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    Congress Must Address Both Defense Sequestration and Deficits

    Earlier this week, the Obama White House criticized Members of Congress for examining the effects of the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts scheduled to kick in next year. Instead, the Administration said it would prefer that lawmakers turn their attention to longer-term deficit reduction proposals. But this is not … More

    How to Reform Food Stamps—and Improve the Farm Bill

    The farm bill is currently making its way through the Senate amidst heated debate. But don’t let the title fool you. Nearly 80 percent—of the bill’s spending goes toward the nation’s fastest growing welfare program: food stamps. Since 2000, the cost of food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition … More

    Fix Entitlement Programs to Save the American Dream

    The latest installment in a National Public Radio (NPR) series considers how entitlement programs impact Americans’ opportunities. This is a welcome discussion, because growing entitlement spending threatens the American dream for people of all generations. Spending on the three main entitlement programs—Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—is projected to double as … More

    Even After Walker Reforms, Wisconsin Public Workers Still Overpaid

    “What Mr. Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin—and eventually, America—less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was more theatrical than most in denouncing Act 10, the set of public-sector reforms signed by Wisconsin Governor … More

    The Difference Between a Courageous Budget and a Dangerous One

    Despite all the talk of “austerity,” little has been done to stem the tide of the United States’ ever growing debt. The little that has been cut is in area that needs it most: defense. The Budget Control Act’s sequestration hits defense disproportionately and essentially ignores entitlement spending, the leading … More

    Obama's Ironic European Lecture

    Europe is in bad shape, there’s no doubt about it. The sovereign debt crisis continues to roil the continent, Greece may leave the euro, Spain may have to revise its budget deficit upward for the second time because of bad loans, and France has a new socialist president pledging more … More

    Protect America: Address the Entitlement Problem Now

    “Provide for common defense” is a core constitutional obligation of the federal government. Yet entitlement spending is putting unsustainable pressure on the defense budget. In 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security constituted 2.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) while defense made up 7.4 percent. The Office of Management and … More

    Speaker Boehner Plans to Stop Taxmageddon Train Wreck

    House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) announced yesterday that the House is gearing up to vote prior to the November election on extending all of the tax provisions scheduled to expire at the end of the year. This is welcome news, given the necessity of swiftly steering this tax policy train … More

    Morning Bell: Will Congress Defend Our Military?

    It’s one thing to talk a good game about cutting spending, but it’s quite another thing to actually do something about it. This week, the House of Representatives has an opportunity to finally set some limits on Washington’s spending spree while also ensuring that the U.S. military has the resources … More

    Online Chat about the Federal Budget - LIVE NOW

    Heritage recently released the 2012 Federal Budget in Pictures. It graphically illustrates  the direction our country is headed under current policies. Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” online chat. We are joined by Heritage’s Alison Fraser and she is taking your questions about the … More