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  • Commentary posted December 4, 2013 by Patrick Tyrrell Pricing unskilled workers out of their jobs

    Congress soon will vote on raising the federal minimum wage to more than $10 per hour. Few realize that, from the perspective of many employers, the government has already done this. Although the administration has announced a one-year delay in enforcing the Obamacare employer mandate, come 2015 the penalty for not offering employee health care benefits will add…

  • Commentary posted November 2, 2013 by Romina Boccia Reform is needed to prevent old-age poverty

    Social Security would give “some measure of protection against poverty-ridden old age,” as President Franklin Roosevelt said in 1935 when the Social Security Act became law. Today’s program is very different. It leaves some eligible seniors in poverty, while providing benefits to more than 47,000 millionaires. Because the program operates on a pay-as-you-go basis,…

  • Commentary posted September 23, 2013 by Robert Rector News Flash! Food Stamps Need Reform

    In a recent NRO article, Henry Olsen charges that the Heritage Foundation is leading a “conservative war on food stamps” that will take “food from the mouths of the genuinely hungry.” He declares this the “most baffling political move of the year.” A bit of background is in order. Food stamps are merely the tip of a much larger iceberg. In 2012, government spent $916…

  • Commentary posted September 19, 2013 by James Sherk Should workers get a raise?

    Medieval doctors bled their patients with leeches. Far from improving their condition, it left them worse off. Raising the wages of fast-food workers to $15 an hour would produce similar results for those the proposal is intended to help. In America, minimum wage workers are better paid than the average worker in Mexico. Why? It’s not because U.S. employers are more…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser More Bad News for Chicago

    Friday the 13th brought more bad news for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago. Standard and Poor’s (S&P) revised the city’s bond outlook from stable to negative. Negative is… well… bad. But certainly this wasn’t a surprise. After all, Moody’s took even stronger action and actually downgraded the city’s bond rating in July. And it’s well known that the city has a couple of huge…

  • Commentary posted August 22, 2013 by Emily Goff The Top 10 Ways Washington Wastes Money

    Whether it’s negotiating over how much to spend on government operations or the government’s borrowing limit, we hear a familiar refrain in Washington these days: There is absolutely no room to cut federal spending. This is not the case. Many people remember the millions spent on the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.” But how about the millions of dollars in federal spending…

  • Commentary posted August 21, 2013 by Alison Acosta Fraser Federal Spending Is Full of Surprises

    As Washington’s quiet August days dwindle down, Labor Day — and the return of Congress — draw nearer. With no spending bills passed and a debate looming over the debt limit, this fall promises to be quite contentious on Capitol Hill. So let me recommend some pertinent summer reading. Short and easy to read, The Heritage Foundation’s “Federal Spending by the Numbers” is…

  • Commentary posted August 12, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Verily, Christians Disagree on Immigration 'Reform'

    Imagine a major Christian leader citing Scripture while writing about marriage, abortion, divorce or sexual abstinence in a commentary published by a mainstream newspaper. Imagine him encouraging reforms that “reflect biblical principles,” noting that “nations will be judged,” that Christian lawmakers should “let personal faith replace political fear.” Imagine him…

  • Commentary posted July 3, 2013 by Derrick Morgan Reform the Welfare State, Don’t Enlarge It with Amnesty

    Conservatives and libertarians both recognize the urgency of reforming the welfare state. Why, then, are some members of both camps so willing to add millions of people to our welfare and entitlements systems before we fix them? I am talking about the proposed amnesty of 11 million people included in the so-called Gang of Eight’s Senate immigration bill. Obviously,…

  • Commentary posted June 16, 2013 by Daren Bakst We Need the Right Farm Bill, Not Just Any Farm Bill

    It sounds like Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) just wants to pass a farm bill — any farm bill. On Wednesday, he announced that he will support the House farm bill despite his concerns with the $1 trillion legislation. It’s time for Boehner and others to stop playing politics with farm policy and start getting serious about ways to improve the legislation. The…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Stop the Farm Bill: FDR's Socialist Structure Still Violating Farmers

    The massive farm bill being considered by the House of Representatives — the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947) — exemplifies the regulatory excess that characterizes the federal government today and which dominates our agricultural policy. Much of this government control began implementation in the 1930s, led by advisors and aides to the…

  • Commentary posted June 13, 2013 by Edwin Meese III I Recall the 1986 Immigration Act Rather Differently

    Karl Rove's recollection of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act ("Immigration Reform and the Hispanic Vote," op-ed, June 6) is, shall we say, highly selective. That law, he writes, "essentially told those here illegally that if they had arrived in the U.S. prior to 1982 and wanted to become citizens, simply raise your right hand." He asserts that the Gang of Eight…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2013 by Salim Furth, Ph.D. Senator Whitehouse's Mistaken Austerity Addition

    On Tuesday I testified to the Senate Budget Committee about the effects of the debt on our country’s growth expectations. These tend to be dry, academic affairs, but this one had a bit of drama. At one point, Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, rose to question my numbers and to call me meretricious, which is an SAT word for lying. Turns out the mistake…

  • Commentary posted May 31, 2013 by Daren Bakst The Costly and Outdated Farm Bill

    Congress is once again taking up the farm bill - and continuing to treat agriculture like it was 1933, not 2013. The result: billions of taxpayer dollars going to waste. This is unacceptable. It's time for lawmakers to make reforms that reflect the reality of modern-day agriculture. Even calling it the "farm bill" doesn't reflect reality. Both the Senate and House…

  • Commentary posted May 23, 2013 by Derrick Morgan A Response to Keith Hennessey on Immigration

    Recently, Keith Hennessey, a former economic advisor to President George W. Bush, pointed out what he thinks are eight problems with the Heritage cost estimate of unlawful immigration and amnesty. During the course of his post he notes that “making 8-9 million people here illegally into U.S. citizens would increase future deficits” and “[t]here is a significant fiscal…