The Index of Economic Freedom is my favorite annual publication from the Heritage Foundation. It’s a rich source of information, using dozens of data sources, about economic liberty around the world. I first wrote about the Index back in 2010 and shared the bad news that the U.S. score dropped dramatically in Obama’s first year. […]
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My favorite Heritage Foundation publication (other than…ahem…my studies on government spending and the flat tax) is the annual Index of Economic Freedom. Like the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World and the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, the Index is a broad measure of liberty to engage in voluntary exchange in a system […]
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From the Heritage Foundation Thanksgiving Proclamation Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789 By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His […] . . . → Read More: Happy Thanksgiving . . . → Read More: Happy Thanksgiving
Current polling numbers show that Obama is looking a little more like the anti-christ than the messiah these days. In a new Quinnipiac University poll, the President’s approval rating is at its lowest point in Quinnipiac polling history–nationally or in any state–at 34%. This puts him within striking distance of the second-term average of 34.4% of Richard Nixon, which was reported by Gallup at the height of Watergate scandal. And it’s not just his job performance. A new CNN poll shows that Obama’s personal attributes are on par—gratuitous golf reference for the over 150 rounds Obama has played while in office—to reach record lows as well. In another CNN poll about the 2014 mid-term elections, Republicans now have a 49%-47% edge over Democrats in a generic ballot question, which asked respondents to choose between the two parties in their congressional district without identifying the candidates. Yes, there is every reason to believe that the GOP should have a good year in 2014. So, how do the establishment Republicans react to such promising news? Well, according the current Senate leader of the GOP—hopefully, not for long—Mitch McConnell (R-INO – KY), you surrender even before you fight. Regarding the upcoming budget fight—which only exists because he surrendered during the last budget fight—Mediocre McConnell had this to say: Senate Minority […] . . . → Read More: McConnell playbook: When victory is certain, surrender! . . . → Read More: McConnell playbook: When victory is certain, surrender!