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September 09, 2011 9:35 am ET

Grace-Marie Turner Distorts Data About Health Care Law's Impact On Job Creation

Last week, Grace-Marie Turner, founder and president of the conservative Galen Institute, penned an op-ed in which she claimed that repealing the health care law would create jobs. She backs this claim up by twisting statistics from anti-health care reform groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) to fit her goal of proving that the law is discouraging hiring and increasing job losses. But the fact remains that despite the often repeated claim that "the health law is killing jobs," health care employment has grown over the past year and repealing the law would actually reduce employment.

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June 23, 2011 11:34 am ET

Heritage Foundation Clings To Myths To Defend Bush Tax Cuts

On the Heritage Foundation's Foundry blog, Mike Gonzalez, Heritage's resident Bush hagiographer, wrote a highly misleading post defending lower tax rates for the very wealthy. It's almost impossible to defend President George W. Bush's economic policies without being at least somewhat dishonest, which Gonzalez accomplishes by claiming that the fantastical idea that tax cuts "pay for themselves" is actually a straw man set up by mischievous liberals. According to Gonzalez, the Bush Administration actually "went out of their way" to make it clear that their tax cut packages were not expected to pay for themselves. The fact, however, is that time and time again, President George W. Bush and others in his administration asserted that cutting taxes increases revenue, and the Heritage Foundation itself has spread that dishonest claim. He went on to suggest that cutting taxes also spurs growth, and that the Bush tax cuts themselves helped create millions of jobs. Both claims are undermined by data on jobs and the economy that indicate Bush's tenure to be a disaster for both economic growth and employment.

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January 05, 2011 12:11 pm ET

Sen. Alexander's Deeply Dishonest Filibuster Reform Speech

At a Heritage Foundation event yesterday, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) gave a speech decrying Democratic attempts to change the filibuster rules. The speech was shot through with falsehoods, such as the claim that Democrats are trying to eliminate minority rights in the Senate because they lost an election. In fact, the reform proposals preserve the filibuster, but require obstructionists to actually hold the floor continuously to prevent a bill's consideration. Similarly, Alexander claimed that Democrats have invented the simple majority vote for rules changes out of thin air, but the practice is based in the Constitution and was used as early as 1917 — and Republicans argued for the procedure in 2005. Later, Alexander disingenuously quoted the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV). Byrd condemned GOP filibusters, but Alexander simply skipped that part of Byrd's speech. Most egregious among Alexander's falsehoods, he claimed that Democrats are "the real party of no," despite the fact that filibusters have doubled since Republicans lost control of the Senate.

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April 26, 2010 2:53 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Repeats Debunked Claims On Wall Street Reform

The Heritage Foundation has published a so-called list of "fatal flaws" in the financial regulatory bill being considered in the Senate.  Unfortunately, by repeating claims that have been already been thoroughly debunked, it is the Heritage Foundation's analysis that is actually flawed.  Rather than dealing with the facts, the Heritage Foundation resorts to mimicking conservative wordsmith Frank Luntz, who advised conservative many months ago to label financial reform as a giveaway to Wall Street.

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April 20, 2010 2:15 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Repeats Debunked "Permanent Bailout" Lie

In a blog post on April 20, 2010, the conservative Heritage Foundation repeated the Frank Luntz-inspired lies that Wall Street reform would create a permanent bailout fund and reward creditors of the failed firms. In reality, the bill does NOT reward or bailout firms, but safely dismantles "any failed financial company" that threatens the stability of the entire economy.  The costs of dissolving these companies are paid NOT by taxpayers, but by fees levied on financial companies.  Additionally, the bill specifically states a failed firm's creditors shall "bear losses."

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March 31, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Attacks Obama For Embracing An Idea It Proposed

On March 31, 2010, the conservative Heritage Foundation attacked President Obama's health care plan for requiring individuals to purchase insurance. In 2003, however, a Heritage Foundation Vice President proposed that very idea while testifying in front of Congress.  Additionally, their claim that mandates are "unprecedented" also misses the mark. None other than George Washington signed the Militia Act of 1792, which required a significant percentage of the population to own guns.

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January 26, 2010 11:42 am ET

Heritage Foundation Fellow Spreads Recovery Act Falsehoods On CNN

During an interview with CNN, Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Robert Rector falsely claimed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is "not gonna put more jobs back into the economy." In reality, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the Recovery Act has already created up to 1.6 million American jobs.

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December 08, 2009 11:33 am ET

Exxon Mobil-Funded Denier Groups Push Email Hacker Scandal

Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and "think tanks" in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change.  It's no surprise that those very same organizations are now doing everything in their power to please their benefactor by drawing attention to the so-called "Climategate" scandal involving hacked emails from the University of East Anglia in England.

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December 07, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Oil Giant Exxon Mobil Gives Millions To Climate Change Skeptics

Over the past decade, oil giant Exxon Mobil has paid millions to organizations and "think tanks" in an attempt to deceive the public about the science behind global climate change.  Below is a compilation of Exxon Mobil funding accepted by the nation's leading climate change skeptics.

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November 23, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Heritage Foundation's Spreads Falsehoods About Clean Energy

The Heritage Foundation recently unveiled  While the website is new, it relies on tired, disproven talking points that deliberately ignore the facts.  In reality, clean energy legislation would create jobs in every state and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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October 02, 2009 6:16 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Falsely Claimed Clean Energy Jobs Bill Would Lead To Unemployment

On October 1, 2009, the Heritage Foundation falsely claimed Sens. John Kerry and Barbara Boxer's Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act would lead to "10% unemployment through 2020." In reality, an American investment in clean energy technology would create millions of green jobs.

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August 24, 2009 11:18 am ET

Heritage Foundation Repeats Disproven Health Care Myths

In its "Morning Bell" email on August 24, 2009, the Heritage Foundation repeated a slew of disproven myths surrounding health insurance reform.

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August 20, 2009 2:26 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Falsely Claims Cap-And-Trade Would Cost American Families $3,000 Per Year

On August 20, 2009, the Heritage Foundation sent a "Cap and Trade Calamity" email to subscribers that claimed "the tax for a family of four will be $3,000 per year." In reality, this legislation would create 1.7 million American jobs, reduce harmful emissions and help America become more energy independent, all for less than a quarter a day.

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August 11, 2009 5:53 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Falsely States Clean Energy Would Lead To Fewer Jobs

In an August 11, 2009 blog post, the Heritage Foundation falsely implied proponents of clean energy neglected to include jobs lost into "green jobs" figures.  In reality, the most common "green jobs" study found that an increased investment in clean energy technology would create millions of American jobs "even after taking into full account the inevitable job losses in conventional fossil fuel sectors."

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August 11, 2009 5:04 pm ET

The Top 10 Reasons Heritage Is Wrong About Health Reform

On August 11, 2009, the Heritage Foundation tweeted "Here are some facts to go along with Obama's townhall" and linked to a July 2009 report titled "Top 10 Reasons Obamacare Is Wrong for America."  However, those "ten reasons" are misleading at best and completely false at worst.

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August 11, 2009 2:53 pm ET

ATR vs. Reality: Green Jobs in Alabama

Americans for Tax Reform claims Waxman-Markey will hurt Alabama, but ignores green job creation.

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August 04, 2009 11:42 am ET

The Heritage Foundation's Five Questions Answered

Through an email and blog post, the Heritage Foundation is asking supporters to ask members of Congress five questions during health care town hall meetings in August.  Here, Media Matters Action Network (again) answers the often repeated Republican talking points that Heritage has phrased as questions.

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August 03, 2009 6:25 pm ET

Oil Companies Bankroll "Experts" In New Anti-Regulation Infomercial

As the debate over cap-and-trade heats up in the Senate, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has released what it calls a "documentary" on climate change. The video, Policy Peril: Why Global Warming Policies Are More Dangerous Than Global Warming Itself, is an attempt to downplay the risks associated with global warming.  CEI fails to note, however, that a host of "experts" interviewed in the video are employed by organizations that have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from America's largest oil companies.

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July 30, 2009 12:43 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Sings The Praises Of Insurance Company-Owned Lewin Group

In a July 29, 2009 blog post, the Heritage Foundation heaped praise on the Lewin Group, writing, "the Lewin Group is an independent and well-respected national health care and human services policy research and consulting firm." In reality, the Lewin Group is merely a subsidiary of UnitedHealth, and its studies are buried if their clients don't like the results.

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July 30, 2009 9:45 am ET

Heritage Researcher Misleads On The Cost Of The American Clean Energy And Security Act

On July 29, 2009, Heritage Foundation research assistant Nicolas Loris falsely claimed the American Clean Energy and Security Act would cost American families $3,000 per year. In reality, this legislation would create 1.7 million American jobs, reduce harmful emissions and help America become more energy independent - all for the price of a postage stamp per day.

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July 14, 2009 6:45 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Video Smears The Employee Free Choice Act

On July 14, 2009, the Heritage Foundation released a web video titled "The Truth Behind The Employee Free Choice Act."  However, the misleading video contains little truth.  Instead, it relies on the same anti-union scare tactics that have come to characterize opposition to the pro-worker bill.

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June 10, 2009 12:50 pm ET

Rep. Blackburn Attacks Health Care Reform By Misrepresenting A Discredited Study

In a video posted at the Heritage Foundation's blog, "The Foundry," Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) falsely claimed that a public health care option would lead to an additional "120 million Americans without health insurance."

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June 01, 2009 3:26 pm ET

Heritage: Exxon-Funded "Harvard Economist: Cap and Trade is All Pain for No Gain"

On June 1, 2009, Heritage's blog, the Foundry, quoted Economics Professor Martin Feldstein to discuss the costs of cap-in-trade. However, they made no mention of Feldstein's connections to ExxonMobil.

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May 15, 2009 6:04 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Video Is Full Of Falsehoods About The Employee Free Choice Act

The Heritage Foundation produced an anti-Employee Free Choice Act video featuring Rian Wathen, reportedly a "former labor union official." In the video, Wathen continues to disseminate previously debunked falsehoods about the Employee Free Choice Act.

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May 05, 2009 9:48 am ET

American Energy Solutions Group's National Energy Summit: Another Excuse for the GOP to Flack for the Oil Industry

At a time when congress should be focused on finding tomorrow's energy sources, Republicans are literally inviting the oil industry to Capitol Hill so they can lobby for the status quo.  Every single witness showcased at the GOP's National Energy Summit has strong ties to Big Oil.

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May 04, 2009 1:59 pm ET

Heritage Foundation Green Jobs Panel - Bought and Paid For By ExxonMobil

On May 4, 2009, the Heritage Foundation held a panel titled "Busting the Myth of Green Jobs" to show that the experience of Spain is "more a cautionary tale than a blueprint for success."  Instead of showcasing the views of unbiased academics and economists, the Heritage Foundation put forth a panel of individuals financially connected to ExxonMobil.

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April 22, 2009 11:58 am ET

Heritage vs. Reality:  Global Warming And The Poor

On April 22, 2009, the Heritage Foundation posted comments from Religion and a Free Society fellow Ryan Messmore in which Messmore asserts that the poor will suffer "in the name of environmental protection" as a result of the President's cap-and-trade policies.  However, not only does Messmore miss the mark on the effect of the so-called "cap-and-trade" taxes upon American citizens, he also neglects to consider the effects upon the poor if no action is taken to counteract global warming.

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April 20, 2009 12:54 pm ET

The Heritage Foundation vs. Reality: Global Warming Edition

On April 20, 2009, Heritage Foundation contributor Nick Loris wrote a blog post purporting that because public support for global warming preventive measures is falling, the government should rethink its climate change policies.

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April 14, 2009 4:20 pm ET

Heritage Hires Abramoff Crony and Ethically Challenged ex-Representative Tom Feeney

On April 14, 2009, the Heritage Foundation announced it hired ex-Representative Tom Feeney to "consult" on community outreach.

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