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    Vice Presidential Debate: True/False Quiz on Taxes and Entitlements

    Taxes and entitlements were two important domestic policy topics discussed during the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan. Among the many claims made were some that were true and some that were false. Can you guess which ones are true or false? Medicare and Social Security … More

    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: 10 Questions for the Vice Presidential Debate

    Tonight’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan is supposed to cover both domestic and foreign policy. The Heritage Foundation’s policy experts have submitted 10 questions they would like to see asked in the debate. Watch with us tonight—we will be streaming the debate live at 9 … More

    First Presidential Debate 2012: Top 10 True/False Quiz

    During last night’s presidential debate, claims were flying fast and furious. Some of these claims were true, others false. Here are the top 10—see which ones you can guess as either true or false. 1.      Governor Mitt Romney’s tax plan would burden the middle class. President Obama: “[I]ndependent studies looking … 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: 10 Questions for the First Presidential Debate

    Tonight’s debate between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney is supposed to focus on domestic policy, with a major concentration on the economy. Health care, the role of government, and philosophy of governing are also on the agenda. The Heritage Foundation’s policy experts have submitted 10 questions they … 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

    Romney's "60 Minutes" Fix For Social Security and Medicare

    President Obama’s and Governor Romney’s appearances on “60 Minutes” Sunday revealed an interesting contrast. The President punted on a serious question about the nation’s concern over spending—blaming everything on President George W. Bush. Right. Obama’s been in office how many years now? At what point does he take responsibility for … More

    Morning Bell: Government Dependency Rises As Number of Taxpayers Declines

    The leak of a video featuring former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) has sparked debate about government dependency and the number of people in the United States who do not pay federal income tax. In the video, Romney refers to “47 percent” of Americans and says that they are “dependent upon … More

    Chart of the Week: Medicare Spending Is Main Cause of Runaway Deficits

    Medicare is getting quite a bit of attention lately. And rightly so. Out-of-control entitlement spending contributes directly to long-term federal deficits, which will accelerate over the course of the next few decades, according to Heritage’s Federal Budget in Pictures and figures provided by the Congressional Budget Office. By 2030, Medicare … More