Chart of the Week: U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Is Uncompetitive

The U.S. is a worldwide business leader. However, high corporate taxes increase the difficulty for businesses to compete internationally in this age of globalization. Private investment in the U.S. can be increased if the federal statutory corporate income tax rate is reduced. According to Heritage analysts, the federal corporate rate matters for U.S. economic growth because […]

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Long-Range Strike: The American Javelin

While American defense budgets are in a rapidly escalating free-fall, Chinese defense budgets have seen annual double-digit increases. China’s rapid military modernization is focusing on anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) technologies, which are designed to deny American naval and air forces access to the skies and waters off the Chinese coast. The problem is that […]

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Problems Exposed in SEC Whistleblower Law

The folks at the National Whistleblowers Center (yes, there is one) like to tell of Samuel Shaw and Richard Marven, two sailors who landed in the brig in 1778 in retaliation for blowing the whistle on the commander of the Continental Navy, who had “treated prisoners in the most inhuman and barbarous manner.” Their bravery […]

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Memo to White House: Unemployment Benefits Aren’t So Stimulating

You might think that a White House press briefing would be the one place where it’s safe to ask the Obama Administration a question about its economic policy. Well, think again, especially if you’re questioning the underlying premise of the Administration’s economic philosophy. Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler asked White House press secretary […]

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Dear Conan, Reckless Government Spending Is Worse Than You Think

Late-night comedian Conan O’Brien’s blog has a new post parodying Washington’s excessive spending. “Team Coco has found out why our government is so broke,” the blog explains, “They’ve been spending all our hard earned tax dollars on some pretty ridiculous programs.” The post contains a list of humorous fake programs and encourages readers submit their own. But […]

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Only Days In, Verizon Strike Already Getting Ugly

Verizon employees went on strike this week in protest of the company’s proposed changes to its employee benefits, which would make a number of changes to employees’ benefits. The company’s collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight on Saturday. By Sunday, Verizon was already alleging a dozen instances of sabotage, and illegal attempts by strikers to […]

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Living Freely in England a Century Ago

by Daniel Pipes July 21, 2011 A.J.P. Taylor wrote this memorable passage in English History, 1914-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970): Until August 1914 a sensible, law-abiding Englishman could pass through life and hardly notice the existence of the state, beyond the post office and the policeman. He could live where he liked and as […]

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A Cuban Slap on the Wrist: The Alan Gross Case

The Obama Administration has in recent months made efforts to improve relations with Cuba contingent upon the release of Alan P. Gross. A subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Gross was arrested in December 2009 for making the Internet available to members of Cuba’s minuscule Jewish community. He was sentenced to 15 […]

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President Obama Jumps the Gun on Praising African Leaders

Last week President Barack Obama praised Presidents Yayi of Benin, Condé of Guinea, Issoufou of Niger and Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire as models of Africa’s democratic progress. Since gaining their independence, many African countries have suffered poor governance and widespread instability due, in part, to the unwillingness of African leaders to leave office or support […]

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