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    The President Thanks You For Sending Him To Hawaii For Christmas

    It would be nice to spend the holidays in Hawaii, wouldn’t it? In case you haven’t heard, President Obama and the First Family did just that — and they were spending your money. In a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the family’s trip to … More

    Larry Summers, Satirist

    One must applaud Larry Summers for his cagey satire in a Washington Post op-ed today. He lets on—subtly—that the recent resurrection of “secular stagnation” is all an elaborate spoof. Secular stagnation is an odd theory that predicts a perpetually weak economy due to low desire to invest. It contradicts both … More

    Examining North Carolina’s Falling Unemployment Rate

    On January 1, maximum unemployment insurance (UI) benefits dropped across most of America. Not in North Carolina. The Tar Heel State already ended extended UI benefits in July 2013. What happened afterward has caused considerable controversy. No one disagrees that North Carolina’s unemployment rate began rapidly falling almost immediately after … More

    Will the Federal Housing Finance Agency Forgive Borrowers’ Debts?

    Today Representative Mel Watt (D–NC) assumes his position as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which manages the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Acting director (since 2009) Ed DeMarco’s departure could mark just the beginning of several key policy shifts at the FHFA, such as … More

    The National Debt in One Picture

    Congress is beginning its new year with a budget deal that busts right through “caps” it was supposed to have on spending. At Heritage, we want to hold Congress accountable for its tax-and-spend ways, even as Members claim there’s no room to cut. A good place to start is understanding … More

    Immigration Reform: What "Step-by-Step" Should Mean

    Immigration reform may be on Congress’s agenda in 2014, and the latest hints have included some Members of Congress referring to a “step-by-step” approach. What they mean by that is crucial to whether such reforms could be a success. There are good reasons to reform the U.S. immigration system—and there … More

    More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014

    Obamacare contains 18 specific tax hikes, mandates, or penalties that cost Americans money, and three new ones take effect in 2014. This is only the beginning—watch how two of these taxes get worse in the years to come. 1. Individual Mandate Tax. The individual mandate is designed to strong-arm individuals … More

    The Top Five Reasons Congress Should Begin Reforming Social Security in 2014

    It has been 30 years since Congress last touched Social Security. Reform is urgently needed to protect the nation’s elderly and disabled from poverty and its younger generations from an increasing and economically harmful tax burden. Here are the top five signs that Congress should begin reforming Social Security in … More

    What You Need to Know About the Left's Big Issue for 2014

    Do a Google News search for “income inequality” and it will remove any doubt that this is already the political issue of 2014. The left has been gearing up for months. The liberal Center for American Progress launched a new center devoted to the subject, and President Obama has been … More

    The 5 Most Watched Videos of 2013

    This year, The Foundry produced videos on a wide variety of topics and issues. We also had a lot of fun with them. Here are the five most popular videos of the year. Obamacare: More Than a Glitch Taxpayer-funded commercials paint a rosy picture of the Affordable Care Act. But … More