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New ‘Freedom Day’ holiday would focus on American values

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Some groups are coming together together in support of a new American holiday called Freedom Day, to remind us to cherish this most American principle By John Wood There are many things that people take for granted in American life; prosperity (for many), opportunity, sandy beaches on the coasts, beautiful country sides, the comforts of modern living. But perhaps nothing is more taken for granted in American life than the most fundamental of all our founding values and that is freedom. With that in mind, some groups and individuals, from the left and right, are coming together in support of a ...

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is a model of government reform

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Taming budgets, creating opportunity, enshrining liberty, cherishing freedom are all second-nature to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott By John Wood Governors across the United States seeking examples of effective, conservative budgetary reform might do well to emulate the direct approach to fiscal restructuring advocated by Texas Governor Greg Abbot in his recent State of the State address. In it, he outlined a formula for spending restraint and growth friendly tax policy that is likely to allow Texas to maintain the competitive edge it has enjoy amongst its sister states as the center of economic growth in the nation. “Texas leads the ...

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Neither Obama nor Republicans talked about restoring liberty during State of the Union

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As more of our liberty is consumed by bigger and bigger government, our leaders respond with ideas that will only hasten freedom’s demise By Jon E. Dougherty On Tuesday we ran a story detailing how much new regulations issued by the Obama administration in 2014 were going to cost the economy this year (and beyond). The figure was hardly insignificant – $181.5 billion in new compliance costs imposed on several industries that will ultimately be passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services. Add these new costs to the $2 trillion annual cost of earlier regulations, and you begin ...

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Is the U.S. still the ‘land of the free’?

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A new CATO study has found that liberty and freedom in the United States is rapidly declining That is also the case for ‘economic freedom,’ in which the U.S. is no longer even in the top 10-ranked countries In 2000, the year President George W. Bush was elected, the U.S. ranked 2nd globally in economic freedom As government growth has exploded, overall liberty and freedom has shrank By Charles Greene Although the word “freedom” can be defined or measured in several ways, it seems rather obvious to many of us that the overall level of freedom in the United States is ...

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Want to save American health care? Get Uncle Sam out of the picture

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The single biggest purchaser of health care in America is the federal government, with 90 million Americans already in a ‘single-payer system’ At the same time, federal regulations – Obamacare among them – are the biggest reason why health care remains so expensive in America Cheaper, quality health care can only happen when Uncle Sam is removed from the equation Long before the Affordable Care Act became the (highly disputed and very unpopular) law of the land, the federal government had been regulating American health care. In fact, the health care industry has, in recent decades, been one of the country’s most ...

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Feds to farmers: Host gay weddings or pay a fine

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By Charles Greene In yet another case of the government overstepping the bounds of common sense and trampling on the freedoms of individuals and small businesses, the New York State Division of Human Rights has fined the owners of a family farm for refusing to host a gay marriage. The state has found Cynthia and Robert Gifford, the owners and operators of Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, to be in violation of the rights of a gay couple who asked to rent the farm’s barn for a same-sex wedding ceremony. The Giffords were fined $13,000 dollars for violating ...

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States Rights: Red states getting richer, freer

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There are many reasons why Americans relocate, but increasingly they are doing so out of political preference. Demographers and social and political scientists have all documented that Americans, in droves, have begun voting with their feet: Red states are getting redder and Blue states are getting bluer, according to Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation. Moore has just co-authored a book with Arthur B. Laffer, Rex A. Sinquefield and Travis H. Brown titled, “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States: How Taxes, Energy, and Worker Freedom Change Everything,” which essentially argues that tax ...

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