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  • Market Pricing, Solving Problems

    In medical care, you have to get the diagnosis correct. But if you want to solve the problem, you’ve also got to get the treatment right. At the Vox website recently, reporter Sarah Kliff posted a blog titled: “Our Health Spending Problem is All About Prices.” That diagnosis is only … More

    Paul Ryan’s Budget Won’t Pass. This Is Why It Still Matters

    Even symbolic gestures can sometimes be important. Consider “The Path to Prosperity,” drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R–Wis.) budget committee and passed by the House last week. It has no chance of becoming law, but—if it did—it would put the country on a path toward a balanced budget within a … More

    Why the Government Shouldn't be an ATM

    Our federal government is very good at moving money from place to place. In fact, some 70 percent of federal government spending consists of simply shipping money from one place to another — after taking a cut off the top. “In effect the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer … More

    Don't Forget the Benefits of Capitalism

    In his classic baseball book “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton writes that as a child he longed to be able to run, just once, across the beautiful outfield grass. Yet as an adult and a major league ballplayer, he takes being on the field for granted. “Sometimes I forget to tingle,” … More

    Steering Transportation Policy: Empower People and the States, Not Washington

    Alfonse D’Amato, a long-time former Republican Senator from New York, reveled in his nickname: Senator Pothole. “It means you’re attentive and you’re there and available,” he told New York magazine. Perhaps. But if you discovered a pothole, would you really dial up a U.S. Senator? Yes, there’s a federal Department … More

    Cooling the Warming Worries

    Runners in Washington’s annual Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run this weekend will enjoy some beautiful views, as the city’s famous cherry trees bloom along the race course. Luckily, they’ll probably be spared another, almost annual event: news reports bemoaning that the blooms are occurring earlier and earlier because of climate … More

    Speaker of the House: Speaking Up

    Recently, The Washington Post reported that Representative Eric Cantor (R–VA) seems to be taking steps that would position him to become the next Speaker of the House. In any event, the next Speaker—whether it’s Cantor, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, or someone else—will join a tradition that stretches back exactly 225 … More

    Tackling Welfare: For People and the Corporations They Form

    The first step toward solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and the House Budget Committee recently took that step with a report detailing the failure of scores of federal welfare programs. But it’s time for a similar focus on a different type of … More

    Heritage’s Salvatori Prize Goes to Families Fighting for Religious Freedom

    NEW ORLEANS — Two days after the Supreme Court heard arguments in defense of religious liberty against a controversial Obamacare mandate, The Heritage Foundation awarded its Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship to the two families who brought the suits—the Greens and the Hahns. The presentation was made during a luncheon at the Sheraton New … More

    Inequality Starts at the Top

    President Obama has vowed to spend his remaining years battling against income inequality. He’s proposing, among other solutions, a national minimum wage. But Washington, D.C., an island of success in a country that’s a sea of struggle, is the wrong place to try to combat inequality. “During the past decade, … More