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Another Industry In the Obama Administration’s Sites
  26 Jun 2014     1:06 pm

The private sector is under assault from the Obama administration. We’ve seen it most famously with the war on coal, but as this post from Center for Freedom & Prosperity President Andrew Quinlan demonstrates, we can add for-profit higher education to the list. And once again, it is unelected regulators usurping legislative powers in order to eradicate entire industries:
Now, the Department of Education is targeting private-sector colleges through so-called “Gainful Employment” regulations. The rules not only punish an entire business model for the wrongdoings of a small few schools, but …

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Detroit Still Not Serious About Getting Its House in Order
  11 May 2014     3:55 pm

Detroit’s bankruptcy was created by decades of fiscal irresponsibility. Politicians ruined the economy with high taxes to finance their lavish spending and depleted the tax base.
Given this track record, you would think the city would take a more responsible stance during its bankruptcy process. As CF&P President Andrew Quinlan highlighted in a recent op-ed for the Washington Times, that’s sadly not the case:
One significant asset available to the city, and one that can be sold without compromising essential services, is the artwork held at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Emergency manager …

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Election Means More Cronyism, Attacks on Coal
  8 Nov 2012     2:09 pm

Following President Obama’s reelection, coal stocks took a hit in anticipation of an acceleration in his war on coal. Lining up against coal as well is the natural gas industry, which has cozied up to both the administration and environmental groups in an effort to knee-cap its energy competition:
Public outrage at cronyism and corporate welfare is growing—and that’s all to the good. But don’t expect well-connected special interests and politicians to go gentle into that good night. Especially if they think the darkness can be dispelled via energy subsidies that …

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Why Obama is Wrong to Brag About the Auto Bailout
  17 Oct 2012     7:50 pm

In last night’s debate, President Obama once again bragged about pouring  taxpayer dollars into GM and Chrysler, while chastising Mitt Romney for wanting to “let Detroit go bankrupt.” Presuming that Detroit in this context refers to the auto companies that received a bailout, this charge makes no sense. They did go bankrupt. The problem, as the following video explains, is that the bankruptcy process was hijacked by the administration and used to achieve political ends, rather than being allowed to serve its role in the economy.
Sbarro went bankrupt last year, …

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Are Republicans Dumb Enough to Support a Carbon Tax?
  24 Sep 2012     12:11 pm

When it comes to taxes, Republicans really do play the stupid party to the Democrats’ evil. If Democrats propose raising taxes, Republicans trip over themselves to offer to sharp contrast by offering to raise taxes a bit less. CF&P President Andrew Quinlan highlighted the latest example of this strategic brilliance in Forbes:
[I]t’s not just those on the left pushing for the tax. A few conservatives and Republicans are also quixotically jumping on the bandwagon.
The American Enterprise Institute, for instance, has recently hosted a series of events designed to brainstorm ways …

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There’s Room for Defense Cuts
  22 Sep 2012     9:40 am

Pending sequestration cuts are hanging in the air over DC, with politicians squirming under the prospect of actually putting a limit of any kind on spending. There’s a particular debate raging over the propriety of the spending cuts set to hit defense and what they’ll means for military readiness, with some Republicans – typically the big spenders on defense – starting to balk. I’m no defense expert, but I have a hard time imagining that a nation that spends more than the next 15 biggest spenders on defense – including …

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History Reveals Obama’s Radical Second Term Agenda
  9 Sep 2012     12:55 pm

During his convention speech accepting renomination, President Obama didn’t offer much in the way of policy specifics. Charles Krauthammer described it as “one of the emptiest speeches [he] had ever heard,” and then in a devastating critique observed:
“At least Romney had a five point plan. What we heard from Obama was a vision. And he pulls numbers out of a hat. 100,000 new math and science teachers. 600,000 more people working in natural gas. Two million more trainees, and he doesn’t say how we get from A to B. It’s …

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The Other Problem of Dependence
  11 Aug 2012     12:46 pm

A lot has been said about the growing dependence of American citizens on the federal government, including in this great CF&P Economics 101 video narrated by Emily O’Neill. But there’s another kind of growing dependence about which we need to be concerned, and that’s the degree to which states are being made dependent on the federal government.
This is an issue in which I take a particular interest, considering how important our federalist and competitive system is in protecting freedom and promoting prosperity. At the time the stimulus was passed, I …

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America Needs More Emily’s and Fewer Julia’s
  16 Jun 2012     2:08 pm

In the fight for America’s future there are more battles than just those taking place in Washington DC over government policy. Those are important, but equally as important are the twin battles taking place in American culture. So while Washington fights over whether to expand or shrink government, a culture war is being waged to warm American’s toward greater government dependency while eroding the long-held American belief in personal responsibility.
The most recent volley on this front was the Obama campaign’s Life of Julia ad, which promoted a cradle-to-grave welfare state …

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Obama Wants Government in Charge of Internet Privacy
  11 Mar 2012     5:55 pm

The Obama administration recently announced an effort to regulate internet privacy. The plan, labeled a “consumer privacy bill of rights” and ostensibly voluntary, seeks to put federal bureaucrats in charge of enforcing the privacy standards of internet companies such as Google and Facebook.
Using his go-to rhetoric when looking to expand government powers, the President said that Americans “can’t wait any longer for clear rules of the road that ensure their personal information is safe online,” and pledged to act with or without Congressional action. The President seems to think that …

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NLRB Drops Boeing Complaint, Damage Done
  11 Dec 2011     6:12 pm

The National Labor Relations Board, which once targeted a dead CEO for union infractions, has dropped its frivolous challenge against Boeing’s plan to open a plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. All’s well that ends well, right? Unfortunately, no. Despite the withdrawn complaint, the damage has been done.
The NLRB only dropped its case after Boeing reached an agreement with the union, which ought to leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth who believes in free enterprise and honest government. Essentially, the NLRB used their frivolous case as leverage on …

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Can One Want to Follow Even An Imperfect Constitution?
  4 Dec 2011     4:15 pm

Politico reporter Reid Epstein is vexed by Republican presidential candidates who promote constitutional fidelity, but yet also call for amending the document:
To hear the Republican presidential candidates tell it, the U.S. Constitution is the guiding light of democracy, a bedrock document so perfect and precise that it shouldn’t be challenged, interpreted or besmirched by modern-day judges.
Except for all the parts the GOP candidates themselves want to change.
The same candidates promising to appoint strict constructionist judges clearly think the Framers, for all their wisdom and foresight, forgot a few things, which …

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Now is Not the Time to Be More Like Europe
  19 Nov 2011     7:04 pm

The ongoing crack-up of Europe, and the pending collapse of the Eurozone, is an ugly thing to behold. But their failure can be our gain, if we just learn from their mistakes.
A new video by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity provides 5 lessons from the European fiscal implosion that US policymakers should take to heart. In short:
1) Higher taxes lead to higher spending, not lower deficits.
2) A value-added tax would be a disaster.
3) A welfare state cripples the human spirit.
4) Nations reach a point of no return when the …

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How’s That Constitutional Rule Working Out?
  1 Oct 2011     10:47 am

When the new Congress took office, they instituted a rule requiring newly introduced legislation to cite Constitutional authority. So what has been the result? Not surprisingly, a significant number fail to properly identify specific Constitutional authority for legislative action. Research by the Republican Study Committee found that:

3 bills cite only the Preamble to the Constitution
84 bills cite only Article 1, which creates the Legislative Branch
58 bills cite only Article 1, Section 1, which grants all legislative powers to Congress
470 bills cite only Article 1, Section 8, which is the list …

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We Don’t Need an Investor-in-Chief
  26 Jun 2011     5:09 pm

How was anything ever invented before government started “investing” in new technologies? One wonders these things, given the seriousness with which Keynesians seem to believe that if they don’t choose the economic winners and then throw large sums of money at them – other people’s money, of course – then there will be no innovation or growth. The latest example of this faulty attitude involves a plan by the President to spend $500 million “investing” in manufacturing, or something:
President Obama on Friday will announce the …

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Obama Blames Everyone Else on Oil Prices
  24 Apr 2011     6:53 pm

Despite public demand for increasing domestic oil production, the current White House has sent a clear signal that the U.S. will not be increasing production into the future, despite growing demand. While simply one of many factors impacting the global price of oil, it is a factor. But rather than acknowledge that the price of oil reflects the realities of supply and demand, including anticipated changes in the future, Obama is lashing out at anyone and everyone in an attempt to distract from his …

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Obama’s Department of Injustice Targets Popular Republican Governor
  27 Feb 2011     7:22 pm

Eric Holder’s DoJ is not interested in prosecuting the Black Panthers, but they are pulling out the stops to take out a rising star in the Republican Party – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. The legal harassment is ostensibly to enforce “voting laws,” but political motivations are evident.
From The Washington Examiner:
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department has targeted Gov. Bobby Jindal’s, R-La., administration as part of a rushed investigation into whether Louisiana is complying with federal voting laws. Undercover investigators …

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British Manbeast Sues NHS for not Surgically Removing the Burgers from His Hands
  8 Jan 2011     2:41 pm

The culture of entitlement is an ugly thing (in more ways than one).
Paul Mason has stuffed himself full of food for years, eating ten times the calorie intake of a healthy person. While it sounds like NHS has been its typical slow, bureaucratic self in scheduling his surgery, there’s no excuse for his lawsuit blaming them for “letting [him] grow,” as if it’s anyone’s responsibility but his own to make the right choices.
Paul – once the world’s fattest man – vowed to use any compo to help other patients …

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Do Not Fear the Chinese Economy
  19 Dec 2010     4:23 am

Hand-wringing over Chinese economic growth is both common and bipartisan. Commentators and politicians from the left and right alike find something fearsome in the rise of China as an economic force to be reckoned with. From Paul Krugman to Pat Buchanan, we are told to be concerned. Be very concerned. But these concerns are almost entirely based on faulty economics, and are therefore misplaced.
Before I get into some of the specific arguments, I want to make a simple point that few seem to truly accept: the economic success of another …

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Spending and Deficits
  12 Dec 2010     5:42 pm

Suddenly the likes of Bernie Sanders care about the debt. Republicans, he and the angry left claim, are being hypocritical by not raising taxes.  This is nonsense. Keeping tax rates the same is not, as he claims, adding anything to the debt. Sure, Republicans have agreed to Obama’s costly extension of unemployment insurance, but that’s a reasonable price to pay for not allowing the tax hikers to truly wreck the economy. The latter would, in the long run, result in less government revenues anyway.
We …

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