Is Obamacare 'Medicaid for All'?

I've occassionally made the point that one sign of just how poor the access to care is for people...

Vermont Governor Seeks Control of Medicare

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) and members of his administration travelled to Washington DC to...

Winning Freedom Requires Radical Solutions

Suppose that there was a button in front of you that if you pushed it would, in one instant,...

Regcession—Why Americans aren’t Feeling Obama’s “Vigorous Recovery”

President Obama is trying, according to CNN, to “convince voters of a vigorous recovery that a...

You Want More Affordable, Accessible Food for the Planet? You Want Less Government

What is far and away the most important global trade commodity?  Food.  People have to...

Walmart Cuts Insurance for Part-timers

When Walmart announced Oct. 7 that it would stop providing health care benefits to employees who...
Syndicate content

Education

A Novel Way to Turn Schools over to Teachers

School Choice Weekly #60 One of the major problems with public education is that the desires of school staff and of families can work against each other. Often, what makes teachers comfortable degrades instruction. So here’s a novel idea that could change that: Convert ownership of each public school into stock options that a school’s employees would own. Benjamin Scafidi runs some numbers and...

Environment

Nevada Ranchers Challenge Federal Stranglehold on Land

In May, a month after Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s dramatic standoff over grazing fees with United States Bureau of Land Management, ranchers and land-rights activists in the northern part of the state followed Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber on a 70-mile horse ride, the Grass March from Elko to Battle Mountain to protest reduced livestock grazing allotments on federal land. Gerber modeled...

Climate Alarmists Falsely Imply Carbon Dioxide Is Soot

We no longer hear of carbon dioxide emissions; instead the climate change lobby has shortened it to carbon emissions. Is this just a convenient abbreviation? We think not. The lobby has also changed the unit of measurement from ppm to metric tons, a perfectly good measure, but think of the image in the minds of the general public. Image Over Reality Since the beginning of the global warming scare...

2014 Won’t Be Warmest Year

Climate Change Weekly #144 Contrary to projections made by environmental journalist Seth Borenstein in a widely reprinted article, 2014 will not be the hottest year on record. Based on average surface temperature data for January–September 2014, Borenstein said the year is on pace to be the warmest in the modern instrumental record. He’ll be proven wrong. Dr. Roy Spencer points out thermometers...

Finance & Insurance

Toxic “Consumer-Friendly” Insurance Laws More Bane than Boon to Homeowners

Reflexively responding to the 2008 financial crisis, many government regulators moved to reduce the burden of toxic assets in the financial market, after widespread speculation instigated a credit crunch and contributed to the economic slowdown. Yet, despite the consensus that it was these firms’ inability to shed these assets which instigated their failure, many state governments continue to use...

Private Companies Mimic Government’s ‘Choke Point’ Program

Earlier this year, an innovative new credit-card processing service company quietly changed its terms of service to exclude legitimate firearms transactions, seemingly falling into compliance with federal law-enforcement agencies’ crackdown on certain “high-risk” — but legal — industries. Square, the card reading mobile app which allows payment processing for merchants through their cell phones...

Federal Reserve’s Policies Spur Morph from Central Bank to Central Planner

A common concern among the Federal Reserve’s critics is that there is not an adequate exit strategy to shrink its balance sheet. Since the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, the value of its assets has risen nearly five times, from less than $900 billion to nearly $4.5 trillion. This ongoing quantitative easing appears to create a looming monetary overhang that could unleash very high inflation,...

Health

Vermont Governor Seeks Control of Medicare

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) and members of his administration travelled to Washington DC to meet with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and other federal health officials in late September, where they asked for control of Medicare funds spent in the state. The request was made as part of the Governor’s effort to launch a single-payer health care system in Vermont,...

“Exchanges Have Become Like Medicaid”

Consumer Power Report #442 Elisabeth Rosenthal of The New York Times reports on the growing push by providers to make up the difference from lost insurance revenue with a host of new charges: As insurers ratchet down payments to physicians and hospitals, these providers are pushing back with a host of new charges: Ophthalmologists are increasingly levying separate “refraction fees” to assess...

Walmart Cuts Insurance for Part-timers

When Walmart announced Oct. 7 that it would stop providing health care benefits to employees who worked less than 30 hours, some commenters on the blog attacked the corporation for being “greedy monsters” and “horrible human beings.” But Walmart’s decision did not surprise experts who had been following the impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act since its inception. Four years...

Taxes

Small Business Administration Hurts Local Economies, Study Suggests

Searching for evidence of causal links between government subsidization and economic growth, findings contained within a research paper released by four economics professors this month suggests that the Small Business Administration (SBA) — a federal government agency whose stated mission is to “to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small...

New D.C. Streetcar Project Becomes Trainwreck for Residents

On the roads of the nation’s capital, there seem to be two constant things: the roads are always congested, and there is always lots of construction going on. The city’s government seems to hope that a new streetcar system will reduce some of the former and incentivize more of the latter, but slow test runs and a lack of administrative direction are casting doubts upon how much it will actually...

“Tiny Housing Movement” Pits Millennials against Regulators

Advocates of the growing “micro-housing movement” seek to promote smaller housing alternatives for people pursuing simpler lifestyles. “Micro-apartments” and “tiny houses” are typically less than 300 square feet in area, a fraction of the average American home’s 2,600 square feet. Often weighed down by credit cards and student loan debt, millennials in particular find these minimalist dwellings...

Tech

HBO Streaming Is Good News for All Entertainment Consumers

Acting on plans reported here a month ago, entertainment channel HBO has decided to end its thirty-plus-year dependence on cable and satellite distributors, announcing it will offer an online streaming video service beginning next year. Following a trail blazed by Netflix, Amazon.com, Acorn Media, and others, HBO will offer the service without a cable subscription in an effort to reach the...

Federal Investigators Get Caught 'Catfishing' with Woman’s Seized Pics

Social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter, or online dating sites are sometimes littered with fake profiles of attractive young women, tempting lonely users. Representing themselves with photographs of someone else, such confidence artists sometimes trick unwary Internet users into divulging their personal information, or even their financial information. This kind of scam — nicknamed “...