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    VIDEO: Growing Red Tape Threatens Economic Growth

    As the economy continues to struggle, a new report highlights ways the government may be making things worse by imposing bigger burdens on business. Our new video breaks down the facts and highlights the impact of this creeping government red tape. While these costs are often invisible, they are nevertheless very … More

    Supreme Court Is Asked to Strike Down Tobacco Settlement

    Last week the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based free-market advocacy group, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the 1998 tobacco Master Settlement Agreement on the grounds it violates federal antitrust laws and is unconstitutional. The tobacco MSA is the result of 46 state attorneys general striking … More

    First Principles of Economic Policy

    There simply is no way to avoid thinking and, perhaps, even starting the analysis of economic policy except from a set of principles.  Whether it be labor, investment, trade, or a host of other pieces of our national economic policy; analysts only will be able to understand policy change if … More

    A Mushrooming Number of Unpaid Internships

    The United States is experiencing tough economic times and high levels of unemployment, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of young people taking unpaid internships to advance their careers. Unfortunately, current laws say that many unpaid internships are actually illegal because these positions do not qualify for the … More

    Welcome to America, Land of the Less Free?

    Just one year after President Barack Obama took office, we released the 16th edition of the Index of Economic Freedom in both Hong Kong and Washington. Once again, it provides empirical evidence that economic freedom is the pathway to prosperity. The good news is that despite the global economic crisis, … 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

    The Moral Case for Capitalism

    White House chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel wasn’t kidding when he said that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and according Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), it was anything but wasted. “Indeed, the period of panic that everyone was facing opened a tremendous opportunity … More

    Guest Blogger: Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) on the Increase in Minimum Wage

    Today, another burden is being placed on America’s small businesses. Effective on this date is the third installment of the increase of the minimum wage that was passed in 2007. Once again, our federal government has provided not a help, but a hindrance to our economic recovery. When the three-phase … More

    Recession is Latin for Tough Love

    “There is no disagreement,” said President Obama, “that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help jump start the economy.” Those chilling words were said in January, but we were reminded of that sentiment yesterday when President Obama claimed that “…economists on both the left and … More

    What Didn't Cause the Financial Crisis

    For the next few days, weeks and probably years, we’re going to hear a lot about what caused the financial crisis and led to a $700 bailout. And we’ve already heard presidential nominees, Members of Congress and political analysts blame free markets and deregulatory policies over the past 8 years. … More