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    Top 10 Heritage Research Papers of 2012

    As the year comes to a close, we reflect on 2012 by offering highlights of the top 10 most-read research papers by Heritage scholars. 1) The 2012 Index of Dependence on Government By William Beach and Patrick Tyrrell February 8, 2012 The great and calamitous fiscal trends of our time—dependence … More

    Guest Blog: The Danger of A Nation of Dependents

    As someone who grew up in inner-city Atlanta, I understand there are times when people need whatever help they can find. The social safety net—in conjunction with generosity from neighborhood groups, churches, charities, and private companies—can help lift Americans out of poverty and toward the path of self-reliance and individual … More

    Dependence on Government at All-Time High

    The 2012 Index of Dependence on Government, released today, should be a wake-up call for America. Published by The Heritage Foundation for the past 10 years, the Index tracks the growth in government dependence dating back to the early 1960s. This year’s edition shows an alarming trend. Among the most … More

    Self-Reliance: Better Than Government Dependence

    A just released report by the Sutherland Institute introduces a metric—the Self-Reliance Index—that can be used to track people’s reliance on government and lack of self-sufficiency. You might call it the opposite of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Dependence on Government. The report notes, “Government aid only creates an illusion … More

    Government Dependency Grows As "Non-paying" Taxpayers Hits Record Level

    The Tax Foundation recently released its annual report on the number of tax returns filed that have no tax liability, and the study shows a record number of “nonpayers” in 2008. Taxpayers become “non-payers” when credits and deductions wipe out any income tax they owe. According to the Tax Foundation … More