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    Government Failures Congress Wants You to Fund This Year

    Wasteful, ineffective, failed. Those are all ways Heritage experts have described government programs Congress is funding—with your hard-earned money—in its new trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill. Here are a few big failures that need to be eliminated or seriously reformed—but instead are getting millions (or billions) of dollars. Head Start. Head … More

    This Is Not a Ranking We Should Be Proud Of

    Would you want to live in a country that is losing freedom? How about a country that has lost ground in property rights and become more corrupt? If you’re an American, you’re living there. The 20th anniversary edition of the Index of Economic Freedom reveals that the United States has … More

    Share One of These to Let the President Know You Haven't Forgotten

    In 2009, President Obama threatened those who criticized Obamacare: “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” But as Obamacare unfolded in 2013, it was clear the President and his Administration were the only ones misrepresenting the law. Now, Mr. President, we’re calling you out. In our … More

    Members of Congress Won't Read This Bill

    Passing bills to find out what’s in them… that was so 2010, right? Sadly, no. Any day now, Congress is likely to release the trillion-dollar Trojan horse that is the spending bill for 2014. It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be rushed. And few members of Congress … More

    3 Things You Don't Need Robert Gates's Book to Know

    Excerpts from a new tell-all book made quite a splash in Washington yesterday. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently blasts President Obama on foreign policy and the U.S. military in his upcoming book, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. But as Heritage’s James Jay Carafano said, “You don’t need … More

    How to Fight Poverty -- and Win

    When President Johnson launched the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 1964, he pledged “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Sadly, the half-century legacy of Johnson’s Great Society has not lived up to that noble goal. The War … More

    2014: Obamacare Puts Down Roots for the Long Haul

    Yes, Obamacare has raised premiums, caused people to lose their health coverage, raised taxes, and more. But on January 1, Obamacare started digging in for the long haul: putting down the deep roots of entitlement programs. Entitlements—like the big three of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—are the biggest causes of … More

    The National Debt in One Picture

    Congress is beginning its new year with a budget deal that busts right through “caps” it was supposed to have on spending. At Heritage, we want to hold Congress accountable for its tax-and-spend ways, even as Members claim there’s no room to cut. A good place to start is understanding … More

    Meet the Humble Nuns Who Just Shook Up the Obama Administration

    Who takes care of poor people when they get old—when they are on their deathbeds? For thousands of people, the answer is Little Sisters of the Poor. “The elderly are at risk, with no one to speak up for them, no one to stand up and to express to the … More

    More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014

    Obamacare contains 18 specific tax hikes, mandates, or penalties that cost Americans money, and three new ones take effect in 2014. This is only the beginning—watch how two of these taxes get worse in the years to come. 1. Individual Mandate Tax. The individual mandate is designed to strong-arm individuals … More