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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    Will the Poor Pay for Health Care Reform?

    Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget for President Obama, responded Friday to critics of the administration’s proposal to reduce the amount of charitable contributions that high-income taxpayers can deduct. Many tax analysts, including this writer, argued that such a reduction would deplete much needed resources from … More

    Milton Friedman is Awesome

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    The Constitution is Clear: DC is a Federal City

    The Constitution of the United States of America Congress Doesn’t Have the Authority: Congress lacks the constitutional authority to simply grant the District a voting representative, as the Constitution explicitly limits such representation to states alone. Members of Congress are bound by their oath to reject proposals that violate the … More

    Morning Bell: The Oath and the District of Columbia

    The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States … No Person shall be a Representative who shall not … when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. – Article I of the … More

    Preserve the District of Columbia's Unique Constitutional Status

    The Senate is currently considering legislation that would give the District of Columbia a voting member in the House of Representatives.  The legislation is patently unconstitutional, which should end the debate at the outset.  But it is important to note that it is unconstitutional not simply because it was written that way in … More

    Unconstitutional? Who Cares? Just Let the Supreme Court Handle It

    The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee voted yesterday to send to the Senate floor unconstitutional legislation that would give the District of Columbia a full seat in the House of Representatives.   Like the nearly identical proposal that died in the Senate two years ago, the District of Columbia … More

    Lincoln’s Wish: Perpetual Peace and Friendship Between the U.S. and Britain

    As the world honors Abraham Lincoln on the 200th anniversary of his birth, it’s worth recalling one of the less well-remembered moments of his career: his letter on January 19, 1863 to “the Workingmen of Manchester,” responding to their earlier address and resolutions in support of the North. This was … More

    Lincoln’s Conservative Vision

    On February 12, 2009, The Heritage Foundation celebrates the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. Our sixteenth President was one of our history’s greatest statesmen, and continues to serve as an example of the power of conservative principles to change America for the better. Abraham Lincoln’s firm and unyielding opposition to … More

    Morning Bell: The Stealth Plan to Silence Rush

    Does President Barack Obama believe that the greatest threat to progress resides in Rush Limbaugh? Earlier this week while trying to sell his Trillion Dollar Debt Plan to Republican leaders, Obama said, “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done.” Thankfully House Republicans listened to the hundreds … More

    Remembering Richard John Neuhaus

    Today a funeral mass is being held in New York City for Father Richard John Neuhaus. Perhaps best known as the founder and editor-in-Chief of the journal First Things, Neuhaus was a prominent theologian, prolific writer, and ordained priest. Both in America and around the world, he exercised considerable influence … More