4 Reasons to Be Pro-Choice When It Comes to Education

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In a new report, Heritage Foundation expert Lindsey Burke reviews the academic research and finds clear benefits from school choice:

  1. More students graduate
  2. Public schools improve when faced with competition
  3. Special needs students have more options for services
  4. Parents are more involved and satisfied

“Instead of policies to increase spending on the public education system,” Burke argues, “states and local school districts would better serve students by empowering parents with control over their share of education funding.”

Read more about why empowering parents with control over their child’s education leads to better outcomes.

How Misleading Government Accounting Leaves Taxpayers on the Hook

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The federal government reports hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac off the federal budget. In what might be considered creative accounting, Washington subtracts this revenue from spending and subsequently undereports federal spending. Even worse, trillions in taxpayer liabilities are completely off the books.

“Profits paid to the Treasury in 2013 alone have resulted in federal spending and deficits being underreported by more than $100 billion,” Heritage Foundation expert Romina Boccia explains.

Since they were taken over by the federal government in 2008, Fannie and Freddie have paid more than $203 billion in profits to the U.S. Treasury — all of which is the Treasury is keeping off the federal budget. Continue Reading »

How Freeing the Energy Market Can Help Free Ukraine

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To help free Ukraine, the United States should free its energy markets, Heritage Foundation experts Nicolas Loris and Jack Spencer argue in a new report.

This policy, which wouldn’t cost taxpayers anything, would free Western Europe from dependence on Russian energy. Not only that, it would boost the economy here at home.

Russia has held the West hostage through its control of natural gas flowing into Europe. This effectively limits these countries’ ability to act in Ukraine.

Loris and Spencer identify three specific reforms that would end Russia’s monopoly of Europe’s energy market and limit Russia’s ability to use energy as a weapon: Continue Reading »

Video: ‘No Government Should Control the Lives of the People It Serves’

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“To understand where we’re going, we have to understand who we are as individuals and as a society,” Jim DeMint says in a new video about why The Heritage Foundation is so important.

America needs leadership from an organization devoted to America’s First Principles, DeMint says. That means “an organization that’s not afraid to proclaim that truth is truth, that conservatism is alive, and that no government should control the lives of the people it serves.”

Watch the video above and tell us in the comments why Heritage is important to you.

Alyene Senger on ‘the Arrogant Notion that Government Knows Best’

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While there were certainly problems with America’s health care system, Heritage’s Alyene Senger writes in the Washington Times, Obamacare has made things worse.

And while the administration has pushed unlawful “fixes” to deal with the political fallout from rules making health plans costlier, Senger writes, the administration still holds onto “the arrogant notion that government knows best.”

She continues: Continue Reading »

The Obamacare ‘Fix’ That Benefits Members of Congress

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Obamacare requires members of Congress and their staffs to ditch their existing health care plans and purchase coverage through the law’s exchanges.

This provision has proved unpopular with lawmakers, who had become accustomed to paying as little as 28 percent of the cost of their premiums.

But the Obama administration feared that amending the law would open the door to other changes or even repeal. So President Obama created a loophole for his Congressional cronies so they can keep their taxpayer-funded plans.

Heritage Foundation legal experts Andrew Kloster and Joseph Morris explain what happened: Continue Reading »

The Obama Administration’s Bad Economic Aid Plan for Ukraine

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One of President Obama’s proposed solutions to the crisis in Ukraine would limit  American influence internationally. He argues that any aid to Ukraine must be linked with “reforms” that reduce the power of the United States at the International Monetary Fund.

This is a bad reform that has nothing to do with the crisis in Eastern Europe. Not only that, it will not address the root cause of Ukraine’s economic woes, Heritage Foundation expert James Roberts argues.

“At the root of the problems in Ukraine are the lingering effects of the corrupt and inefficient post-Soviet economic systems in the heavily industrialized eastern, Russian-speaking areas and throughout the country,” he says. Ukraine ranks 155th freest out of 178 countries in Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom, and last in Europe. Continue Reading »

How Weakness and Inconsistency Allowed Crises to Develop in Ukraine and Venezuela

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The Obama administration’s flawed foreign policy strategy, which lacks both strength and consistency, has allowed major crises to develop in Ukraine and Venezuela, Heritage Foundation experts explain:

The Obama Doctrine has been a monumental failure because it fails to protect and advance U.S. interests. It is the antithesis of Ronald Reagan’s bold approach, which was based on powerful American leadership on the world stage, including a willingness to firmly stand up to America’s adversaries. Perhaps even worse, many of America’s traditional allies are questioning America’s resolve to transatlantic relations and NATO’s security guarantee.

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The Obama Administration’s Most Abusive Executive Actions

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Time and again, President Obama has stretched the limits of his executive powers, and the media has turned a blind eye.

To keep the public informed, Heritage Foundation experts have compiled a fact sheet listing his top ten most abusive executive actions.

The list includes unilateral Obamacare “fixes,” giving preferential treatment to illegal immigrants, side-stepping Senate approval when making appointments, and suspending welfare-to-work rules.

Find out what else is on the list.

Do you think the executive branch ought to be able to abuse the system in this way?

How to Get America’s Defense Back on Track

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2014 Defense Reform Handbook

Recent events in Crimea and elsewhere should remind us of the importance of a strong national defense.

Heritage Foundation experts have prepared a comprehensive report—the 2014 Defense Reform Handbook—outlining how to strengthen America’s defenses. Reforms cover areas like strategy, procurement, investments to meet future needs, personnel and logistics management, and cooperation with allies.

Here’s an excerpt: Continue Reading »

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