Economist Deirdre McCloskey will soon release her new book entitled "Bourgeois Equality:  How Ideas…
CFIF on Twitter CFIF on YouTube
Image of the Day: A Powerful Tribute to Free Market Capitalism

Economist Deirdre McCloskey will soon release her new book entitled "Bourgeois Equality:  How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World." It it, she describes the unprecedented transformation  and improvement of human wellbeing through the power of economic freedom, as illustrated by this graph:

. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="568" caption="The Power of Free Markets"][/caption]

. As McCloskey summarizes, that's the result of the free market revolution:

. [I]n the two centuries after 1800, the trade-tested goods and services available to the average person in Sweden or Taiwan rose by a factor of 30 or 100.  Not 100 percent, understand - a mere doubling - but in its highest estimate a factor of 100, nearly 10,000 percent, and at least a factor of 30…[more]

August 18, 2017 • 01:52 pm

Liberty Update

CFIFs latest news, commentary and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
Home Press Room Free Market Organizations Urge Support for Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder
Free Market Organizations Urge Support for Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Print
Monday, January 30 2017

In a letter organized by the Competative Enterprise Institute and delivered to the United States Senate today, the Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF") joined with a coalition of 17 free-market organization to express strong support for the confirmation of Andrew Puzder, President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor. 

Read the letter below, or download view it as it was delivered to the Senate here (PDF).

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 30, 2017

Dear Senators:

On behalf of the undersigned organizations and our members, we write to express our strong support for the nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of the United States Department of Labor. For the past eight years, the Labor Department has overwhelmed job creators with burdensome regulations, creating immense uncertainty for employers. This has led to a subpar economic recovery, including gross domestic product growth that has averaged less than 2 percent under President Obama. What is worse, nearly 95 million Americans remain outside the labor force.

As a longtime successful businessman and employer, Puzder understands what it takes to get Americans working again. We believe a change of labor policy at the federal level is crucial to encourage job creation and spur economic growth. Andrew Puzder would bring a welcome, fresh perspective to the U.S. Labor Department that our country needs. Over the years, he has warned about the harmful impact of overly burdensome workplace regulation, and his firsthand experience dealing with those burdens should prove invaluable in identifying and targeting regulations that do more harm than good.

During the Obama administration, the Labor Department imposed $55.7 billion in total finalized regulatory costs and added nearly 70 million hours in paperwork burden for job creators. Under the Obama Labor Department, for the first time in 35 years, more American businesses closed than launched. This decline in entrepreneurship and opportunities has made it harder for people to find work and many Americans have simply given up looking for jobs altogether.

American workers need a Labor Secretary with real-world experience creating jobs and opportunities, and we believe Andrew Puzder will fulfill that role. As House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx noted in an oped last month: “Under his strong leadership, CKE Restaurants has thrived and grown to more than 3,700 restaurants worldwide. CKE restaurants and franchises in the United States employ more than 75,000 men and women.”

By making sure the Labor Department promotes deregulatory policies, Andrew Puzder can foster and encourage the business formation that makes job creation possible. Those are goals that our organizations support and all Americans can get behind.

Sincerely,

Kent Lassman
President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

Steven J. Allen
Vice President & Chief Investigative Officer, Capital Research Center

Jeffrey Mazzella
President, Center for Individual Freedom

April Ponnuru
Senior Advisor, Conservative Reform Network

Tom McCabe
Chief Executive Officer, Freedom Foundation

Adam Brandon
President, FreedomWorks

Andresen Blom
Executive Director, Grassroot Hawaii Action, Inc.

Kristina Rasmussen
President, Illinois Policy Institute

Andrew Langer
President, Institute for Liberty

Dr. Robert McClure
President and CEO, The James Madison Institute

Lisa B. Nelson
CEO, Jeffersonian Project

Jim Amos,
President and CEO, National Center for Policy Analysis

Paul Gessing
President, Rio Grande Foundation

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Dann Mead Smith
President, Washington Policy Center

Jonathan Downing
CEO, Wyoming Liberty Group

Related Articles :
Question of the Week   
How many times between 1996 and 2016 did the U.S. Congress pass a full federal budget instead of relying on continuing resolutions or omnibus spending bills?
More Questions
Quote of the Day   
 
" ... Americans have grown increasingly accustomed to the view that your politics is determined by your racial, ethnicity or gender identity. Politics is seen as a zero-sum battle for government favor. College and corporate leaders join in.Universities sponsor separate orientations, dormitories and commencements for identity groups (are separate drinking fountains next?). A corporate CEO fires an…[more]
 
 
—Michael Barone, Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst and AEI Resident Fellow
— Michael Barone, Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst and AEI Resident Fellow
 
Liberty Poll   

Are you generally satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things in the country are going now?