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The Insider-Economic Freedom and Human Well Being

The Insider-Economic Freedom and Human Well Being

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Wealth and Freedom 
Wealth and Health 
Principles of Federalism 
Tax Cuts’ Success 
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Conservative Solutions For Advancing Liberty
Economic FreedomandHuman Well BeingEconomic FreedomandHuman Well Being
The InsIder Wit
Edwin J. Feulner, Publisher
Bridgett Wagner, Director,
Coalition Relations
Alex Adrianson, Editor,
The Insider
TeriRuddy, Deputy Director
Colin Sharkey, Project Coordinator
Ernest Prax, Intern
Becky Norton Dunlop, Vice President,
External Relations
The Insider
is published quarterly by The Heritage Foundation’s Coalition Relations Department. Begun in 1978,
The Insider
 brings together knowledge and news from all parts of the conservative movement. The Coalition Relations Departmentserves as Heritage’s liaison to a network of some 500 policy groups and over 2,000 leading scholars and activists worldwide.Features for
The Insider
are picked by the Editor and Director, but studies and other publications can be submitted forconsideration and publication on
to:The Editor,
The Insider,
The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4999,(202) 546-4400, fax (202) 544-0961, e-mail
. Interested in advertising with
The Insider
? E-mail
for more information.
Nothing written here is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the view of The Heritage Foundation or as an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any bill before Congress.
The theme of this issue of 
The Insider
isthat institutions matter and they matter alot. First up, Rebecca Hagelin asks: Why is itthat some countries have thriving, dynamiceconomies in spite of few natural resources,while other countries that are richly endowedstruggle to achieve anyeconomic progress atall? She finds that insti-tutions of economicfreedom are the keyingredient for economicsuccess. Picking up thethread, Indur Goklanydescribes how the spread of economic suc-cess helps people around the world lead safer,cleaner, healthier lives.Next we note the important role of statepolicy in our federal system. Making statessovereign in their fields of competenceallows them to experiment and find thosepolicies best suited for their citizens. Presi-dent Ronald Reagan thought this idea soimportant that he set it down in a statementof principles. Unfortunately, says EugeneHickok, a centralizing tendency has over-taken education policy: Citizens now seeschools as something to be fixed with moneyfrom the federal government, rather than aproblem for which they should hold stategovernments accountable. Hickok wonderswhat this development portends for respon-sible citizenship.States can make bad education poli-cies, too, but who fixes a bad policywhen it is being pursued simultane-ously by both the federal and the stategovernments? George Leef describes howmaking higher education an entitlement hascorrupted the college experience for millionsof students.Demonstrating that entrepreneurship inpolicy is alive and well, some states haveadopted a good idea of the federal govern-ment: transparency in spending. BrandonDutcher and Sen. Tom Coburn describe howthis idea can help Oklahoma.In other articles, Peter Saunders remindsus that the welfare state mentality knows noborders, John Hendrickson reviews the his-toric successes of tax cuts, Rob Bluey notesthe impact of bloggers on policy, and MichaelSullivan provides a how-to on podcasting.
Editor’s notE
Bitt Wa
Director of Coalition Relations
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Editor of 
The Insider
 Wealth and Economic FreedomGo Hand in Hand
No nation needs to remain stuck in poverty.
 A Virtuous Cycle
How greater wealth is making the world healthier, and greater healthis making the world wealthier.
Federalism: Statement of Principles
Ronald Reagan got it; do we?
Federalism and Citizenship
Decentralized government yieldsa more engaged citizenry.
Education as an Entitlement
How making it easy for students to go tocollege has harmed college—and students.
‘Googling’ State Tax Dollars
States borrow a good idea from the feds.
 What We Believe
Bloggers Leave TheirMark on Capitol Hill
New media fight for transparentgovernment.
 Who We Are
Speaking in Your Own Voice
How podcasting can help you get your message out.
 What We Do
 A Brief Review of the Successof Tax Cuts
Economic history you can use.
 What the Government Giveth,the Government Taketh Away 
True in Australia and everywhere else:To pay Paul, government must rob Peter.

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