Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Heritage Foundation

$100 Billion in Improper Welfare Payments Uncovered

News that the federal government spends $100 billion improperly caused barely a ripple in light of its enormous budget and the continuous flow of revelations of such waste and corruption that have provided journalists with full-time careers in tracking them down and writing about them.

$100 billion is less than 3 percent of the federal government’s annual budget and most observers are probably happy that it isn’t any worse than that. Two such journos at National Review uncovered

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The Shriver Report decries gender wage discrimination, ignores White House wage discrimination

When Maria Shriver’s latest book, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink”, became available on Amazon on Saturday, January 11, it already had 25 “five star” ratings reflecting its basic theme: there continues to be a huge gender pay gap – 77 percent to be exact – between the sexes. Worthies ranging from liberal Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter to NBA basketball star LeBron James to Beyoncé

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America’s Economic Freedom Slide Continues, says the Heritage Foundation

The latest Index of Economic Freedom released by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal shows just how successful the Bush and Obama administrations have been in their seeming attempts to turn the United States into a third world economy. The index shows

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More Hidden Costs of Obamacare Coming to Light

The latest tally shows that Obamacare enrollments are just over 2 million, falling far short of the estimated 3.3 million expected to sign up by January 1st, and putting into serious doubt the goal of 7 million by the end of March.

At first blush, it’s the premiums. Many are learning to their dismay that

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White House Thanksgiving Day reminder: Let’s all be like Lucy

Last Tuesday the White House issued a Thanksgiving Day reminder: “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of Americans put food on the table.” Then began a litany of statistics and charts along with explanations of how wonderful SNAP is, even getting in a dig at those selfish “House Republicans [who] would cause nearly 4 million Americans to lose access to SNAP next year.”

Harold Maass, writing at the liberal TheWeek.com blog, explained all the reasons why conservatives hate food stamps:

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Tracking America’s Decline

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 30th, 2013:

For years, both the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation have published studies purporting to measure just how much freedom countries around the world enjoy, based on a number of indices. Heritage tracks how closely countries hew to the rule of law, how they apply principles of limited government, how onerous the regulatory state is, and how extensively open and free markets are embraced.

Cato, on the other hand, looks at how much personal choice each country’s citizens enjoy, how free they are to engage in voluntary exchange, and how secure their rights in private property are.

Both have recently published their results for 2013, based on the latest available data. The news isn’t good. In some cases, it is

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More Americans Say Country is Headed in the Wrong Direction

Last week’s poll from Bloomberg show that 68 percent of Americans – two out of every three – say that the country is heading in the wrong direction, the most in two years and a substantial increase just since the first of the year. In addition, it appears that more Americans are blaming President Obama as the cause,

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“Defund Obamacare” Tours Begin, Putting Pressure on Reluctant Senators

On Monday the Heritage Foundation was joined by two Tea Party grassroots organizations, Tea Party Patriots and For America, on “Defund Obamacare” tours to bring political pressure on Senators who have not yet signed Senator Ted Cruz’s Defund Obamacare Act (Senate Bill 1292). The Heritage tour started in Fayetteville, Arkansas and will visit nine cities by the end of August. The tour backed by Tea Party Patriots and For America will start in Ohio and

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The President’s arrogance and ignorance is becoming more intolerable

Now he’s calling me a member of the “flat-earth society,” for which he doesn’t have time. His agenda of destruction is far too important to hear from or consider the opinions offered by people who disagree with it. He did, however, inadvertently say something intelligent about the effect his plans to solve “climate change” will have on the rest of us:

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CBO Cost Estimates on Senate Immigration Bill Celebrated, Challenged

When the Congressional Budget Office’s cost estimate of S. 744 – the Gang of Eight’s controversial immigration bill – was published on Tuesday, there was celebrating on both sides of the issue. Said Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of that gang and the original sponsor of the bill:

Simply put, this report is a huge

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IRS Investigations Used in the Past to Intimidate and Punish White House Enemies

The recent admissions of guilt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it deliberately targeted conservative non-profits for intimidation have forced to the surface a long list of other IRS abuses that have faded from public memory with the passage of time.

The IRS has been a tool of intimidation and neutralization for decades under administrations as far back as

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The Real Cost of Amnesty

Despite disclaimers by the authors of the Heritage Foundation’s latest report on the cost of amnesty to U.S. taxpayers that their estimates are probably too low, they fail altogether to mention the continuing loss of

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Senate Majority Leader Reid Fast Tracking the Internet Sales Tax Vote

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided last week to push through Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi’s bill, the Marketplace Fairness Act, so that it bypasses any committee debates and thus can be brought to the floor for a vote immediately. A vote on Enzi’s bill, s. 743, is expected this week. The Wall Street Journal noted that in his haste to get the bill to the floor for a vote,

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More on the internet sales tax

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint just resigned from the Senate to become head of the Heritage Foundation. I read his book Saving Freedom and understood better why he was a Tea Party favorite. He certainly was one of mine.

Pressure to pass a law allowing states to collect sales taxes from non-residents simply because they purchased something online is building and DeMint’s response to it is interesting:

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Some thoughts on the Boston attacks

Thankfully no one is calling it the “second Boston Massacre.” There is no connection whatever between what happened there in 1770 and what happened yesterday.

But I have some thoughts, and some reassuring comments from the Heritage Foundation as well. At first

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Jim DeMint takes over at Heritage

Yesterday I commented on Ed Feulner’s departure from The Heritage Foundation after 35 years and his reminiscences on the battle of freedom from his perspective from which I took some comfort. Today Heritage’s new president, Jim DeMint, takes over, and the first thing he did was

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Head Start Doesn’t Give the Kids a Head Start

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Photograph of Lady Bird Johnson Visiting a Classroom for Project Head Start, 03/19/1966 (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

Here’s how the cancer of government grows. Head Start began in 1965 as a summer program. It didn’t work. An apologist who edited content at Wikipedia said “Experience showed that six weeks of pre-school couldn’t make up for five years of poverty.” And so the program, which failed, was - you guessed it - expanded in 1981. It grew further in 2007. It is, according to Wiki, “one of the longest-running programs to address systemic poverty in the United States.” More than 22 million kids have “participated.”

The Department of Health and Human Services finally decided to see if there were any positive results after spending $180 billion: they finished collecting the data in 2008 but the results were so

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Fiscal Cliff Funny Numbers: Taxpayers Pay More Yet Deficits Rise

Uncle Sam is Broke

Uncle Sam is Broke (Photo credit: Infrogmation)

Now that the House of Representatives has virtually rubber-stamped the Senate bill to avoid going over the fiscal cliff – the so-called American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) – which President Obama is expected to sign shortly, commentators have been working feverishly to determine exactly what is in the 157-page bill that no one had time to read before being rushed to completion at the very last minute.

The analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) measured the impact of ATRA against its baseline assumption that the congress would do nothing and let all the pieces and parts of the fiscal cliff occur automatically. In that baseline, annual government deficits would have been cut in half, from $1.1 trillion to about $640 trillion. But under the new law, the national debt will increase by

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Dependence on Government Continues to Grow

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Sheeple (Photo credit: AZRainman)

The Heritage Foundation just published its latest report on its “Index of Dependence on Government” and it doesn’t look good: Romney was right, there are more riders in the boat than pullers at the oars:

The Index of Dependence on Government, which measures dependence on government  programs for housing, food, income, student aid, or other assistance, has risen dramatically since 2007.

If you click on the link above you’ll see their graph. It’s exponential. Not only is it rising, it’s rising at an increasingly rapid rate. As Herb Stein says, if something can’t continue, it will stop.

Here is a restatement of the graph from Heritage:

 The updated Index reveals:

  • Government dependency jumped 3.28 percent in 2011, with the largest increases in higher education loans and grants and in retirement spending.
  • This is the fourth year in a row that the Index has risen, rising 31.73 percent in that time.
  • At the same time, nearly half of the U.S. population (48.47 percent) does not pay any federal income taxes.

This is why the welfare state is so destructive. It removes personal responsibility from individuals who then become more like

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Taxmageddon Only Part of the Problem

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Explosion (Photo credit: Freidwall)

The Heritage Foundation went to the trouble of calculating exactly what will happen to the tax liabilities of taxpayers if Taxmageddon stays in place after the first of the year. Accordingly to Amy Payne, “Taxmageddon” is the

horrifying combination of expiring pro-growth tax policies from 2001 and 2003, the end of the once-temporary payroll tax cut, and just a few of Obamacare’s 18 new tax hikes…

Taxmageddon will be the largest tax increase EVER to hit Americans. It’s nearly $500 billion in one year, starting January 1. That’s two months away.

Here is Heritage’s breakdown of Taxmageddon’s impact on Americans:

  • Families with an average income of $70,662: tax increase of $4,138
  • Baby boomers with an average income of $95,099: tax increase of   $4,223
  • Low-income workers with an average income of $24,757: tax increase of $1,207
  • Millennials with an average income of $23,917: tax increase of $1,099
  • Retirees with an average income of $42,553: tax increase of $857

But even this fails to measure the real impact of Taxmageddon starting January 1. It’s that most of the tax increases will be borne by s

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.

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