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    Obama Inauguration Speech: More Transportation “Investment”

    President Obama hinted toward at least one aspect of his second-term agenda during yesterday’s inaugural address: more transportation “investment.” No surprise there. Obama’s past budget requests, State of the Union speeches, and the American Jobs Act of 2011 plan have all been peppered with calls for increased federal spending on … More

    Businesses Agree: Regulation Is the Wrong Approach to Cybersecurity

    A new report by the Business Roundtable (BRT) affirms what Heritage analysts and other experts have been saying for years: Cybersecurity is best enhanced by information sharing, not more regulation. Indeed, it was because of disagreements over a regulatory approach that cybersecurity efforts failed in the last Congress. The new … More

    Even Government Employees Think Private Sector Works Harder

    The polling firm Rasmussen offers some interesting data on the work effort of government employees compared to private-sector workers. In five separate surveys this past year, Rasmussen asked a representative sample of American adults, “Who works harder?” The choices were government workers, private-sector employees, and “not sure.” The table below … More

    Morning Bell: Should We Pay Government Employees More?

    Federal employees—who work on average a month less than private-sector workers and get paid more—are lobbying for higher pay. Government unions know that Congress is looking for ways to nip and tuck the federal budget, and they’re counting on being left out of the deal. “The Federal-Postal Coalition—a group representing … More

    Morning Bell: Can Hostess Save the Twinkies from the Union?

    Taking down the Twinkie. Clogging Wal-Mart parking lots on Black Friday. Messing with a major airport on the day before Thanksgiving. If unions are trying to be more popular with the American people, they’re doing it wrong. Americans have gone crazy over the possible loss of Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Ding … More

    Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Defeated, but a Similarly Flawed Executive Order Is Around the Corner

    Last night, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The vote is already being portrayed as Republican obstructionism, even though five Democrats voted against the bill and four Republicans voted for it. Such rhetoric is being used to justify a cybersecurity executive order that mimics … More

    Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Is Back, but Same Problems and Questions Remain

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) has vowed to bring the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (CSA) up for a vote in the lame-duck session, and it looks as though the vote could take place this week. The CSA uses a standards and regulatory approach to cybersecurity, but many troubling questions … More

    How to Explain the Entitlement Spending Crisis to Kids

    In a new video parodying Dr. Seuss’s whimsical style, the American Enterprise Institute puts the problem of growing entitlement program spending in a form elementary school kids can understand. It’s a good thing, too, because their generation will be burdened with paying for this skyrocketing spending if Congress and the … More

    Cybersecurity Executive Order Touts More Regulation as the Solution

    As if the flood of regulations coming after the election weren’t bad enough, a draft of the newest cybersecurity executive order obtained by Heritage reveals that even more regulations are coming. This draft executive order is similar to the failed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 in that it proposes additional regulations … More

    Cybersecurity Flaws at Department of Labor Continue the Trend of Government Cyber Failures

    A recent investigation into the Department of Labor’s (DOL) secure information systems revealed “very serious” cybersecurity flaws. Together with many other cybersecurity breaches and failures in the federal government, it is clear the government should not be put in charge of cybersecurity regulation of the private sector. The DOL failures … More