The Political Attraction of Severance Taxes

As the topic of severance taxes heats up in Pennsylvania and Ohio, it’s worth investigating exactly...

Should the Government Tell You What to Eat?

Given the successive scandals and monster laws like Obamacare that have been imposed on Americans,...

This Year’s Federal Regulatory Costs are Soaring

With the national debt climbing to more than $17 trillion, more than $200 billion a year to comply...

Industry Doesn’t Undermine Tourism

In rural areas, there is often a heated debate over economic development that essentially boils...

A Case for a Politically Oblivious Citizen

By: Donald Kendal Recently while discussing the political knowledge, or lack thereof, of the...

The Carbon Tax Scam

In a recent appearance before a congressional committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told them...
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Education

The Numbers Say Philadelphia Is In No Danger of 40-Student Classes

Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city gives it more money. But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up. With 8,390 teachers and 142,000 students, the Philadelphia School District has a teacher-to-student ratio that is...

Environment

This Year’s Federal Regulatory Costs are Soaring

With the national debt climbing to more than $17 trillion, more than $200 billion a year to comply with government regulations might not seem shocking. According to Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum and author of a recent report on regulatory spending, it should. Batkins points out in his report that the federal government published more than $100 billion in...

The Anti-Endangered Species Tax (aka Estate Tax)

Little noticed in the debate over the Estate Tax, better known as the Death Tax because it punishes the heirs of people who have died, is the harm it does to wildlife, especially endangered species. Recently, the Family Business Coalition sent a letter to Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Joint Economic...

The Maldives’ Corals Seven Years after the 1998 Bleaching Event

How did they respond to the most devastating bleaching episode of modern times? Better than some predicted, suggesting that forecasts of their demise are likely highly exaggerated... Read More Climate-Change-Induced Flooding (29 Jul 2014) More frequent and more devastating floods are both (1) predicted for the future and (2) claimed to already be occurring by a host of climate alarmists, as a...

Finance & Insurance

ALEC Reveals the ‘Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism’

Cronyism or competition. At their essence, these are the choices policymakers face with tax policy, say the authors of The Costs of Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Policymakers can design a tax system that treats businesses equally and fairly, with clear rules and a level playing field. Or they can design a tax system with...

Detroit Backs Pension Cuts; Some Say New Retirement System Is Needed

When the City of Detroit’s employees and retirees approved a plan in late July to cut benefits to their pension as part of the bankruptcy proceedings, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr lauded the deal as something that allowed the city to offer a “sustainable retirement plan” that is “fiscally sound.” But some taxpayer advocates and a pension expert say the city missed a chance to provide a better...

International Advisor Warns: Expect More Companies to Quit US

Living standards, jobs and long-term economic growth are at risk because an increasing number of United States firms are likely to relocate overseas due to America’s current “uncompetitive and anti-business” corporation tax rate, warns the boss of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations. The prediction from Nigel Green, the founder and chief executive of deVere...

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

This Year’s Federal Regulatory Costs are Soaring

With the national debt climbing to more than $17 trillion, more than $200 billion a year to comply with government regulations might not seem shocking. According to Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum and author of a recent report on regulatory spending, it should. Batkins points out in his report that the federal government published more than $100 billion in...

ALEC Reveals the ‘Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism’

Cronyism or competition. At their essence, these are the choices policymakers face with tax policy, say the authors of The Costs of Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Policymakers can design a tax system that treats businesses equally and fairly, with clear rules and a level playing field. Or they can design a tax system with...

The Anti-Endangered Species Tax (aka Estate Tax)

Little noticed in the debate over the Estate Tax, better known as the Death Tax because it punishes the heirs of people who have died, is the harm it does to wildlife, especially endangered species. Recently, the Family Business Coalition sent a letter to Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Joint Economic...

Tech

Silicon Valley’s 6 Biggest Net Neutrality Fantasies Special Report

If Silicon Valley folks are indeed the smartest of the smart, how could they be so easily fooled on net neutrality? Normally smarts distinguish between what’s testable and real versus what is the pixie-dust of dreams.   So where’s the real data and sound scientific thinking behind Silicon Valley’s grandiose net neutrality presumptions? Why isn’t Silicon Valley adhering to its...

House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Ban, Bill Goes to Senate

A debate over states’ rights ensued in the U.S. House in July as it looked to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access. The House 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, called the...