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    How Government Shut Down the Chinatown Bus

    The federal regulatory apparatus has made Americans poorer and less safe, and it has eliminated hundreds of jobs by shutting down 41 bus companies in the past year. Ironically, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) justifies its heavy-handedness as promoting safety, when in fact the shutdowns will likely result … More

    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore: Internet Sales Tax Hurts Small Businesses

    The misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), commonly called the Internet sales tax, recently passed the Senate and awaits action in the House. If it becomes law, it would force online retailers to collect sales taxes from residents in states in which the businesses have no attachment. It would overturn the … More

    Obamacare Impact: Another Insurer Leaves California Market

    The Los Angeles Times reports this morning on another disturbing Obamacare-related development in California: The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is leaving California’s individual health insurance market, the second major company to exit in advance of major changes under [Obamacare]. Due to UnitedHealth’s decision, thousands of individuals will … More

    A Conservative Agenda for Trade: Eliminate the Threat of Tariffs

    When it comes to trade, the ultimate objective for conservatives should be to eliminate tariffs—not just reduce some or all, but take them completely off the table and make it as difficult as possible to impose or threaten to impose tariffs (or quotas). Many Americans believe that tariffs are a … More

    Electric Cars and Crony Federalism

    Competition is good—but only when it encourages a “race to the top.” That’s true in business and among the states as well. Competition can encourage policy innovation. For example, Pennsylvania carefully (but reasonably) regulates hydraulic fracturing, and it is reaping the benefits as companies create jobs by safely extracting oil … More

    Making Death Cost Less

    Some people bury themselves in their work. At Saint Joseph Abbey in southern Louisiana, burying is the work. Monks at Saint Joseph make inexpensive caskets—and would like to sell their handiwork to people who don’t want to throw money away on an item that’s just going to end up six … More

    Rule of Law Essential for Business

    In a globally competitive world, competition is key. Fundamental for competition is the rule of law, according to Myron Brilliant, Senior Vice President for International Affairs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who spoke at a recent Heritage Foundation event. In his remarks, which elaborated on a chapter he contributed … More

    Morning Bell: Chinese Investment in the U.S. Shatters Records

    China set a record with its investments around the world in 2012. And in the United States, China shattered its previous investment record. Before people start panicking, it’s important to know: This is not a bad thing. First, let’s put it in perspective. Chinese investment is still very, very small … More

    Why Medicare Must Be Reformed

    Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform from The Heritage Foundation Medicare is shaping up to be a deciding factor in the debate over our nation’s future. As Heritage’s Bob Moffit and Alyene Senger explain in a recent paper, “Why Traditional Medicare Must (and Will) Be Reformed,” the status … More