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    Americans Prefer Social Security Upper Income Benefit Reductions to Tax Hikes

    The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein has used a new Gallup poll showing that 77% of Americans believe “the cost of the government’s major entitlement programs, including Social Security and Medicare, will create major economic problems for the U.S. in the next 25 years” to produce the following headline: Americans prefer … More

    Addressing the Debt Now Means Addressing It on Our Own Terms

    The 2010 fiscal year just ended, but America’s fiscal crisis has just begun. In 2010, the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) preliminary estimates show that the federal government spent $3.45 trillion, amassing a deficit of $1.3 trillion. Spending on entitlement programs, which include Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, comprised 41 percent … More

    The 2010 Index of Dependence on Government

    The Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Dependence on Government, published today, showcases the disturbing trend of Americans becoming more dependent on their government – via their fellow non-dependent tax paying Americans – than ever before. The surge in the Index of 13.6% over last year takes the Index to an … More

    Morning Bell: The Heritage Pledge

    My fellow conservatives, The stakes couldn’t be higher for our nation at this moment. In the coming months, Americans will help choose which direction our nation’s future will take. Will the federal government continue to spend more, tax more, control more, and defend our liberties less? Or will we choose … More

    Increasing Numbers of the Poor: Why Government Anti-Poverty Programs Have Failed

    The recent release of the Census report on an upsurge of the number of Americans in poverty will almost surely be used to justify a spike in funding for federal anti-poverty programs. Yet after decades of increased spending on failed government anti-poverty programs, why should we expect a different result … More

    More Americans Receiving Government Benefits While Fewer Pay In

    The front page of today’s Wall Street Journal brings some unsurprising yet alarming news about the nation’s fiscal situation. Simply put, the federal government is spending an increasing amount on benefits in the form of entitlements while simultaneously trimming the number of taxpayers paying the bill: Efforts to tame America’s … More

    Setting the Record Straight: Spending Cuts

    The Heritage Foundation favors far-reaching reforms of our Federal Government’s spending, including with respect to entitlements. The ever-growing, out-of-control entitlement culture fosters dependency instead of self-reliance.  At the same time, the Federal Government takes and spends an ever-growing portion of the wealth of this Nation, and spends the money of … More

    Morning Bell: The Age of Entitlements Must End

    The latest Democracy Corps poll, performed by Democratic pollsters Stan Greenberg, James Carville and Bob Shrum, shows that by a 64% – 29% margin, the American people believe that things in this country “have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track.” But nobody seems to have bothered to tell … More

    Trustees Report: Social Security and Medicare are Unsustainable

    The Social Security and Medicare Trustees today released their annual reports on the fiscal condition of the programs, and the situation for these programs is still dire. Although the programs’ fiscal health hasn’t worsened since last year, both programs are still on an unsustainable course. Most significantly, the programs are … More

    VIDEO: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Tells MSNBC Where to Cut

    Last night on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) made the case for preventing President Barack Obama’s impending job killing tax tsunami. When Matthews tried to play gotcha by asking Rep. Ryan “Where will you cut?” to pay for the tax cuts, Rep. Ryan was ready. First, he … More