Another Free-Money Report

Because the concept of opportunity cost is fundamental to all of economics, it is covered in the first chapter of every principles-of-economics textbook. Opportunity cost tells us what we give up when make decisions on consumption and production. There are no free lunches. In spite of the universal agreement on the importance of opportunity cost, […]

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Dutch Media & Israel: No Honest Reporting

HonestReporting has been monitoring English language media for over a decade. But what about the non-English language media in countries beyond the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa? In addition to our Spanish language affiliate, ReporteHonesto, we are in regular contact with a number of media monitoring organizations in countries around the […]

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Fact-Checking President Obama on “Trickle-Down” Economics

In a recent speech in Kansas, President Obama launched a diatribe against “trickle-down” economic policies. Not only did President Obama mischaracterize conservative tax policy, but facts rebut his claim that these policies have been a failure. The President began by invoking his understanding of conservative economic philosophy: “If the winners do really well, then jobs […]

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Syria’s Media Crackdown: No End in Sight

A Syrian living in Turkey shouts slogans during a protest against the government of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad Syria remains a holdout in the Middle East against the forces of popular discontent. The regime of Bashar al-Assad has so far stayed in power throughout the Arab uprisings where the autocrats of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya […]

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Chart of the Week: Where Does the Federal Government Get Its Revenue?

President Obama and Republicans in Congress continue to wage war over an extension of the payroll tax cut. But missing from the debate is any discussion of comprehensive tax reform that would eliminate payroll taxes altogether. Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes are the second-largest source of federal revenue, surpassed only by personal income taxes. […]

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“We Win; They Lose”: The Staggering Simplicity of Reagan’s Grand Strategy

Rhetoric and material strength go hand-in-hand to form the core of any coherent foreign policy. Drawing on his vast wealth of experience as a career Foreign Service officer under President Ronald Reagan, Charles Hill recently discussed the importance of having a comprehensive grand strategy. According to Hill, “rhetoric is important, but it has to be […]

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Liberals, Conservatives and Human Nature

What explains such passionate philosophical disagreement between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Tea Party? The seemingly insurmountable divide between left and right is perhaps most clearly understood by their respective concepts of human nature. As understood by our Founders, human nature is innate. In the words of the Declaration of Independence, individuals are […]

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Washington Post: Obama Waffling on Iran

The Washington Post castigated President Barack Obama in an editorial Friday for sending Iran “the wrong signals” in the showdown over its nuclear weapons program. “Iran has been showing signs of increasing nervousness about the possibility that its nuclear program will come under attack by Israel or the United States,” the editorial opined. “From the […]

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