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Europe Sleeps as Putin Waits

In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, there has been no shortage of shameful behavior: the appalling disrespect shown to the remains of victims; the games played to delay an independent inspection of the crash; the crude mendacity of the Kremlin’s efforts to divert responsibility. And then there has […] Continue reading →

IMF sees US growth at weakest since recession

 U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter. But the global lending organization said Wednesday that it still expects growth resumed in the April-June quarter and will remain healthy in […] Continue reading →

Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark?

Derek Hunter  Growing up, I was – as I assume you were – inundated with lists of “the benefits of citizenship.” The list was long and capped, naturally, by the fact the United States was the best, strongest, freest nation on the planet. Being an American was a source of pride. But is it still? […] Continue reading →

Democrats’ Record of Failure

Reince Priebus  In a recent Politico op-ed as detached from reality as her political views, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote, “Come November, voters will have a choice between a Democratic Party trying to fix our nation’s problems and a Republican Party interested only in standing in our way.” I’d like to know what Democratic […] Continue reading →

Try It, You’ll Like It, Or: Economics for Beginners

Paul Greenberg  Do you like convenience, service, simplicity, competition, more jobs and all the other features of a free market that stays free and ever productive? Then you’ll love a service like Uber or Lyft, which use private drivers to give customers a, yes, lyft. No waiting forever, just door-to-door or even corner-to-corner service. Provided […] Continue reading →

Anti-Gunners Kill More Jobs with Bloomberg-Style Laws

Michael Schaus  America’s largest shotgun manufacturer has decided to move more of its business to the Republic of Texas. The news that O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. chose not to expand their business in Connecticut shouldn’t really come as a surprise. States that have zealously pursued more restrictive gun control policies have seen their historically […] Continue reading →

How Obamacare Is Constricting the Economy

Kevin Glass While the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report this week contained mostly good news, our economic statistics have been shaky over the past few months. A major downward revision to economic growth has a report showing that the economy contracted by almost 3% last quarter. It’s possible that Obamacare is holding back the […] Continue reading →

Most union members have ties to government

 Unions representing government workers are expanding while organized labor has been shedding private sector members over the past half-century. A majority of union members today now have ties to a government entity, at the federal, state or local levels. Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private […] Continue reading →

Global Warming (Snowstorms) Killed Obamanomics?

Michael Schaus  Wow. Remember when everyone was predicting 3 percent GDP growth for 2014? Apparently the “experts” were a little off. (Seriously… Economists, meteorologists, and global warming scientists must have pretty awesome job security.) It turns out that the first quarter of 2014 actually contracted 2.9 percent. Yeah, we just saw the largest revision between […] Continue reading →