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    Dealing the Right Cards in Japan's Upper-House Shuffle

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took majority power in Japan’s upper house, giving his party majority control over both upper and lower houses. This presents an opportunity for the LDP to make the difficult changes necessary to turn its economy around and make it a … More

    ANALYSIS | Obama’s Economic Speech: Another Summer Rerun

    President Obama traveled to Illinois today to give the same tired, worn-out economic speech he’s been giving for almost five years now. Rather than offering new solutions that could revive the dormant economy and put people back to work, the President offered the same old policies that have already failed, … More

    Moody's: Further Deficit Reduction Needed to Maintain Stable Outlook

    Moody’s changed the outlook on the U.S. credit rating from negative to stable this week, citing improving deficits. While this is good news, policymakers should curb their enthusiasm about what this means for the U.S. debt situation. The improvement could be fleeting, as Moody’s relies heavily on favorable economic growth … More

    The Right Kind of Federalism

    Regular elections are a critical feature of American democracy. If you don’t like the way your town, state, or federal government is headed, you know you’ll have a chance to change leadership at the ballot box. Of course, if your state is slowing you up with high tax rates and … More

    BrandUSA: Senate Immigration Bill Extends Wasteful, Flawed Program

    On Thursday, the Senate will vote on S. 744, a highly flawed comprehensive immigration “reform” bill. As is often the case with comprehensive bills, S. 744 is full of handouts, pork, and special-interest deals. One example of this lies in provisions that would extend the funding of BrandUSA, a government-run … More

    Cut Government Spending to Help the Economy? Majority Say Yes

    A recent Rasmussen poll (subscription required) found that 65 percent of likely voters want the government to cut spending to help alleviate the country’s economic woes. Four years after the official end of the recession in June 2009, the economy is growing sluggishly. As The Wall Street Journal reports today, … More

    For the Record: Tax Increases Are Harmful, but Europe Has Pursued Them Anyway

    Heritage economist Salim Furth gave testimony last week to the Senate Budget Committee, reminding the Senators that economic research shows that deficit reduction should be pursued through spending cuts, not tax increases. Now he has responded to written questions in detail and explored the exemplary 1990s budget cuts. There is … More

    Meretricious? Senator Whitehouse Is Projecting

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spent eight minutes berating me at a Senate Budget Committee hearing yesterday. He disliked the facts I presented on austerity, so he called into question my professional honor and integrity. My testimony pointed out that structural reform and well-designed spending cuts are the best policy for stabilizing … More

    GDP Report: Government Shrinks, Private Economy Grows

    Last Thursday’s revisions to the first-quarter growth estimates showed little change: Gross domestic product (GDP) had grown at a 2.4 percent rate, not 2.5 percent as reported in the initial estimate. For those who mistakenly equate GDP and “the economy,” this is bad news—and an excuse to kvetch about sequestration. … More

    House Bill Ends the $3 Public Election Tax Check-Off, Spends “Savings”

    H.R. 1724, the Kids First Research Act of 2013, sponsored by Representative Gregg Harper (R–MS), would end the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF). That’s the good news. But then the bill would authorize spending existing PECF funds on a new 10-year pediatric research initiative via the National Institutes of Health … More