We Will Never Forget September 11, 2001

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Twelve years ago today, the men and women getting ready to go to work at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, or boarding planes for the West Coast, didn’t know their lives would change forever.

The Heritage Foundation’s Amy Payne offers a few reflections in today’s Morning Bell:

That day will forever serve as a generation’s reminder of the fragility of life. Today, we give thanks for those who survived. We remember those who were lost in the horrific terrorist attacks. And we salute all the heroes who set aside their own safety in the chaos of that day to help their fellow Americans—whether firefighters, police, emergency responders, or strangers in the crowd.

We will never forget.

Sean Hannity Bases 7-Minute Segment on Heritage Research

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Television host Sean Hannity devoted a seven-minute segment of his Tuesday show to an exposé of wasteful government spending—and he drew his facts from The Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell. Tuesday’s Morning Bell compiled 15 of the most outrageous recent examples of wasteful spending.

Watch the video above and tell us in the comments what you think of our government’s spending habit.

How Worried Are Liberals About Defunding Obamacare?

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint is on tour this week with our sister organization, Heritage Action for America, explaining why lawmakers should defund Obamacare.

Liberals are so worried that conservatives are winning the war of ideas on this unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable law that they’re mounting a counter-offensive, Politico reports:

Americans United for Change and Protect Your Care are planning to travel across the country to counteract Heritage Action’s nine-city August tour calling on Congress to choke off funds to the president’s health care law.

Be sure to read today’s Morning Bell to debunk common myths about defunding Obamacare.

What You Won’t Learn If You Read the Washington Post or New York Times

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The Congressional Budget Office yesterday released a report on the Gang of Eight immigration bill. Today’s Morning Bell points out facts about the CBO report that aren’t being reported by the major media.

The Heritage Foundation’s Amy Payne has the scoop:

Yesterday, the CBO released its score of the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. Heritage experts are still analyzing the full report, but a few things jumped out immediately. The Gang of Eight bill:

  • WILL NOT stop illegal immigration – Despite promises of a secure border, the bill would slow future illegal immigration by only 25 percent, according to the CBO. In the next couple of decades, that means 7.5 million new illegal immigrants.
  • WILL drive down wages – For legal American workers, the CBO estimates the bill would drive down their average wages.

The bill will burden taxpayers with trillions of dollars in welfare and entitlement costs for the newly legalized immigrants under amnesty.

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How Washington Spends Your Taxes

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A new chart featured in a special Tax Day edition of the Morning Bell breaks down how Washington spends your tax dollars:

Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?

For more analysis like this, subscribe to get the Morning Bell in your inbox every weekday.

Heritage Debunks 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage

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Age distribution of minimum wage earners

Today’s Morning Bell draws on research by The Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk to debunk five liberal myths about the minimum wage:

  • Myth 1: Huge numbers of Americans earn the minimum wage.
    Fact: Just 2.9 percent of all workers in the United States earn the minimum wage.
  • Myth 2: It’s the “working poor” who earn the minimum wage.
    Fact: More than half of minimum-wage workers are between the ages of 16 and 24, and they work part-time.
  • Myth 3: Minimum-wage workers are trapped in poverty.
    Fact: The average family income of a minimum-wage worker is more than $53,000 a year.
  • Myth 4: Minimum wage workers often hold these jobs for life.
    Fact: Minimum-wage earners don’t stay in those jobs forever.
  • Myth 5: Many of those earning minimum wage are single parents.
    Fact: Very few single parents are working full-time in minimum-wage jobs.

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Jim DeMint Explains Why Government Needs to Go on a Spending Diet

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In today’s Morning Bell, Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint boils down the complicated issue of sequestration with a simple analogy:

Suppose you desperately needed to lose weight but had a Big Mac with fries and a Coke staring you in the face. You could take your need to diet seriously and say, “No thanks, I’ll have a salad.” Or you could decide to reduce the Big Mac meal by 2 percent—pushing aside a couple French fries and gobbling up the rest.

If you took Option B, how do you think that “diet” would work out for you? Well, that, my friends, is the tale of the sequester that hit us this morning.

Read the whole thing, including DeMint’s call for “a true spending diet.”

 

How the Obama Administration Pays People to Violate the Law

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President Obama. Photo: Flickr/The White House

Photo: Flickr/The White House

“The Obama Administration’s disregard for the law has struck again,” The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky and Amy Payne write in today’s Morning Bell. “And this time, it’s encouraging others to violate the law at taxpayer expense.” Continue Reading »

Win an iPhone 5 from Heritage!

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If you want the absolute best in conservative policy analysis, The Heritage Foundation is the place to be. Not only does Heritage provide informative backgrounders, resourceful charts, and easy-to-comprehend fact sheets, but we also have our finger on the pulse of breaking news each day.

Our Morning Bell is a daily must-read for the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity – and you can get it delivered straight to your inbox for free.

Today, Heritage launched a Facebook contest to encourage you and your friends to sign up for the Morning Bell. You have the chance to win an iPhone 5 by subscribing – or if you are already a subscriber, recommending that a friend sign up. Just click here to take the steps to enter. Continue Reading »

Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Comments Raise Important Questions About Dependency, Taxes, and Spending

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s  comments in a leaked video about government dependency and the percentage of Americans who do not pay federal income tax has sparked a lot of debate in the past few days.

Romney mentioned that “47 percent” of Americans are “dependent upon government” and “pay no income tax.” While those dependent on government and those that don’t pay income tax and are not necessarily one,  there is a lot of overlap. As recently as 2009, 47 percent of all tax filers paid no federal income taxes.

Heritage Foundation economist Alison Fraser raises a critical question:

So the individual income tax funds the bulk of operations of the federal government, including such core things as national defense, homeland security, and the judicial system. Shouldn’t all Americans have some stake, even if just a nominal one, in funding these government programs? Should nearly 50 percent of Americans really be exempt from funding the most basic constitutional functions of government—along with education, food stamps, energy, welfare, foreign aid, veterans’ benefits, housing, and so forth?

Furthermore, the 2012 Heritage Index of Dependence on Government found that 63.7 million Americans received either welfare benefits, Social Security, or support for higher education—an eight percent increase over the previous year. These same people were very likely to receive other federal benefits such as Medicare or food stamps. Continue Reading »

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