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    Meretricious? Senator Whitehouse Is Projecting

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spent eight minutes berating me at a Senate Budget Committee hearing yesterday. He disliked the facts I presented on austerity, so he called into question my professional honor and integrity. My testimony pointed out that structural reform and well-designed spending cuts are the best policy for stabilizing … More

    Food Stamps Don’t Stimulate Economic Growth

    The number of Americans on food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is at historic highs, but some on the left—like Paul Krugman—think that’s not such a bad thing because, as they argue, food stamps “stimulate” the economy: We desperately needed (and still need) public policies to promote … More

    GDP Report: Government Shrinks, Private Economy Grows

    Last Thursday’s revisions to the first-quarter growth estimates showed little change: Gross domestic product (GDP) had grown at a 2.4 percent rate, not 2.5 percent as reported in the initial estimate. For those who mistakenly equate GDP and “the economy,” this is bad news—and an excuse to kvetch about sequestration. … More

    Morning Bell: Time to Shrink the Monster

    Does the debt ceiling affect YOU? It does—in many ways. A new video by Bankrupting America uses humor to call attention to an issue that is anything but funny, and why it matters for every American household. Recent Heritage research reveals how the rising national debt hurts American families, including: … More

    Rumsfeld on Economic Freedom

    Concluding The Heritage Foundation’s fifth annual Protect America Month series, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shared his insights on why a free-market system that promotes economic freedom is critical to ensuring America’s prosperity and security. In an interview with Dr. Edwin Feulner, former president of The Heritage Foundation, Rumsfeld … More

    Morning Bell: Remember the Economy? It's Still Bad

    According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular? It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the … More

    How Heritage Is Studying the Costs of Immigration

    In discussing comprehensive immigration reform in recent days, some commentators have discussed The Heritage Foundation’s previous and anticipated work looking at the costs of unlawful immigration and amnesty. Heritage’s Robert Rector, who helped spearhead welfare reform in the 1990s and is one of the nation’s top experts on government assistance … More

    Asia’s Persistent Drug Problem Could Hit Home

    Drug wars have plagued Asia for decades, and the drug problem continues to stem the tide of economic growth and development in the region. A recent study released by the United Nations noted that Afghanistan, the number one opium producer in the world, may soon be producing over 90 percent … More

    Why Mexico’s Education Reforms Are Important

    Since taking office as Mexico’s newest president, Enrique Pena Nieto has quickly made it a point to anger one of the most influential interest groups responsible for blocking Mexican progress: teachers unions. Predictably (and not unlike in our own country), the teachers unions are upset over a number of ambitious … More

    With Climate Change Science Unsettled, a Carbon Tax is Even More Useless

    Reuters’s environment correspondent Alister Doyle provides even more fodder for why a carbon (energy) tax or the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions is economically and environmentally foolish. Doyle writes: Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that has exposed gaps in their understanding … More