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    Convert Food Stamps to a Work Activation Program

    Earlier this summer, the House took an important step in separating the bloated farm bill into an agriculture-only bill and a food stamp bill, which was introduced yesterday. To make a stand-alone food stamp bill a truly worthwhile reform, it should include a mandatory work requirement for all able-bodied adults. … More

    Hospital Finds Obamacare Harmful to Its Health

    Last night the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Obamacare is causing one large New Jersey hospital to lay off workers: Barnabas Health, the second-largest private employer in the state, said today it was forced to lay off employees because of pressures brought about by healthcare reform….“Healthcare reform, in combination with Medicare … More

    Obamacare and Trader Joe's: The Unique Grocery Experience, with Not-So-Unique Problems

    Trader Joe’s grocery store is known for its affordable prices, unique food, and friendly staff — a grocery experience. But thanks to changes in employee health benefits, the joyful atmosphere could be in jeopardy. For years, Trader Joe’s has offered health care coverage to its part-time employees at reasonable prices. But … More

    Left Claims 80 Percent of Americans "Economically Insecure"

    Eighty percent of U.S. adults are “economically insecure,” according to media reports of a new study. But just what is “economic insecurity”? Are most Americans experiencing severe hardship? The measure of “economic insecurity” used by the researcher, Mark Rank of Washington University in Missouri, gives no understanding of a household’s … More

    Economic Growth Remains Too Slow Because of Policy Uncertainty

    Today’s report on gross domestic product (GDP) shows that not much changed in the economy during the second quarter. The Bureau of Economic Analysis’s initial estimate shows that economic growth was just 1.7 percent from April 1 through June 30—well below the rate the economy should be growing this far … More

    ANALYSIS | Obama’s Economic Speech: Another Summer Rerun

    President Obama traveled to Illinois today to give the same tired, worn-out economic speech he’s been giving for almost five years now. Rather than offering new solutions that could revive the dormant economy and put people back to work, the President offered the same old policies that have already failed, … More

    Detroit and the Bankruptcy of Liberalism

    Detroit is a showcase for the liberal agenda — and now it is bankrupt. More than 50 years of control by big-government liberals and union bosses have left a once-great American city crippled and deteriorating. Last week Detroit became the largest city in American history to declare bankruptcy. Few were … More

    Greece: Austerity Doesn’t Involve Public-Sector Layoffs

    Slate’s Matthew Yglesias might be attacked as an “austerity denier” now that he has joined Heritage’s Salim Furth in pointing out that there is a lot of policy diversity under the broad label of “austerity.” Yglesias explained last week why a small but sudden layoff of government employees might bring … More

    Obama’s “War on Coal” Hits American Families Hard

    Regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior, and the Department of Labor have been labeled President Barack Obama’s “war on coal.” A more precise label would be a “war on American families, businesses, and jobs.” Unnecessarily and artificially eliminating coal as a reliable, affordable energy source … More

    Disability and Unemployment: Putting an End to Double-Dipping

    The number of people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reached a record high this year. But a large number of people are double-dipping from both the disability insurance (DI) and unemployment insurance (UI) programs. A bill introduced last week would put an end to these overpayments, which unnecessarily drain the … More