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    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

    White House Still Defending Failed Stimulus Plan Five Years Later

    Five years later, it is obvious that President Obama’s stimulus was a failure. This week marks the fifth anniversary of Obama’s 2009 stimulus plan, a $763 billion package of increased government spending and non-growth-promoting tax cuts that was supposed to be a panacea for all that ailed the economy still … More

    Obama Shouldn’t Decide Your Truck’s Gas Mileage

    It shouldn’t be President Obama calling the shots on the range for gas mileage for trucks. The President has instructed his Administration to foist a management decision on manufacturers of trucks and other heavy duty vehicles by directing the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to tighten fuel efficiency … More

    Did Climate Change Cause the California Drought? Or Big Government?

    While scientists continue to debate global warming, it’s undeniable that the federal government has had an active hand in exacerbating California’s drought. President Obama flew to Fresno, California, last Friday to announce a drought relief package and speak on climate change’s influence. Although no single weather event can be attributed … More