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John McCain and the Hatch Effect

Question: When can you count on a moderate, establishment Republican to suddenly see the light and start voting like a conservative? Answer: When their job is on the line. This sort of last minute conversion to the cause of liberty 12 months before an election is known as the Hatch Effect, after Senator Orrin Hatch who exhibits this tendency with particular blatancy.

01/06/2016
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Government Control of Education Is Starting to Backfire

Who should be responsible for your child’s education: you, or the government? It’s a debate that has been raging for centuries, but it is only recently that government control of education has become so intrusive as to inspire real backlash. The alternative education movement in America has been around for decades, but these days it seems to really be picking up steam, and it is not a stretch to attribute at least some of its rise in popularity to the ever-lengthening arm of the government education bureaucracy.

01/05/2016
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FreedomWorks Foundation Pledges to Mobilize Against Harmful Regulations

A story in Politico on Monday highlighted the Obama administration’s “mad dash” to ram through thousands of rules and regulations before the end of the president’s term. Since President Obama took office, rule-making agencies have added more than 545,000 pages of regulations to the Federal Register. In 2015 alone, unelected bureaucrats issued or proposed more than 80,000 pages of rules and regulations. These new and proposed rules come with a price tag of $191 billion, the costs of which will be borne by businesses and consumers.

01/05/2016
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Ben Carson’s Tax Plan Would Make America More Competitive in the World

Following the announcement of Dr. Ben Carson’s tax plan, FreedomWorks Senior Economic Contributor Stephen Moore commented:

01/04/2016
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Americans Understand ObamaCare Is a Bad Deal

“If your policy is so good, why does it have to be mandatory?” This is the eminently sensible question posed by people who question the need for government to dictate our purchases. Although often asked, it seldom receives an answer. When it does, it usually amounts to some slightly more diplomatic variation on “people are too stupid to make their own decisions.” Oh, what benevolent masters we have. ObamaCare is only the most recent example in a long line of mandatory programs that are supposedly “for our own good,” but it’s a big one and provides a good example of the futility of trying to force people to act against their own best interests.

01/04/2016
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FreedomWorks' Congressman of the Month - Jim Jordan

The past year was an important one for defenders of liberty. To be sure, there were some defeats as the tide of big government rolls ever onward, but there were some important victories and milestones as well. 2015 saw the closure of the Export-Import Bank for the first time in 80 years, a lifting of the ban on crude oil exports, new limitations on the government’s ability to spy on American citizens, and some important reforms to the justice system across the nation.

01/04/2016
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The Obama Recovery That Wasn't

The stock market closed down for 2015 reversing one of the few positive accomplishments under the Barack Obama presidency. This has been a pretty prosperous time for the top two percent. For most Americans though — not so much.

01/03/2016
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Hypocrisy Is in the Air in Lawmakers’ Reaction to NSA Snooping

Following the news of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s intent to probe the National Security Agency’s snooping lawmakers who had been in contact with Israeli officials, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

12/31/2015
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No, Crime Is Still Not on the Rise

For as long as publishers have needed to sell papers and television networks have needed to attract viewers, the promotion of sensational, overblown claims about how terrible everything is has overwhelmed the simple truth that, in fact, things are getting better all the time. This year, the press has been particularly eager to prey on people's fears by highlighting isolated instances of violent crime and claiming that this indicates a trend towards a more lawless society. Of course, as it turns out, this is sheer nonsense. A new analysis of 2015 crime data finds that rates have actually declined by about 5.5 percent since last year, with the murder rate remaining, from a statistical standpoint, flat.

12/31/2015
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The Paris Climate Talks and the INDC Gap

The Paris climate talks are now complete, with almost 200 nations agreeing to a framework for greenhouse gas reduction that attempts to keep any warming “well below 2 °C above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.” The agreement is the crowning achievement of Obama’s environmental legacy and seeks to make the United States a leader in both reducing greenhouse gases at home and providing monetary assistance to developing countries to facilitate reductions across the globe. While the negotiators have gone home, the tough task of implementation raises serious concerns about the viability of the agreement. In fact, meeting the ambitious goals set out in Paris may prove to be too expensive and too problematic.

12/30/2015

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