QUICK HITS from Heritage
- There's more trouble at NPR. The former head of its fundraising arm was caught on video saying that Tea Party members are xenophobic and racist, and that NPR would prefer to do without government subsidies.
- The federal government has granted yet another Obamacare waiver. This time, Maine received a three-year exemption from the requirement that insurers spend at least 80 percent of premiums on patient care.
- Sen. Joe Machin (D-WV) said on Tuesday that President Obama has "failed to lead" on the spending and budget debate.
- How would Americans balance their state budgets? In a new Gallup poll, 65% favor cutting state programs and 62% would reduce state workers. Only 30% would raise taxes.
- INCREDIBLE! How big is the Welfare State? Big. Government payouts including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance account for more than one-third of U.S. wages and salaries.
“Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.” Albert Schweitzer
"Power always corrupts, and the power of government to tell people how to live their lives or to transfer money from those who earn it to others is always a temptation to corruption. Taxes and regulations reduce people’s incentive to produce wealth, and government transfer programs reduce people’s incentive to work, to save, and to help family and friends in case of sickness, disability, or retirement. ...[I]t is nonetheless clear that government enterprises are less efficient, less innovative, and more wasteful than private firms.... [C]ompare what it’s like to call American Express versus the IRS to correct problems. Or compare a private apartment building with public housing." -- David Boaz