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    Freedom, Growth and Organized Labor

    Last week both the AFL-CIO and the Center for American Progress claimed that seven out of the top ten countries on our 2009 Index of Economic Freedom do not require secret ballot elections for union organizing elections. Of course, being strong supporters of card check, CAP and big labor don’t … More

    Entitlement Reform? A 'Must Do' for Obama

    After making news earlier this week for promising to make Social Security and Medicare reform a “central part” of his plan to curtail federal spending, President-elect Obama has pledged to hold a “fiscal responsibility” summit focusing on entitlement reform. Although the devil is in the details, facing up to the … More

    No Contradiction Here

    Washington Post, January 16, 2009: Senate Votes To Release Bailout Funds To Obama In a personal pitch to Democratic senators this week and in two letters sent to lawmakers by his top economic adviser, Lawrence H. Summers, Obama has pledged to focus the rest of the TARP funds on homeowners … More

    Airline Safety: The Deregulation Critics Were Wrong

    It could have been a tragedy, but wasn’t.  After yesterday’s dramatic Hudson River crash landing of a US Airways jet, all 155 passengers and crew made it back to shore safely.   Much of the credit goes to the plane’s pilot, who managed to maneuver the plane safely down.   But the … More

    'We're Spending More Than Ever and It Doesn't Work'

    “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work.” Sound like, oh, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio or some other exasperated Republican stalwart lamenting proposals to spend our way out of the recession? Listen again: “I want to see … More

    Labor Has Already Killed Obama's Transparency Promise

    The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus noticed that Obama’s labor secretary nominee Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) was a little less than forthcoming at her Senate confirmation hearing yesterday: Should President Obama lift the Bush-era executive order requiring that federally funded construction projects be open to both union and nonunion contractors? “Senator, … More

    Bush Started, Obama Will Continue, the Nationalization of Our Financial Sector

    Defending the Troubled Asset Relief Program The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein writes: Of course, because money is fungible, critics can always say that the Treasury money is now being used to pay excessive salaries or dividends, or finance unnecessary acquisitions — or, for that matter, to clean the toilets or … More

    Save Our Secret Ballot Takes on Employee Free Choice Act

    WASHINGTON – Ernest Istook, Chairman of the National Advisory Board for Save Our Secret Ballot, described at the Conservative Bloggers’ Briefing yesterday a grassroots, state-level strategy to nullify the effects of the Employee Free Choice Act should it be passed by Congress. SOSBallot.org, a 501 c(4) organization, is currently pushing for constitutional … More

    The 2009 Index of Economic Freedom

    For 15 years, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation have been measuring countries’ commitment to free-market capitalism in the “Index of Economic Freedom.” The 2009 Index, published this week, provides strong evidence that the countries that maintain the freest economies do the best job of promoting prosperity for … More

    Video: An Alternative to Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan

    Bill Beach, director of Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, explains that aggressive tax relief would create or protect 3 million jobs between 2009-2011.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7TBbOr6BWA[/youtube]  Further reading: Any Stimulus Legislation Must Include Budget Reforms to Address Long-Term Challenges Economic Recovery: How Best to End the Recession Economic Stimulus: Dos and Don’ts