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  • Issue Brief posted March 27, 2015 by Martin D. Brown, Rachel Sheffield The Moynihan Report 50 Years Later: Why Marriage More Than Ever Promotes Opportunity for All

    In 1965, Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who later served as a U.S. Senator from New York, introduced what has come to be known as the Moynihan Report.[1] His report focused on the increases in disparities between white and black Americans in terms of income, standard of living, and education. Moynihan boldly asserted that the root cause of these…

  • News Releases on March 27, 2015 Heritage Foundation to Host Fmr. Mexico Pres. Vicente Fox

    Washington, DC, March, 27, 2015 – The Heritage Foundation will host a public lecture by former Mexican President Vicente Fox.  On March 31, Fox will discuss critical issues affecting all of the Western Hemisphere, from Mexico’s energy revolution to the crisis in Venezuela and the upcoming Summit of the Americas. Fox was elected president in December 2000.  His victory…

  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 2015 by Rachel Greszler, Kevin D. Dayaratna, Ph.D. Time to End the Federal Subsidy for High-Tax States

    Under federal tax law, individuals may deduct the income and property taxes that they pay to their state and local governments. In recent years, individuals have been allowed to choose between deducting their income tax or sales taxes.[1] Because federal tax deductions effectively spread the costs of these deductions across all taxpayers in the form of higher federal tax…

  • Backgrounder posted March 26, 2015 by Romina Boccia, Michael Sargent $4 Trillion and Counting: President Obama’s 2016 Budget Presents a Vision of Government Largess

    For the first time since 2010, President Obama released his annual budget on time.[1] Such punctuality is a welcome step toward normalcy in the budget process, though one wonders why it took five years for the Administration to adhere to the statutory deadline. Aside from its timeliness, there is little good that can be said about the President’s 2016 budget. Obama’s…

  • News Releases on March 26, 2015 Winfree, Gray Leave Hill for Economic Posts at the Heritage Foundation

    Washington, D.C., March 26, 2015—The Heritage Foundation announced two new appointments within its Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity. Paul Winfree was named as Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and John Gray has joined Roe as a Research Fellow. Both come to Heritage from Capitol Hill. Winfree was the Director of Income…

  • Backgrounder posted March 25, 2015 by Nicolas Loris The Antiquated Act: Time to Repeal the Antiquities Act

    President Barack Obama recently designated three national monuments in Colorado, Hawaii, and Illinois.[1] Under the Antiquities Act,[2] the President can designate areas as “national monuments” without congressional approval. Both Democratic and Republican Administrations have unilaterally used the Antiquities Act to restrict land use without input from Congress, the…

  • Backgrounder posted March 24, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

    The Hippocratic Oath proclaims: “I will keep [the sick] from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.”[1] This is an essential precept for a flourishing civil society. No one, especially a doctor, should be permitted to kill intentionally, or assist in killing intentionally, an innocent…

  • Issue Brief posted March 24, 2015 by Wendell Cox America Needs a Rational Transit Policy

    More than three decades ago, federal legislation was enacted to transfer money from highway user fees to mass transit, such as subways and buses. The diversion is so substantial that each passenger mile of transit is supported by highway user fees (such as gasoline taxes) at a rate 15 times that of each roadway passenger mile.[1] The rationale for federal transit…

  • Backgrounder posted March 23, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Defense Reform by the Numbers: Four Crucial Priorities for the Next Administration

    The Heritage Foundation recently released the 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength. This comprehensive survey of American military power evaluates the state of the Armed Forces, current threats, and the operating environment in which U.S. forces might be called on to defend a vital interest. The overall findings of the evaluation conclude that the American military is…

  • Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015 by Bruce Klingner The U.S. Needs to Respond to North Korea’s Latest Cyber Attack

    On March 17, Seoul accused Pyongyang of conducting a series of cyber attacks against South Korean nuclear facilities in December 2014.[1] South Korean prosecutors assert that North Korean hackers were responsible for repeated disclosures of information, including blueprints of South Korean nuclear reactors gleaned from cyber attacks, as well as threats to extort money and…

  • Backgrounder posted March 20, 2015 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Financial Market Utilities: One More Dangerous Concept in Dodd–Frank

    An underreported problem with the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is that it broadens the concept of what constitutes a public utility. In particular, Title VIII of Dodd–Frank confers a special status on firms that it identifies as financial market utilities (FMUs).[1] This change marks a dangerous shift in the relationship between…

  • Issue Brief posted March 20, 2015 by Drew Gonshorowski 2015 ACA-Exchange-Premiums Update: Premiums Still Rising

    Health care premiums are continuing to rise in 2015. While the pace of change has slowed since the dramatic increases of 2014, the savings promised under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have still not materialized. Measuring changes in premiums is an important element in understanding the impact of the ACA. In previous analysis, The Heritage Foundation determined that the…

  • Backgrounder posted March 16, 2015 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., Dean Cheng, Brian Slattery, Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D., Michaela Dodge, Luke Coffey, David Inserra, Charles "Cully" Stimson 10 Objectives for the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act

    The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a central piece of legislation for Congress each year. Not only has the NDAA been passed 53 years in a row, it is one of the last remaining bills that enjoys true bipartisan consensus. The annual legislation has been able to rise above the political fray in part because Congress understands the critical need to set defense…

  • News Releases on March 16, 2015 Heritage Foundation Hires Former DIA Director David R. Shedd as Visiting Distinguished Fellow

    Washington, DC, March 16, 2015 -- The Heritage Foundation has named David R. Shedd, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), as a Visiting Distinguished Fellow.  Shedd will bring his expertise to formulating policy on intelligence and defense issues to The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage…

  • Legal Memorandum posted March 13, 2015 by Andrew Kloster, Alden Abbott King v. Burwell and the Mandates: What Happens If the Supreme Court Rules Against the Administration?

    On March 4, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in King v. Burwell.[1] This case is a challenge by individuals (petitioners) who do not wish to comply with the so-called minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).[2] If the plaintiffs are successful, an Obama Administration rule granting certain…