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  • Commentary posted March 25, 2013 by Michael Franc Obamacare Costs Spark Voter Cynicism

    Ask any pollster. Distrust of the government in Washington stands at unprecedentedly high levels. Between three-quarters (Pew) and four-fifths (Gallup) of Americans now instinctively question the veracity of promises from politicians and government agencies. Their frustration with all things governmental, in fact, has reached the boiling point. According to one recent…

  • Commentary posted February 13, 2013 by Michael Franc, Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. Obama Takes a Liberal Turn

    There was a time when President Obama felt the need to hide behind Ronald Reagan's view of the proper role of government. "I've never believed," he said repeatedly on the campaign trail in 2010, "that government has all the answers to our problems." Nor is it the government's role "to create jobs or prosperity." Rather, it is "the drive and ingenuity of our entrepreneurs"…

  • Commentary posted January 17, 2013 by Michael Franc Head Start: Still Useless

    What is it about the Head Start program that prevents presumably responsible adults from doing what’s best for poor children? What prompts this question is the reaction to a scientifically rigorous evaluation of Head Start released last month. Conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, the study demonstrates (once again) that this Great Society program just…

  • Commentary posted January 3, 2013 by Michael Franc Simple Math Will Force Change

    Congress and the president handled the "fiscal cliff" negotiations with equal parts histrionics and ham-fistedness. But that doesn't prove that Washington is now haplessly dysfunctional. Rather, it was the entirely predictable consequence of this moment in history. What's unique about our time is our nation's unprecedented fiscal imbalance — the product of an…

  • Commentary posted November 14, 2012 by Michael Franc The Year of Multiple Mandates

    The 2012 election, we were told, would provide clarity. One side or the other would emerge with a mandate. The losers would have to accept the voters’ judgment and back down. Soon, legislative gridlock would give way to constructive deal-making, and progress would be made on the great issues of the day. Well, the results are (largely) in, and Washington finds itself…

  • Commentary posted November 3, 2012 by Michael Franc Parsing the Polls

    Last week, the Gallup Organization provided more fodder for the debate over whether this year’s polls are skewed due to a systematic over-representation of Democrats in the samples. If Gallup has it right, Governor Romney’s lead may be several percentage points greater than the most recent round of polls suggests. Gallup reviewed all of its interviews with “likely…

  • Commentary posted October 25, 2012 by Michael Franc Income Matters in Voters' Choices

    In a Wall Street Journal column, Phil Gramm and Mike Solon ask whether the recent rapid expansion of the welfare state has altered the “old metrics” for assessing how the economy affects elections. Specifically, they raise three pointed questions: Do the tens of millions of Americans who use one or more of the 80 federal welfare programs “feel the same level of…

  • The Importance of the Veteran Vote - Mike Franc on Fox News Radio Audio Recorded on September 27, 2012 The Importance of the Veteran Vote - Mike Franc on Fox News Radio

    Mike Franc, Vice President of Government Studies, discusses the importance of the veteran vote in the upcoming 2012 election with Mark Carbonaro on Fox News Radio.…

  • Commentary posted September 14, 2012 by Michael Franc Two Tribes

    Why, the perplexed talk-show host asked last week, would the Democrats expunge all references to God from their party platform? And why reverse the party’s position that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel? How, he wondered, could this ever have happened? Good questions. To help answer them, I turned to the Pew Research Center’s American Values Survey, one of the best…

  • Play Movie Heritage VPs From the RNC in Tampa - Fox's Power Play Panel Video Recorded on August 28, 2012 Heritage VPs From the RNC in Tampa - Fox's Power Play Panel

    Heritage Vice Presidents Mike Gonzalez (Communications), Genevieve Wood (Marketing) and Mike Franc (Government Studies) take on the RNC in Tampa on Fox's Power Play Panel.…

  • Commentary posted August 9, 2012 by Michael Franc Keep That Pay Raise, I Can't Afford It

    Does our $927-billion-per-year welfare state discourage the poor from seeking work? Does it cause them to shun pay hikes? Does it, in short, create dependency? This may be the most intractable problem afflicting the welfare state. With a renewed interest in the Clinton-era welfare reform and President Obama’s recent announcement that he would ignore its famously…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2012 by Michael Franc Helping Workers RAISE Themselves

    “I want every man to have the chance . . . in which he can better his condition; when he may look forward and hope to be a hired laborer this year and the next, work for himself afterwards, and finally to hire men to work for him. That is the true system.”  — Abraham Lincoln How better to encourage Lincoln’s “true system” of upward mobility than by allowing…

  • Commentary posted May 26, 2012 by Michael Franc Is the Constitution a Republican Plot?

    It’s one of the clearest, easiest-to-understand provisions in the Constitution. And Harry Reid’s Senate flouts it routinely. The Origination Clause in Article I, Section 7 states: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” In addition to clarity, this…

  • Commentary posted May 9, 2012 by Michael Franc A Stealth Expansion of the Welfare State

    Our national-security capabilities are set to implode next January. That’s when tens of billions of dollars in across-the-board cuts will take effect, hitting every Pentagon account with an immediate 10 percent cut. In the words of the Obama White House, these cuts will be “devastating” and “undermine our national security.” The nation’s top military leaders agree.…

  • Play Movie Mike Franc on Unions on WSYM Video Recorded on March 12, 2012 Mike Franc on Unions on WSYM

    Mike Franc comments on unions on WSYM.…