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    The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom: Latin America’s Underperformers

    Today, the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom launches. For 17 years, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have reported on the status of economic freedom around the world, measuring 184 nations across the globe according to rule of law, limited government, regulatory efficiency, and open markets. Globally, the … More

    PODCAST: How Economically Free is America?

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, Heritage’s Kim Holmes, co-author of the annual Index of Economic Freedom, discusses this year’s index. Click here to listen. How does the U.S. rank in economic freedom this year? How does economic freedom fare worldwide? Is there any big surprise in this year’s index? … More

    PODCAST: Economic Resolutions for 2012

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, economist Bill Beach discusses 2011′s economic misteps and how to readjust economic principles to guide policy in 2012. Click here to listen. What is the fundamental economic concept that led to so many policy mistakes? What’s the proper concept to guide policy moving forward? … More

    Wage and Price Stickiness and Economic Recovery

    In a weak economy, the government should not erect barriers to hiring. But two government policies have hindered the already slow recovery: increases in the minimum wage and government unionization. Eliminating these policies would not be enough to spur a robust recovery—the cause of our current economic weakness goes far … More

    Morning Bell: Beneath Growth, a Sea of Poison

    Today’s jobs report from the Department of Labor was encouraging news for the U.S. economy. It shows that 200,000 jobs were created and the unemployment rate ticked down from 8.7 percent to 8.5 percent. Jobs were created in every sector of the economy save one — government! This report is … More

    What the New Obama Labor Board Means for Workers and Employers

    The framers of the Constitution required the President to get the consent of the Senate before appointing senior government officials. They wanted to prevent the President from appointing those who would abuse the public trust. President Obama’s purported appointment of Richard Griffin to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday … More

    Morning Bell: What Will America Decide in 2012?

    Voters in Iowa will caucus today to select their choice for the 2012 presidential nominees. As the rest of the nation watches, Iowa’s choice could help frame the debate for this election year. And as the voters speak, others are weighing in on what they believe is the best direction … More

    Voters in Iowa, New Hampshire Say Federal Budget Deficit Is No. 1 Issue

    New polling data reveals that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire overwhelmingly believe the federal budget deficit is the most important economic issue facing the United States today. Despite the nation’s persistent high unemployment rate, voters in the two early-voting states chose the deficit by wide margins. The CNN/Time/ORC poll … More

    How Would Americans Help Economy? Less Government.

    Throughout his presidency — and especially over the last year — Barack Obama has turned toward a bigger federal government as the answer for fixing the U.S. economy. According to a new poll, though, that’s the last thing Americans want. Rather, they want to see the government cut deficits, spending, … More

    Enough Political Theater - Time for Congress to Get the Job Done

    As the clock counts down toward Christmas, Congress still has major unfinished business to attend to.  Not that we should be surprised.  Emblematic of a resoundingly disappointing year, the last remaining issue to be resolved directly affects the pocketbooks of Americans.  Just days from now, the payroll tax “holiday” will … More