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    Rising Red Tape Erodes Economic Freedom in United States

    Red tape – rules, regulations, restrictions and mandates imposed on America – rose alarmingly in 2009, mirroring the overall decline in economic freedom in the United States, as reported in this year’s Index of Economic Freedom. That’s the conclusion of an upcoming Heritage Foundation report detailing trends in federal regulation. … More

    Economic Freedom: The Key to Making Our Prosperity Enduring

    The President asserted during a major speech in January: “One of the greatest contributions the United States can make to the world is to promote freedom,” he said. “A creative, competitive America is the answer to a changing world, not trade wars that would close doors, create greater barriers and … More

    Cold Feet on Climate … and the EPA

    Yesterday, as if he knew the results of the Massachusetts Senate race, retiring Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) ruled out the possibility of the Senate considering a cap-and-trade bill. The reluctance of the Senate to take up a comprehensive global warming bill coincides with increasing public skepticism. Despite these obvious warning … More

    Solar Shutdown: Feinstein to Block Energy Projects

    We need to transform to a new, clean energy economy but we can’t build solar panels in the Mojave Desert if California Senator Diane Feinstein has anything to say about it: Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation in Congress on Monday to protect a million acres of the Mojave Desert in … More

    While You Sleep: 1:00 AM Monday Vote Set on Obamacare

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has set the stage for a major vote Monday morning at 1:00 AM – one that would require the support of 60 Senators. That would, if all goes according to Senator Reid’s plan, set up a late-night Christmas Eve vote on final passage. Senator … More

    California: The National Petri Dish

    Supposedly, trends start in California and then spread to the rest of the country, a notion that seems to be confirmed by the latest economic news. In May, California’s unemployment rate hit 11.5 percent—the highest it has been since 1941. This morning, we learn that unemployment for the entire country … More

    Bureaucracy Won't Drive Change in Health Care

    Make a list of the things you think government does really well. Almost everyone can agree it is pitifully short. Why, then, would we want government to run something as important as health care? The argument for a federal solution to affordable health care assumes the feds will do a … More

    Morning Bell: Bad Moon Rising

    Liberals love to claim the Bush administration has broadly weakened regulations at the behest of corporate interests. And the media lap up these claims. Problem is, the nation’s regulatory burden has grown significantly under President Bush and it looks like the situation is going to get worse in the final … More

    SBA Aims to Take Regulation to the Cleaners

    Like the weather, everyone complains about the red tape Washington puts on American small businesses, but no one does anything about it. Well, almost nobody. The Small Business Administration last year launched a project to review and reform regulations that hurt small business. Called the “3R” initiative – for “regulatory … More

    How the Smart Growth Movement Is Creating a Nation of Serfs

    A new study by University of Washington economics professor Theo Eicher finds middle-class families are being priced out of the Seattle real estate market due to land-use regulations that drive up home prices by more than $200,000 per home. Eicher identifies Washington’s smart-growth-movement-inspired Growth Management Act as one of the … More