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    Damaging Policies Add Up to $1 Trillion Tax Increase in Obama Budget (UPDATED)

    UPDATE: The official total tax increase in President Obama’s budget is now available in the Treasury Department’s “Green Book.” Treasury scores the total net tax increase from all President Obama’s tax polices at more than $1.1 trillion over 10 years. There was little doubt that President Obama would propose a … More

    National Financial Capability Month: Is President Obama Setting a Good Example?

    Last week, the President declared April 2013 National Financial Capability Month in an effort to encourage Americans to budget responsibly. This is a commendable goal. However, with the President’s budget more than two months late, it’s worth considering how the President is managing the nation’s finances: He grew the national … More

    Latin America: If You Want to Lower Inflation, Avoid Price Controls!

    The recently reelected president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, wants people to know he is determined to fight inflation through combating “speculation.” A noble goal, to be sure. But the weapons chosen for that battle by President Correa—a PhD economist trained at the University of Illinois—actually will doom his anti-inflation campaign. … More

    India Stays on Path to Economic Failure

    Thursday was a really bad day for the Indian economy. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the October–December quarter came in at 4.5 percent, continuing to weaken. Worse, the central government budget for the next fiscal year leaves India on the same, failing course it’s been on of undisciplined spending … More

    Bernanke’s Defense of Fed Policies Neither Comforting nor Convincing

    Do the risks from the Federal Reserve’s trillion-dollar annual stimulus program justify the rewards? That was the central question at Tuesday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing featuring Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. Bernanke worked hard to defend the Fed’s quantitative easing policy, but he appears to oversell the rewards by a mile … More

    Morning Bell: Why Should I Care About the U.S. Debt?

    You’re busy. So busy you barely have time to read these words. So why should you care about the us debt? Does it affect your life? Unfortunately, high government debt is having more of an impact on each of us than we realize. Heritage’s Romina Boccia explains that high levels … More

    QE4: Another Big Step Down a Dangerous Road

    The Federal Reserve Board today announced the introduction of yet another hyper-aggressive monetary policy, dubbed “QE4” by some for the fourth round of quantitative easing. Three times a dud, fourth time a charm? Not likely. The Fed’s concerns for the economy are well-founded. The economy continues to struggle badly under … More

    Restoring Economic Growth with a Stable Dollar

    The world is in economic crisis. Quite understandably, much attention has been given to cutting runaway government spending, a fundamental cause of the crisis. Much less attention has been given to the fundamental defects of the monetary system. These defects are at the heart of the economic collapse. Both budgetary … More

    Points to Ponder as the Fed Gathers

    The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meets today in the face of tremendous economic uncertainty. In light of last week’s dismal jobs report and related evidence of a faltering recovery, markets are looking for signs as to what the Fed might say and do. It’s widely expected that the Fed … More

    Are Spring Doves Flocking to the Fed?

    The White House has indicated it intends to nominate San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Janet Yellen as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. The White House has said the top candidates for the two remaining Board slots are the relatively unknown attorney Sarah Raskin, Maryland’s Commissioner on … More