President Obama announced a unilateral amnesty plan for illegal immigrants at a speech last night.

This plan is not just lawless and unconstitutional but bad policy, Heritage’s David Inserra writes in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Addressing the National Council of La Raza in 2011, President Barack Obama said it was “tempting” to bypass Congress on immigration. “But,” he quickly added, “that’s not how our system works; that’s not how our democracy functions; that’s not how our Constitution is written.”

Today the president is singing a different tune, vowing to ignore Congress and unilaterally grant administrative amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants via “executive action.” Last week, the White House’s 10-point plan was leaked to Fox News and The New York Times. Mr. Obama, it seems, is determined to disregard the limits of presidential power and plunge our nation into a constitutional crisis.

The president argues, in essence, that because Congress hasn’t passed legislation granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, he has no choice but to ram it through on his own. In addition to flouting the democratic process and undermining the rule of law, this autocratic course of action will actually encourage yet another wave of illegal immigration — worsening rather than relieving the problem.

What do you think Congress should do to stop President Obama’s overreach?

The Japanese economy experienced negative growth for two quarters in a row, technically meaning it has entered a recession. (Photo: Natsuki Sakai/Newscom)

Japan unexpectedly announced this week that its economy is hurting, with negative growth reported for both the second and third quarters of 2014. Why? Stephen Moore, The Heritage Foundation’s resident economist, gives us the answer — and it probably won’t surprise you.

Japan raised taxes, in particular its sales tax.

It was supposed to be a way to help lower the national debt after massive government spending on infrastructure. Liberals also persuaded the Japanese Central Bank to flood the country with printed money in an effort to stimulate the economy. The result was a negative economic recovery as well as a devalued yen that makes it harder for the Japanese to buy imported goods – and all in just over six months.

Moore concludes:

It’s all a tragic story of economic playmaking that has gone all wrong.  But don’t tell that to Paul Krugman of the New York Times, who predicted Japan “may end up showing the rest of us the way out” of stagnation.

Should the United States follow the Japanese example?

Congress should cut spending and rein in the national debt, Heritage Foundation economist Romina Boccia argues in The Hill.

Boccia has three suggestions for the incoming Congress:

  1. Reform the big three entitlement programs – Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Reform should be focused on helping those who are truly in need and discouraging dependence on the government. If nothing is done, 85 percent of spending increases will come from these three programs alone.
  2. Cut duplicative, wasteful government spending and spending that’s outside of federal authority. Boccia suggests an independent commission charged with finding ways to whittle away at waste and cut back on spending that exceeds the proper scope of the federal government.
  3. Control spending with firm caps. “Spending caps that limit spending growth to the rate of inflation encourage Congress and federal agencies to operate more efficiently and prioritize spending in the public interest,” she explains.

What spending would you cut first? Tell us in the comments.

Congress this week failed to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been bottled up by red tape. The debate over the pipeline, which would help reduce your energy costs, is sure to continue after the new Congress takes office in January.

Earlier this year, NBC’s Meet the Press featured a debate about the pipeline between Heritage Foundation energy expert Nick Loris and a Sierra Club representative.

Watch the video above, then tell us in the comments who you think won the debate.

President Obama hopes to shield as many as 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation and give many of them work permits. (Photo: Oliver Douliery/Newscom)

Less than two weeks removed from a pummeling at the polls, an unbowed and unrepentant President Obama is preparing to move ahead with an executive order granting amnesty to more than 5 million illegal immigrants.

Heritage Foundation immigration expert David Inserra has written about the widespread negative effects of such a plan. Offering amnesty will further incentivize illegal immigration, make it harder for the Department of Homeland Security to do its job, and “shred the rule of law.”

Do you think granting unilaterally amnesty is legal?

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