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Germany's Leadership Role in Advancing Economic Freedom: Opportunity for All, Favoritism for None

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.19.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

The topics of strengthening the transatlantic partnership and advancing economic freedom were brought to the forefront, when we gathered in Brussels at a dinner event of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in December 2014.

How Is Jamie Dimon Like a Smoker on an Airplane?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 06.18.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Smokers selfishly pursued their own pleasure without facing up to the harm they were visiting on others. The rules offering a no-smoking section resemble the ineffective capital requirements that the industry lobbyists persuade regulators to adopt.

Senators Note Paying NFL Teams To Honor Vets Not Great Use Of Taxpayer Money

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.05.2015 | Sports

You think?

The New Progressive Agenda: A Return to Citizenship

Toni Morrison | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Toni Morrison

The difference between understanding oneself as a "citizen" and understanding oneself as a "taxpayer" is not merely wide; it is antagonistic. A citizen thinks primarily about his or her community. A taxpayer thinks mostly about himself or herself. The Progressive Agenda seeks to return us to the adult responsibility of being citizens to each other.

Contractors: Fairness, Size and Influence

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.12.2015 | Small Business
Lisa Gilbert

The federal contracting process needs to be fair. This isn't a statement that most would dispute. Nor would anyone likely take issue with the ideas that small businesses should have a fair shot when they go seek government dollars to do work.

The Undeniable Benefits of Housing Counseling Are Worth Every Cent

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

The case for the widespread use of housing counseling in America's residential housing marketplace is both simple and straightforward.

Want to Fix Illinois' Economic Development Agency? Put it Out to Pasture

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Illinois' economy is sputtering. And it's not because the state's economic development agency isn't doing its job. In fact, it's partly because the agency exists in the first place.

The Importance of Increasing Efficiency in New York City Government

Carol Kellermann | Posted 06.27.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor Bill de Blasio has thus far declined to require city agencies to meet targets for increasing efficiency in the delivery of government services. In doing so, he has broken a pattern established by every mayor since the fiscal crisis in the 1970s.

Taxes and Your Wallet

Mike Smith | Posted 06.17.2015 | Money
Mike Smith

Taxes and Your Wallet

Fly Me to the Moon!

Clayton Anderson | Posted 06.06.2015 | Science
Clayton Anderson

Yes, I know the current push by our Federal Space Agency on social media is #JourneytoMars, but are we ready? Really ready? Nope, I don't think we're even close.

What We Could Have Done With the $5.8 Billion the Government Lost to Tax ID Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Adam Levin

Imagine you were President, or Speaker of the House, and one day you woke up and discovered that you had an extra $5.8 billion dollars to spend. What would you do with the cash? A new aircraft carrier (or half of one, anyway)?

Greece: Who Really Should Pay?

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 04.08.2015 | Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

Today, trying to find a reason for my unease with what's happening to the Greek people, I took a look at the definitions of two forms of risk that investors can incur when buying foreign debt: systemic risk and sovereign risk.

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

It's Time for the US to Reconsider its Relationship With Egypt

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

In light of the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East with no end on sight, what is one to make out of the contradictory relationship between the United States and Egypt. Of interest, is the latest decision by the Egyptian government to deny entry to a former U.S. diplomat, Michele Dunne, to attend a conference in Cairo.

Fiscal Fitness: Higher Education Must Be Run Like a Business

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Without exception, each and every college and university must keep their fiscal house in order at all times by maintaining a balanced budget with "rainy day" funds that promote freedom, action and innovation.

Revisions to Higher Ed Act Could Cost Taxpayers More

Wendy B. Libby | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
Wendy B. Libby

As students and families continue to financially recover from the lingering economic downturn, federal student aid remains key to providing access to higher education for low- and middle-income students.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Urges IRS to investigate Ark Encounter

Dan Arel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Dan Arel

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the IRS urging them to investigate Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. The letter alleges that Ham has continuously attempted to run a for-profit business behind his non-profit in order to benefit from as many tax breaks and discriminatory practices as possible.

A Citizen's Plea

Terry Newell | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Most Americans, if we can trust the polls, think our country is on the wrong track. They also seem to think that someone else put us there. Washington knew better. If America is failing, it is because we are failing to be what he knew we should and could be.

2015 Tax Law Changes You Need to Know About

GOBankingRates | Posted 01.04.2015 | Money

Besides the ACA, there are a few interesting changes that could affect you when you file that 2014 tax return next year.

A Homestead Act for the 21st Century

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

Mortgage subsidies through federal agencies are the modern-day version of the Homestead Act. But unlike the land grants of the 19th century, government loan subsidies have proven to be a rather bad idea.

What's The Cost Of Letting Billionaires Fund Campaigns?

Derek Cressman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Derek Cressman

Are we in fact paying for all the campaign ads through higher taxes, higher prices, a weaker economy, and a lower quality of life? After all, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Sports Blackout Rule on Its Death Bed

Ken Reed | Posted 11.16.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

The decades-old blackout strategy is nothing more than a wedge that is driven between the team and long-time fans who cannot afford to regularly attend NFL games at stadiums their tax dollars built.

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

TPP Would Gut Buy American: Happy July 4th!

Lori Wallach | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

'Buy American' would be gutted, and American jobs lost, under the TPP, the sweeping "trade" deal that President Obama says he wants to sign this year with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

Post Bureaucratic Stress Disorder: An Epidemic Not Cured with Departure of Secretary Shinseki

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

Don't get me wrong. I have no beef with public servants, and I'm not looking for a referendum on bureaucrats. But, I do think we expect too much from government and too little from ourselves.