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    The First Duty of Government

    Writing in Human Events, W. Thomas Smith, Jr. reminds us of Adam Smith’s first duty of government: “protecting the society from the violence and invasion of other independent societies.” To that end Republican lawmakers are pushing a proposal to set a floor on military spending at 4% of GDP. Congressional … More

    A Good Day for the Merry Earmark Warriors

    House Republicans scored a significant victory in their war on earmarks today when influential Democrat Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, broke with party leaders to call for an immediate moratorium on earmarks in 2009 spending bills. I think our best approach would be to … More

    You Spend, I Spend, We All Spend!

    Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) stopped by the weekly Heritage bloggers’ lunch today in part to promote his Green Eyeshade blog at Townhall.com. Campbell is the House sponsor of the “Semper Fi Act,” which was first introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to strip Berkeley, Calif., of more … More

    Not So Fair and Balanced at the Wall Street Journal

    A story in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal , “Cost of Business Tax Cuts Underestimated,” argues that the revenue estimates of the business tax cuts included in the tax stimulus bill are low-balled because the tax relief is spread over a number of years and so the time value of money … More

    Amnesty Advocates Still in Fantasy Land on Background Checks

    Roll Call reports today that “House Democrats are crafting scaled-down immigration reform legislation” that creates new “five-year visas for illegal immigrants who pay fines and pass criminal background checks.” A major reason amnesty legislation failed last summer is because Americans knew the Department of Homeland Security could never process the … More

    Earmark Moratorium Vote Fails in House

    House Republicans made a valiant stand on earmark reform today, falling just short in their effort to institute an immediate moratorium. By a vote of 204-196, the GOP’s procedural effort failed. Just seven Democrats voted with all Republicans: Reps. Joe Donnelley (Ind.), Tim Mahoney (Fla.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Brad Ellsworth … More

    Pelosi Formally Rejects GOP's Earmark Moratorium

    Facing a potentially embarrassing defeat on earmarks tomorrow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally decided to say something about Republicans’ request for an immediate earmark moratorium. In a letter to Minority Leader John Boehner tonight, Pelosi makes several misleading or downright inaccurate claims about the Democrats’ attempts to curtail earmarks. The … More

    'Do. Or Do Not. There Is No Try'

    According to The Hill, while the Republican leadership has been talking a good game on reducing pet project spending, only leaders John Boehner (R-OH), Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) have voted for more than half of the anti-earmark amendments offered on the House floor since the 2006 election. … More

    Super Tuesday Special: What Issues Are Important?

    Super Tuesday is on the horizon and Heritage’s Brian Darling takes a look at the big issues at stake as voters head to the polls in 24 states tomorrow. Citing a recent National Review Online piece by Mike Franc, Darling says conservatives should elevate a few issues above the others: … More

    Taxpayers Would Lose Under Senate's Mortgage Plan

    Among the many provisions of the Senate Finance Committee’s stimulus package is a legislative proposal to allow states to issue as much as $10 billion in new “mortgage bonds” to raise money to refinance the mortgage loans of troubled borrowers. States are already permitted limited use of such tax exempt … More