The Age of Uncertainty

Entrepreneurs fret daily over economic uncertainty. Case in point: Even with passage of the lame-duck tax deal, they still don’t know what their tax burden will be two years from now. Approval of that deal lifted what The Wall Street Journal dubs the “world of the temporary tax code” to unprecedented heights. The Journal explains: […]

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VIDEO: Santa’s Wish List for Washington

Businesses are facing increasing uncertainty — temporary tax rates and burdensome regulations are just two of the factors slowing America’s economic recovery. Now even Kris Kringle is voicing concerns. Jolly Old Saint Nicolas is the star of a new video from Bankrupting America, a group that shines the light on policies slowing economic opportunity in […]

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China Rides to the Euro’s Rescue

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was reported to have remarked that it was difficult to negotiate with one’s banker in reference to America’s relationship with China. A large chunk of China’s $3,000,000,000,000 of reserves is in dollars. America’s huge indebtedness provides China with an advantage in negotiations with the United States. Of course, the […]

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Democracy Building in Interesting Times

The Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and Taiwan’s Institute for National Policy Research, are organizing a full day public conference in Taipei on January 10 entitled “Democracy Building in Interesting Times.” The conference, co-hosted by Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner, is intended to give folks in Asia who are […]

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Democracy Debates, Dictators Decree: Chavez’s Dictatorial Ambition and a Slap in the U.S. Face

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez continues his march to authoritarianism. In an effort to bolster the already excessive power of the executive, Chavez received authority to govern by decree until mid-2012 from a lame duck legislative national assembly controlled by Chavez loyalists. This action comes on the eve of a January handoff to a new legislative body […]

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Guatemala Declares Month-Long Siege to Reclaim Violent North From Drug Gang

Coban, Guatemala (AP) – Gangs roamed the streets with assault rifles and armored vehicles, attacking whomever they pleased and abducting women who caught their eye. Shootouts became so common, residents couldn’t tell gunfire from holiday fireworks. Local leaders of the mountainous northern province of Alta Verapaz, which has become a prime corridor for smuggling drugs […]

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Do We Still Believe in American Sovereignty?

The current language surrounding American foreign policy (and the New START Treaty in particular) is diplomatic and courteous.  It is also dangerously ambiguous about American sovereignty.  As Steven Groves explains in the latest installment of the Understanding America series, “Sovereignty is a simple idea: the United States is an independent nation, governed by the American […]

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The Afghanistan Surge is Working; Now We Need Pakistan’s Full Effort

The long-awaited White House Review on Afghanistan demonstrates that General Petraeus’ counterinsurgency strategy is beginning to pay dividends. The additional U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan have helped the U.S. and coalition forces begin to uproot the Taliban from some of their traditional strongholds in southern Afghanistan. The most important task now is to gain greater […]

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