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    The Benefits of Marriage to Low-Income Americans Aren’t Just About the Combined Paycheck

    Is splitting costs such as housing in half the only advantage marriage brings to helping eradicate poverty? Slate’s Matt Yglesias suggested that yesterday, writing, “Marriage ‘lifts’ families out of poverty not by increasing their incomes but by reducing what the federal government assumes their expenses to be. Single people often … More

    Five Economic Reforms That Are Actually Relevant to Millennials

    Good news, millennials: You don’t need to embrace socialist policies if you want to rejuvenate the economy – and your future. Rolling Stone published a piece last week purporting to promote “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should Be Fighting For.” The author, Jesse Myerson, wishes that the government would hire everyone … More

    How to Fight Poverty -- and Win

    When President Johnson launched the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 1964, he pledged “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Sadly, the half-century legacy of Johnson’s Great Society has not lived up to that noble goal. The War … More

    2014: Obamacare Puts Down Roots for the Long Haul

    Yes, Obamacare has raised premiums, caused people to lose their health coverage, raised taxes, and more. But on January 1, Obamacare started digging in for the long haul: putting down the deep roots of entitlement programs. Entitlements—like the big three of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are the biggest causes of … More

    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