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  • Monthly Archives: January 2013

    Free Markets: Follow the Fracking Model

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    If you’ve been to the movies lately, you’ve probably seen ads for Promised Land, a film that takes a dim view of using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to produce natural gas. Steve Forbes isn’t surprised. “In movies, capitalists kill more people than serial killers,” he said during an appearance at The … More

    Jim DeMint in Washington Post: Conservatives Must Communicate Ideas More Effectively

    DeMint addressing Heritage staff at announcement

    Last week Jim DeMint wrapped up work in the U.S. Senate and embarked on a new mission as president-elect of The Heritage Foundation. After spending his professional career in research, advertising and marketing, DeMint is now setting out to more effectively communicate conservative ideas to the American people. Today he … More

    Health Care Spending Remains Stable, but Not for Long

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    Health care spending actually didn’t skyrocket in 2011–but just wait. This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary released the National Health Expenditures report for 2011. The report shows that growth in national health spending remained relatively low in 2011, growing at 3.9 percent. … More

    Businesses Agree: Regulation Is the Wrong Approach to Cybersecurity

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    A new report by the Business Roundtable (BRT) affirms what Heritage analysts and other experts have been saying for years: Cybersecurity is best enhanced by information sharing, not more regulation. Indeed, it was because of disagreements over a regulatory approach that cybersecurity efforts failed in the last Congress. The new … More

    Morning Bell: Chinese Investment in the U.S. Shatters Records

    Crowds on Nanjing Road, Shanghai, China

    China set a record with its investments around the world in 2012. And in the United States, China shattered its previous investment record. Before people start panicking, it’s important to know: This is not a bad thing. First, let’s put it in perspective. Chinese investment is still very, very small … More

    VIDEO: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn't

    Steve Forbes believes the free market is getting a bum rap. Thanks in part to demagoguery from Washington’s political class and outright vilification from Hollywood, there seems to be little to like. The two-time presidential candidate and magazine executive wants to change that perception. Forbes, author of “Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral … More

    WATCH: Google+ Hangout on the Sandy Relief Bill

    Last week, Congress passed a $9 billion Sandy relief bill, but they are also considering a supplemental $51 billion aid package that is loaded with pork and unnecessary spending. Join us on Friday, January 11, at noon ET for our “Lunch with Heritage” Google+ Hangout on the outrageous spending in the Sandy … More

    Africa: Little Change in Economic Freedom

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    Africa’s progress in Heritage’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom remains stagnant. Though making progress last year, with an average score gain of 0.2 points, the continent declined by 0.1 points in 2013. Over the past few years, scores of Western nations have seen their ratings plummet (including the United States). … More

    Japan’s Defense Spending Boost Is Proper Response to Threats

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    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been in office less than a month but is already showing that he means business on addressing his country’s security needs. The Abe administration announced it would increase Japanese defense spending, reversing an 11-year trend of consecutive defense budget cuts. Abe has also instructed … More

    North Korea’s Insincere Charm Offensive

    Korean Central News Agency via Korean News Service

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to dazzle the world. The New Year dawned with Kim Jong-un giving a New Year’s Day policy speech rather than issuing a written editorial like his reclusive father Kim Jong-il. The media are now awash with articles predicting that Kim fils has turned over … More