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  • Monthly Archives: March 2013

    The Arab Spring: The Need for Private Property Rights

    There is more the President could do during his Middle East trip to improve the stability in the region: He should promote economic freedom. The Middle East and North Africa are two regions where countries lack the institutions to protect private property rights. In his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, … More

    Senate Budget Tax Plan: Slowing Opportunity for Americans to Grow Income

    Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call/Newscom

    Senator Patty Murray’s (D–WA) budget tax plan directly calls for $975 billion in new tax increases over the next decade. Indeed, the Senate budget is only a framework document, but it clearly lays out who should pay the higher taxes. The Democratic majority wants higher taxes by “eliminating loopholes and … More

    Egypt: Too Big to Fail?

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    As President Obama visits Israel, one of the biggest elephants in the room is the ongoing financial crisis just across the desert in Egypt. Since the Arab Spring uprising, Egypt’s economy has deteriorated. The country’s most immediate crisis is a foreign reserve shortage. Stocks of the country’s foreign currency reserves … More

    Carbon Tax: Australia’s Experience Is a Chance for the U.S. to Get It Right

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    “This is the most effective and efficient way to drive innovation to find better, less-polluting ways of producing power, goods and services,” Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan said at the passage of Australia’s carbon tax in July 2012. One wonders if he would say the same today—or, perhaps more importantly, if … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Doctrine on Display in the Middle East

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    President Obama’s car came to a halt in Israel yesterday, reportedly because it had been filled with the wrong kind of gas. “This is a metaphor for his Middle East policy—he’s been running on the wrong kind of fuel,” said Heritage expert James Phillips. The Obama Doctrine—the President’s approach to … More

    Silent Conquest: A Tale of Sharia and Western Self-Censorship

    JENS NOERDAARD LARSEN/EPA/Newscom

    At yesterday’s debut showing of Silent Conquest: The End of Freedom of Expression in the West at The Heritage Foundation, one of the most shocking moments was a comment by Lars Hedegaard, a Danish historian and chairman of the Danish Free Press Society. Hedegaard was asked: Could the screening of … More

    New Report of Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack as President Obama Lands in Israel

    President Obama stepped off his plane in Israel this week amid a new flurry of reports suggesting that chemical weapons may have been used in Syria. The Syrian government charged that rebel forces used the illegal weapons in an attack that killed 25 people and wounded 86 in the village … More

    International Jurists: Marriage Is Between a Man and Woman

    Bill Sykes/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom

    The United States Constitution should be interpreted without appeal to foreign law or international norms. In his dissenting opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, Justice Antonin Scalia famously noted that our Constitution and laws should not be interpreted in light of “the practices of the ‘world community,’ whose notions of justice … More

    Obamacare Pre-Existing Conditions Coverage: Low Enrollment, High Costs

    Obamacare at 3 years

    One of Obamacare’s main selling points during the health care reform debate was the need to provide insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions—but like other aspects of the law, the plan is failing those it was intended to help. Beginning in 2014, Obamacare will prohibit insurance companies from excluding … More

    Rep. Charles Rangel Mischaracterizes Heritage Position on Trade with Cuba

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    Representative Charles Rangel (D–NY) has a mixed record on trade freedom. And he voted “no” in October 2011 for the free trade agreement with Colombia, a trade agreement The Heritage Foundation supported. Now Rangel wants to free the way for trade with Cuba, a totalitarian dictatorship, and to back his … More