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    Fannie-Freddie 2.0: Government Housing Polices Shouldn’t Get a Free Pass

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan lamented statistics from a Pew report showing Hispanics lost 66 percent of their net worth between 2005 and 2009. He went on to say: Think about all the home equity, all the savings and all the retirement funds and other assets … More

    This Regulation Has Chuck Schumer Talking Like a Tea Partier

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) has amassed the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate, according to National Journal. Yet, when it comes to Washington regulators, even he is willing to speak out against the Obama administration. “Sometimes Washington does things that make the rest of America scratch their heads … More

    President Obama’s Asia Trip and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    As President Obama travels to Asia, one item sure to be on his agenda is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 other countries. Since the U.S. joined the negotiations in 2008, about the only thing the countries involved seem to … More

    Taxpayer-Backed Loans to Foreign Companies Split Hill's Republicans

    With a deadline looming on the future of the taxpayer-funded U.S. Export-Import Bank,  congressional Republicans remain split on whether to reauthorize the bank’s charter. The 80-year-old Ex-Im Bank, which provides foreign companies with loans to encourage them to buy from American companies, has come under fire for promoting corporate welfare and cronyism … More

    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

    WSJ: Obama 'Regulator Without Peer'

    In an editorial appearing today, The Wall Street Journal examined one of the few areas of the economy enjoying an unabated boom: federal regulation. Armed with numbers obtained from a forthcoming report by Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Journal’s editors outline the disturbing growth of the Federal … More

    Are Sugar Tariffs Raising the Cost of Your Easter Basket?

    Easter has arrived, and so has everyone’s favorite bunny rabbit. While kids are excited about their chocolate bunnies, Peeps, and jelly beans, parents continue to pay more than they should, and the U.S. government is to blame. Since the Great Depression, import quotas, tariffs, and subsidies for domestic sugar producers … More

    EXCLUSIVE: This Congressman Calls Export-Import Bank 'The Face of Cronyism'

    What’s wrong with helping people in other countries buy American? Well, a lot if you’re loaning them U.S. taxpayer money to do it. As Congress gets ready to debate keeping the Export-Import Bank, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) tells The Foundry why he believes the Ex-Im Bank is “the face of … More

    It’s Not the Value of the Chinese Currency: The Proof in Charts

    While the U.S. Treasury did not label China as a currency manipulator this week, it did criticize the Chinese authorities for recently intervening in the foreign exchange market. However, the yuan–dollar exchange value has no effect on the U.S.–Chinese bilateral trade balance. This is because a lot has changed in … More

    We Give Foreigners Taxpayer Money to Import Stuff from America. What?

    Is there anything the U.S. government doesn’t take taxpayer dollars to do? Here’s a lesser-known function of your hard-earned money: providing backing for people in other countries to buy things from America. Come again? Yes, that’s right. Let’s say Air China wants to purchase some Boeing jets. To encourage that … More