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    Government Failures Congress Wants You to Fund This Year

    Wasteful, ineffective, failed. Those are all ways Heritage experts have described government programs Congress is funding—with your hard-earned money—in its new trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill. Here are a few big failures that need to be eliminated or seriously reformed—but instead are getting millions (or billions) of dollars. Head Start. Head … More

    Members of Congress Won't Read This Bill

    Passing bills to find out what’s in them… that was so 2010, right? Sadly, no. Any day now, Congress is likely to release the trillion-dollar Trojan horse that is the spending bill for 2014. It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be rushed. And few members of Congress … More

    The President Thanks You For Sending Him To Hawaii For Christmas

    It would be nice to spend the holidays in Hawaii, wouldn’t it? In case you haven’t heard, President Obama and the First Family did just that — and they were spending your money. In a press conference today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed that the family’s trip to … More

    Immigration Reform: What "Step-by-Step" Should Mean

    Immigration reform may be on Congress’s agenda in 2014, and the latest hints have included some Members of Congress referring to a “step-by-step” approach. What they mean by that is crucial to whether such reforms could be a success. There are good reasons to reform the U.S. immigration system—and there … More

    These 13 Tax Increases Hit in 2013

    It’s about time for us to uncover our eyes and take a hard look at what 2013 did to our finances. Did you feel the pinch of the 13 tax hikes that hit Americans this year? Before you review the list below, put these two on your watch list for … More

    Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013

    The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, … More

    3 Things You Need to Know About the Congressional Budget Deal

    Many had high hopes that the first budget conference in four years would make a substantial down payment toward fixing the U.S. spending and debt crisis. The new “Bipartisan Budget Act” thoroughly disappoints. While we dig through the details for a more complete assessment, here are three key facts on … More

    An Unlimited Christmas Credit Card

    What if you had no spending limits this holiday season? You could take that dream ski vacation you’ve always wanted…and buy all new ski gear for your family to take on the trip…wait, why are you renting a cabin? Go ahead and buy that cabin! And don’t forget the private … More

    Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree

    Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right? The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. Its purpose would be “to enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States.” And it would … More

    Farm Bill: Money for Nothin'… I Want My Subsidy

    The four principal farm bill negotiators have tentatively agreed on a framework for a new farm bill. A central aspect of this framework would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad. The House and Senate farm bills both eliminate a program called direct payments because it pays farmers who don’t … More