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    HAMP: Focusing on Mortgage Relief Programs Misses the Big Picture

    The Washington Post has an article detailing the ups and downs of the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Heritage previously pointed out several flaws with HAMP, and it’s no surprise that nearly 30 percent of those who qualified for the program have re-defaulted on their mortgages. The Post … More

    The Flawed SGR Replacement Bill: A Missed Opportunity

    This Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on HR 4015, a bill that would replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)—the formula used to update Medicare payment for doctors. A Missed Opportunity By stabilizing physician payments and preventing a 24 percent payment cut, this new bill is … More

    Majority of Americans Support Sanctions on Russia

    A solid majority of Republicans and Democrats agree that imposing sanctions on Russia is a good idea, according to a recent Washington Post poll. Among the findings: “in an unheard of alignment of the far left and far right, 68 percent of liberal Democrats support sanctions, as do 69 percent … More

    Holding Aid for Ukraine Hostage

    In one of this year’s more cynical foreign policy moves, the Obama Administration is holding aid for Ukraine hostage to its longstanding goal of reducing U.S. influence at the International Monetary Fund. Yes, you read that right: Reducing U.S. influence is the Administration’s goal. Believing that the U.S. wielded too … More

    Why These Senators Talked About Climate Change All Night

    Ask most Americans these days what’s keeping them up at night, and you’re likely to hear that it’s the economy and the lack of jobs. What’s not on their minds? Well, climate change for one. But for two dozen senators, climate change was reason enough to stay up all night. … More

    The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare

    The Obama administration seems determined not to rock the boat before the midterm congressional election this fall. It’s already delayed Obamacare mandates that could cause outrage. Now it has stopped proposed Medicare changes that weren’t even part of Obamacare—and with good reason. The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ … More

    Time to Eliminate Fannie and Freddie, Not Replace Them

    Bloomberg News is reporting that Senators Tim Johnson (D–SD) and Mike Crapo (R–ID) have completed a bill that will finally eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That’s good news because the former housing government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) were deemed insolvent in 2008 and have remained under Federal conservatorship ever since. … More

    Climate Change: Greenpeace 'Dropout' Schools His Former Employer

    Patrick Moore, ecologist and former prominent Greenpeace member who helped found the organization, had some strong words regarding anthropogenic climate change in a recent testimony before the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works, Subcommittee on Oversight: There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are … More

    Congress and Obamacare: Another Escape Hatch for Members and Staff

    If Members of Congress and staff don’t like being enrolled in Obamacare, they can retire. If they qualify as retirees, Members and staff can then continue to get their health insurance coverage in the popular and successful Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the largest group health insurance program in … More

    Real Life D.C. Is Too Similar to House of Cards

    In the Netflix series “House of Cards,” a bunch of corrupt politicians collude behind closed doors, using parliamentary tricks to rule against the interests of a population they disdain. Needless to say, the show has been a resounding hit in Washington D.C., where real-life legislators have been using smoke and … More