Tax Inversion Freedom vs. Fiscal Berlin Wall

The Obama Administration has proposed its latest form of collectivist control over the American...

Area Lobbyist: Why Do Republicans Want To Kill My Job?

John Feehery’s piece here on the dangers of rising Republican skepticism for big business is an...

2007–a great year for growing bad legislation like the ethanol mandate

President Obama, and his administration, has enacted so many foolish and cost-increasing energy...

UN and its Auspices Bear Responsibility for Global Warming Hysteria

President Obama has made 2014 his “year of action" and plans to use his executive authority to...

Heartland Challenges, Dismantles UN's Climate Change Finding

Climate change hysteria has become the mantra of U.S. government since Al Gore's 2006 Oscar-...

Republicans Will Run On An Obamacare Replacement in 2016 – Will Democrats?

The decision in the Halbig v. Burwell case this week was an unexpected legal boon to opponents of...
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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

Kansas Newspaper Embarrasses Itself on Wind Power

Wind power apologists say and write the silliest things. Whether economic illiteracy, political mendacity, or some other reason is to blame, Big Wind shills serially embarrass themselves by making claims that wouldn’t even make the multiple choice options for “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” Here is an example published this morning by a newspaper in Kansas: Patrick Lowry at the Hays Daily...

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...

Chicago Sewage Overflows Caused by Mismanagement

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...

Finance & Insurance

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...

Two Tales of a City: How Detroit Transcended Ideology to Reform Pensions

“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.” –  Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Traveling through suburban Detroit, a sprawling city of 143 square miles whose population has dropped from nearly two million to less than 700,000, you can often imagine you are in rural Tennessee. Rutted narrow roads bend past groves of cottonwood, oak and silver maple. Deer and...

One Man’s War Against Racial Housing Quotas

“The federal government’s saying that if you live in a community that is disproportionately white, then, therefore, there is discrimination and segregation. And, as such, the local community and/or the Justice Department needs to come in and do away with a lot of the zoning regulations that they feel restricts high-density housing in any neighborhood.” That was Westchester County Executive Rob...

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

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...

Two Tales of a City: How Detroit Transcended Ideology to Reform Pensions

“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.” –  Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Traveling through suburban Detroit, a sprawling city of 143 square miles whose population has dropped from nearly two million to less than 700,000, you can often imagine you are in rural Tennessee. Rutted narrow roads bend past groves of cottonwood, oak and silver maple. Deer and...

Retiree Healthcare Tops Unfunded Pensions as Fiscal Threat

Can anything be in worse condition than unfunded government pensions? Unfortunately, yes – and it’s something few people have heard of. It’s called OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits), or government retiree healthcare commitments. The average state has $11.46 billion of unfunded retiree healthcare debt compared to $10.85 billion of pension debt as of fiscal year-end 2012.  OPEB and pension...

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...