Scott Browns shocking victory over Martha Coakley in Massachusetts to capture the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat was a shot across the bow of the liberal ruling class in Washington and declared one clear message: Americans do not like the direction the country is heading, and they’re not going to stand for it, even in the solidly-blue Bay State.
In the absence of real leadership from politicians and political parties, the American people are turning to places like The Heritage Foundation for solutions to today’s most pressing problems. Heritage is dedicated to the principles that have made our nation great: free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. And, we have a plan to translate these principles into concrete results in Washington and around the nation.
Heritage has the research to help America on all of today’s key issues:
Health Care. Millions will lose their current coverage under Obamacare, and the new government programs in the bills being discussed will add trillions to the debt. In addition, mandates will hurt businesses. Heritage has found that they could cost businesses up to $49 billion a year, 10.2 million workers will be at risk of slower wage growth and cuts in other benefits, and as many as 9 million low-wage and part-time workers will lose their employer-based health insurance.
Energy. Heritages Center for Data Analysis has found that a cap-and-trade system will cause cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) losses of $7 trillion by 2029 single-year, GDP losses exceeding $600 billion in some years, energy cost increases of 30 percent or more, and annual job losses exceeding 800,000 for several years. In fact, Heritage analysts Ben Lieberman and Steve Groves are in Copenhagen this week monitoring the U.N. conference on climate change so their research can be as up-to-date as possible.
Government Spending and Debt. While Congress debates a $2.5 trillion health care bill, they will soon have to vote to increase the national debt limit again from $12.1 to $13.6 trillion. And, as Heritage scholars have pointed out, the 2009 budget deficit tripled the 2008 budget deficit.
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