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    Lowering Loan Limits: An Overdue Step to Bringing Private Capital Back to Housing

    As legislation moves through Congress to address the fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has indicated it will decrease the limit on the size of the loans these institutions can purchase starting in 2014. The FHFA should decrease the loan limit independent of … More

    Parents, Not Government, Know How to Feed Their Children

    Some Members of Congress think they are better parents than you are. Under the tax code, companies are able to take deductions for business expenses, including marketing. Recently, however, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) introduced H.R. 2831, which would prohibit businesses from taking tax deductions for marketing “food of poor nutritional … More

    900,000 Reasons Obamacare Is Bad: Moving Americans from Work to Welfare

    Obamacare is not only hurting small businesses and economic growth. It might also give nearly a million low-income individuals a reason to leave work for welfare. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research by professors from Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago argues that, … More

    As Commodities Prices Fall, Economic Freedom Should Rise

    New reports are hinting that an end to the decade-long run-up of the prices of commodities prices is here. For years, emerging markets such as China rapidly sucked up natural resources to fuel their hasty economic expansions, inflating the cost of commodities such as coal, iron, and oil. Meanwhile, resource-endowed … More

    “Everyday High Prices” Should Not Be Trade Agency’s Slogan

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations are taking place this week in Malaysia. Here’s a modest suggestion to help new U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman bring the TPP to a successful conclusion: eliminate the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, a job that places the welfare of one special … More

    Wal-Mart and D.C.’s Minimum Wage Increases

    The D.C. city council recently approved legislation raising hourly minimum wages in retail stores to $12.50 an hour under the Large Retail Accountability Act (LRAA). On the surface, it looks like the bill would simply create a very high minimum wage. However, a closer look shows the LRAA targets a … More

    Heritage's Ryan Anderson Addresses Regent University Graduation

    Hold a sense of personal responsibility over a sense of entitlement, Heritage scholar Ryan T. Anderson urged graduates on May 4 during the commencement address at Regent University. In a speech titled “Truth, Responsibility and Love,” Anderson exhorted the class of 2013 to consider their responsibilities in a world preoccupied … More

    How Do Nations Succeed? With Economic Freedom

    It’s often easy to forget where we’ve been on the journey to where we’re going. In America, the foundation of our society and the source of our wealth and prosperity are firmly rooted in the principles of economic freedom. Markets are the most powerful force in the world for defeating … More

    The Best Plan for Farmers and Ranchers: Free Trade

    Congress is currently fighting over the future of U.S. farm programs. In 2011, taxpayers subsidized farmers to the tune of $10.4 billion in government payments. Imagine if the government had a way to increase payments to farmers while reducing taxpayer subsidies to zero. Such a policy exists. It’s called free … More

    Morning Bell: See America's Ranking in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

    When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter? Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they … More