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    Morning Bell: The Protectionist Threat of Another Great Depression

    A financial bubble fueled by easy money and loose credit bursts. Unemployment shoots up, and gross domestic product falls sharply. Some in the U.S. Congress blame foreigners for unfair trade practices and pass a trade bill that prompts widespread retaliation, exacerbates the popping of the bubble, and sends the country … More

    Pledge to America is Step in Right Direction

    House Republicans should be commended for offering an alternative vision for America’s future, in their Pledge to America. It is an important element in moving America in the right direction. Conservatives must present ideas to America that are consistent with our nation’s founding principles and empower people, not government. The … More

    Obamacare’s Prescription for Inanity

    Regulators have begun issuing some of the hundreds, if not thousands, of regulations necessary to implement Obamacare. Among them is a new restriction on health reimbursement accounts that exemplifies the lunacy of the entire health care scheme. Health reimbursement accounts (HRA) provide tax breaks for deposits used to pay medical … 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

    Red Tape Rises Again: Cost of Regulation Reaches $1.75 Trillion

    How much does federal regulation cost Americans each year? The question is not an easy one. While the revenues and expenditures of the government are budgeted and accounted for each year, the costs of regulation are largely hidden from view, paid for indirectly via higher prices, fewer choices, and less … More

    Heritage Meets the Guardians of Campus-Progressive Sensitivities

    Palm Beach State College activities director (and Michael Moore Facebook fan) Olivia Morris-Ford is on camera shutting down a Young Americans for Freedom booth during the school’s rush week earlier this month. The reason? The students were handing out Heritage research at a student event. Specifically, it looks like the … More

    A U.N. Internet Governance Power Grab?

    At the Internet Governance Forum meeting earlier this week in Vilnius, Lithuania, Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) expressed his concern and worry about efforts by some governments to constrain the independence of the Internet at the upcoming U.N. General … More

    Zoning Out of Wireless: Local Red Tape and Cell Phones

    Americans are increasingly cutting the cord on their phones. By the most recent estimates, 40 percent Americans rely primarily on their wireless phone for voice calls, and most of those don’t have a wireline phone at all. But don’t count me in that number. It’s not that I wouldn’t like … More

    And Then There Was Light: Will Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Increase Energy Use?

    It seemed so simple: To reduce energy use, Americans must abandon the old-fashioned incandescent light bulb in favor of new energy-efficient lighting. Congress even passed legislation in 2007 mandating a phase-out of the familiar “Edison” bulb in the name of saving energy. Now comes a study concluding that energy-efficient lighting … More

    FCC’s Neutrality Regulation Express Sidetracked

    The FCC’s plans for regulating the Internet through “neutrality” regulation—once considered on a fast track—was sidetracked once again yesterday as the agency announced a new round of public comments on possible regulation. It is one more twist in the drama that net neutrality has become, at least for those who … More