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    Morning Bell: Market Rescue Dos and Don'ts

    Leaders of the liberal majorities in the House and Senate yesterday  tried to claim they had completed a deal with the White House to address the Wall Street crisis. From the beginning, leaders on the left have both demanded the White House deliver conservative votes for any deal and then refused … More

    Understanding the Credit Crisis

    Heritage fellow JD Foster explains what led to the credit crisis and why it cannot be ignored. There are unprecedented problems in the financial markets. The Federal Funds Rate is the No. 1 tool that the Federal Reserve Board has for governing monetary policy. The Federal Funds Rate jumped much … More

    Bell Ringers

    A round-up of Op-Eds from The Heritage Foundation Job Jitters – James Sherk America has faced much more serious problems in the past. If you have a job today that isn’t directly affected by housing markets or energy prices, you have little to fear from reports of rising unemployment.[...] Mr. … More

    Morning Bell: Having Their Cake and Eating It, Too

    Yesterday before the Joint Economic Committee, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made a clear case as to why federal action is needed: home mortgages and car loans had become harder to get, commercial credit was becoming scarce for many businesses and consumer spending had already declined. Leaders in both parties … More

    Morning Bell: The Wrong Direction

    There is no doubt that past government intervention in the market, particularly by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is largely to blame for the current financial turmoil. And while past government intervention cannot be used to justify further government interference, we also have to ask how much unnecessary pain the … More

    Morning Bell: Highway Robbery

    As a general principle, conservatives believe government should not intervene to protect those who have made poor business decisions — even if those decisions have been influenced by excessive government regulation. But there can be rare situations where the cumulative effect of many bad decisions in one sector of the … More

    Morning Bell: Real Patriots Cut Taxes

    According to the Tax Policy Center, Barack Obama plans raise the tax burden on all Americans by $627.1 billion over the next 10 years. Defending this policy on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Joe Biden told Americans they should enjoy paying higher taxes because “it’s time to be patriotic … time … More

    Three Problems with the New Economic Stimulus Bill

    Heritage’s Rea Hederman discusses three problems with the proposed Economic Stimulus Bill currently before Congress. In July, the Bill was projected to cost $25 billion dollars. Since then, the projected cost has doubled due to spending projects that should have been taken care of with the Budget process. The Bill … More

    5 Misconceptions About the National Debt

    There is a lot of information about the national debt, but misconceptions cloud the debate. There are five common misconceptions about the national debt. This video explains them, as well as why they are not accurate guides to measure the debt. Heritage’s Brian Reidl also mentions the real threat to the National Debt – unfunded entitlement … More

    High Cost of Energy, Food Hurt August Employment Numbers

    Heritage’s James Sherk says the employment estimates for August are being affected by the collapse of the housing bubble and the high cost of energy. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1%, a five-year high, primarily the result of large job losses among automobile manufacturers. He talked about the August employment … More