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  • Taming the Regulatory Tax Monster

    Every American knows about the income tax, but how many are aware of the regulatory tax? That’s the cost of all regulations (good, bad and indifferent) imposed on Americans by the 60 or so government agencies that contribute to the 175,000-page (and growing) Code of Federal Regulations. The fact that … More

    Government Intrudes Into Virtually Every Aspect of Our Lives

    No matter how we label ourselves — conservative, liberal, moderate or none of the above — we all must grapple with the ever-expanding size and scope of government. America has reached a tipping point. The federal government has grown exponentially, not just in spending, but in its reach. Government intrudes … More

    Awaiting a Season for Civility

    Do you think it’s too late for a Christmas gift idea? Not for the one I have in mind. It’s something you can give right now to anyone you like. It’s something that’s sorely needed in policy circles and political debates; namely, civility. Alas, what we’re seeing in the marketplace … More

    What Capitalism's Critics Get Wrong

    Attacking capitalism never seems to go out of style. Over the past 100 years, few institutions have been attacked so fiercely, so falsely and so foolishly. Yet capitalism’s resilience continues. Governments based on the idea that capitalism is evil and that the state can create wealth by controlling an entire … More

    Raising the Minimum Wage Would Hurt the People It's Supposed to Help

    Hike the minimum wage. For politicians trying to show their concern for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, it’s a simple solution. It’s catching on again, with several states and municipalities approving local hikes, and a proposal before Congress to hike it by an unprecedented amount, from … More

    A Farm Bill in Name Only

    To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food-stamp bill. But I repeat myself. Hard as it may be to believe, 80 percent of the farm bill being hammered out by the Senate and the House of Representatives is made … More

    Obama Becoming a Punchline, but Obamacare Is No Joke

    “The Tonight Show” is a cultural bellwether, so when its studio audience roars its approval at Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) quip that Obamacare is “the biggest job killer in this country,” you know something’s happening across our land. The truth is now gushing out on the President’s signature legislation, which … More

    Heritage Mourns Loss of Lady Margaret Thatcher, "Intrepid Warrior for Freedom"

    Great Britain and the world have lost a great leader. The Heritage Foundation, like all of America, has lost a faithful ally. And, speaking personally, my wife and I have lost a dear friend. Lady Thatcher now takes her place in history alongside Sir Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington … More

    Morning Bell: Farewell from Ed Feulner

    Dear friends, Today is my last day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and I want to write you one last note in that capacity. We’ve had quite a ride these last three-and-a-half decades, and I leave knowing that Heritage will flourish under my successor, Jim DeMint. I want to … More

    Heritage Welcomes Conservative Victories in South Korea and Japan

    Park Geun-hye achieved a historic victory in South Korea, becoming the first woman president in the country’s history. Park is a member of Korea’s National Assembly and leader of the conservative Saenuri Party, as well as the daughter of previous President Park Chung-hee. Many first came to know her dignified … More