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Don’t Exacerbate Katrina’s Economic Harm by Abandoning Budget Reconciliation Process
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Don’t Exacerbate Katrina’s Economic Harm by Abandoning Budget Reconciliation Process

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10/06/2005
Greenspan's Boots
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Greenspan's Boots

BY Cesar V. Conda

An individual who is destined to influence the livelihood of Americans -- and for a long period of time -- will soon face confirmation before the U.S. Senate. I am not referring to the next Supreme Court justice but to the next chairman of Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The Fed chairman is more than the chief U.S. central banker. He is a major voice on economic public policy matters; a "comforter-in-chief" to global financial markets; and, because of globalization, effectively the key central banker to the world.

10/05/2005
Vermont Should Lead and Give Pork to Katrina Relief
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Vermont Should Lead and Give Pork to Katrina Relief

An open letter to Congressman Bernie Sanders, Senator Jim Jeffords, and Senator Patrick Leahy, In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and then Rita, Vermont citizens led the way. Vermonters were among the first, if not the first, to deliver truckloads of supplies to the victims of the disaster. Bottled water, diapers, shampoo, food… individuals purchased provisions little by little, but our combined efforts resulted in a vast supply. Vermonters opened their hearts and their wallets to help those truly in need.

10/04/2005
ADVISORY: FreedomWorks September Rightalk Radio Show Airs Today at 2:00pm EST
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ADVISORY: FreedomWorks September Rightalk Radio Show Airs Today at 2:00pm EST

Today at 2:00 pm EST, FreedomWorks Radio will discuss the Federal Government’s funding of Katrina relief without increasing the already growing budget deficit and our grassroots activists efforts in lobbying for the Freedom Agenda on Capitol Hill. To open the show, FreedomWorks’ Director of Public Policy, Max Pappas will join FreedomWorks Radio to about talk government spending in the wake of Katrina, Social Security Reform, and taxes.

09/22/2005
FreedomWorks Members to Rally in Support of Operation Offset
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FreedomWorks Members to Rally in Support of Operation Offset

Members of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) are holding a press conference on Wednesday to call for budget offsets to pay for the Hurricane Katrina relief and reconstruction effort. Called "Operation Offset," RSC Members will unveil a list of specific budget savings options that can be used to fund reconstruction. FreedomWorks strongly supports this effort to re-prioritize the federal budget in light of the Katrina disaster.

09/21/2005
FreedomWorks Calls on Congress to Fund Katrina Relief by Cutting Pork Barrel Spending
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FreedomWorks Calls on Congress to Fund Katrina Relief by Cutting Pork Barrel Spending

Today, FreedomWorks calls on Congress to exercise fiscal responsibility by curtailing and eliminating wasteful pork barrel projects and unnecessary federal programs in order to fully fund the Katrina disaster relief efforts without increasing the federal budget deficit.

09/09/2005
Why do we regulate?
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Why do we regulate?

BY Richard W. Rahn

Should government regulate business? I expect most people would answer "yes" to that question, but if you ask them why, I expect these same people will have a harder time giving an answer that makes sense. Some may say, "in order to prevent businesses from engaging in fraud or misrepresentation." But we do not need regulation to do that; there are already many federal, state and local statutes against fraud and misrepresentation, and businesses that behave badly can be dealt with through normal civil and criminal legal means. Others who are a bit more sophisticated might argue that we need to regulate business in order to protect people from "market failures." However, the empirical evidence is that there are far fewer "market failures" than commonly imagined, and many of these so-called market failures are actually a result of misguided government policy or regulation. For a minute, try to imagine a world without government regulation, but where all of the standard laws against theft, fraud, misrepresentation and bodily injury still exist. Under such a scenario, what do you think would happen if we had no food and drug administration to tell us what was safe to consume? No financial regulators to protect us from bank failures and financial scams? No health and safety regulators to protect us from unsafe products? Would we all die? Not likely, because the judicial system, coupled with private standard setting associations, would likely give us an equal, if not a higher, level of protection than we have now. More than a century ago, when electrical appliances were first being developed and sold, there was a problem in that many of the new products shocked their customers and/or started fires. The electric appliance industry quickly understood this situation was dangerous and not good for business and thus started an industry sponsored organization to test products to make sure they were safe and reliable. The organization was called Underwriters Laboratories. It still exists today to ensure that electrical products bearing the UL seal are safe, and its mark has become the standard. In the absence of regulation, virtually every industry would do the same thing, because legitimate enterprises know that being known for selling faulty products would ruin their reputation and put them out of business. Unfortunately, as a result of ceaseless propaganda from pro-government interest groups, most Americans have been brainwashed into thinking they need regulatory agencies to protect them. A most provocative paper has just been published by the American Enterprise Institute, written by former U.S. Treasury General Counsel Peter Wallison, entitled "Why Do We Regulate Banks?" Mr. Wallison argues that "it is difficult to identify a sound policy reason for regulating banks. Most of the conventional explanations -- inherent bank instability, deposit insurance, the Federal Reserve's role as lender of last resort, or the Fed's role in the large-dollar payment system -- turn out on examination to be either unfounded or based on risks that the government need not take in order to foster growth of the economy." Mr. Wallison goes on to detail "the huge costs to the taxpayers and the economy" caused by bank and S&L failures that have been due to regulation. Finally, Mr. Wallison, who has had major regulatory responsibility, concludes as to the question, "Why do we regulate banks? That we do so because we want to, not because we must." In an excellent paper dealing with the telecom industry by Stephan B. Pociask, titled "Wireless Substitution and Competition," published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the author finds "convincing evidence that wireless services are strong substitutes for wireline services." His analysis concludes that "the nature of competition has changed, and it also means that price and service regulation is largely unneeded, since market forces are sufficient to hold prices in check." The point of these above examples is that we have more and more evidence that much of government regulation is not only not needed but is non-productive and destructive. It is now estimated that this year our total regulatory burden will be $913 billion, or roughly eight percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Unneeded and harmful regulation has very real costs to people that shows up in fewer jobs, less international competitiveness, less freedom, and a lower standard of living for most people. It is time for us to fundamentally rethink the regulatory state. Your local supermarket does not need the government to tell it to sell only safe food, because if it doesn't its customers will go elsewhere, and it will also be sued. A free market system with few barriers to entry for new competitors, coupled with a strong legal system that penalizes neglect and misbehavior, is more likely to protect the citizen with lower costs than whatever number of regulatory agencies can be developed by the government class.

08/11/2005
Hope for Europe?
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Hope for Europe?

BY Richard W. Rahn

Europe is in crisis. It is depopulating because of birthrates well below replacement. Weighted down by oppressive taxes and onerous regulations, the economies of the major European nations are barely growing. Pessimism reigns. Yet there are the little flickers of light in the form of bright and energetic young people pushing constructive change, and increasing public recognition from some European leaders that the present course is unsustainable.

08/05/2005
Veto the Highway Bill
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Veto the Highway Bill

Click here to download a .pdf version. July 26, 2005 The President The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Bush: Congress is nearing completion of a Highway Bill that will surely rank as one of the worst examples of pork-barrel spending of all time. If, as expected, it exceeds the spending limits you proposed, we’re counting on you to stand up for conservative economic principles by vetoing the bill.

08/02/2005
FreedomWorks, Allies Urge Discipline on Transportation Spending
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FreedomWorks, Allies Urge Discipline on Transportation Spending

View Letter to the White House View Letter to Congress Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the millions of members represented by our respective organizations, we ask that you hold steadfast to your threat to veto H.R. 3, the Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, the six-year transportation reauthorization legislation if Congress is unable to meet the $284 billion threshold.

06/19/2005

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