On Energy Prices, The Working Class Blames Washington

This Molly Ball piece on the metric which best determines the outcome of elections makes for a...

Fishy Polls on Common Core

Never let it be said that Common Core (CC) entirely lacks educational value. By exercising even a...

Ethanol Mandates Go from Bad to Worse

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

Choice as a Cure for Common Core

Suppose instead of making common cause with corporate titans and Washington technocrats to impose...

Harry Reid Remains Obstinately, Perversely Insistent on Taxing the Internet

As we asked last week – who says bipartisanship is dead? The allegedly “do-nothing”...

Who’s Really Waging the ‘War on Science’?

Left-leaning environmentalists, media and academics have long railed against the alleged...
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Education

Video: Schools Have Become Data Vacuums

The biggest proponents of Big Data in education believe collecting the most intimate details about your child and family will help them engineer society, Jane Robbins says in this interview with the Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas.  “Common Core is not a political issue. It’s an issue of their children,” said Robbins, a fellow for the American Principles Project. “You can mess with a lot of...

Environment

United States Leads the World in Climate Realism

Climate Change Weekly #133 Americans lead the world in climate realism, according to polling results published by Ipsos MORI. The pollsters asked more than 16,000 people from more than 20 different countries their opinions on various environmental issues. Two questions were climate-specific. The first climate-specific question asked, “To what extent do you agree or disagree? The climate change we...

Americans Lead the World in Climate Realism

Americans lead the world in climate realism, according to polling results published by Ipsos MORI. The pollsters asked more than 16,000 people from more than 20 different countries their opinions on various environmental issues. Two questions were climate-specific. The first climate-specific question asked, “To what extent do you agree or disagree? The climate change we are currently seeing is a...

Florida Solar Panels Producing Less than Half of Promised Power

Rooftop solar panels installed at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa, Florida are producing less than half their promised power, county records reveal. Rather than lowering electricity costs, as promised, the poor-performing solar panels are causing a dramatic increase in electricity costs. In 2010, federal and Hillsborough County officials announced the project to place solar panels on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...