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    U.S. Senators to Japan: Do as We Say, Not as We Do?

    A recently released letter from 18 U.S. Senators to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman asked Japan to open its agricultural market to foreign exports in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations: In previous trade negotiations, the United States requested and received full and comprehensive liberalization in the agricultural sector from … More

    Time to Crack Down on THUGS

    Should Americans excuse violent extortion as exercising of “worker’s rights”? More than a few unions have flagrantly ignored the Hobbs Act’s prohibition on extortion and violence. For example, members of the International Union of Operating Engineer’s Local 17 of Hamburg, New York, allegedly scalded non-union workers with hot liquids, destroyed … More

    Should Government Watch the Terrorists -- or Americans Reaching for a Snack?

    With recent news of various government agencies wanting to monitor our nation’s newsrooms and our children’s eating habits, and with a $17 trillion debt that continues to rise, perhaps it is time to paraphrase President John F. Kennedy: Ask not what government can do for us, but what we can … More

    3 Ways to Make April 15 Less Painful

    Yesterday you told us what you think Washington should be doing—and more than a few of you said dealing with our horrendous taxes. Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) rolled out a plan for tax reform yesterday that we hope will shift the conversation to something that would benefit all Americans. As … More

    Heritage’s Macroeconomic Estimate of Camp’s Tax Reform Proposal

    The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis recently completed a preliminary macroeconomic analysis of House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp’s (R–MI) Tax Reform Act of 2014. This draft proposal includes comprehensive tax reform to federal treatment on individual income, business income, and corporate income and is motivated by … More

    Paul Krugman: Selective Data Usage

    Paul Krugman, in the words of a former New York Times public editor, “has the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers.” Most recently, he selectively cited numbers about austerity in Europe, hoping to redefine the policies that made the German economy so buoyant. Germany is worth paying … More

    Should Unions Have to Ask Workers for Forgiveness or Permission?

    Should workers have to continuously “opt out” of paying for union political expenses they oppose? Washington State Senator Jim Honeyford (R) has raised this question because in Washington, as in most states, government employees must pay union dues whether they join the union or not. Washington state also allows a … More

    Tax Reform at Last?

    Today, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R) of Michigan jumpstarts the tax reform debate. It’s about time. The tax code stables in Washington haven’t been cleaned out since 1986—more than a quarter century ago, when Ronald Reagan was President. Since then, year after year, the tax code … More

    CBO Again Repeats Faulty Methodology to Estimate Impact of Stimulus

    There they go again. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released yet another report on the beneficial impacts on the economy of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus. This latest one uses the same faulty methodology CBO used in prior reports. The CBO report follows closely on the heels of a similarly … More

    Obama's Austerity Myth

    The Obama administration put out the word this weekend that the president’s new budget will end several years of “austerity” in Washington. Come again? Austerity? Since 2009, federal borrowing has skyrocketed by $6 trillion. This year’s budget deficit is expected to fall to somewhere near $500 billion, which sadly is … More