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    America's Regulatory Competiveness Continues to Lag

    According to the World Bank’s just-released Doing Business 2013—which looks into various reform measures to rank 185 economies on the ease of doing business—the United States continues to trail Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. The only surprise is that the U.S. didn’t drop further in the rankings. According to … More

    Hobby Lobby Files Suit over HHS Mandate, Could Face $1.3 Million in Fines

    Another family-owned business joined the fray over the Health and Human Services (HHS) anti-conscience mandate this morning. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., an arts and crafts supply retailer, filed a lawsuit against the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate, demanding that the government respect the business’s desire to operate in accordance with Christian principles. … More

    President Obama, Chief Investor: Leave Energy Upgrades to the Businesses

    Reading President Obama’s latest Executive Order (EO) on industrial energy efficiency, one would think American companies were not interested in saving money and gaining a competitive advantage: While our manufacturing facilities have made progress in becoming more energy efficient over the past several decades, there is an opportunity to accelerate … More

    Employers Caught Between a ROC and a Hard Place

    Chef Daniel Boulud got one of his first tastes of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) when they inflated a gigantic cockroach outside of his upscale New York restaurant. The cockroach, used in conjunction with chants of “racist” to decry alleged differences in promotion by race, led to decreased business. Predictably, … More

    Author Ed Conard Talks Bain Capital, Economics and Obama's Record

    Edward Conard spent 14 years as a partner at Bain Capital, the most scrutinized company in America. But these days, he’s in the news for another reason. As the author of “Unintended Consequences,” Conard has challenged the conventional wisdom about the U.S. economy and outlined ideas that have resulted in … More

    American Restoration: The Role of Private Equity

    Making something busted luster again. That’s the basic premise of an innovative television show called American Restoration featured on the History Channel. On the show, people bring their worn, rusted, creaky old stuff from America’s past—stuff like an old Dodge pickup truck, an old Chicago police phone box, or an … More

    Egging on the Regulators: Farmers Face Threat of Red Tape

    Pork producers are speaking out against legislation that would give federal regulators the authority to mandate cage sizes for egg-laying hens. They’re worried it could lead to a slippery slope that increases red tape for farmers on a range of issues. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), would … More

    Have You Been Negatively Affected by Regulatory Overreach? Tell Us About It

    Stories are powerful. They help us relate to other individuals and communicate complex issues. They are an essential ingredient to making policy change in Washington. That’s why we’re asking for your help. The Heritage Foundation is seeking examples of individuals, entrepreneurs and business owners who have been negatively affected by … More

    What Liberals Don't Understand About Business and Profit

    How’s this for a nicely polished gem of irony? Liberal blogger Matthew Yglesias today authored a piece poking fun at Barnes & Noble for attempting to diversify its bookstore model by venturing into the world of digital with its “Nook” e-reader. (Stay tuned for the irony, below.) For Yglesias, the notion that … More

    Judicial Hellholes: 10 Places Not to Do Business in the United States

    Given the sad state of our economy, the bad investment climate, and the danger posed by profligate federal spending and ever-increasing government regulation, American entrepreneurs have to plan very carefully about where to locate new plants, stores, and other facilities when they expand an existing business or start a new … More