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    Able-Bodied People Defrauding Social Security Disability Program

    After shimmying up trees and doing away with storm debris, the obviously able-bodied tree trimmer asked his customer, “Could you make the check out to my mom? I’m on disability.” Inconveniently for him, the tree trimmer’s customer was Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK). This guy asked a U.S. Senator to help … More

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts React to Vice Presidential Debate

    Vice President Biden and Representative Paul Ryan squared off last night for a spirited and intense 90-minute debate at Centre College in Danville, KY. Topics ranged from foreign to domestic, touching on serious issues that Heritage policy experts grapple with every day. While many commentators were critiquing style, a team … More

    Boehner Is Right: Tell the Wall Street Moguls "No Tax Hikes"

    Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH) has made clear that he opposes tax hikes on Americans. Tax hikes would slow the economy even more and kill jobs. But some “titans of finance” want Congress to hike your taxes. Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs uttered to Politico … More

    Social Security: Runs Permanent Deficits, Benefit Cuts Loom

    Social Security paid out more to retirees and other beneficiaries than it collected in tax revenue in 2011. This is the second straight year the program is running deficits, as highlighted in a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. Social Security’s finances will only get worse without reform, as the … More

    Morning Bell: Two Liberal Whoppers on Medicare

    A debate that has been fought largely over the airwaves is about to go head-to-head. Medicare reform is a huge part of that debate, and the left—bolstered by the media—has been promoting two huge falsehoods on the issue. Several proposals from conservatives and liberals for Medicare reform, including The Heritage … More

    Echoes of 1980

    For those old enough to remember 1980, the current campaign can seem mighty familiar. Back then, for example, the presidency of Jimmy Carter was besieged by an ongoing recession and soaring energy costs. Carter’s reaction was to retreat to Camp David for 10 days of talks with political leaders and … More

    Morning Bell: "60 Minutes" Contrast Between Romney, Obama on Entitlements

    The official, head-to-head debates begin next week, but Sunday’s “60 Minutes” appearances by President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) provided a contrast in the ideas offered on the nation’s entitlements and spending crisis. For his part, the President punted on a serious question about the nation’s concern over … More

    Dependence on Government vs. the American Dream

    Mother Jones has opened a broad debate about the role of government in our society. In a clandestine tape recorded in May and obtained by the magazine, former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) remarked that 47 percent of taxpayers pay no federal income taxes. He notes, among other things, the increase … More

    More Than 48 Million Americans Remain Uninsured

    Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2011 findings on health insurance coverage in the United States. Despite a small reduction in the uninsured by 1.4 million from 2010 to 2011, 48.6 million, or 15.7 percent of Americans, remain without health insurance. Another area of disappointment comes from the number … More

    Connect with Heritage at the Values Voter Summit

    The Values Voter Summit will be taking place September 14–16 in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together conservatives from across the country to discuss important issues for all Americans, ranging from the right to life and religious liberty to reining in government spending and limiting the size of the … More