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    Fueling Cronyism

    No one knows how much ethanol Americans would use if the fuel didn’t receive preferential treatment. Would we use any at all? We do know it has drawbacks as compared to gasoline. Ethanol has less energy, so it reduces fuel efficiency and increases costs. It can damage small engines such … More

    Morning Bell: Defiance

    “We’re losing the country,” a Maryland man said at a town hall meeting. “I want to see more defiance!” He wasn’t talking to local tea partiers; he was talking to his Republican Member of Congress. It is time to take a stand against Obamacare. Heritage President Jim DeMint and Heritage … More

    Young Africans Need Economic Freedom, Not Lectures About Climate Change

    Speaking to students during his recent trip to Africa, President Obama said that “if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over—unless we find new … More

    Obamacare Impact: Another Insurer Leaves California Market

    The Los Angeles Times reports this morning on another disturbing Obamacare-related development in California: The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group Inc., is leaving California’s individual health insurance market, the second major company to exit in advance of major changes under [Obamacare]. Due to UnitedHealth’s decision, thousands of individuals will … More

    Obamacare Shocker: Premiums Could Double

    This morning’s Wall Street Journal published its own analysis of premiums under Obamacare, and its conclusions will prompt shock—rate shock—among those who need to buy health insurance under the law’s new exchanges next year: Healthy consumers could see insurance rates double or even triple when they look for individual coverage … More

    Big Hospitals’ Obamacare Deal Betrays Seniors and the Poor

    A backroom deal made during the writing of Obamacare will harm seniors and the poor, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). During their closed-room dealings with the Obama Administration, the hospital industry’s lobbyists agreed to support Obamacare—provided that the law placed restrictions on physician-owned “specialty” hospitals, noted WSJ. These … More

    Cronyism: Companies like Amazon, Craigslist Use Government to Crush Competition

    People line up to go to the Apple store, but can’t stand waiting in line at the DMV. That’s because consumers love good products and good service. Businesses tend to provide reasons for lining up, while governments simply force us to. So for years now, conservatives have rejoiced in the … More

    Morning Bell: Internet Sales Tax Is a State Money Grab

    Why are states so eager to collect taxes on Internet sales? In short, because they could grab money from other states. Heritage legal expert David Addington lays it out: Like the money-hungry federal government, many state governments have financial and political interests in getting their hands on more and more … More

    The High Cost of Offshore Wind: Is Cape Wind the Next Solyndra?

    Opponents have called it “another Solyndra waiting to happen.” An estimated $2.6 billion offshore wind project near Massachusetts could be awarded a $350 million Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee and a 30 percent federal tax credit, according to recent reports. The much beleaguered 468 megawatt, 130 turbine Cape Wind … More

    WSJ: Food Stamp Rolls Remain High Despite Economic Improvement

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported last week that even with improvements in the economy, food stamp participation rates have reached all-time highs. Since 2008, enrollment has increased by 70 percent, reaching a record 47.8 million this past December. Funding for the food stamp program—or, as it’s now called the … More