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    The Senate Health Bill: Chock-Full of Bad Health Policy

    Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate majority leader, wants to rush the Senate health care legislation through the process by July 27, 2009. It’s not hard to see why. After 13 days of intense debate, the Senate HELP Committee just finished work on the Senate bill (The Affordable Health Choices Act) … More

    Happy in the Confirmation of Our Independence and Sovereignty

    On December 23, 1783, General George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress, which met then in the State House in Annapolis. Both Washington and Congress recognized the importance of the occasion, and the ceremony was carefully organized by a Protocol Committee headed by Thomas Jefferson. … More

    The Meaning of America

    The Fourth of July presents the occasion not only to celebrate our great country, but also to reflect upon its meaning. The division between today’s liberals and conservatives is not irreducible to policy differences. It is indicative of a deeper debate about the meaning of America. Such debates are not … More

    Dear Mr. Liddy...

    Today, the New York Times published the resignation letter of Jake DeSantis, an executive vice president of the American International Group’s financial products unit.   In it, Mr. DeSantis describes government mismanagement, broken promises, and the tale of his own upbringing from humble roots.  The letter clearly demonstrates the pitfalls of … More

    Heritage Stimulus Plan Gets Plug at Economic Hearing

    Heritage’s Bill Beach testified at yesterday’s Economic Recovery Working Group hearing on Capitol Hill about an alternative to the misguided Keynesian stimulus package liberals in Congress are advocating. The hearing came a week after President-elect Barack Obama invited alternative suggestions for promoting economic growth. Obama’s openness to alternatives prompted Republican … More

    Trigger Lock! Democratic House Rules Thwart Fiscal Responsibility

    Two days into the new Congress, the majority has signaled they are unlikely to take their promise of fiscal discipline seriously. House democrats have turned off the Medicare trigger under the rules package for the 111th Congress, which means they are unlikely to even debate entitlement policy, let alone engage … More

    Will the New Congress Hastily Create New Criminal Risks for Americans?

    (Post by Heritage Senior Legal Research Fellow Brian Walsh) A new year, a new Congress, and already the march of overcriminalization is underway. Without engaging this Congress in debate or meaningful committee oversight, Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) is trying to ram through legislation–the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2009 … More

    Introducing Rapid Response

    President-elect Barack Obama and liberal members of Congress are gearing up this week to make their case for an economic stimulus bill that costs upwards of $775 billion. Obama has said he wants to secure as many as 80 votes in the Senate in hopes of striking a bipartisan deal. … More

    It's Not All About 'Rights'

    Just in time for today’s recognition of Bill of Rights Day, the anonymous scribe within The Heritage Foundation – self-identified only as ”A Conservative” — pushed the send button on a fifth electronic circular under the nameplate “New Common Sense.” The e-circular, which bears the headline “The Constitution Protects Us Too,” reads as follows: … More

    Morning Bell: Bankruptcy Is Best Way to Save Auto Industry

    Last night while marshaling votes for the House’s eventual 237-to-170 vote in favor of nationalizing Detroit, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told the Wall Street Journal: “If we do nothing we face the risk that sometime soon there will be no American auto industry.” Hoyer has it exactly backward. … More