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    Welcome to America, Land of the Less Free?

    Just one year after President Barack Obama took office, we released the 16th edition of the Index of Economic Freedom in both Hong Kong and Washington. Once again, it provides empirical evidence that economic freedom is the pathway to prosperity. The good news is that despite the global economic crisis, … More

    Scott Brown’s Reading List: The Index of Economic Freedom

    Within a span of just a few hours this week, three seemingly unrelated events all, by happenstance, made headlines in America: the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration, a historically earthshaking election in Massachusetts, and the release of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. But perhaps there are no … More

    Bernanke and Regulation: The Perils of Headline Writing

    Interpreting statements of Federal Reserve Chairmen has long been considered a high art form. During Alan Greenspan’s time, journalists and financial analysts made huge efforts to understand his cryptic comments on the economy, with the result that a few sentences could spawn literally pages of analysis designed to “explain” the … More

    Obama On Cutting Red Tape: No We Can't

    For the past week or so, President Obama has been trying to jawbone banks into lending more in order to jump start the economy. He continued the push yesterday, meeting with a group of small community bankers to urge them to open up the spigots. Interestingly, he acknowledged that federal … More

    Barney Frank: "We Are Trying on Every Front to Increase the Role of Government in the Area of Regulation"

    Last night on The Ed Show, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) debated Ralph Nader. Honesty ensued. Watch: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXPwr-MxvDQ[/youtube]

    Feds Target Yard Sales

    Thinking of having a fall yard sale to clean out some of the clutter from your house? Be careful, or it could get you in trouble with the Feds, and cost you up to $15 million in fines. Its no joke: the Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a new … More

    Americans Believe Government Does Too Much Already

    Proving once again that despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans still believe in limited government principles, Gallup released a survey today showing that 57% of Americans say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals. Gallup notes: The … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Enable The Financial-Regulatory Complex

    This Saturday, tens of thousands of Americans marched on Washington to protest the unprecedented amount of power being concentrated in Washington, DC under the Obama administration. And even the New York Times admits they have a point: “The government is the nation’s biggest lender, insurer, automaker and guarantor against risk … More

    Good Czar, Bad Czar: Cass Sunstein and the Future of OIRA

    It’s perhaps the most important job no one has ever heard of. Yesterday, Harvard professor Cass Sunstein was confirmed by the Senate as the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, otherwise known as the nation’s “regulatory czar.” Nowadays, the mere mention of a czar tends … More

    In the Green Room: Rep. Camp

    Rep. Dave Camp came to Heritage’s weekly bloggers briefing today. He made specific recommendations for health care reform that leaves the individual in charge and actually reduces costs without raising taxes. “80% of Americans have health care, and they don’t want to see it change in a fundamental way,” he said, … More