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Net Neutrality Is Already Restricting Consumer Choice

When the FCC began to seriously consider imposing Net Neutrality standards on internet service providers, I had many concerns. I wrote an article at the time called “Rebutting the President on Net Neutrality,” in which I listed my disagreements with a policy that, on the surface, sounds reasonable to many. One of the more controversial points I raised was in response to the “No Blocking” principle, which forbids ISPs from picking and choosing which content they provide access to. I wrote:

01/20/2016
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Six Unbelievable Claims in Obama's State of the Union Speech

The annual State of the Union Speech is an opportunity for the president to update the country on the progress made in the last year, as well as lay out an agenda for the coming twelve months. With 2016 being the last opportunity for Barack Obama to address the nation as president, it’s understandable that he would be more focused on summing up his accomplishments in office than looking forward to the future. Given his actual record, though, it’s no surprise that he has resulted to a few exaggerations, or outright untruths, in trying to whitewash his two terms as Commander in Chief. Here are six claims to be made in tonight’s speech that are unbelievable for the simple reason that they.

01/12/2016
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Foundation Reacts to IRS Withdrawal of Giving Rule

Following the news that the Internal Revenue Service withdrew its proposed giving regulations, which would have pressured non-profits to collect the Social Security numbers of donors, FreedomWorks Foundation CEO Adam Brandon commented:

01/07/2016
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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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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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The New Left's "Free" College Scam Isn't Smarter Than A Fifth Grader

"I call it like I see it, the government has orchestrated a big, fraudulent scam that harms our economy and puts young people in debt for years. Don’t let them get away with it." -- Daisy Belden

12/21/2015
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Robert Reich Suffers From a Lack of Imagination

President Bill Clinton's former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is worried about the sharing economy. In a recent column, he bemoaned the fact that the rise of services like Uber and Lyft have initiated a shift away from salaried employment towards more independent contractors. The cost of this, he argued, is the security and stability of the American workforce, stripped of the labor protections government has installed for the benefit of the salaried employee. These protections, including retirement benefits, health insurance, and minimum wage requirements, are in Reich's view necessary to a healthy economy, and he fears that a shift away from them will prove catastrophic to America's future.

12/16/2015
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Bernie Sanders and the Climate Change Hostage Crisis

Devout socialist and communist sympathizer, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, announced on Monday an economically and constitutionally irresponsible scheme to "combat climate change and cut carbon emissions by more than 80% by 2050." Sanders' plan would impose a tax on carbon and prohibit extraction on federal lands.

12/09/2015
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Just Say No to Prescription Drug Price Controls

In a perverse misunderstanding of cause and effect, government regulators always seem to respond to their failures by calling for more of the same. If a policy fails to produce the desired effect, it must be because it didn’t go far enough. Education spending a failure? Spend more! Centralized health care costing too much? Centralize further! The ability to admit a mistake and reverse a bad policy seems to be one that government employees do not possess.

12/07/2015
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Gridlock Is No Longer The Way to Restrain Government

The phrase "do nothing Congress" has historically been used as an insult by those who want government to actually do things. To libertarians, however, and those of us who think that the government which governs best, governs least, gridlock has always been a source of comfort. Whenever one party becomes too dominant, the ability to ram through major initiatives without opposition is worrying. Since major forces in both parties basically want to expand government in different ways, it is only disagreement over specifics that keeps Big Brother in check.

12/07/2015

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