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    Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty

    As a Senator, Barack Obama was right—there are serious disadvantages to being raised without a father. “We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools, and 20 … More

    Chart of the Week: This Farm Bill 56 Percent More Costly Than Last

    The House is expected to take up its farm bill this week. As it does, legislators should bear in mind the excessive costs of the bill. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected the last farm bill, in 2008, to cost $604 billion. The new House farm bill is projected to … More

    Chart of the Week: The States That Have Expanded Medicaid

    Expanding Medicaid will be costly for most states. The authors of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare) threatened to strip all federal funding for states’ Medicaid programs if they refused to expand the entitlement. But 27 states filed suit over Obamacare and the Supreme Court struck … More

    Chart of the Week: The Impact of an Aging America

    Sequestration has taken effect, and yet government spending continues growing. Sequestration’s 2.4 percent reductions are not enough to fix Washington’s spending and debt problem because they do nothing to reform entitlement programs, whose costs will grow rapidly with America’s aging population. As more Americans age and retire, more Americans will … More

    Chart of the Week: Sequestration Cuts 2.4 Percent out of Total Spending

    Federal spending will explode from $3.6 trillion to $6 trillion over the next 10 years, but the much-maligned sequester will cut only 2.4 percent of this spending. Sequestration represents a relatively small cut in projected spending. So why are so many in Washington wringing their hands over a two-and-a-half percent … More

    Chart of the Week: High Public Debt Damages Economic Growth

    When President Obama says he wants “a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth,” he means more government spending. This is why his State of the Union provided a laundry list of new government initiatives that will require new government spending. As Heritage expert Romina Boccia demonstrates … More

    Chart of the Week: Union Membership Continues to Decline

    Union membership fell by 400,000 to the lowest level since the 1930s, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced this past week. As a percentage of the work force, union workers fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent. One reason for the decline is simply that workers don’t want to join … More

    Chart of the Week: Each American's Share of Debt Is Skyrocketing

    As the nation pushes into another debt ceiling debate, an AP-GfK poll released last week found that 39 percent of Americans think any debt ceiling increase should come with a serious plan to reduce spending. Another 21 percent believe that the ceiling should not be raised at all. The poll … More

    Chart of the Week: Government Spending Drives Debt Limit Higher

    Even though Congress and President Obama reached a fiscal cliff deal, the fallout will continue to be felt by individuals, investors, married couples, and small businesses earning $400,000 and above (for couples, $450,000 and above). And that does not include the impact on all workers hit by the payroll tax … More

    Chart of the Week: Cut Spending to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff

    The Heritage Foundation has updated its Saving the American Dream plan as the nation moves inexorably towards the fiscal cliff set to hit at the beginning of 2013. From Amy Payne’s Morning Bell: To meet this challenge, Heritage Foundation experts updated our Saving the American Dream plan to address the … More