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    Tax Increases Should Be Off the Table in Debt Limit Negotiations

    Congressional Quarterly reported yesterday that Democrats, led by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D–MD), are pushing to use “tax overhaul” as a means to cut a deal to increase the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion: Van Hollen also revealed that Democrats on the panel have “put a whole menu of options … More

    Biden Campaigns Against Wasteful Spending

    The White House yesterday launched yet another signature initiative to cut wasteful spending, once again setting the Administration’s key utility infielder, Vice President Joe Biden, to the task. This latest campaign follows a previous effort launched in 2009 directing the cabinet secretaries to track down a whole $100 million—yes, million—in … More

    Deficits: Spending, Not Revenue, Is to Blame

    Deepening federal budget deficits indicate that one component of the federal budget baseline—either spending or revenue—is out of alignment. Closer inspection reveals that spending is the root cause, but both spending and revenue deserve equal treatment in policy discussions about reducing debt and deficits. Often, however, Members of Congress and … More

    EPA Gives Grant Money to Interpol

    It is hard to make sense of many grants the U.S. gives to nations from whom it is simultaneously borrowing. The federal government’s profligate spending through grant programs is starting to get some notice—for example, on Fox News as well as The Foundry. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) … More

    Cut, Cap, and Balance

    The House Republican Study Committee (RSC) has deployed a new theme to be introduced into the debt limit increase debate: “Cut, Cap, and Balance.” The debt limit is expected to be considered by both chambers of Congress by August 2. House conservatives have drawn up a list of demands in … More

    Obama Can’t See the Icebergs

    President Obama could learn a lesson from this fable about a great ship. Having received ample warning of icebergs ahead, some of the crew of the HMS Titanic proposed changing course to avoid them. But the captain objected. “Making that maneuver would end this cruise as we know it.  It … More

    VIDEO: Protecting America Requires A Strong Defense

    “National defense receives unique and elevated emphasis under the Constitution,” writes Ernest Istook of The Heritage Foundation. “It is not ‘just’ another duty of the federal government.” But as Congress looks for much-need cuts in federal spending, some are wrongly looking to balance the budget by decimating defense. That’s a … More

    Stossel Awards Heritage An "Emmy" for Best Budget Plan

    It’s not every day that a think tank wins an Emmy. But last week on John Stossel’s Fox Business program, The Heritage Foundation brought home the award for its “Saving the American Dream” plan to fix the debt, cut spending and reward prosperity. Heritage, along with five other public policy … More

    Morning Bell: The Unstimulated Obama Economy

    Newsflash from The New York Times: President Barack Obama’s stimulus did not work. No, the Times doesn’t say that in so many words, but in an op-ed this morning, the paper laments the sputtering economy and the fact that Washington just isn’t doing enough to help the economy grow. The … More

    Pay Freedom Forward, Properly Arm Our Armed Forces

    As Americans begin the Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who have given their lives to defend the freedoms and way of life that we enjoy. The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano writes in The Sacramento Bee that as we honor them, we must also “do our utmost not to add … More