The 2014 State of Wind Energy: Desperately Seeking Subsidies

With the growing story coming out of Ukraine, the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian jet, the...

Obama's War on U.S. Energy

A nation without adequate energy production is a nation in decline and that has been the President’...

The Government Giving the Left What They Want: More Terrible Policy

The federal government is yet again acquiescing to the ridiculous anti-free market demands of the...

EPA's Tower of Pisa Policies

Built on a foundation of sand, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would have toppled over long ago, if not...

More Bailout Money No Answer for Detroit

The city of Detroit gets more revenue than every other Michigan city because of special treatment...

When Government Demands a Business Scapegoat

It remains one of the greatest travesties in the history of American business: In 2001, the 85,000...
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Education

Academics, Culture Lead Tennessee Mom to Private School

Marilyn Johnson couldn’t afford to put her son, Marshall, in a private school. She also said she couldn’t afford not to. “I had researched the inner-city school system, and I knew they wouldn’t be a fit for my son,” Johnson said. “That’s when MOST came in.” Johnson, who lives in Shelby County, Tennessee, found her opportunity through the Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST), funded by...

Environment

Three Important Earth Day Facts

Happy Earth Day! Every Earth Day environmental activists and their media allies present myriad claims that humans are destroying the environment. The only cure, they argue, is to take money and power away from private individuals and hand it over to government. Despite their doom-and-gloom environmental claims, environmental quality is in long-term steady improvement. This truly is a happy Earth...

The Coming Paradigm Shift on Climate

The just-published reports of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change may lead to a paradigm shift about what or who has been causing climate change. All the evidence suggests nature rules the climate—not man.—Ed. Watch for it: We may be on the threshold of a tipping point in climate history. No, I’m not talking about a tipping point in the sense that the Earth will be covered...

NASA Data Show ‘Polar Vortex’ Linked to Prior Frigid Winters

Climate Change Weekly #125 NASA data show the “polar vortex” cold weather events this past winter also happened in the winters of 1935–36 and 1976–77. The findings destroy alarmist claims that human-induced global warming caused the exceptionally cold North American winter this year. The frigid winter of 1976–77 occurred at the end of a 30-year global cooling period and the frigid winter of 1935–...

Finance & Insurance

The United States of Envy

In advance of the 2014 election, the Obama administration has drawn the political discussion away from its unpopular and flawed healthcare plan, usually called Obamacare, to bring public attention and support for increased income redistribution. President Obama has openly encouraged envy of the top one percent of income earners. Reducing the share received by the highest earners to provide...

When Government Demands a Business Scapegoat

It remains one of the greatest travesties in the history of American business: In 2001, the 85,000 employees of one of the world’s largest accounting firms began losing their jobs. Their employer had become tainted by its loose association with Enron Corp., a financial house of cards that was imploding and taking with it billions of dollars in employee pensions and shareholder investments. In...

Bill Mandates Free Credit Scores for Everyone

A proposed bill in the United States Senate would mandate all consumers have access to free annual credit scores. The Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act is designed to reduce the problems consumers experience through errors in their scores. SB 2224 is sponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard...

Health

Kathleen Sebelius’s Resignation Hands Republicans A Golden Opportunity

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right to not be happy about it, not one little bit. For once, I completely agree with Maddow’s analysis. This surprise resignation presents Republicans with an unexpected opportunity to refocus the conversation on Obamacare’s negatives, offers a chance to force vulnerable Senate Democrats to take a hard vote on Obamacare six months before...

Kathleen Sebelius Runs for the Exits

Consumer Power Report #415 Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, and Rachel Maddow is right not to be happy about it, not one little bit. For once, I completely agree with Maddow’s analysis. This surprise resignation presents Republicans with an unexpected opportunity to refocus the conversation on Obamacare’s negatives, offers a chance to force vulnerable Senate Democrats to take a hard vote on...

The Future of Health Policy After Obamacare

Consumer Power Report #414 As we all know, when President Barack Obama sold his health care law to the American people, he sold it to them primarily on the basis of cost. He did this because the polling was so unanimous: People weren’t demanding massive increased regulation of the insurance marketplace to achieve any particular moral goal about coverage levels or anything of the sort – the vast...

Taxes

The United States of Envy

In advance of the 2014 election, the Obama administration has drawn the political discussion away from its unpopular and flawed healthcare plan, usually called Obamacare, to bring public attention and support for increased income redistribution. President Obama has openly encouraged envy of the top one percent of income earners. Reducing the share received by the highest earners to provide...

Grassley Seeks Answers: Why Pursue Children for Deceased Parents’ Debts?

The Washington Post declared victory this week for exposing the seizure of income-tax refunds to claw back alleged Social Security overpayments. But the legal issue of garnishing money from the children of deceased parents remains contentious, and a senior senator is demanding answers from the agencies involved. As reported by Watchdog.org and the Post, backtracking Social Security officials...

More Bailout Money No Answer for Detroit

The city of Detroit gets more revenue than every other Michigan city because of special treatment in state revenue sharing, casino taxes and utility taxes. This extra money has not been enough to prevent its bankruptcy, nor were these the only favors extended to Detroit. The state also helped the city fight off insolvency by changing the rules for municipal borrowing. Given this history, bailing...

Tech

The Government Giving the Left What They Want: More Terrible Policy

The federal government is yet again acquiescing to the ridiculous anti-free market demands of the Left. We the People will yet again be forced to pay dearly for the resulting damage. We have looming before us a wireless spectrum crunch. Spectrum being the finite airwaves we use for all things wireless – from cell phones to car key fobs. More people are using more wireless data all the time. Video...

Procrustes at the FCC

The Federal Communications Commission has a Procrustean problem. The agency would do well to acknowledge it as a means of reforming its regulatory process. I borrow from FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen's address, "The Procrustean Problem with Prescriptive Regulation," delivered at the Free State Foundation's Sixth Annual Telecom Policy Conference on March 18. If you missed the...