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AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Saying that something helps small businesses is a great way to gain public support for your cause. Except when it’s not true. Take, for example, claims about the government-run Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes U.S. exports by providing discount loans to foreign governments and businesses to purchase American...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Saying that something helps small businesses is a great way to gain public support for your cause. Except when it’s not true. Take, for example, claims about the government-run Export-Import Bank, which subsidizes U.S. exports by providing discount loans to foreign governments and businesses to purchase American...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Obamacare is a huge factor for voters this fall, a new Politico poll shows, with 89 percent of respondents saying it will affect their votes. In a new poll of registered voters in competitive congressional districts, Politico set the stage for respondents this way: Recently it was announced...
HERITAGE FOUNDATION, AMY PAYNE President Obama has been on a foreign tour. How’s it going on the world stage? Probably not so well when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is accusing him of “whining” and “whiffing.” Dowd’s eviscerating assessment of Obama’s foreign policy is timely. “It doesn’t feel like leadership,” she said...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Today is “Equal Pay Day” for those who believe that The Man is keeping women down. Convincing people that injustice is taking place is a great way to push your policy agenda—and that’s where “Equal Pay Day” comes from. It’s the left’s claim that women in America...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Today is kinda-sorta the deadline to sign up for Obamacare, though if you want to say you’re “in line” for coverage, the administration is okay with that. (If your state is running its own Obamacare exchange, it may be keeping its deadline firm, so check with...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Obamacare has caused seemingly endless problems, and one of the big—and very personal—ones will be on display at the Supreme Court next week. Often called the HHS (Health and Human Services) mandate, one of Obamacare’s stipulations is that employers who are providing health coverage to their employees...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION If you’re a mom of grown children, this is for you. Did you know that the Obama administration and the state of Rhode Island are counting on you to nag your kids into signing up for Obamacare? Good old-fashioned guilt and annoyance—that’s the ticket, apparently. But just giving...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Cases have been popping up across the country where individuals have declined to bake cakes or take photos for same-sex wedding ceremonies—and government has punished them. This week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a bill that would have put religious liberty protections in place in...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Cases have been popping up across the country where individuals have declined to bake cakes or take photos for same-sex wedding ceremonies—and government has punished them. This week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a bill that would have put religious liberty protections in place in...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION On Super Bowl Sunday, Bill O’Reilly asked President Obama what many Americans are probably wondering. “Was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation over and over, ‘If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance’?” >>> Check Out: How Some Senate Farm Bill...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION On Super Bowl Sunday, Bill O’Reilly asked President Obama what many Americans are probably wondering. “Was it the biggest mistake of your presidency to tell the nation over and over, ‘If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance’?” >>> Check Out: How Some Senate Farm Bill...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION It would take only 33 minutes for a missile to reach the U.S. from anywhere in the world. That’s a sobering thought when North Korea is taunting America with threatening video propaganda about its nuclear capabilities and Iran is advancing its nuclear program. In response to these...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION In his State of the Union address, President Obama said he wanted to “make high-quality preschool available to every child in America” and “make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” So Heritage experts took a look at the President’s plan to...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Yesterday, President Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya to succeed Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11. Six months after that attack—and two federal investigations later—we still have an alarmingly small amount of information about it. The Obama Administration...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION It’s time for Congress to make a real budget—and not just any budget. It’s been four years since the U.S. had a real budget. While the House of Representatives has passed budgets, the Senate has stopped each one. Instead, the Senate under Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION To understand what’s going on in the Supreme Court today, we have to go back in time. The year was 1965. Hundreds of people gathered in Selma, Alabama, to march for black Americans’ right to vote. Some states, especially in the South, had set up obstacles to...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION If you had to cut your family’s budget, where would you cut? Would you immediately start starving your children and stop wearing shoes? Of course not. You would look at the extras in your life—whether they were coffee shop lattes, movie tickets, or restaurant meals. It’s a good...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION President Obama has so many flip-flops in his policy positions that it’s hard to keep track. After running for President supporting traditional marriage, he “evolved” to support same-sex marriage—and now his Justice Department has officially urged the Supreme Court to overthrow the law of the land. The...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION President Obama’s pick as the next Secretary of Defense is the wrong one. Heritage’s defense and foreign policy experts have examined the record of Chuck Hagel, the Republican former Senator from Nebraska, and concluded he simply does not have the experience and skills for the job....
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Federal budget cuts called “sequestration” are scheduled to hit in just 10 days. The sequestration cuts are not perfect—they’re a blunt instrument to cut spending, rather than a deliberative plan that sets priorities, trims entitlements, and cuts other spending. But they are law. It would be better...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda last night. Here are some highlights of our experts’ analysis of his claims, his plans, and his promises. Responding to Newtown All Americans, no matter what our backgrounds or political perspectives, abhor the death of innocent human beings. We...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Heritage Foundation has released the following statement: America’s heritage of immigration has fueled our nation’s strength and diversity, yet our immigration system has become so politicized and dysfunctional that it causes untold personal tragedies, strains the fiscal capacity of public services in many states, and prevents...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is likely to be confirmed today as the next Secretary of State after sailing through a Senate hearing last week. What does this mean for America and its foreign policy? As Heritage’s Helle Dale wrote after last week’s hearing: "The bad news for the...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION (Reid Vs Reid Video) Think your state has equal representation in the Senate? Well, that could be eliminated soon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—a Democrat from Nevada—is trying to ensure that he personally has the final say on all legislation. And under one plan being considered, only three...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Today, the House will vote on a proposal that would suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying a bit more time for the overarching budget debate. This puts off the difficult decisions that are needed to get the country’s fiscal situation in order. Heritage’s vice...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION When confronted with the murder of children, the only reaction is anger, shock, and grief. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, America has been reeling. We want to protect our fellow Americans, our families, and ourselves. We want to understand the causes...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Did you know that yesterday was Religious Freedom Day in America? It didn’t get a lot of attention, since President Obama was busy signing executive orders, but he also put out a proclamation on religious freedom. “Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us...
AMY PAYNE, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Yesterday, President Obama accused his opposition in Congress of threatening to “default” on America’s loans in order to make a political point. "I am not going to have a monthly or every three months conversation about whether or not we pay our bills because that in and...