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    Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013

    The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, … More

    The Research Papers You Relied on the Most in 2013

    The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to policy research of the utmost intellectual integrity. This year featured debates on a wide range of policy issues, and Heritage’s research played an important role on Capitol Hill and throughout America. Here are the five most popular research papers from 2013. How Will You … More

    Spending Caps Have Worked, but Ryan-Murray Budget Would Lift Them

    In terms of cutting government spending, the Budget Control Act’s spending caps and sequestration have been an unparalleled success story in recent years. And yet, the House of Representatives voted last Thursday to weaken the caps in 2014 and 2015 for a $63 billion increase in the discretionary budget. Sequestration … More

    The More You Buy, the More You Save

    ‘Tis the season for sales. But beware of this enticing line: “The more you buy, the more you save!” Because, when the bill comes, the truth is: The more you buy, the more you spend. Some Members of Congress are using this logic in their latest budget proposal. They’re promising … More

    Why We Need to Reform the Budget Process

    In a new paper, “Why Congress Needs a New Budget Process,” Heritage’s Patrick Louis Knudsen documents the historical breakdown of the budget process and exposes the fundamental flaws in the process itself. These flaws, he notes, call for a new process that not only compels lawmakers to produce timely and … More

    The Truth About Spending Cuts and the Economy

    Liberal economists like Paul Krugman might be calling for more government spending to help our ailing economy, but federal spending cuts are the better bet for long-term economic growth according to a new study released today by The Heritage Foundation’s Romina Boccia. Krugman stubbornly argues that government should spend more … More

    Tax Increases Really Hurt Growth and Jobs

    Some lawmakers, led by Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D–WA), are seeking to raise taxes in the budget conference to replace the modest spending reductions referred to as sequestration. They say that spending cuts hurt growth and jobs. If they are truly concerned about the economy and Americans’ opportunities, … More

    How President Obama Is Killing Jobs

    Five years on and President Obama still refuses to assume responsibility for his woeful economic record. The buck stops with Republicans, other countries, changes in the weather, etc.—anywhere but the Oval Office. Of course, it’s not new having a chief executive who refuses to admit failure. What is rare is … More

    “Use It or Lose It” Shows There’s More Room to Cut Spending

    As the budget conference committee meets to negotiate U.S. federal spending, lawmakers should not lose sight of the billions in taxpayer money still being wasted each year by federal government agencies. The end of the fiscal year in September is an annual showcase of waste just to spend the very … More

    Economy Still Growing Too Slowly

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis’s (BEA) first estimate of economic growth for the third quarter of this year shows an economy that continues to grow at a plodding pace. According to BEA, the economy grew at 2.8 percent from July 1 through September 30. This was slightly faster than the … More