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    America Doesn't Need a Federal Department of Subsidies

    Politicians too often confuse “free money” with “free markets”—that is, they consider themselves pro-business when they work deals that make some businesses happy, even though it usually comes at the expense of the overall economy. So it should be no surprise that President Obama claimed in a Morning Joe interview … More

    New Georgian PM: Promote Economic Freedom, Not the Statism You Learned in Russia

    Former AC Milan star Kakha Kaladze is more than comfortable on the soccer pitch, where he played for 10 years as one of the club’s defenders. But how comfortable will he and the rest of Georgia’s new ministers be at governing a country and promoting economic freedom? We may soon … More

    How to Make Social Security Work Better for Women

    President Obama’s recycled economic plan sorely lacks the much-needed reforms to make Social Security work better for women. The program needs to do a better job dealing with the circumstances women face in retirement. More women than men rely on Social Security as their sole source of income, and yet … More

    Capitalizing on the "99 Percent" (VIDEO)

    Some months ago, President Obama famously announced: “You didn’t build that.” The “context” of that quote remains controversial. The White House claims that Obama simply meant that nobody can succeed in business unless government first provides things, including infrastructure and education. That’s arguable. Big government, after all, tends to throw … More

    Debate 2012: Obama's Questionable Embrace of Free Enterprise

    In his closing argument last night, President Obama presented himself as a champion of free enterprise. “I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world’s ever known,” he said in response to a question about the biggest misperception that people have of him. “I … More

    Heritage Intern Award Winners: A Free Market for Taxis (VIDEO)

    Each semester, we bring together more than 60 young leaders from across the country to participate in our internship program in D.C. They are given the opportunity of practical experience working on policy research, marketing, and business, and training in communication skills like blogging and public speaking. They learn about America’s … More

    Obama Administration Already Tossed the Food Stamp Work Requirement

    The Obama Administration sure is getting defensive about its recent action to waive all work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash welfare program. But this isn’t the first time or the first program in which Obama Administration policy has undermined work requirements. The welfare reform of … More

    Ethanol Mandate Ignores the Free Market

    In the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record, Washington’s ethanol mandate is making the corn shortage even worse. Markets have responded quickly and flexibly to the drought where they can, but some corn buyers are sidelined by the rigid government ethanol mandate. Corn prices are skyrocketing, … More

    You Can Build That—with the Help of the Market

    President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” comment has drawn much attention. The reactions from both the President’s defenders and his critics illustrate a profound misunderstanding about how the market actually allows us to cooperate. As Milton Friedman, echoing Foundation for Economic Freedom founder Leonard Reed, pointed out: “not a single … More

    Farm Bill Misses Crucial Food Stamp Reform

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture appears to be on a mission to recruit food stamp participants. Radio advertisements, Spanish telenovelas (soap operas), and reaching across the border to partner with Mexico are some of the highlights of their advertising campaign. This, along with massive growth in program spending, indicates critical … More