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    Where Did Your Tax Money Go?

    It’s pretty unreal when you see it. Your 2013 tax dollars—which are due today—went primarily to pay for government benefits. Major entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) gobbled up 49 percent, while more federal benefits took another 20 percent. These additional “income security” benefits include federal employee retirement and disability, … More

    If Only a Snow Shovel Could Dig Us Out of This

    Thanks to Congress, the U.S. now doesn’t have a debt limit for the next year. Let two Heritage experts put this into perspective. “President Obama, after less than five years in office, has already increased the debt limit by more than any other president in U.S. history, including President George … 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

    North Dakota's Oil Boom in Pictures

    The combination of energy production and job creation is potent force. It’s one reason a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House today approved the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, legislation that would increase access to America’s resources and spur job creation. With the national unemployment rate still stuck above 8 … More

    Chart of the Week: Crony Capitalism Leads to Higher Sugar Prices

    Sugar producers contribute only a small percentage of value to overall U.S. crop production, yet the industry continues to reap the rewards from government thanks to a significant lobbying presence and sizable campaign donations. The result is government interference in the sugar market, which dates to the 1930s Depression. American … More

    In Pictures: What Costs More? Life or Taxes?

    As the saying goes, there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Given that fact, it’s worth taking a look at how much it costs to live and how much it costs to pay taxes, especially on this Tax Day. The Republican Study Committee has pulled together a … More