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  • Monthly Archives: August 2012

    An Affinity for Free Markets Among Anti-Capitalist RNC Protesters

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    Brian has a tough job. He’s a socialist trying to sell a commodity. Wandering around Tuesday’s protest near the Republican convention in Tampa, FL, he asked for donations in exchange for the newspaper of his organization, the Socialist Alternative. His offer was a bit jarring, so I asked him whether … More

    Government Makes It More Difficult for First-Time Job Seekers

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    Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Employment and Unemployment Among Youth—Summer 2012 report. While many youths (ages 16-24) found a summer job this year, many did not even try. Fully 39.5 percent of the youth population neither worked nor looked for work this summer. This number has … More

    The Silent Genocide You Aren’t Hearing About

      “It’s a girl!” Usually, this phrase is heard as a declaration of joy—but in some parts of the world, it can be a literal death sentence for the unborn. Gendercide—the practice of aborting or killing female babies in favor of boys—has plagued China and India for some time, but … More

    It's Not Getting Better: GDP Grows at a Sluggish 1.7 Percent Rate

    Job seekers line up for a job fair in midtown in New York on Monday, August 15, 2011. (Frances M. Roberts)

    This morning’s update from the Department of Commerce on economic activity in the second quarter shows that the economy grew at an anemic 1.7 percent annual rate. This follows a nearly equally weak first quarter growth rate of 2.0 percent. How weak is this? In terms of economic output, the … More

    10 Immigration Agents Challenge Obama Administration’s Non-Deportation Policy

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    As described in a new Heritage Issue Brief, 10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE director John Morton. The suit seeks to invalidate the Administration’s recently implemented “deferred action” initiative, which defers for at least two years … More

    Do Political Conventions Matter?

    2012 GOP Concention

    Delegates have known for months (or longer) whom their parties will nominate for President. With such predictability, the national conventions have been taken for granted, and a few myths have arisen. Chief among these myths is that conventions no longer matter. As AP managing editor Michael Oreskes puts it, they’re … More

    Morning Bell: Top 3 Small Business Struggles

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    Small businesses are getting a lot of focus from politicians, because they are a key engine of job creation—which has stalled in the U.S. economy. A Republican National Convention theme of “We Built It” continued the political debate over the economy yesterday. A survey by the National Federation of Independent … More

    Education Waiver Would Spell Entanglement for Alabama

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    Alabama is considering requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to relieve the state of some of the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). But the waivers represent a troubling pact with Washington: To get relief from federal mandates, Alabama must agree to more federal intervention. … More

    New Auto Efficiency Regs: Special Interests Win, Consumers Lose

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    The federal government finalized new automobile efficiency rules today for cars and light trucks for model years 2017–2025. The rules require an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in 2025. Proponents of the rule advertise the more stringent mpg standard as a win for producers, consumers, and … More

    Cronyism: Crushing the Free Market and Promoting Rent-Seeking

    Imagine your son or daughter aspiring to be a government crony instead of an engineer or business owner. That nightmare scenario plays out in a new video by Crony Chronicles, a website that fights cronyism. In the video, kids who might otherwise have become doctors and architects aspire instead to … More