Big Fat Lies About Fat

Americans are obsessed with fat; either with eating it or being it. We’ve been told that we’re too...

EPA Forced to Retreat on Radiation Limits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is raising by a factor of 350 what it considers to be the...

The New York Times Has Zero Idea How the Internet Works - Or Is Lying Its Masthead Off

It takes a special man to cram so much wrong into a mere 342 words.  Or an Old Grey Lady. The...

EPA Pesticide Bans Threaten You and the Economy

When Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring”, was published, filled with totally false claims about...

Urgent Call for citizen action to rein in EPA

On June 2nd of this year the Obama administration announced new regulations from the...

EPA’s McCarthy: New CO2 Restrictions Not About Climate

EPA’s recently announced restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions have nothing to do with reducing...
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Education

The More They Know, the Less They Like Common Core

School Choice Weekly #50 It’s poll season, and two annual education polls find most public attitudes about education policies are consistent with past years, but this year shows a sharp change on Common Core national education mandates. Now, finds the annual Pi Kappa Delta/Gallup poll, for the first time a majority of Americans--81 percent--has heard of Common Core. And 60 percent oppose it. The...

Environment

EPA Forced to Retreat on Radiation Limits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is raising by a factor of 350 what it considers to be the threshold for safe radiation exposure, Jon Utley reported at Reason.com. The higher threshold belatedly rectifies overly restrictive standards that have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, Utley reported. Tsunami, Not Reactor, Was DeadlyUtley documented how the Fukushima, Japan...

New Book Documents Hydraulic Fracturing's Promise for America

Review of Groundswell: The Case for Fracking, by Ezra Levant (Signal 2014), 272 pages, ISBN- 978-0771046445 The new book Groundswell is a highly recommended read. It is more an economics and politics book than a science treatise, and there are plenty of issues in fracking economics and politics to discuss. In an easy conversational writing style, Ezra Levant powerfully debunks a litany of myths...

Denton, Texas City Council Rejects Fracking Ban

The city council of Denton, Texas rejected a proposed citywide ban on producing oil and natural gas through hydraulic fracturing techniques. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, entails injecting water, sand, and small amounts of other chemicals deep underground under high pressure to open seams in rock formations, thereby releasing oil and gas deposits for production. Denton sits atop...

Finance & Insurance

Don’t Assume the ‘Unseen’ Does not Exist

The use of the ceteris paribus, or “other things equal” assumption is an essential aspect of economic education. It is an important caveat that helps make sense of a complicated world by clarifying the incentive stories that comprise the core of economics.  Unfortunately, the often unthinking acceptance of that phrase has also provided an opening for misrepresenting economic reality in...

Opponents Hope to Loosen Grip of Government’s ‘Choke Point’ Program

Two federal agencies have backed off – slightly – from a program that critics say has been intimidating banks into canceling services for legitimate, law-abiding businesses, making it difficult if not impossible for them to operate. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and US Department of Justice launched “Operation Choke Point” with no warning or public discussion in March 2013. They...

How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States With Billions in Toxic Debt

[Editor’s note: “Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64 billion on just $3 billion advanced.” So reads the teaser headline on this report from the independent, non-profit ProPublica news organization. The beginning of the article follows, with a link to the full story.] By Cezary...

Health

Obamacare Is More Unpopular than Ever

Consumer Power Report #431 The latest poll numbers are in for Obamacare, and they are worse than ever. Turns out the more people are exposed to the law, the less they like it. And more and more people are saying they are directly hurt, not helped, by the law. The latest numbers from the Kaiser Family Foundation: Kaiser Family Foundation, which has done arguably the best and most consistent...

A New Plan to Replace Obamacare

Consumer Power Report #432 Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute has been one of Obamacare’s most prominent critics over the past several years. On Wednesday he released his new plan – The Universal Exchange Plan – to replace Obamacare. He has been advocating for this plan in general terms for some time, and it could prove to represent the most realistic path for future reform if the politics of...

CBO Is Playing with Obamacare’s Numbers Again

Consumer Power Report #430 One of the ongoing debates about policy formation in Washington that has become far more prominent since the passage of Obamacare is the role of the Congressional Budget Office and the weight given its estimates and predictions for the ramifications of legislation. CBO always has been at the center of a debate about how much we should trust these estimates and how much...

Taxes

'Blue States' Join 'Red States' On Tax Reform

Though conservative “red” states have more competitive tax systems and regulatory systems, legislators in many liberal “blue” states are beginning to respond with good reforms of their own, according to the latest release of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Rich States, Poor States report. In all, 17 states enacted important tax reforms in 2013, making it “a standout year for tax...

Don’t Assume the ‘Unseen’ Does not Exist

The use of the ceteris paribus, or “other things equal” assumption is an essential aspect of economic education. It is an important caveat that helps make sense of a complicated world by clarifying the incentive stories that comprise the core of economics.  Unfortunately, the often unthinking acceptance of that phrase has also provided an opening for misrepresenting economic reality in...

The Changing Nature of State-Federal Relations in Transportation

(Editor’s note: Excerpted from remarks by Ken Orski at the Legislative/Fiscal Plenary Luncheon, Council of Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, July 27. On July 31, Congress approved a $10.8 billion 10-month "patch" to the Highway Trust Fund, thus averting what could have become significant delays in state reimbursements during the height of the construction...

Tech

The New York Times Has Zero Idea How the Internet Works - Or Is Lying Its Masthead Off

It takes a special man to cram so much wrong into a mere 342 words.  Or an Old Grey Lady. The New York Times’ utterly ridiculous Editorial Board recently as one addressed Title II Internet regulatory Reclassification and Network Neutrality - and they did so in utterly ridiculous fashion.  They either have absolutely no idea what any of this is - or they are lying through their printing...

Debunking Consumerist Bogus Claim Mobile Data Does Not Compete with Cable

Pro-regulation interests often resort to highly misleading arguments to advance their cause. Fortunately that kind of deception ultimately exposes the weakness of their underlying argument and public policy position. To promote Netflix’ “strong” version of net neutrality regulation and to oppose the Comcast-TWC acquisition, Consumerist just framed a very deceptive whopper competition...