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  • Commentary posted April 15, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Achieving true tax reform

    Getting Americans to agree on anything isn’t easy. So let’s hand it to our tax code. When asked in a recent survey to rate it, only 5 percent of the public said it’s “working just fine.” When 95 out of every 100 Americans say you’ve got a problem, well — you’ve got a problem. Even Congress averaged a 15 percent job approval rating last year, according to Gallup. It…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Getting religious freedom right

    “They won’t go to Indiana, but they will go to Saudi Arabia.” That’s Carly Fiorina speaking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and his well-publicized opposition to Indiana’s religious freedom law. Mrs. Fiorina, a former CEO herself, was underscoring what she quite rightly views as hypocrisy. Here Mr. Cook is, excoriating Indiana lawmakers for protecting the freedom of business…

  • Commentary posted April 1, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Muzzling the marketplace of ideas

    “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” The words of the First Amendment couldn’t be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate. Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended). These words would be the subject of debate — if debate were permitted. But these days, apparently,…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Breaking the budget

    Let’s say you were a financial adviser, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the United States — $52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That’s right, $9,000 more than they’re making, and it all went on the family credit card. That’s bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. When critics are viewed as traitors

    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Why? Because 47 Republican senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Time to hit ‘delete’ on net neutrality

    There’s a reason the words “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are a punchline. Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation. We’ve seen it happen in the financial sector. The Dodd-Frank legislation that was supposed to prevent another crisis is instead mandating regulations that simply make things more…

  • Commentary posted March 4, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Standing with Israel

    A world leader giving an address to Congress shouldn’t be controversial, especially when that leader is the prime minister of a major U.S. ally — indeed, a bulwark of freedom in a deeply troubled region of the world. So how did Benjamin Netanyahu giving a speech to Congress become such a political football? Sure, the timing is one reason. Mr. Netanyahu is running for…

  • Commentary posted March 3, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Measuring the strength of our military

    Most of us take it on faith that our military is the best in the world. But if asked to state in detail how ready we are to face certain challenges from around the globe, few of us would know how to answer. How prepared is each branch — Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — to handle its missions? What is our nuclear capability? What are the threats we face in Asia, the…

  • 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…