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    Heritage at CPAC

    While some politicians in Washington seem to have discovered the issue of “fiscal responsibility” yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has a long and courageous track record of tackling the long-term unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That is why Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner is honored to introduce … More

    Confronting the Entitlement Crisis Deniers

    Liberal author Robert Kuttner doesn’t believe in the entitlement crisis. His argument – reflecting conventional far left thinking on the issue – goes something like this: Conservatives exaggerate the entitlement problem by using shady figures. Social Security is just fine, so don’t worry about it. Medicare is a problem, but … More

    What You Should Know About "Fiscal Responsibility"

    Ahead of President Barack Obama’s “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” being held today, The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel last week titled: “Real Change or Pocket Change? The High Stakes of Entitlement Reform for Young Americans.” After the event, we asked attendees what they had learned: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDpq65A15ns&eurl=http://www.insideronline.org/blogarchive.cfm?blogid=9492C5C4-F3E0-C228-A4293F608A9D5281&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

    Retiring Boomers: Where the Bucks Are

    Maintaining and modernizing our armed forces doesn’t just protect America, it fulfills the Constitution’s mandate to “provide for the common defense.” Yet the defense budget appears to be one place where President Barack Obama and Congress are looking to offset massive new spending elsewhere – “stimulating” or otherwise. “The Pentagon … More

    Morning Bell: Move Forward, Not Back, on Entitlement Reform

    Last week, after the Congressional Budget Office report showed that the pre-stimulus budget deficit would reach $1.2 trillion in FY 2009, President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his campaign promise to make Social Security and Medicare reform a “central part” of his efforts to control skyrocketing federal spending. Democrats on the Hill … More

    Making Entitlement Reform a "Central Part" of Deficit Reduction

    Responding to the sticker shock of the Congressional Budget Office’s projected record $1.2 trillion budget deficit, President-elect Barack Obama said: We will — we are working currently on our budget plans. We are beginning consultations with members of Congress around how we expect to approach the deficit. We expect that … More

    Trigger Lock! Democratic House Rules Thwart Fiscal Responsibility

    Two days into the new Congress, the majority has signaled they are unlikely to take their promise of fiscal discipline seriously. House democrats have turned off the Medicare trigger under the rules package for the 111th Congress, which means they are unlikely to even debate entitlement policy, let alone engage … More

    Morning Bell: Health Care Reform We Believe In

    Yesterday the nation’s largest health insurance trade group, the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), unveiled its proposal for major reform of the U.S. health care sector. AHIP President Karen Ignagni told the Los Angeles Times, “The nation is on the eve of a national discussion about healthcare. This comes around … More

    Lies, Damned Lies, and…the Undeniable Truth

    Most people are skeptical about statistics, claiming that mathematically-minded people just bend numbers to their will. But when it comes to long term budget projections, economists from the left, right, and center all agree we on an unsustainable course, and that the entitlements—Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are the main driver … More

    Medicare’s Low Administrative Costs Strike Again

    As we’ve documented before, one of the major selling points liberals deploy when arguing for socialized medicine is how much government run health care will save Americans in administrative costs. And it is true: Medicare does not spend nearly as much on oversight as private insurance does managing claims. But … More