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    Taxpayers Benefit from SEC Action Against Lying about State Pension Underfunding

    The fact is that New Jersey lied and got caught, but taxpayers everywhere may benefit. Yesterday, the State of New Jersey settled with the SEC on charges that the state committed securities fraud by failing to disclose the true state of its state employees pension funds. This admission is an … More

    The Nanny State vs. McDonald's (and Shrek Happy Meal Toys)

    First, McDonald’s was sued because its coffee was just too darned hot; now they’re being sued because their Happy Meal toys are just too darned good at marketing food to kids. The Washington, DC, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has served McDonald’s a letter of intent to … More

    Guest Blogger: Wally Herger (R-CA) on Maintaining U.S. Competitiveness

    Three years ago the U.S. finished negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia that would have given American businesses reciprocal access to the Colombian market that Colombian companies have been receiving for years. Two years later, in an unprecedented move, Speaker Pelosi denied the FTA an up or down … More

    Guest Bloggers: Congressmen Shadegg and Bishop on No Cost Stimulus

    The keys to stimulating our economy are private capital, small business innovation, reducing the burden big government imposes on the economy, and job creation. Several months ago, before the Democrats’ cap and trade bill was railroaded though Congress and before we faced their newly announced health care bill, we, along … More

    Obama: I am "a Strong Believer in the Power of the Free Market"

    Breaking news: President Obama is a strong believer in free markets.  Yesterday, in an address to the Business Roundtable, Obama mounted a vigorous defense of the free market and private enterprise, explaining his basic approach to economics and regulation. In his own words, Obama has “always been a strong believer in the power … More

    Secretary Geithner Parodied on SNL

    Saturday Night Live opened their show this weekend with a parody of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner:           Unfortunately, Treasury policy is just as rudderless as seen on SNL.  What’s needed now, more than ever, are ideas based on principles; not ad hoc, “solutions” that don’t provide people enough information to make … More

    Morning Bell: Let the American People Recover

    Rhetorically there was much to like in President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress last night. None better than this early statement: The answers to our problems … exist in our laboratories and universities, in our fields and our factories, in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the … More

    Pence: 'Freeze Federal Spending Immediately'

    Washington – Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, railed against government spending and lack of transparency at the Conservative Bloggers’ Briefing today at the Heritage Foundation. “We think it’s time the Democrats put our money where their mouth is,” he said. We’re advocating that congress … More

    Put Your Hands Together!

    Buried in a January 7th Heritage WebMemo by J.D. Foster and Bill Beach is this passage explaining in careful logic via eloquent metaphor the nature of, and reasons for, economic growth: The American economy does not rise and fall with the level of aggregate demand or deficit spending. Further, government … More

    'Too Rich for Tax Cuts, Not Poor Enough for Free Health Care'

    Washington – Michigan Congressman Dave Camp raised doubts and highlighted confused realities of the Democrat Spending Bill at today’s Conservative Bloggers’ Briefing, held at the Heritage Foundation. Camp compared provisions in the Spending Bill and the recently passed SCHIP Bill, calling their contradictions ‘absurd.’ “You’re too rich to get a … More