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    What the Washington Post Got Wrong in Its Debt Limit 'Fact Check'

    The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler focused his latest Fact Checker column on The Heritage Foundation analogy that suspending the debt limit is like giving a “blank check” to President Obama. Kessler gave us two Pinocchios. We decided to turn the table and look at Kessler’s arguments. Kessler acknowledges that Congress’ … More

    The White House Doesn't Like These Particular Facts

    A funny thing is happening to President Obama in his pursuit of redistributive economic policies: Facts are getting in the way. The facts in this case are being pronounced by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a nonpartisan federal agency that crunches numbers for the government, which concluded that raising the … More

    Obama's Heavy-Duty Audacity

    President Obama grabbed headlines this week for (supposedly) bypassing Congress to advance his global warming agenda. As part of what aides characterize as a “muscular and unilateral campaign” to reduce greenhouse gases, the President directed his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and his Department of Transportation (DOT) to tighten fuel-efficiency standards … More

    The Problem with Giving America a Raise

    In his State of the Union Address, President Obama told Congress to “give America a raise.” But as the job forecasts are revealing, he might as well have told them to “kill some American jobs.” Why? Heritage experts forecasted months ago that a proposed minimum wage hike would kill the … More

    Mamma Mia! Sweden’s Remarkable Rise in Economic Freedom

    A member of celebrated Swedish pop group ABBA recently made this confession about the group’s signature bell bottoms and platform heels: “[W]e looked like nuts in those years. Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were.” It turns out that ABBA’s unique fashion choices were partially … More

    A Response to Robert VerBruggen on the Proper Tax Treatment of Interest

    Over at Real Clear Policy, Robert VerBruggen asks some thoughtful questions about my recent paper “The Proper Tax Treatment of Interest.” Below are my brief responses to his questions. VerBruggen asks: “If we balance out the bad incentives of taxes by handing out tax breaks in the ‘exact extra amount’ … More

    She Dreamed Obamacare Was Harmless

    Obamacare is working, and it’s not costing any jobs. Shhh…keep quiet, or you’ll wake Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from her dream. “There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act,” she said … More

    A Look Back: 7 Instances of Wasteful Spending in the Stimulus Package

    Five years ago this week, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—the stimulus package—into law. Here’s a quick reminder of how some of this $862 billion of taxpayer money was spent: -          New Buses Without Riders — $2.4 Million: The Winter Haven Area Transit Authority (WHAT) in Florida, … More

    Why It’s the Government’s Fault There Isn’t Enough Salt to Make Roads Safe in New Jersey

    Winter storms recently dumped nearly a foot of snow in parts of New Jersey. As of February 13, New Jersey state police had responded to 157 accidents and 353 calls for help, and road crews struggled to maintain safe driving conditions while faced with a shortage of rock salt to … More

    Minimum Wage Hike Would Eliminate 500,000 Jobs

    Surprise, surprise: An analysis released today found that a proposed minimum wage hike would eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs. Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced it agreed with the Heritage Foundation’s analysis of President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase. Of course the CBO did not put it that … More