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    Unions Getting Creative in Election-Year Struggle

    If it seems like unions are making a fuss lately, it’s because they are. It’s an election year, and they need money. Just one in 15 private-sector workers is a union member—in 2013, union membership was at its lowest rate since 1916. That might explain why they’re grasping for new … More

    Jordan Weissmann Thinks Economics Is a Gimmick

    Jordan Weissmann of Slate writes that using modern economic methods in budgetary analysis is a “trick…gimmick…fantasy…miraculous…flight of fancy…picking a number out of a hat.”  Weissmann’s immediate target is Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R–Wis.) new budget. But his haphazard insults implicitly spread to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the general use … More

    Economic Freedom: America’s Entrepreneurial Pulse at Risk

    April 15, better known as Tax Day, is approaching again. The “Yes, We Can” Administration, which has squandered billions of hard-working Americans’ tax dollars every year on wasteful programs, has deprived economic freedom at an accelerating rate. The collateral damage from America’s dwindling economic freedom can only get costlier over … More

    In Peru, Trade—Not Aid—Works Best

    Peru Bosques, a $38 million project included in the Peru Trade Promotion Authority that was meant to help the Peruvian government write a new forestry law, has not fared well, according to a 2012 audit by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inspector general. At the time of the … More

    AFL-CIO Stages Protest Outside Heritage for Higher Minimum Wage

    About 30 protesters, chanting “You can’t survive on $7.25” and “Poverty wages have got to go,” marched today in support of a higher minimum wage outside The Heritage Foundation. AFL-CIO spokesmen at the lunchtime protest said the labor organization targeted Heritage’s Capitol Hill headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue NE because of the … More

    Who Creates Jobs—and Why?

    If you want to protect spending in Washington, call it “job creation.” That’s the flip side of yesterday’s quip by Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, skewering the tendency of politicians to dress their favorite lobbies or spending policies as job generators. He’s right: … More

    Exclusive: Home-Care Mom Questions Union’s ‘Fine Print’ Dues Drive

    Linda Dobbs was confused. Because she had been paying union dues each month for 15 months, Dobbs thought she already was a card-carrying union member. So why did the United Long-Term Care Workers’ Union send two representatives to her home with membership forms in hand? She eventually came to the … More

    Housing Finance: Fannie–Freddie 2.0

    Josh Rosner, who in Reckless Endangerment (2011) exposed the cronyism of Fannie Mae and warned of a meltdown of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) as far back as 2001, recognizes that the Johnson–Crapo housing finance bill gives us Fannie–Freddie 2.0: Rather than fix these problems, legislators seek to demolish the current … More

    From Your Microwave to Your Car, Government Leaves Nothing Untouched

    How many government rules do we need? According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), federal regulators issued more than 2,000 new rules in 2013—doing such helpful things as restricting access to mortgage credit and imposing new limits on the amount of energy a microwave oven can consume when it is … More

    Don’t Wait to Cut U.S.-EU Tariffs

    The United States and the European Union (EU) are currently negotiating a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). A recent survey by the Atlantic Council and the Bertelsmann Foundation of over 300 “stakeholders” who have an interest in the TTIP talks suggests a possible strategy to jumpstart the agreement. … More