To Protect (and Create) American Jobs, We Need Less Government

Who says bipartisanship is dead? We recently had 57 Senators and 152 House members...

Milwaukee Council Repeals Cap on Number of Taxis

Last year Judge Jane Carroll of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court declared unconstitutional the...

Australia shoots down climate lobby’s scare mongering

Thursday, July 17 was a big news day. The world was shocked to learn that a Russian-made missile...

Will Medicare Become Like the VA?

Most veterans get most of their medical care from private doctors through Medicare or private...

Killing marine life with ethanol

Ethanol damages your cars, small engines, food budget – and kills Gulf of Mexico animals Paul...

The Nemesis of Agenda21

Watching left-wing organizations lose their wits denouncing conservatives is always fun and...
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Education

Common Core Testing Groups Won’t Let Some States Go

It's been almost a year since Indiana and Pennsylvania officially withdrew from national Common Core tests, but testing organization still lists the two states as members on its Web site. “They've been inactive for quite some time,” said David Connerty-Martin, spokesman for federally funded Common Core testing group Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), of...

Environment

Chicago Sewage Overflows Caused by Mismanagement, Not Global Warming

Global warming is not the reason why Chicago’s 1800s-era sewer system occasionally floods people’s basements, despite Washington Post propaganda to the contrary. Instead, the culprits are the age of Chicago’s sewer system and the city’s tremendous population growth since the 1800s. Utilizing global warming alarmists’ same tired playbook of mischaracterized anecdotes, the Washington Post published...

EPA’s Excessive Radiation Limits Are Costly, Unattainable, Unjustified

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s restrictions on radiation levels are costly, unattainable, and unjustified, Jon Utley documents at reason.com. EPA’s belated realization of all this is leading the agency to raise its radiation limits. Unjustified radiation fears proved deadly in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami affecting Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power facility. The...

A Global Fire History of the Past Century

What does it reveal about the relative roles of climate change and direct human impacts? Based on the results of this study, it is crystal clear that mankind’s various activities constitute by far the most important single factor among the many that have resulted in a net century-long history of ever-decreasing global burned area... Read More High Temperature Stress vs. High CO2 Relief in...

Finance & Insurance

Smart Growth Facts vs. Ideology

Debates over smart growth–sometimes known as new urbanism, compact cities, or sustainable urban planning, but always meaning higher urban densities and a higher share of people in multifamily housing–boil down to factual questions. But smart-growth supporters keep trying to twist the arguments into ideological issues. For example, in response to my Minneapolis Star Tribune article about future...

Business Lobbying Boosts Executive Pay, not Company Profitability

Many people believe a modern business's success or failure depends partly on its ability to lobby or secure favor from political connections. This belief has only grown since the federal government responded to the financial crisis by increasing the subsidies, grants, and contracts given directly to specific businesses. Some businesses have benefited; others have failed...

A Ceasefire in the IRS' War on US Citizens

Around 10 years ago, the United States declared war on a select group of Americans – the nearly 8 million United States persons (citizens and green card holders) living abroad. The IRS quietly and stealthily conducted this war. Its campaign consisted of extortion and intimidation, in an effort to force expats to comply with their US tax obligations. In my adopted country of Panama, IRS agents...

Health

A Free-Market Health-Care Alternative in Oklahoma

Writing for the July 7, 2014 issue of The New American, William F. Jasper discusses the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. He quotes several patients who have had procedures done at SCO, "testimonials are found on the website of Samaritan Ministries, a Christian healthcare alternative to insurance that now boasts a membership of more than 35,000 member households." Jasper writes about the...

An Appeals Court Ruling Means Obamacare Will Head Back to SCOTUS

Consumer Power Report #429 Welcome to the Consumer Power Report. Today a federal appeals court in Washington DC found words mean what they mean, and not what the Obama Administration interprets them to mean – a revolutionary concept in this era of unfettered government. The court found “a federal exchange is not an ‘Exchange established by the State’” under the law, and the nine separate times...

Obamacare’s Pricetag Continues to Grow

Consumer Power Report #428 One of the underrated facts about American health care is that in advance of the passage of Obamacare, the majority of Americans wanted a reform that tackled one thing above all others: price. That’s why President Barack Obama chose to sell his legislation not on the real aim of achieving dramatic coverage increases, but on the promise of bringing down premiums by $2,...

Taxes

Milwaukee Council Repeals Cap on Number of Taxis

Last year Judge Jane Carroll of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court declared unconstitutional the city of Milwaukee’s law imposing a cap on the number of taxicabs in the city. This morning the city finally complied with that order when the Common Council voted unanimously to completely lift the cap on how many taxicabs may operate in the city. In lifting its cap, Milwaukee becomes one of the...

House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Ban, Bill Goes to Senate

A debate over states’ rights ensued in the U.S. House this week as it looked to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access. The House on Tuesday passed the ban via voice vote, placing pressure on the Senate to pass its version of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act before Nov. 1, when the current moratorium on Internet access taxes expires. The Senate version...

A Plan to Compel Congress to Amend the Constitution for a Balanced Budget

In the 225 years since the Constitution of the United States of America became the guiding law of the land, it has been amended 27 times (including the first 10 amendments that make up the Bill of Rights). Now there is a proposal to bring states together in a way to speed the arduous process of amending the Constitution to force Congress to balance the federal budget. The proposal calls for “...

Tech

House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Ban, Bill Goes to Senate

A debate over states’ rights ensued in the U.S. House this week as it looked to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access. The House on Tuesday passed the ban via voice vote, placing pressure on the Senate to pass its version of the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act before Nov. 1, when the current moratorium on Internet access taxes expires. The Senate version...

The New Rent Seeking?

According to data released this week, Samsung and Apple make up the majority of the top 20 global smartphone models sold in the first quarter of 2014. While that success demonstrates the robust market prowess of these smartphone manufacturers, the real winners are the customers, getting more services, better products and lower prices. Almost the exact opposite happens when companies resort to...