among the poor, who are trapped by big-government programs; insecurity in the … More

    Indiana Farmer-Turned-Congressman on Farm Bill: 'More Business as Usual'

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted 251-166 this morning to pass the nearly $1 trillion farm bill. Representative Marlin Stutzman, a fourth-generation farmer who represents the 3rd District of Indiana, shared his reaction to the news: This farm bill is just more business as usual in Washington. Last summer, the … More

    How Obamanomics Promotes Inequality

    The great Obama contradiction on the economy is this: he takes credit for the improved economy, but openly admits that in this recovery almost all of the gains have gone to the very rich. Here is the disturbing passage from Obama’s State of the Union speech that I refer to: … More

    The President Won't Be Needing You

    President Obama says this is a “year of action”—and last night he made it very clear whose action he was talking about. After noting recently that he has a pen and a phone and can use those to make changes without the help of Congress, Obama charged forward with promises … More

    Heritage Experts Analyze President Obama's State of the Union Speech

    We’ll be updating this page with live takes from The Heritage Foundation’s experts on the State of the Union speech throughout the night. – Katrina Trinko Corporate Tax Reform Needed But Not the Tax Hike Let the Market Promote Energy Efficiency Obama Is The Anti-Opportunity President President Obama and Federal … More

    The 2014 State of the Union and Policies for Economic Growth

    Tonight President Obama will stand before Congress to take stock of where we’ve been as a nation and where he envisions America going. After five and a half years of a technically recovering economy, many Americans have yet to see any evidence of economic health. If history serves as a … More

    Want to Help the Poor? Repeal Ethanol Mandate, Don’t Raise Minimum Wage

    Many Senators propose raising the minimum wage to reduce poverty. However, minimum-wage increases have no statistically significant effect on poverty rates. Few of the workers who would get raises come from poor families. Worse, higher minimum wages discourage hiring and reduce access to entry-level jobs. Congress should look to effective … More