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  • Here's What We Can Do to Make Next April 15 Less Painful

    Historically speaking, April 15 has never been a day marked by good fortune. The Titanic sank on that day in 1912 (after striking an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14). Abraham Lincoln died after being mortally wounded the day before. And, of course, there’s Tax Day. “The income tax … More

    This Politician Was Never Afraid to Speak the Truth

    It’s no secret that your average politician avoids plain speaking at all costs. He mouths platitudes that sound good, but which enable him to dodge accountability and turn whichever way the wind happens to be blowing. So it’s always a bit startling when you hear one who lays it on … More

    Why You Could Be the Next Obama Ambassador (Hint: No Experience Needed)

    “I’m no real expert on China.” Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. That’s what Sen. Max Baucus said during his confirmation hearing in January when asked some detailed questions about U.S.-China policy. At least Mr. Baucus had actually been … More

    Oranges Are Affordable Thanks to a Guy Named Skip

    Have you ever heard of Skip Pescosolido? I hadn’t either until very recently, but I’m glad I did. Without Skip, we’d all be paying higher grocery bills. To understand why, you have to go back to 1937, when the federal government organized orange producers into cartels known as “marketing orders.” … More

    Practical Solutions That Could Help Restore the American Dream

    “As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington. We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other side — you’ve got to lay out a plan.” That was Wisconsin Gov. Scott … More

    A Strong National Defense Should Be Our First Priority

    It’s easy for conservatives, who are forced to spend much of their time these days opposing bad ideas, to neglect the great responsibility of advancing good ideas. That was the impetus behind the Feb. 10 Conservative Policy Summit convened at the Heritage Foundation by its political arm, Heritage Action for … More

    The American Dream Still Can Happen

    One of the most important principles underlying the American dream is upward mobility — the ability to move up the income ladder. The freedom to build a better life for yourself and your family fuels the dreams not only of immigrants who came here to live, but of those born … More

    Deep Distrust of the Government is American Norm

    No one tests the historic optimism of the American people quite like your  average politician. Poll after poll finds a deep distrust of government, with more than two-thirds saying they can’t believe what they hear from  Washington. You don’t have to look far for examples of why they feel this … More

    U.S. Could Learn From Hong Kong About Economic Freedom

    My previous column focused on why the United States is no longer among the top 10 nations listed in the annual “Index of Economic Freedom.” It’s important to put this in a larger context and explain why it matters. The freest societies in history have always been the most prosperous. … More

    Uncovering America's Economic Weaknesses

    For generations, people worldwide who yearn for freedom have looked to the United States. Here, every citizen can speak his mind, pursue his passion and exercise other God-given liberties that are unjustly denied many others around the globe. That doesn’t mean we’re above reproach in all areas of freedom, though. … More