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    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

    Morning Bell: Heritage Experts React to First Presidential Debate

    During last night’s debate between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, Heritage’s domestic policy experts were live-blogging their analysis of the ideas discussed. Below are some of the highlights of our experts’ reactions to the major points made. We will be discussing the debate in a live Twitter chat … More

    Debate Prep: Brush Up on Domestic Policy

    ECONOMY A Non-Recovery Recovery The August report shows that the labor market is continuing its non-recovery. Average job growth for 2012 is worse than average job growth in 2011. Fiscal policies from Washington have made the situation worse. While President Obama has promised to reduce regulations, which would help job … More

    Carbon Tax: Won't Reduce Deficit or Temperature

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report that should be a cause for concern to all who believe in limited government. In it, CRS argues that a new tax on carbon could cut the deficit in half. There is nothing special about a carbon tax in terms of raising … More

    Washington Post Misses on Romney Tax Plan and Step-Up Basis

    The debate about former Governor Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) tax plan has reached a fevered pitch. In fact, The Washington Post published two articles (here and here) about it. The second repeated the confusion surrounding a poorly understood policy known as “step-up.” Recently, I weighed in to correct the false statement … More

    Romney's Tax Plan Doesn't Have to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

    The Tax Policy Center (TPC) made headlines with its analysis of Governor Mitt Romney’s tax reform plan. The authors of the TPC report found, incorrectly as it turns out, that Romney’s plan would “necessitate” a tax increase on middle- and low-income taxpayers. Their conclusion is wrong and the report flawed … More

    Obama Ducks Responsibility for Washington's Spending Binge

    In a recent “60 Minutes” interview, host Steve Kroft primed President Obama with this statement: “Most Americans think we’re spending too much money.” To which Obama uttered a contemplative “Mm-hm.” An understatement, indeed. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that federal spending will reach $3.56 trillion, or about 23 percent … More

    FACT CHECK: Obama Misleads on Medicare, Taxes, and Regulations

    During a Sunday evening interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” President Obama made numerous factually inaccurate or misleading claims. Specifically, Obama claimed that he has not raised Americans’ taxes, that he has not raised costs for Medicare beneficiaries, and that he has imposed fewer regulations than his predecessor. The first two … More

    More Middle-Class Americans Hit by Obamacare Tax

    Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report that determined that even more Americans than previously estimated will be hit with Obamacare’s ever-controversial individual mandate tax, totaling 6 million by 2016. Of the 30 million Americans whom Obamacare leaves uninsured and without affordable insurance options, 6 million will … 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