Schneiderman's Supplement Scam

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made a shocking announcement earlier this month....

Population Control Behind UN's Agenda 21

By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil -  Obama and UN seek to transform The following commentary...

The real face of unemployment and underemployment

Brian Perry is a college-educated law clerk who worked at the Providence, Rhode Island-based Lovett...

Will Agenda 21 Continue to go Forward Despite Proven Deception?

By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  Man-made climate change alarmists continue to be...

Florida Liberals, Conservatives Team Up for Solar

If an odd coalition of environmentalists and conservative activists have any say in the matter, the...

Hawaii Rejects Sugary Beverage Labeling, Tax

Legislation in Hawaii requiring sugary beverages include warning labels was rejected by the Health...
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Education

The Undead No Child Left Behind

School Choice Weekly #76 It is tiresome to be frequently forced to discuss federal education policy, since whatever Congress does besides getting out of parents’ and teachers’ way will only mean lots of money and energy wasted to no good end. The evidence for this is quite strong and, to this author’s knowledge, has never been directly refuted. But since Congress has appropriated to itself power...

Environment

Florida Liberals, Conservatives Team Up for Solar

If an odd coalition of environmentalists and conservative activists have any say in the matter, the sun may shine brighter on the solar industry in Florida. Florida has plenty of sunshine and people. Despite being the third most populous state in the nation, it ranks thirteenth among the states for solar power. A group of business owners, political libertarians, liberal environmental activists,...

U.N. Climate Chief Resigns amid Sex Scandal

U.N. Climate Chief Resigns amid Sex Scandal Climate Change Weekly #161 Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations’ influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. I say good riddance to a bad apple! During Pachauri’s 13-year tenure as chair of IPCC, the organization won a Nobel Peace Prize and was marred by many...

Sierra Club Misrepresents Itself Before New Mexico Legislature

The Sierra Club engaged in ethical misconduct this morning, misrepresenting itself in hearings before the New Mexico House of Representatives Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee. New Mexico legislators are considering House Bill 445, which would freeze the state's renewable power mandate at 15 percent, cancelling a scheduled tightening of the renewable power mandate to 20...

Finance & Insurance

Study: ‘Sharing Economy’ Revolution Empowers Customers

Businesses such as Airbnb and Uber, which directly connect consumers and service providers without the need for middlemen, are empowering consumers and creating a self-regulating economy, a recent study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has found. By allowing “underutilized assets or ‘dead capital’ to be put to more productive use,” the authors explain, the sharing economy...

A Well-Written Overview of Governments’ Economic Misdeeds

The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold, Second Edition By Edmund Contoski; American Liberty Publishers, November 2014 281 pages, ISBN-13 978-0-9655007-1-5 $28.95 on publisher’s website, http://www.amlibpub.com/order.html The first edition of Edmund Contoski’s book The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold was excellent, and it makes an outstanding textbook for a...

Study: Housing Bubble, Rising Caused Consumer Retail Prices to Rise

A new study has uncovered evidence the 2000s housing bubble affected the U.S. economy in previously unsuspected ways, by causing consumer prices to rise and fall based on the rate of homeownership in any particular area. In “House Prices, Local Demand, and Retail Prices,” New York University Assistant Professor of Finance Johannes Stroebel and University of Chicago Assistant Professor of...

Health

Obamacare Paybacks Begin

Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. That’s the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more...

Hawaii Rejects Sugary Beverage Labeling, Tax

Legislation in Hawaii requiring sugary beverages include warning labels was rejected by the Health Committee of the Hawaii House of Representatives after witnesses including many small businesses and consumers testified against the measure.  The House and Senate Health committees decided in mid-February to defer HB1438 and SB1270 which would have required sugary...

Rauner Goes After Healthcare Costs

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reduce what the state spends on health insurance for its own employees as well how much money it is funneling into Medicaid. “(B)ringing health care benefits more in line with those received by the taxpayers who pay for them, we save an additional $700 million,” Rauner said last week during his budget address. But the governor acknowledged this proposed...

Taxes

Illinoisans Shouldn’t Be Forced to Give to Unions

For the first time in decades, an Illinois governor has dared to utter the words “right to work.” Gov. Bruce Rauner said, in January, that he would like to allow “Worker Empowerment Zones,” where employees working for unionized organizations would have the option of not paying money to a union. Right-to-Work Zones Gov. Rauner says he doesn’t want to make Illinois a right-to-work state, but does...

Federal Railroad Loan Program Needs Protections for Taxpayers

A little-known federal loan program called the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, created by Congress in 1998 to aid short-line railroads in financing modest improvements, represents a risk to taxpayers’ money. That was also the year Congress created the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act’s (TIFIA) loan program, which I have long supported....

GAO Sounds Warning on State, Local Budgets

In recent years, state and local governments have largely remained in a fiscal holding pattern, continuing a slow recovery from the impacts of the Great Recession. Overall, state revenues have continued to slowly increase for the fifth straight year. Relatively few states are currently contending with major budget deficits, in contrast to the years immediately following the onset of the recession...

Tech

Congressman Reboots Proposed Ban on Internet Access Taxes

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, has reintroduced the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act for consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. If approved by Congress and signed into law, the bill would “permanently extend the moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.” ‘Protecting Consumers from Taxes’ Ryan Radia, associate...

Report: Intellectual Property Abuses Threaten Innovation and Cost Consumers Billions

Last week House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte reintroduced the Innovation Act, a patent-reform measure that passed the House in the previous Congress 325-91 and is supported by a diverse swath of American industry, including Google, the National Retail Federation, Microsoft, and the Application Developers Alliance. The bill mirrors the 2013 version word for word and, according to...