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 Heritage Network… Top Five Must See charts of 2013
As part of our countdown to the new year, here are Heritage’s top five must-see charts of 2013. 5. What If a Typical Family Spent Money Like the Federal Government? While middle-class families are still plagued by a sluggish recovery in the Obama economy, this is what their finances would look like if they spent money like the government—and it’s not a pretty picture. Most families understand that it is unwise to constantly spend excessive amounts compared to what they take in, but... read more
 WND RADIO… Is this Obama's Monica Lewinsky?
'Somebody can lie to you over and over again and do it pretty convincingly' Lyndon Johnson had Vietnam. Richard Nixon had Watergate. Ronald Reagan had Iran-Contra. George H.W. Bush had tax increases. And, as first reported by The Drudge Report, Bill Clinton had an intimate relationship with a White House intern. Now President Obama has a major credibility issue that is sure to forever taint his legacy. Obama’s credibility will be difficult to regain after the failure of his core Obamacare... read more
 Heartlander… Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Is ‘Game-Changer’ for U.S. Economy, By Alyssa Carducci
December 20, 2013 - A new policy study explains the facts about hydraulic fracturing so legislators and regulators can make better-informed decisions on fracking issues. The study, authored by energy policy analyst Isaac Orr and published by The Heartland Institute, which also publishes Environment & Climate News, documents the economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing, environmental challenges, and public policy options. From Novelty to Mainstream - Hydraulic... read more
 The gray haired brigade is coming, Sent by a reader
The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday.  If all of us “old farts” have all of the money, then let us try to elect someone who might be near honest and not be after feathering their own nests. They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs.  Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting... read more
Evil Preaches Tolerance Until It Is Dominant, Then Seeks to Silence Good, By Erick Erickson
December 20th, 2013 - In 1987, Andre Sarano took a photograph of Christ on the cross in a jar of urine. It won the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art’s “Awards in the Visual Arts” competition, which was sponsored in part by taxpayers. Outraged Christians were told they didn’t have to see it. They did not have to go to the museum. Their money, of course, had to fund the National Endowment for the Arts, but they... read more
Sufficient Reason… Politics, religion, and life from an uncomfortably logical and rational perspective
Dear Liberal…Here’s Why I’m So Hostile - by Jeremy N. Choate - This essay is a bit of departure from my usually reasonable and logical approach to important issues.  That’s not to say that the essay isn’t well-reasoned and is bereft of logical argumentation, but I freely admit that it’s polemical, in nature.  Sometimes you’re just pissed, and you need to vent.  Here’s my vent… Lately, I must admit that my hostility towards your political ilk has ramped up, pretty dramatically.  No, it’s not because we, at this... read more
Heritage Network…Top 10 Broken Obamacare Promises, by Alyene Senger
December 19, 2013 Since the passage of Obamacare in 2010, many of the President’s famous promises have been routinely broken. As he so ironically threatened in 2009, “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” To that end, here are 10 promises of Obamacare that have already been broken. 1. “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Reality: Millions of Americans have lost and will lose their current coverage due to Obamacare. 4.7 million... read more
Democrat: Investigate every homeschool parent, By Bob Unruh
Proposal gives nearly unlimited power to 'unqualified' social workers - A Democratic state senator in Ohio has proposed a law that would require every homeschooling parent to be investigated and approved by social services agencies before they would be allowed to teach their own children. The Home School Legal Defense Association calls the bill sponsored by Sen. Capri Cafaro the “worst-ever homeschool law proposed.” “SB 248 is breathtakingly onerous in its scope,” says a report by Michael... read more
Heritage Network… How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income, by Amy Payne
December 17, 2013 - How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the prices of everything you buy. As Heritage experts Nicolas Loris, Kevin Dayaratna, and David Kreutzer explain... read more
Townhall… Judge Calls Obamacare "Totally Ineffective" While Striking Down Contraception Mandate
By Conn Carroll - Dec 17, 2013 - Yesterday, Judge Brian Cogan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, not only struck down Obamacare's contraception mandate as applied to religious non-profit organizations, but also sent a strong signal that federal courts were losing patience with President Obama's many stitches of executive power. Previous courts had ruled against President Obama's contraception mandate as applied to for-profit entities (see Sebelius v Hobby Lobby)... read more
Townhall Finance… Death by Renewables, by Marita Noon
Dec 15, 2013 - “Even green projects have an impact on their surrounding environment.” Green energy, specifically so-called renewables, has been sold to the American public as the answer to a host of crimes against the planet. But, as Lex Berko points out in her post on Motherboard, “even green” has its downside. Biomass may be “renewable,” but burning it releases CO2. Then, it’s expensive: “A 100% renewable-energy mix from in-state sources... read more
Redstate…10 Reasons to Vote Against the Murray-Ryan Giant Spending and Deficit Increase, By Michael Hammond
December 14th, 2013 (1) IT INCREASES SPENDING BY OVER $50 BILLION DOLLARS. PERIOD. “New discretionary spending” would be increased by $26,300,000,000 this year, $21, 600,000,000 next year (fiscal year 2015), and $8,600,000,000 in fiscal year 2016. Thus, the total discretionary spending increases for three years is $56,500,000,000. This budget’s ... read more
Patriot Action Network…A Father's Letter to his Children, Posted by Roger O'Daniel
December 14, 2013 Family wisdom and the life story of family patriarchs often are lost because parents neglect to pass it on to their children. This letter is about advice given to me by my father, now deceased. I was about to enter high school when this conversation took place. It also includes a bit of personal history that followed that conversation. Hopefully, you might find a thought or two worthy enough to pass on to your children when... read more
Masters in Accounting… Follow the money
Politics is big business, with millions spent each year trying to sway the electoral process. Which industries, businesses and outside interests have donated the most to which candidates? How Much Money Are We Talking About? In short, lots. Here’s a look at what candidates in 2013-2014 have raised for this election cycle... read more
Townhall Finance… Catholic Capitalist Replies to the Pope, by John Ransom
Dec 12, 2013 - Dear Holy Father, I say to you Peace Be with You and Merry Christmas. May God continue to bless your work in spreading the Good News. I ask especially for your prayers for me. I congratulate you on your recent selection as TIME Magazine’s man of the year. USA Today reports that you edged out Miley Cyrus. “Time's other 10 finalists were a mixed crew,” says USAToday, “President Obama, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Syria President... read more
Heritage Network… The Budget Deal's Sneaky Tax Increases, by Rob Bluey
December 13, 2013 - The congressional budget deal includes some “user fees.” For the Washington establishment, that’s apparently the politically correct way of telling Americans they’ll be paying more to the federal government. For the rest of us, it’s a tax increase. The Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the House on a 332-94 vote, includes a number of “fee” increases. One would make flying more expensive. Travelers are currently charged $2.50 per flight under the Transportation Security... read more
Heritage Network…The More You Buy, the More You Save, by Amy Payne
December 12, 2013 ‘Tis the season for sales. But beware of this enticing line: “The more you buy, the more you save!” Because, when the bill comes, the truth is: The more you buy, the more you spend. Some Members of Congress are using this logic in their latest budget proposal. They’re promising savings—but they’re actually just spending more (of your money). Yesterday, Representative Raśl Labrador (R-ID) expressed strong opposition to the budget plan, explaining, “We are making... read more
An Unlimited Christmas Credit Card, by Amy Payne
December 10, 2013 - What if you had no spending limits this holiday season? You could take that dream ski vacation you’ve always wanted…and buy all new ski gear for your family to take on the trip…wait, why are you renting a cabin? Go ahead and buy that cabin! And don’t forget the private jet that will take you there… This is basically how Washington spends your money. While you’ve been planning your expenses carefully, Congress hasn’t... read more
City AM… If you really care about the environment you should love fracking. Here's why
by Guy Bentley - December 6, 2013 - A report released on Friday by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has found that increasing use of shale gas can massively reduce some of the world's deadliest air pollution. As well as slashing carbon emissions and providing enticing economic prospects the findings of the report should present a compelling case for those who value the environment to embrace fracking. PM2.5 are microscopic dust particles created from burning fuel. These tiny particles... read more
Heritage Network…We Bet You Haven't Heard This About Obamacare, by Amy Payne
December 5, 2013 Another push is underway to raise the minimum wage. But what you probably haven’t heard is that Obamacare has already done that. The plan on the table in Congress would raise the federal minimum wage above $10 an hour (which is higher than all existing state rates). Obamacare’s mandate on employers, however, is already scheduled to raise the hourly cost of hiring a full-time worker past $10 an hour. The idea behind a minimum wage is to help low-income workers. But Obamacare’s... read more
Santorum to Obama: Here's The Economic Plan You Asked For
Verona, PA - Following President Obama's invitation to Republicans yesterday to offer "concrete plans that will actually reduce inequality, build the middle class, provide more ladders of opportunity to the poor," former U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum re-issued the manufacturing plan that was the centerpiece of his campaign for president in 2012. "President Obama, you asked for concrete plans to reduce inequality... read more
Heritage Network… Sick of Obamacare? We've Got Something Different, by Amy Payne
December 4, 2013 - The salesman in chief is back on the road. President Obama will be spending the month of December once again explaining Obamacare to the American people. Because if he explains it one more time, maybe people will like it? We expect these holiday greetings will go over about as well as a three-year-old fruitcake. Obama’s been selling the law for about that long, yet public opinion has turned against it. The President said yesterday that he’s “learned not to make wild... read more
Redstate… Asst. Editor Declares Obamacare Implementation “Sabotage”
By Erick Erickson - December 4th, 2013 - All I did was demand Republicans insist Obamacare be implemented as it was designed and written. After all, the President himself tweeted out his signature on the law and declared it “the law of the land.” I’m sure Assistant Editor Elias Isquith thinks Obamacare is the “law of the land” too. But he calls my demands that the law be faithfully implemented “sabotage.” His view is a reflection of the left’s view on... read more
Heritage Network… What Will Happen When (and If) Actually Works
12/03/2013 - may or may not be working—for some people. That seems to be the clearest assessment after the Obama Administration has flubbed two deadlines to get the Obamacare website working. The disaster has spawned countless news stories and updates about the website’s progress. But here’s the most important story: can’t fix anything that’s wrong with Obamacare. Even if it worked perfectly from Day 1, that would do Americans little good. A slick, smoothly... read more
Townhall… A Challenge to Our Beliefs, by Thomas Sowell
Dec 03, 2013 - Depressing news about black students scoring far below white students on various mental tests has become so familiar that people in different parts of the ideological spectrum have long ago developed their different explanations for why this is so. But both may have to do some rethinking, in light of radically different news from England. The November 9th-15th issue of the distinguished British magazine "The Economist" reports... read more
Heritage Network…Beware of Happy Talk on Immigration, by Ken McIntyre
December 2, 2013 Is immigration reform coming back from the dead? Over Thanksgiving, both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have indicated that the issue —which has meant amnesty, by any other name—is alive on Capitol Hill. Obama said last week that proponents of amnesty should be “thankful” for Boehner’s stated support for immigration reform and prompted laughter by comparing the complicated issue to a turkey that could be sliced up. “It’s Thanksgiving. We... read more
Townhall…Finance U.N. climate change talks: it’s really all about the money, by Marita Noon
Dec 01, 2013 “Rich countries are still not pledging enough money to begin financing a shift to a cleaner global economy,” reports the Financial Times (FT) in its coverage of the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw that ended with little more than a “vague road map on how to prepare for a global climate pact they’re supposed to adopt in two years.” Leading into what has now been called an “unsatisfactory summit,” predictions ... read more
Knockout Game (Aka Hate Crime) Nothing New, by Katie Abercrombie
November 29, 2013 - The mainstream media, once again late to the party, is finally waking up to the popular urban pastime, the Knockout Game. Well, at least a little bit. FOX News is talking about it, and some local affiliates of the mainstream stations are reporting about it, especially if it is happening in their area. The problem is that this “new phenomena” is not so new and has been around for at least a couple of years. The Knockout Game is played by urban teens... read more
Yes, there are Republican alternatives to Obamacare, by Jason Pye
Thu, 11/07/2013 - Since the disastrous Obamacare at the beginning of October, some administration officials, congressional Democrats, pundits friendly to President Obama have been, unbelievably, trying to place some blame on Republicans for the problems. They’ve also countered the attempts to repeal or delay the Obamacare with the line that Republicans haven’t offered any ideas or alternatives to this administration’s ill-conceived law... read more
Hillary Clinton Supporters Slowly Realizing She Didn’t Do Anything as Secretary of State
by Daniel Greenfield - November 28, 2013 - But that’s okay since Hillary Clinton also didn’t do anything in the Senate. It could actually be a good slogan for her campaign. “Vote for Hillary: She Won’t Do Anything as President Either.” But some people close to Mrs. Clinton worry that, because of the high profile given to her work for women’s rights, and the headlines now being generated by the hyperkinetic Mr. Kerry, her efforts on trickier diplomatic situations have been eclipsed... read more
Townhall… Thankful for Property, by John Stossel
Nov 27, 2013 - Had today's politicians and opinion-makers been in power four centuries ago, Americans might celebrate "Starvation Day" this week, not Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims started out with communal property rules. When they first settled at Plymouth, they were told: "Share everything, share the work, and we'll share the harvest." The colony's contract said their new settlement was to be a "common." Everyone was to receive necessities out of the... read more

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