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    Morning Bell: There's No Growth Here

    In the first episode of Seinfeld‘s eighth season, Jerry tries to use his broken engagement from the last episode of the seventh season to conquer the elusive “Dolores” who has rejected him multiple times in the past. But after one brief date, Dolores dumps Jerry saying, “There’s no growth here.” … More

    A Not So Free Ride

    After decades of losing millions of taxpayer dollars, the Senate finally voted this week to privatize the Senate restaurants. If only they would do the same with Amtrak. Heritage senior research fellow Ron Utt looks at this year’s Amtrak reauthorization bill: Since Amtrak’s inception in 1970, the annual business-as-usual bailout … More

    This Week in Washington: Playing Politics With the War on Terror

    Here’s a preview of what’s happening this week in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6YshohNEUM[/youtube] May was a successful month in Iraq, yet progress with the war supplemental has been slowed by the left. House leaders want to tie war funding to domestic spending, including unemployment insurance and pet pork projects. Time is running … More

    Tax-Cutting Straw Men

    A recurring theme among critics of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts is that they didn’t work to strengthen the economy. This argument was on display in an article today in the Washington Times that the data on the 2001-2007 expansion “provides no support for the claim that tax cuts … More

    Housing Bill Creates National Fingerprint Registry

    Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) authored a bill (with 11 co-sponsors, including Sen. Barack Obama) that was incorporated into a housing bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee 19-2 before the Memorial Day recess — a bill that creates a national fingerprint registry. According to a Martinez … More

    School's Out For Summer!

    The jump in unemployment from 5.0% to 5.5%, the largest jump in over 20 years, is definitely an indication of a sluggish economy. But the sky is not falling. Heritage scholars Rea Hederman, Jr. and James Sherk explain why: There are, however, two reasons why this large jump in the … More

    Spectrum and the Specter of Central Planning

    As Mark Twain might have said if he followed spectrum policy: the reports of the death of central planning in Washington have been greatly exaggerated. As early as next week, the Federal Communications Commission may vote on a plan mooted by Chairman Kevin Martin to auction off 25 MHz of … More

    Laffering All the Way to the Treasury

    The New York Sun pokes fun at the Treasury Department, which this week released two reports assessing the impact of the 2003 tax cuts: We confess we stumbled a few times in making our way through the language, which seems at times to buy into left-wing assumptions. “Capital gains income, … More

    The Farm Bill Is Not a Farm Law

    As every school child knows, to become law, Art. I, § 7 of the U.S. Constitution requires a bill to go through the formal process of bicameral passage in Congress and presentment to the President. Should the President veto the legislation, then it may become law if it is “repassed … More

    Hopefully Not A Road Less Traveled

    There is no threat to our nation’s fiscal health greater than the coming deficits from unrestrained growth in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Already Social Security and Medicare consume 7.5% of our GDP. Unless changes are made that figure will jump to 13% by 2030. Bravely stepping in to offer … More