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  • Factsheet on April 9, 2014 How States Can Stop Discrimination: Ending Preferential Treatment on the Basis of Race, Ethnicity, and Sex After Schuette

    Equal Protection for All Americans Americans today want to live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned. A June 2013 Washington Post/ABC news poll showed that 76% of Americans oppose race-based college admissions. Proponents of racial preferences…

  • Factsheet on April 4, 2014 The Financial Stability Oversight Council

    The 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act inadequately addressed the too-big-to-fail problem. Many of the Act’s components actually increase the government’s chance of using taxpayer money to save troubled financial institutions rather than allowing these institutions to file for bankruptcy. One example is the creation of the Financial Stability…

  • Factsheet on March 27, 2014 Red Tape Rising: Obama’s Regulatory Frenzy

    The Red Tape Continues to Rise Under Obama: During President Obama’s first five years in office, the annual regulatory burden on Americans increased by nearly $73 billion. A total of 157 new major regulations were imposed. In 2013 alone, the Obama Administration imposed 26 new major rules—with 16 of them lacking adequately quantified costs. Significantly…

  • Factsheet on March 26, 2014 Civil Asset Forfeiture: 7 Things You Should Know

    1. What is civil asset forfeiture? Civil asset forfeiture is a legal tool that allows law enforcement officials to seize property that they assert has been involved in certain criminal activity. In fact, the owner of the property doesn’t even need to be guilty of a crime: Civil asset forfeiture proceedings charge the property itself with involvement in a crime. This means…

  • Factsheet on March 14, 2014 A Flawed Attempt at Protecting Minority Voters’ Rights: Voting Rights Act Amendment of 2014 (H.R. 3899, S.1945)

    Supreme Court Ruling in Shelby County v. Holder The Supreme Court struck down the coverage formula for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which required certain jurisdictions to get preclearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) or a federal court in Washington, D.C., before making changes in their voting laws. The Court found the coverage formula…

  • Factsheet on March 13, 2014 Fannie and Freddie - The Facts

    Past Government-Sponsored Enterprise (GSE). Fannie Mae became a Government-Sponsored Enterprise in 1970; Freddie Mac became a GSE in 1989. These GSEs were not a dominant factor in housing finance until the 1990s. It did not take very long for them to nearly destroy the housing market in 2007 through taxpayer-backed government guarantees. GSEs…

  • Factsheet on February 26, 2014 Top 10 Abusive Executive Actions by the Obama Administration

    A System of Divided Government Ours is a government of laws and not of men; thus, all are subject to the law and not above it. Instead of placing the legislative, executive, and judicial powers in one person, the Constitution divides federal power among three distinct but coordinate branches. The Founders devised a system of checks and balances that divided…

  • Factsheet on February 3, 2014 Ending Relentless “Fixes” to Medicare’s Physician Payment Structure: The Right Policies for Patients, Doctors, and Taxpayers

    The Problem Every year since 2003, Congress has engaged in the “doc fix” dance. Lawmakers postpone built-in cuts to Medicare reimbursement to physicians that are tied to the complex Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. This year Congress plans to prevent what would be a 24 percent pay cut for physicians who treat Medicare patients. There is…

  • Factsheet on January 30, 2014 Facts About the Minimum Wage

    Facts About the Minimum Wage Reduced Opportunities to Gain Experience Studies find raising the minimum wage does not reduce poverty.[1] It is a completely ineffective anti-poverty policy. The primary value of minimum-wage jobs is that they are learning jobs. They teach inexperienced employees basic employment skills that make them more productive and enable them…

  • Factsheet on January 8, 2014 Implementing a Bipartisan Defense Acquisition and Management Reform Agenda

    America faces a number of threats to its vital national interests: the return of great-power competition, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and weapons of lethal precision, the spread of violent extremism, and the dangers presented by failed or failing states. Reforming the defense acquisition process is critical for making the most of each dollar spent on…

  • Factsheet on January 7, 2014 Top 10 Broken Obamacare Promises

    Promise: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Reality: Millions of Americans have lost and will lose their coverage due to Obamacare. Obamacare has significantly disrupted the market for those who buy coverage on their own by imposing new coverage and benefit mandates, causing a reported 4.7 million health…

  • Factsheet on December 2, 2013 Obama Administration Undermining Military Readiness

    Obama Administration Undermining Military Readiness President Obama has neglected America’s armed forces, underestimated the forces needed to defend us, and failed to implement any serious reform agenda. Rather than looking for ways to deliver more bang for the buck, the White House has done little more than make ill-advised cuts and call them “efficiencies.” The results…

  • Factsheet on November 15, 2013 Losing Health Insurance Due to Obamacare

    Millions of Americans are finding out they will lose their current health plan due to Obamacare. Contrary to the statements made by some, Obamacare interrupts insurance for everyone, not just the Americans who purchase coverage directly in the individual market. These sweeping changes are why the President’s proposed actions, and alternative legislative efforts like…

  • Factsheet on November 5, 2013 The Top Three Myths About the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    The Obama Administration’s advocacy for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is founded on a false premise—that U.S. ratification will benefit Americans with disabilities, particularly when they travel abroad. There is, however, no evidence whatsoever to support that premise. In reality, the Administration’s case for ratification is founded on…

  • Factsheet on October 30, 2013 ENDA Threatens Fundamental Civil Liberties

    What ENDA Does The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) (S. 815) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would make it illegal for organizations with 15 or more employees to “fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise discriminate against any individual … because of such individual’s actual or…