Mandates are requirements imposed on consumers and businesses by bureaucrats and politicians in Washington. Their goal is to force people to engage in a specific type of government-approved behavior.

Yet such mandates profoundly disrupt the individual choice that is central to a prosperous and growing economy.

While mandates can be costly for some businesses, they provide an artificial boost for the companies and special interests favored by Uncle Sam. One example is the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates that all transportation fuel sold in the United States contain a specified amount of renewable fuels—the vast majority of which is ethanol, made from corn.

This mandate has been big business for farming conglomerates that are harvesting bushels of cash as a result. And while it’s a boon for large farms, this mandate comes with a price tag for American consumers who pay roughly $10 billion annually in additional fuel costs.

Another example is the Obamacare mandate that every health insurance policy covers specific services whether patients use them or not—a rule that drives up costs while benefiting a select few health care companies.

These mandates and many others distort the market, increase costs, decrease choice and reward special interests rather than the American people.

Mar 23, 2016

Congress Must Reject Using Aviation Bill to Pass Special Interest Tax Carve Outs

Election years are known in Washington for little legislating and lots of campaigning. As a result, there can be limited opportunities for lobbyists to get their favored projects and handouts passed into…

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Mar 09, 2016

Freedom Partners Releases New Video Highlighting Sanders, Corporate Welfare

Arlington, VA — Ahead of tonight’s Democratic debate, Freedom Partners is releasing a new video, “Across The Board,” which highlights Bernie Sanders’ recent comments regarding the corporate welfare-driven Export-Import Bank…

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Feb 11, 2016

Get Rid of all Energy Subsidies, not Just Ethanol, Wind and Solar

Freedom Partners Policy Advisor Andy Koenig explains in an Investor’s Business Daily op-ed why it’s time to get rid of all energy subsidies.  Washington politicians love giving preferential treatment…

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Jan 25, 2016

End the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a blatant handout to the powerful corn lobby at the expense of American families. Read Freedom Partners Senior Policy Advisor Andy Koenig’s op-ed in…

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