Everyday Americans tell us what they think about global warming and cap and trade legislation to reduce emissions. Heritage analysts point out some key misconceptions that might change their minds about this massive new energy tax.

The Heritage Foundation's This Week in Washington Video discusses three major issues: the explosion of government control of private enterprise with the takeover of General Motors; the federal takeover of private health care with the proposed Ted Kennedy health care bill; and the impact of the national energy tax on farmers.

Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney calls for a stronger ballistic missile defense system to protect the American people against nuclear threats. He calls on Congress to fund and deploy a multi-layered missile defense shield.

Alison Fraser of The Heritage Foundation discusses how mandatory spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will increase significantly as baby boomers retire and health care costs rise. For more information, visit www.heritage.org/BudgetChartBook.

Brian Riedl of The Heritage Foundation discusses the impact of the sharp increase of federal spending on American households. Federal spending per household under President Obama has increased by $11,000, and as a result, taxes will rise by the same amount. For more information, visit www.heritage.org/BudgetChartBook.

Curtis Dubay of The Heritage Foundation discusses how much American families pay in taxes and how the massive expansion of government spending will affect the amount paid. On average, households pay $22,000 in federal taxes in 2008, and this figure is expected to increase in the years to come. For more information, visit www.heritage.org/BudgetChartBook.

JD Foster of The Heritage Foundation discusses what a budget deficit is and its impact on our economic future. A budget deficit is the result of government spending more than it receives in taxes and revenues. For more information, visit www.heritage.org/BudgetChartBook.

The Heritage Foundation poses the question to the people on the street: What percent of its gross domestic product does the U.S. spend on national defense?

In the first of a series of events as part of The Heritage Foundation’s Protect America Month, former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney discusses U.S. national security, missile defense, and America’s role in securing peace throughout the world at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Heritage Foundation's This Week in Washington Video discusses three major issues: achieving peace by ensuring a strong military and funding defense programs, President Obama’s creation of a government ownership society, and stopping the proposed national sales tax.