Category Archives: Economic Freedom

Is Economic Freedom Necessary for Prosperity? New Data Says Yes!

Once again, economists and others can see the relationship between economic freedom and prosperity by reviewing the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom released today by The Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation.  In a powerful article in The Wall Street Journal, Terry Miller, Director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at Heritage, [...]
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The Constitution, Congress, Individual Liberty, and Prosperity – Yes, They are All Related!

Roger Pilon, VP of Legal Affairs at the Cato Institute, has an excellent article in The Wall Street Journal today on the Constitution, Congress, and individual liberty.  It shows the path America has taken … from limited government that protects individual liberty under the Constitution … to big government that largely ignores the Constitution.  I would [...]
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happy Meals – The Road to Serfdom?

What is happening in America today?  According to a piece in Investor’s Business Daily this week, children in San Francisco will not be allowed to buy a McDonald’s Happy Meal starting December 31st, all in the name of “food justice.”  Haven’t San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors ever read The Declaration of Independence?  Haven’t they ever heard [...]
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What's the Real Significance of this Election to the American Economy?

If the pundits and commentators are correct, today’s election will be historic in scope.  Most think the House will change hands and some believe the Senate might change as well.  Simply changing party control, however, is not the complete reason for its being a historic election.  It’s the extent of turnover of seats in both the House and Senate.  Most importantly, [...]
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Have Big Government Regulations on Small Businesses Gone Way Overboard?

In a surprising and startling editorial this week in The Wall Street Journal, a new study by the Institute for Justice is cited, detailing regulation after regulation, heaped upon entrepreneurs and small businesses in Los Angeles.  You might think that Los Angeles with an unemployment rate of 13.7% in September might want to encourage people [...]
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Why Has It Been a Tumultuous Primary Season?

The Wall Street Journal this week called this “a tumultuous primary season that has rocked establishment candidates.”  With incumbents often in trouble, establishment candidates facing tough challengers, and tea party activists heavily involved, tumultuous is a good word to describe what we have seen thus far.  Why has it been such a tumultutous primary season?  [...]
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Sustainable Capitalism vs American Capitalism – What's the Difference?

An op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal this week talks about ”sustainable capitalism” and long term value creation.  It appears that the authors believe by integrating environmental, social and governance factors into business strategy, metrics, and assessments of risks/opportunities, long term value creation can be achieved, possibly maximized.  It also appears that the authors think considering such factors can also influence business [...]
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Will Elena Kagan Interpret the Law or Make the Law?

While the media is buzzing about the appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court and whether her views are progressive or liberal or moderate, the whole debate boils down to a simple question: Will Elena Kagan interpret the law or will she make the law?  Why is this such an important question to ask, [...]
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