Why You Should Be Concerned About the Obama Administration’s Plans for the Internet

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The U.S. government is preparing to transfer the oversight it has had over the Internet—oversight that has helped keep the Internet open and free. Heritage’s Amy Payne explains what’s going on:

If you’re following the debate, the acronym you need to know is ICANN. That stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit that manages Internet domain names (website addresses). It has been under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Commerce, but now the Obama administration has begun the process of transferring ICANN into the international arena.

Some countries, like Russia and China, are eager for the United Nations to take over the oversight role. That’s because they favor censorship and other limitations on online speech and commerce.

Heritage legal expert Paul Rosenzweig said in testimony before a House committee last week that lawmakers should be cautious “lest the transition destroy the openness and freedom of the network.”

Watch this video from the Foundry for a primer on the topic:

Do you think the “international community” should play a role in overseeing the Internet?

Two Costly Mistakes Buried in the Farm Bill

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It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that two poorly crafted parts of the new farm bill are expected to cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Heritage Foundation experts Daren Bakst and Rachel Sheffield explain: Continue Reading »

The Fantasy and Reality of the President’s Budget

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Obama greatly understated deficits in his budget

When it comes to managing the deficit, President Obama’s 2015 budget relies heavily on hope. That’s the takeaway from a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The administration makes quite a few convenient and overly-rosy assumptions about our struggling economy. This leads to wildly differing projections about future deficits.

The chart above shows the gaping differences between the CBO’s projections and Obama’s. But even under the White House’s scenario, the deficit will never be less than $400 billion, and the budget will never be close to balanced.

Whose projections do you believe?

Why the Export-Import Bank’s Charter Needs to Be Terminated

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This September, Congress will have the opportunity to terminate a federal “bank” that doles out loans to foreign countries and well-connected major corporations while leaving taxpayers like you are on the hook for any losses.

Heritage Foundation expert Diane Katz explains that the costs of the Depression-era Ex-Im Bank outweigh the benefits:

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One Way to Create Jobs and Boost Economic Growth

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Despite trillions of dollars in fiscal and monetary stimulus aimed at boosting employment and economic growth, America’s weak labor market persists.

The numbers are grim: 10.5 million Americans are unemployed, and labor force participation is near 35-year lows. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has overseen 157 major new regulations, which have cost Americans $73 billion annually.

Rather than throw more money and more government at the problem, House conservatives have proposed the JOBS Act, which Heritage Foundation expert Rachel Greszler says would “boost economic growth and employment by freeing up the labor market, reducing unnecessary and harmful regulations, and unleashing federal lands for productive use.”

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Another Big-Government, Big-Spending Budget from President Obama

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Not only is President Obama’s proposed budget for 2015 a month late, but it’s also unrealistic, Heritage Foundation experts report. It’s more of the same tax-and-spend liberalism:

  • Spending would go from $3.5 trillion in 2013 to nearly $6 trillion in 2024.
  • Debt borrowed in credit markets (public debt) would grow from $12 trillion in 2013 to $19 trillion in 2024.
  • The national debt, including debt owed to government agencies, would grow from $17.3 trillion today to $25 trillion in 2024.
  • The President’s budget includes about $1 trillion in new spending, partly offset by other spending cuts, and about $1.2 trillion in tax increases.

Here’s more from the Heritage analysis: Continue Reading »

Should an Increasingly Belligerent Russia Be Allowed More Nukes Than America?

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While America’s arsenal of nuclear weapons is declining under the 2011 New START agreement, Russia’s stockpile is not. If anything, Russia’s nuclear arsenal is increasing.

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Did the CIA Cherry-Pick Benghazi Intelligence for Political Reasons?

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Heritage Foundation expert Helle Dale reports on compelling new details about the Obama administration’s manipulation of the facts about the attack on America’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya:

The original CIA talking points on Benghazi were quite comprehensive and included information on al-Qaeda activity in the Benghazi area. In the interagency vetting process, however, this paragraph raised red flags at Hillary Clinton’s State Department, which had failed miserably at providing adequate protection against terrorists for U.S. diplomats stationed in Libya. Morell took it upon himself to edit out any reference to al-Qaeda, and blamed the attack on an anti-American demonstration. The remainder of the talking points was toothless pabulum.

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The Number One Goal of America’s Foreign Policy

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The number one goal of America’s foreign policy is to defend and protect American interests, Heritage Foundation expert Ted Bromund said.

These interests include:

  1. American Sovereignty. This can be summarized as: no other nation can tell us what to do. The United States has established and maintained a system of law, diplomacy, virtue, and a respect for her citizens. These qualities allow America to thrive.
  2. Independence. This is our basic ability to maintain and sustain sovereignty. Independence is gained by producing natural resources, maintaining military security, and creating an environment in which citizens can thrive without dependence on another nation.
  3. Respectability. This is earned when sovereignty and independence are secured. The result is a people and a government that are noble and civilized, not just on the world stage but in the day-to-day interactions of the people and the government.

Without these three fundamental interests, America ceases to exist, Bromund argues. And that’s why we must always be willing to fight for them.

Bromund’s outline of America’s interests are not new. In his farewell address, George Washington listed similar themes:

Happy in the confirmation of our Independence and Sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable Nation, I resign with satisfaction the Appointment I accepted with diffidence.

Do you think the U.S. should protect our national interest?

5 Ways Tax Reform Would Help You and Every American

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Heritage Foundation expert Curtis Dubay explains how a principled, conservative tax reform would help you:

  1. Your annual income would grow
  2. Taxes would be simpler to file
  3. The tax code would be fairer
  4. Government’s role in the economy would be smaller
  5. The IRS would have less power

Heritage’s Saving the American Dream plan outlines solutions on taxes, spending, and other issues.

Do you think Congress will act on tax reform this year?

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