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    Congress Deserves Better from the CBO

    While the supposedly non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has tended toward a more partisan cast of late, in one matter at least the CBO appears to be fully non-partisan, and that is in the area of the Member kiss off. Case in point is a recent letter from CBO Director … More

    Obamacare: No Friend of Small Business

    Obamacare was marketed to the American people as health care reform that would expand coverage to reduce the number of uninsured.  One of the ways this would be accomplished, proponents said, was by making it easier for small business to offer insurance.  Small businesses are the backbone of the American … More

    Uncertainty From Washington Hampering Job Creation

    Businesses have to deal with nearly unprecedented levels of uncertainty due to Washington’s inability to give them a clear roadmap of what policy changes lay ahead. A large part of this uncertainty is about the level of future taxes and increased regulations.  Businesses are reluctant to hire when they could … More

    Tweet of the Week: On Elvis and the Failed Stimulus

    Representative Shock reminded Americans this week that more people believe that Elvis Presley is still alive than believe that Obama’s failed stimulus has produced jobs. More

    Solar Subsidies Fail to Create Green Jobs, Again

    As we reported in today’s Morning Bell,  ABC News reports that despite massive amounts of stimulus funding being spent on wind farms—nearly $2 billion—the vast majority (80%) of it has been spent on overseas companies. ABC contacted Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop who suggested that the project has resulted in … More

    Big Government Still Thwarting Job Creation

    Last Friday the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released its monthly jobs report showing that the U.S. economy shed 85,000 jobs in December, but due to the fact that 661,000 individuals left the labor force, the unemployment rate stayed at 10.0%. The Obama administration again spun the report by stressing … More

    The November Jobs Report: Lack of Job Creation Making Jobs Difficult to Find

    The Bureau of Labor and Statistics released their November employment report showing the nation’s unemployment rate dropped all the way to 10%. While it is encouraging to see that the economy is beginning to recover, there are still some worrying data in the report. Heritage fellows James Sherk and Rea … More

    Slow Job Creation, Not Job Losses, Driving Unemployment

    Unemployment has risen above 10 percent and no one in Washington seems to understand what is going on. Yesterday, a little noticed release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shed important light onto the job situation. The BLS’s Business Employment Dynamics (BED) program uses unemployment insurance (UI) records to … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) on Buy American

    When it comes to legislative PR, it doesn’t get much better than “Buy American.” What could possibly be more patriotic than buying American-made products? During tough economic times, mandating that government contractors use only goods with the Made in the USA label doesn’t just sound like good policy, it seems … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Erik Paulsen on Greater Free Trade Means More Jobs

    The government is spending hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars attempting to stimulate the economy, but it’s clear these spending programs are not achieving the results we need. Instead, the economy continues to shed jobs. Unemployment figures released last week show U.S. unemployment reaching a 26-year high of 9.8 percent. … More