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    Johnson–Crapo Housing Finance Reform Misguided

    Senators Tim Johnson (D–SD) and Mike Crapo (R–ID) recently released their new housing finance reform bill. As expected, the new bill makes the bad features of its Senate companion even worse. >>> Check Out: Johnson–Crapo Housing Finance Reform Misguided The core of both this bill and the one introduced by Senators … More

    White House Still Defending Failed Stimulus Plan Five Years Later

    Five years later, it is obvious that President Obama’s stimulus was a failure. This week marks the fifth anniversary of Obama’s 2009 stimulus plan, a $763 billion package of increased government spending and non-growth-promoting tax cuts that was supposed to be a panacea for all that ailed the economy still … More

    The Fed at 100: Why Do We Have a Central Bank?

    The Federal Reserve, the U.S. central bank, is surrounded by as much controversy today as it was at its creation 100 years ago. The Fed has never been short on critics, but the anti-Fed movement has even gained traction inside Congress, according to a recent National Journal article. The Fed’s … More

    Revisionist History: Absolving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

    A newly released book, The Mortgage Wars, aims to rewrite history and absolve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of having any part in the financial crisis. Written by former Fannie Mae Vice Chairman and CFO Tim Howard, the book blames the crisis on Alan Greenspan and Larry Summers. According to … More

    The Volcker Rule: Three Years and Nearly 1,000 Pages Later

    Five financial regulatory agencies have completed the final rules to implement the Volcker Rule, a regulation required by the Dodd–Frank bill that is supposed to protect taxpayers by restricting banks’ financial activity. The rule would prohibit banks from engaging in what’s known as proprietary trading—that is, making risky investments solely … More

    Will Obamacare Bring Down Progressivism?

    The implosion of Obamacare indicts not just the law itself, but the whole edifice of progressivism—a philosophy rooted in the belief that government, supposedly administered by “the best and the brightest,” can run things better than individuals. That idea is now, again, being proven incorrect. The hubris in the progressive … More

    Without Reform, Entitlement Spending Poses a Default Risk

    The Obama Administration argues that failure to raise the debt limit would lead to a default on federal debts, causing unacceptable harm to the economy. But the President has ample discretion to prioritize debt payments and avoid default. The President has failed to address the more fundamental risk of default: … More

    The Fed’s Monetary Policy Matters, Too

    It’s easy to get distracted with news like the guessing game of who will replace Ben Bernanke. But the more important issue is: What is the U.S. doing with its monetary policy and why? What we’ve learned about monetary policy since the Fed was created is surely more important than … More

    No Punishment for Bankruptcy?

    As Congress continues to deal with the “too big to fail” issue, it would do well to recognize that bankruptcy does not automatically equate with criminal behavior. Sunday’s New York Times ran a story detailing how Wall Street regulators have essentially “thrown in the towel” (at least for now) on … More

    VIDEO: Three Reasons to Reform Social Security Now

    In a recent video by ReasonTV, Nick Gillespie describes Social Security as a “fiscal and demographic disaster.” Heritage research provides further support that the program “desperately needs to be reformed right now—for at least three reasons”: Social Security pays more in taxes than it receives in benefits. A recent Heritage … More