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    Social Security COLA: How to Improve Accuracy and Stop Excess Spending

    Time for some simple math: Which poll will more accurately determine the effect of a change on a whole group—one that surveys three of 10 people, or one that surveys nine of 10? While this may seem like an easy question, the Social Security Administration (SSA) currently receives a failing … More

    3 Trillion Reasons Not to Raise Taxes Again

    Do you know how much President Obama has raised taxes? Oh, by about $3 trillion. In a new paper, Heritage expert Curtis Dubay reminds us: President Obama has already raised taxes substantially twice—first as part of Obamacare and then as part of the “fiscal cliff” deal earlier this year. Together, … More

    Obama Agriculture Cuts Nearly Three Times More Than House and Senate Bills

    The “farm bill” affects all Americans, not just farmers. After all, everyone eats and wants affordable food to feed their families. Yet as is typical, the House and Senate generally ignore the needs of consumers who buy food and the taxpayers who pay the subsidies that are transferred to wealthy … More

    Michigan Union Threatens Teachers’ Credit Scores

    Most people expect unions to protect workers, not attack their credit ratings. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) does not share these expectations. The union has threatened to damage the credit ratings of teachers who opt out of union dues. Michigan recently became a right-to-work state, meaning workers in Michigan no … More

    Farm Bills Would Cost More Than Obama Stimulus

    The House and Senate are considering farm bill legislation this week whose costs should raise red flags for all Americans. In fact, the House and Senate versions of the bill would cost far more than the Obama stimulus package. The costs are just one example of how the farm bill … More

    The Story on November’s Food Stamps “Cuts”

    The latest buzz about food stamps is that benefit amounts will be “cut” beginning November 1. But what is this “cut”? Basically, it’s the benefit amount returning to the level it would have otherwise been if not for the 2009 stimulus. In 2009, President Obama’s stimulus package temporarily pumped extra … More

    JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Moves Forward

    The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, passed in April 2012 with huge bipartisan majorities, was designed to substantially reduce the regulatory burden on entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital to start and grow their businesses. But now some in Washington are trying to reverse its momentum. Title III of the … More

    Look Closer: Tax Increases, Not Spending Cuts, Are the Harmful Austerity

    Proponents of government spending want to use the recent history of Europe as evidence that spending cuts are harmful, but their arguments lose traction when one looks closely at the data. One example comes from Paul Krugman, who used the International Monetary Fund’s Fiscal Monitor data to argue that “austerity … More

    Americans Overwhelmingly Support Separating Food Stamps from Farm Programs

    As Heritage has frequently written, food stamps must be separated from agriculture policy to achieve real farm bill reform. These programs should be analyzed and debated on their own merits. A recent survey shows that Americans agree. In the recent monthly Food Demand Survey, conducted by Oklahoma State University, the … More

    How Obamacare Hurts You If You're Looking for a Job

    America is hurting for jobs. And if you’re looking for one, here’s how Obamacare is hurting you. Obamacare is keeping businesses from hiring. We already knew that many employers plan to cut workers’ hours to stay under the threshold of Obamacare mandates. This makes full-time jobs—much less full-time jobs with … More