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    Illegal Immigration in Workplace Would Be 'No Match' for DHS

    With an estimated 12 million to 15 million illegal immigrants in the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) certainly has a lot on its plate. However, many are now criticizing ICE for its lack of action not against illegal immigrants, but American citizens. In raids since October 2007, ICE … More

    Morning Bell: The Silence Is Deafening

    The year 2008 is not just an election year. It is also the year that marks the beginning of a demographic transformation that threatens the fiscal stability of this country. Already, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid eat up 42% of the federal budget. But this year, the first of the … More

    Yes We Must

    Former Supreme Court associate justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former Ambassador James R. Jones kick off this week’s Youth Entitlement Summit in today’s Washington Post: Idealistic young voters have turned out in record numbers this year — and not a moment too soon. How our next president represents the interests … More

    This Week in Washington: Playing Politics With the War on Terror

    Here’s a preview of what’s happening this week in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6YshohNEUM[/youtube] May was a successful month in Iraq, yet progress with the war supplemental has been slowed by the left. House leaders want to tie war funding to domestic spending, including unemployment insurance and pet pork projects. Time is running … More

    Tax And Spend Is Here Again

    Heritage senior policy analyst Brian Riedl has taken a close look at the budget passed by Congress this week and notes that it: Assumes tax increases topping $3 trillion over the next decade, or $3,135 per household annually Includes 64 reserve funds that could be used to raise taxes by … More

    Hopefully Not A Road Less Traveled

    There is no threat to our nation’s fiscal health greater than the coming deficits from unrestrained growth in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Already Social Security and Medicare consume 7.5% of our GDP. Unless changes are made that figure will jump to 13% by 2030. Bravely stepping in to offer … More

    CBO to Congress: Reform Entitlements Now or the Economy Dies!

    At the request of the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a letter (pdf) today detailing the grave fiscal situation our country will be in should Congress fail to reform Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid now. Already Social Security … More

    Morning Bell: Honesty Only Solution to Deficits

    Yesterday in Oakland, Calif., in celebration of May Day, public school children were taught that the war in Iraq was to blame for proposed education funding cuts. Never mind that not a single dime of California’s $20 billion budget deficit went to defense spending; teachers’ unions weren’t concerned with the … More

    The Evasions Must End

    Today, an authoritative and diverse group of scholars warned the American people: “If present trends continue, the nation’s deficit will reach unmanageable proportions, other vital public needs will be further squeezed, and/or taxes will have to rise continuously to levels that could restrict economic growth.” No, these scholars were not … More

    Government Discretionary Spending to End by 2052

    Following up on yesterday’s post on the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees report, The Heritage Foundation released a chart today looking at how projected spending on entitlement programs is scheduled to crowd out all other spending by 2052 unless taxes as a percentage of GDP are raised significantly: