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  • Commentary posted February 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A final first-place finish?

    It’s good to be No. 1. But as any former champ will tell you, you have to avoid becoming complacent if you want to stay ahead of the pack. First-place finishes aren’t guaranteed. Just ask Hong Kong. Every year since 1995, the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have measured the state of economic freedom in the world. We go country by country, poring over the…

  • Commentary posted February 13, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Throwing the book at overspending

    Ever heard of the Agriculture Risk Coverage program? How about the Price Loss Coverage program? You’re paying for them. Along with the Conservation Technical Assistance program, the Biological and Environmental Research program, and the USDA Catfish Inspection program. The list goes on, but why have I highlighted these particular entries? Because of the millions we can…

  • Commentary posted February 5, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Energizing an energy policy

    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Regaining lost economic freedom

    If you were to rank all the countries of the world based on their level of economic freedom, you’d think the United States would be a shoo-in for first place, right? Surely we would be at least somewhere in the top five. We’re not. We’re not even in the top 10. Because this isn’t a hypothetical question. Every year, the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal…

  • Commentary posted January 14, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Get America on track with opportunity for all, favoritism to none

    Many of us launch a new year with resolutions. We may not write out a formal list, but something about the arrival of Jan. 1 makes us want to do better. We start a diet or an exercise program. We read or pray more. We get organized. Most of these improvements occur on the personal level. But what if we went beyond that? What if we decided to hold government to a higher…

  • Commentary posted January 8, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Reaganaut Who Made a Difference

    When I heard that my friend Martin Anderson had died over the weekend, I gave thanks for his extraordinarily inquisitive mind and the critical role that an institution can play in advancing the cause of a free society. Martin was an economist and political scientist. Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he was a senior fellow for more than 40 years, gave him…

  • Commentary posted January 8, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The unsustainability of federal spending

    With so many high-profile, headline-grabbing issues facing the incoming Congress, lawmakers might be tempted to ignore one of the most persistent problems in Washington: overspending. How bad is it? In 2014, federal spending reached $3.5 trillion, and the one-year deficit was $486 billion. These huge numbers represent “a small and temporary improvement in the nation’s…

  • Commentary posted January 2, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Small groups of volunteers can help in ways big government can’t

    “What can we do to help?” Americans have been asking this question in one form or another from our very founding. For much of our history, the answer has come in the form of individual efforts, not government programs. Fortunately, even in the age of big government, Americans still feel the urge to help. They ask what they can do. They volunteer. They do it, of course,…

  • Commentary posted December 29, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. There is no law against the presence of Christmas

    There are at least two things you can count on when it comes to Americans and Christmastime. One is that they like to put up Nativity scenes. The other is that they don’t like being told what to do, especially by outsiders. So you can imagine how the residents of an Indiana town feel about a Wisconsin-based atheist group demanding that they remove the Nativity scene they…

  • Commentary posted December 17, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Common Core doesn’t make the grade

    It’s one thing to experience “buyer’s remorse” when the product is something you can return easily, from new clothes to a set of high-end speakers. It’s another when you’re talking about your state’s educational standards. Yet more and more states are finding that there’s simply no living with Common Core. Parents, teachers, students and lawmakers have become…

  • Commentary posted December 11, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Remembering True American Heroes

    Mention Hawaii to most people, and they think of sand and surf. But this sun-drenched vacation mecca is also home to one of the most infamous events in history: the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. Early that morning, waves of fighter planes swept eastward and bombed the American installation, sinking four of the eight U.S. battleships…

  • Commentary posted December 3, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why Gasoline Prices are Down

    If you’re like most Americans, you haven’t been questioning the welcome drop in gasoline prices. You just fill ‘er up and feel grateful that you’re spending less. Why has this remarkable drop come about? And what can we do to help keep prices lower? Some of it, unfortunately, is beyond our control. Worldwide demand for oil is down now. That always causes the cost of…

  • Commentary posted November 26, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Nation of Problem-Solvers No More?

    It’s easy for Thanksgiving to boil down to little more than turkey, football and travel delays, but many Americans strive to make it more meaningful. They try to take the focus off of our problems and to reflect on our many blessings. As well they should. Consider the example set by Abraham Lincoln. Our 16th president was in the middle of a bloody and protracted civil…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Backdoor Tax on the Internet

    Ready to pay more for Internet access? Me neither. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we can expect under the “net neutrality” rules being pushed by President Obama. “Net neutrality” may sound harmless, but there would be nothing neutral about this change. Currently, broadband providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are treated differently than traditional telephone…

  • Commentary posted November 12, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Giving Thanks to Our Veterans

    It’s always heartening when Veterans Day rolls around each November to see our nation pay tribute to those who have served so nobly in our armed forces. We often do it in small ways. My wife and I recently noticed, for example, that a local supermarket had set aside a pair of parking spaces marked “reserved for veterans” in a spot close to the door. Many people also say…