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    VIDEO: Welfare Can And Must Be Reformed

    Our newest video highlights a recent paper on welfare reform by Heritage’s Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley. In the video and this new report, we reveal some startling statistics: Welfare spending is climbing faster than spending for education, defense, and even Social Security and Medicare. After adjusting for inflation, welfare … More

    Podcast: Your Tax Dollars and Congress' Spending Spree

    Runaway government spending has been a vocal concern of the burgeoning Tea Party movement since its inception. But many average voters don’t know a lot about the federal budget and how it works, outside of the fact that it’s out of control. In this week’s Heritage in Focus podcast, Brian … More

    Greenspan: Time to Hit the Brakes on Federal Spending

    Many Americans mistake the United States’ capability to borrow money as an indicator that our nation is incapable of incurring the same fiscal mess Greece currently finds itself in.  In reality, this isn’t so, and this mentality could prove dangerous for America’s future if used to placate lawmakers regarding the … More

    Still Not Greece, But Getting Closer Every Day

    The Washington Post reported today that the International Monetary Fund and various world governments warned U.S. officials years ago that “escalating financial problems” in the United States “had to be addressed quickly to forestall a larger threat to the world economy, but those urgings were discounted.” The Post went on … More

    Congressional Gimmicks leave Doctors and Taxpayers in a Lurch

    The Senate voted 45-52 yesterday to oppose the $140 billion so-called “extenders bill” (HR 4213). The Hill is reporting that Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) is going to offer a slimmed down version for consideration as early as today. Two key health provisions of the bill are expected to be a … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) on Reining in Government Spending

    At a hearing in March I asked Secretary Tim Geithner whether the US was at risk for losing our AAA credit rating, as a Moody’s quarterly report had indicated.  He point blank responded that there is “not a chance” that this would happen to our country.  I wish I could … More

    NEW VIDEO: Federal Spending By The Numbers

    Did you know that the federal government spent $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly? Were you aware that Washington is on track to spend $30,543 per household in 2010? What about a recent audit that classified nearly half of all purchases on government credit cards as improper, fraudulent, or … More

    Yes, Mr. President, You Can Cut Spending

    Today, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and budget director Peter Orszag released a joint memo asking government agencies to create lists of ineffective programs with the intention of enacting future budget cuts of 5 percent. This initiative follows in the footsteps of proposed legislation that would give the … More

    Leveling the Budget Playing Field by Fixing A Kinky CBO

    Americans believe in fair play. They believe in equal opportunity, equal treatment under the law, a level playing field. We have so many expressions for this principle in part because it is so important to the American view of right and wrong. When it comes to taxing and spending in … More

    Harvard Study: More Government Spending Means Fewer Jobs

    What happens when a state is lucky enough to have one of their Senators ascend to one of the three most powerful committee chairmanships? According to a new study by three Harvard Business School the average state then experiences a 40 to 50 percent increase in earmark spending (the figure … More