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Ninth Circuit Ruling Just the Latest in A Long Train of Abuses

Posted: June 12, 2016 at 3:17 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

The latest ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in but the latest example of why it is often referred to as the “circus” court, is another logical step in the corrosion of individual liberty that has long been taking place using the power of the judiciary to stifle the legitimate prerogative of the […]

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Tax Oil to Subsidize Wind?

Posted: February 16, 2016 at 9:27 am   /   Politics

If you want more of something, mandate it, subsidize it and exempt it from regulations. If you want less of something, punish it with taxes and regulations. Put more bluntly, the power to tax and regulate is the power to destroy. This is the First Rule of Government. No presidency has ever come close to […]

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Obama Continues to Impede Domestic Energy Production

Posted: February 12, 2016 at 12:52 pm   /   Politics

With less than a year left in office, President Barack Obama is upping the pressure on America’s fossil fuel industries with a slew of new regulations and tax proposals. Last month, Obama ordered a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal lands. Unlike oil and gas production, which occurs primarily on private land, 40 percent […]

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America’s National Debt Bomb Caused by the Welfare State

Posted: February 10, 2016 at 8:12 am   /   Politics

The news is filled with the everyday zigzags of those competing against each other for the Democrat and Republican Party nominations to run for the presidency of the United States. But one of the most important issues receiving little or no attention in this circus of political power lusting is the long-term danger from the […]

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When Government Makes Your Choices for You – You End Up with No Choices

Posted: February 9, 2016 at 8:30 am   /   Politics

The old politician saw is: “The most dangerous place for you in Washington – is between (fill in name of pol) and a camera.” We’ll coin a government saw: “The most dangerous place for you anywhere on the planet – is government between you and the free market.” Any and every tax, law and regulation […]

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Will the American People Be Suckered or Given Succor?

Posted: February 8, 2016 at 11:20 am   /   Politics

The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), receiving a large bi-partisan approval in the House of Representatives earlier this year, is supposedly going to be taken up in the Senate this week. The provision has been added into the conference report (the final version of a bill to be considered by both chambers of congress) […]

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Obama, Democrats and Bureaucrats Bury America’s Future Under More Federal Regulations

Posted: February 8, 2016 at 8:10 am   /   Politics

America’s abysmal 0.7% economic growth during the fourth quarter of 2015 meant the annual growth rate was an anemic 2.4% … and average annual growth for the six-year Obama era a pathetic 2.2 percent. This is “dead last compared to six other recession recoveries since 1960,” Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore points out. The six […]

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Heartland Daily Podcast – Jonathan Williams: Welfare Reform and Economic Reform Go Hand in Hand

Posted: January 25, 2016 at 10:28 am   /   Politics

In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor of Budget & Tax News Jesse Hathaway talks with Jonathan Williams, Vice President of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Center for State Fiscal Reform, about how welfare reform and economic reform go hand in hand, and what states can do to help the needy back […]

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Tax Burdens From Renewable Energy Sources are Large

Posted: January 22, 2016 at 8:00 am   /   Politics

The Department of Energy announced state revenue from severance taxes dropped as the price of crude oil falls below $30 per bushel.  The following charts show tax revenue for 6 states. Source: Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Summary of Source: Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Quarterly Summary of State and Local TaxesNote: […]

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