Below is a list of blogs from across the country which deal with the hot topics of the day:
Calling for bipartisanship has become a crutch in Washington As 2010 renewed small-government arguments in Washington, the Establishment in Washington has been crying for bipartisanship as the country realized that big-government solutions are an anathema to our recovery. Not surprisingly, the e idea is popular among journalists too.
Too many in Washington still cling to the notion that massive spending on welfare programs will lead to growth. But we saw over the past three years that is simply not the case. Conservatives were supposed to change all that last year, but after coming out swinging with spending cuts and the Ryan budget, they were thwarted by the obstinate defenders of big-government, including President Obama.
It was a busy week for Heritage Action! Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Heritage Action CEO, Michael Needham, co-wrote an op-ed about the payroll tax cut extension that was published in The Washington Examiner. It was also linked to in The Salt Lake Tribune and The Washington Post.
On Tuesday night, during President Obama’s State of the Union address, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) participated in an online chat with Heritage Action, which received coverage in numerous media outlets:
We begin the second part of our response to President Obama’s State of the Union address by taking a quick step back to a part of his speech not mentioned Wednesday. This is a line that needs to be exposed:
“It’s not fair when foreign manufacturers have a leg up on ours only because they’re heavily subsidized.”
How is it not fair that heavily subsidized foreign manufacturers have a leg up but it is totally fair – in the President’s mind – for industries right here to get a leg up on others because of their subsidies? Two subsidies don’t make a right. This is why removing all loopholes, deductions and subsidies needs to be a part of any comprehensive tax reform.
Today, President Obama touted a plan to provide tax credits for natural gas trucks and related infrastructure. The proposal is similar to the NATGAS Act (H.R.1380 / S.1863). Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham made the following statement:
“Less than 36 hours after promising ‘no handouts,’ President Obama launched an aggressive push for targeted tax credits that pick winners and losers in the energy and transportation industries. We should be focused on eliminating energy subsidies, not expanding them. Fortunately, there is absolutely no momentum for the NAT GAS Act in the Congress, and any effort to revive it will be met with vigorous opposition.”