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    Fighting Gridlock: Barton Claims New Class will Not Back Down

    There has been much of speculation that gridlock will characterize the 112th Congress, but not according to Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Congressman Barton (R-TX) was first elected in 1984 as a part of the Reagan re-election class and “did not come to … More

    The Government’s Light Bulb Ban Is Just Plain Destructive

    The economic theory of “creative destruction” is important when understanding the value innovation has on long-term economic growth. Popularized by Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter, the theory says the short and long-term benefits of entrepreneurial activity and competition will far outweigh the short-term losses caused by a new product replacing an … More

    Joe Barton is Right: There Was a $20 Billion Shakedown in the White House

    Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is under fire from the White House and the Beltway media for his statement to BP today: “I’m only speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anyone else, but I apologize. I do not want to live in a county where anytime a citizen or a … More

    Joe Barton’s Letter to Secretary Geithner on Cap and Trade

    Can President Obama lead the United States out of the recession? In a word, no. Economist Russ Robert opines, “No man or woman runs the economy. No man or woman or team of people can possibly plan the evolution of the economy in the coming months. America will come out … More