The Links Between Economic Freedom and American Leadership in International Security

The 2011 Index of Economic Freedom is out, and the news is not good. For the second year in a row, America became less economically free. The U.S. is now just the ninth-freest economy in the world. The decline in the U.S. ranking was driven by skyrocketing government spending, new regulatory uncertainty associated with Obamacare, […]

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No Debt Ceiling Raise Without Spending Cuts

On March 16, 2006, when our national debt stood at $8.27 trillion, a young Senator from Illinois announced his intention to vote against raising our nation’s debt ceiling to $9 trillion, explaining: The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that “the […]

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Analysis: Portugal the Next Financial Domino

Once upon a time there were five European PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain) who were considered to be living in a financial structure made out of straw or wood. Along came the big bad credit markets that threatened to collapse that threatened financial structure by making debt refinancing too prohibitive. The more responsible […]

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The Government Spending Threat to Economic Freedom; USA Now “Mostly Free”

This morning, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal released the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom, and while the news is good for many countries, it is depressing for the United States. All told, 117 countries, mainly developing and emerging market economies, improved their Economic Freedom Index score. Meanwhile the U.S. dropped to 9th […]

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China Test Flies Stealth Fighter

Hours before Secretary of Defense Robert Gates landed in China, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) staged a test flight of its new stealth fighter, possibly termed the J-20. In some quarters, it is being argued that this flight was deliberately scheduled to upstage the American visit. In the mystery that is Chinese […]

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The United States Needs Fair Referees for International Disputes

Last night’s BCS Championship game pitted the Auburn Tigers from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) against the Oregon Ducks from the Pac-10. To guard against biases that could have influenced the game’s outcome, officials were provided by the Big 10. If football-crazed fans from Auburn and Oregon can understand why referees from the SEC and Pac-10 […]

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Sudan: Charting the Course Ahead

“You know, my people told me I should never meet with you,” Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir told Richard Williamson, former U.S. special envoy to Sudan, during the Bush Administration. Clearly, it’s no easy task conducting diplomatic relations with Khartoum’s government. Yet two days from the referendum that will likely split north and south, the international […]

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