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FDA Warlords Moving to Crush Vaping and Flavored Tobacco Products

BY BOB BARR Despite the requirement in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution that only the Congress has the power to “declare war,” the...

The War On The Poor Has Many Fronts And Armies, Professor Krugman

RYAN BOURNE, CATO INSTITUTE Paul Krugman’s column yesterday lamented Republican policy towards the poor. He has particular gripes with Ben Carson’s changes to housing subsidies, increased...

Federal Fuel Foolishness

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government imposes a mandate to blend ethanol into gasoline. This “Renewable Fuel Standard” harms consumers, damages the economy, and...

No Neutral Ground: The Problem of Net Neutrality

DR. BRIAN DELLINGER On November 21, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to revisit its Obama-era internet regulations. It seems likely that the resulting vote...

‘Digital Shouting Matches’ Undermining Rule-Making Process

BY BOB BARR The “internet poll” has become a familiar device with which to solicit reader feedback and drive engagement on topics from sports and...

European Environmentalists Rekindling Cocaine Problem in Columbia and in the United States

BY BOB BARR Not that many years ago, the South American nation of Colombia was on the cusp of becoming a failed “narco-state.” With climatic...

Trump’s Reversal of Obama Pay Gap Rule Is Good News for Women, Minorities

ROMINA BOCIA, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Trump administration put a stop this week to an Obama-era rule that would have hurt the wage and employment prospects...

DOL Fiduciary Rule: It’s Not Always Fun to be Right

THAYA BROOK KNIGHT, CATO INSTITUTE When the Department of Labor (DoL) rolled out its fiduciary duty rule last year, I (and others) noted that its...

Ryan Zinke, Interior chief, orders more lease sales, faster permitting for oil, gas on...

Saying that the government had become far too slow in facilitating oil and gas development on federal lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday...

Can Regulation Keep Up With Accumulating Knowledge?

DAVID BOAZ, CATO INSTITUTE What some doctors say about regulating the treatment of sepsis has much broader application. Sepsis, an often lethal reaction to infection...

Rao Tapped to Taper Red Tape

JAMES GATTUSO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Just hours after Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation as the newest member of the Supreme Court, the White House announced the appointment...

Clean coal is dead, but the war on affordable energy is alive and well

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION FutureGen is dead. Again. Last week, the Department of Energy pulled the plug on this $1.1 billion project in Illinois: a “clean...

Capping Costs of Two New Commodity Plans

DAREN BAKST, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The 2014 farm bill eliminated the infamous direct payments program that gave farmers subsidies regardless of need. Instead of stopping there...

Regulations & Taxes—Democrats Then & Now

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In recent decades, the Democratic Party has moved far to the left on economic policy. I have discussed the leftward shift...

Regulations & Taxes—Democrats Then & Now

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE In recent decades, the Democratic Party has moved far to the left on economic policy. I have discussed the leftward shift...

Methane Regulations—Costly Climate Plan

NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Obama Administration recently announced plans to regulate methane emissions from the energy industry. The goal of the proposal is to...

Voters Take Aim at Low Wages, Kill Bookstore

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Don’t believe minimum wage hikes hurt real people? After March 31, a famed sci-fi bookstore on Valencia St. in San Francisco’s...

Net Neutrality: Debate Far from Over

JAMES L. GATTUSO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The countdown has begun. On February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to vote to place massive “net neutrality”...

Highways and the Federal Gas Tax

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Another day, another news article supportive of raising the federal gas tax. This time it’s the Wall Street Journal. The article...

The Washington Post On Dodd-Frank’s Conflict Minerals Fiasco

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Economic sanctions, when they have an effect at all, tend to inflict misery on a targeted region’s civilian populace and often...

Why Ending FEMA Will Improve Disaster Response

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Under the U.S. Constitution, the powers delegated to the federal government are “few and defined,” as James Madison noted in Federalist...

Government has been spoiling stuff since well before the TSA

JEFFREY A. TUCKER, THE FREEMAN You know the old myth about the meat-packing industry. In 1906, Upton Sinclair came out with his book The Jungle,...

Where’s the Beef? Canada!

Love of country doesn’t mean one must also love the IRS STEWART DOMPE, ADAM C. SMITH, THE FREEMAN Burger King has acquired Tim Horton’s for $11.4...

America's Losing Battle Against Poor Governance

And The Whac-A-Mole Regulatory State BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Under President Obama’s leadership, a veritable flood of contentious issues has convulsed our body politic. Republicans and...

America’s Losing Battle Against Poor Governance

And The Whac-A-Mole Regulatory State BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Under President Obama’s leadership, a veritable flood of contentious issues has convulsed our body politic. Republicans and...

Virginia DMV Attempts to Shutter Ridesharing Companies Uber, Lyft

KATHRYN WATSON, CATO INSTITUTE Just when you thought you couldn’t despise the Department of Motor Vehicles any more, Virginia’s DMV decided to wage war against...

Sebelius Sticks American People With Higher Costs, Fewer Choices, and Lost Jobs

DOUG BANDOW, CATO INSTITUTE Congress passed the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act four years ago.  It was a signal political achievement.  Alas,...

Cliches of Progressivism #1

"Income Inequality Arises From Market Forces and Requires Government Intervention" MAX BORDERS, THE FREEMAN The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is proud to partner with Young America’s Foundation...

Let a Thousand Home Businesses Bloom

WENDY MCELROY, THE FREEMAN Imagine you’re out of work. But you’ve got capital in your talents, your home, and your family and friends. You might...

From Your Microwave to Your Car, Government Leaves Nothing Untouched

HERITAGE FOUNDATION, GENEVIEVE WOOD How many government rules do we need? According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), federal regulators issued more than 2,000 new rules...

Federalist Papers No. 42, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, January 22, 1788 General view of the powers conferred by the proposed Constitution THE second class of powers, lodged in the...

We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help: School Lunch Edition

JASON BEDRICK, CATO INSTITUTE How much does a “free” school lunch cost? In the last few years, First Lady Michelle Obama has worked with the U.S....

Bank Tax Is Wrong “Fix” for Too-Big-To-Fail

MARK A. CALABRIA, CATO INSTITUTE Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp is soon to roll out a plan for comprehensive tax...

Obamacare: The Terrifying Consequences To Healthcare

BY TOM DEWEESE As the Obamacare debate rages, we hear much about insurance companies, costs and people’s ability to pay. We hear the policy defended...

The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN Three cheers for Hong Kong, that tiny chunk of Southeast Asian rock. For the twentieth consecutive year, the Index of Economic...

The Tyranny of Good Intentions

BY DOUG BANDOW, THE FREEMAN If logic decided policy in Washington, federal spending would be low, the budget would be balanced, the benefits of regulations...

A Hundred Impertinent Obstructions – Adam Smith

FREE ENTERPRISE ZONE, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself...

Say What?

PAUL C. "CHIP" KNAPPENBERGER, CATO INSTITUTE While the social cost of carbon (SCC) is still being mulled over by the Office of Management and Budget,...

Middle of the Road in Healthcare Leads to Socialism

RON PAUL, TEXAS STRAIGHT TALK The ever-expanding role of government in healthcare provides an excellent example of Ludwig Von Mises’ warning that “The Middle of...

Is Wall Street Really the Heart of Capitalism?

Blaming the wrong people for 2008 DOUG FRENCH, THE FREEMAN The other night I tuned into The Flaw, a 2011 documentary about the 2008 financial crash. While...