Articles by Sean Hackbarth

Blogger, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Sean has written for Free Enterprise since its launch in 2012. In 1999, Sean launched a “weblog” and never looked back becoming a pioneer of the medium. At Free Enterprise he writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for American businesses to succeed, Sean raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state), religiously follows the Green Bay Packers, and posts food pictures to Instagram. In addition, Sean may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with Canadian power trio Rush.
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The Businessman Behind the Monuments Men

The little-known story of the search for stolen World War II art would’ve remained hidden to the general public if it wasn’t for the work of a former energy company founder.

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Dynamic Economic Analysis Will Lead to Smart Tax Reform

We need to take into account how economic actors react to new incentives created by the proposed tax changes.

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How Regulations Can Be Renewable Energy’s Worst Enemy

A Utah micro-hydropower project's costs doubled.

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It’s Almost Certain that the Social Security Trust Fund Will Run Out of Money by 2037

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the trust fund could be depleted as soon as 15 years from now.

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Two Illinois Counties Named as “Judicial Hellholes”

Madison County and Cook County "star" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report of outrageous examples of lawsuit abuse.

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Report: Shale Energy Boom to Continue for Decades

Crude oil production will increase by 800,000 barrels per day annually to reach production levels not seen since 1970.

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Were Obamacare Regulations Delayed Because of the 2012 Election?

Two proposed regulations, approved months before by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, weren't published until after the 2012 election.

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These 2 Charts Show Public Wants Keystone XL Pipeline Approved

Polls show strong public support for building the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Large Gap Exists Between Lifetime Social Security and Medicare Benefits and Taxes

A couple retiring today will get $1 million in lifetime benefits but only pay $747,000 in taxes.

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Adding Insult to Injury: Health Care Law and Tax Ownership Rules

Small business owners now need to read through the tax code to see how arcane rules covering "aggregation" and "common control" will add to their Obamacare woes.