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How Mainstream Economics Misleads the Public

Earlier this week, I wrote a piece about how Bernie Sanders' economic policies have come under criticism by a number of progressive economists for their unrealistic math, While it remains true that Sanders’ policies are mostly indefensible can’t possibly work, David Dayen at the New Republic, in his response to the criticisms, actually makes a very good point about economic forecasting. He writes “What I do want to challenge is the idea that there’s one serious, evidence-based way to perform economic forecasting. The truth is that most economic forecasts that look several years into the future are flawed, almost by definition.”

02/19/2016
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Opening Pandora’s Set-Top Box

Towards the end of January, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a surprise announcement about regulations regarding set-top boxes, or what many refer to as their PVR. Mr. Wheeler announced that his agency would make cable providers “open” their set-top boxes to allow third-parties access to the designs and programming, essentially allowing them to compete in the set-top box market. While, at face value, there doesn’t appear to anything too nefarious, cracking open Mr. Wheeler’s plan reveals entirely different intentions and potential costs on consumers.

02/19/2016
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FreedomWorks Foundation Reacts to Supreme Court's Stay of EPA Anti-Coal Regulations

Following the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, FreedomWorks Foundation Executive Director Curt Levey commented:

02/09/2016
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Economically Free States Are the Most Successful

The benefit of America’s federalist system, in which the states are largely free to set their own laws and regulations, is that these “laboratories of democracy” allow us to see what works and what doesn’t in terms of economic success. While there are numerous pitfalls in examining economic statistics, due to the wide variety of variables involved, you can learn a lot by seeing where people choose to live. People generally flock to locations where they can get a good job, raise their children as they please, and afford a decent standard of living, all things that directly relate to economic freedom.

02/09/2016
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Wisconsin Hates the Muffin Man

It is illegal to sell a muffin to your neighbor in the state of Wisconsin. Cookies, cakes, and breads are all banned too. In fact, selling these items is a crime punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail.

02/04/2016
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Obama’s $10 Per Barrel Tax on Oil Is a Terrible Idea

Following a report that President Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil to pay for green transportation programs, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

02/04/2016
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An Article I Awakening: Congress Moves to Reclaim Its Full Constitutional Authority

Boldly wielding his pen and phone, President Obama has shamelessly used executive power to bypass those pesky Republican majorities in Congress. But these broad powers that he has used (and abused), the executive orders and the overbroad regulations, can in most respects be blamed on decades of Congressional atrophy. Which is why it is so encouraging that reasserting Congress’ constitutional authority has finally become a top-line issue in Washington D.C., with the launch of multiple major projects dedicated to the restoration of the full range of powers in Article I of the U.S. Constitution.

02/04/2016
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Key Vote

Key Vote YES on Amendments to the Energy Policy Modernization Act

As one of our over 5.7 million FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your senators and ask them to vote YES on the following two amendments to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, S. 2012, if they are brought up for a vote. Both of these amendments will be eligible to be included on FreedomWorks’ online congressional scorecard for 2016.

02/03/2016
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The Congress Strikes Back

Article I of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to make law and to allocate how money is spent in the enforcement of those laws. The president’s role, in contrast, was envisioned by the founders as much more limited. They didn’t want a king, who could govern as he pleased without accountability to the people, and so they restricted his role to Commander in Chief of the military, with the power to make treaties only with the advice and consent of the Senate.

02/03/2016
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No More Pain at Hoosier Pumps

In these cold, winter months, road maintenance naturally becomes a commonly-discussed issue. Indiana’s state legislature has made road infrastructure repair a top priority. However, several Republicans in the state House have other plans, with consequences lasting long after the ice has melted and the pot holes have been filled.

02/01/2016

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