John Nothdurft

John Nothdurft ( is the budget and tax legislative specialist for the Heartland Institute.

Obama and Snooki


Today the first of President Barack Obama’s 21 tax hikes to pay for his massively expensive health care law takes effect, levying a 10 percent tax on tanning salons. With this tax, the president once again breaks his promise not to raise taxes on Americans making less than $250,000 per year. In addition, this time […]

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Pick Your Poison


As Milton Friedman used to say, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” This is especially true when you talk about “government” picking up the bill for “everyone’s” health care. Any such overhaul is going to cost money… and a lot of it. Most analysts estimate the cost of the proposals being considered by […]

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