Value of New Nutritional Labels Questioned

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed an update to nutritional labels on food that it...

Could Republicans Kill Obamacare with 51 Votes?

Good news for those of us who would like to see Obamacare replaced with something based on free...

These Policies are on the Ballot

At a speech October 2, President Obama said, “These policies are on the ballot.  Every...

Is Obamacare 'Medicaid for All'?

I've occassionally made the point that one sign of just how poor the access to care is for people...

Walmart Cuts Insurance for Part-timers

When Walmart announced Oct. 7 that it would stop providing health care benefits to employees who...

Costs Will Rise as Another Obamacare Feature Kicks In

Looks like another mistaken assumption by the authors of Obamacare and other devotees of government...
Syndicate content

Education

What the Research Really Says about Government Preschool

School Choice Weekly #59 While 15 states this week begged the Obama administration to direct programs for their youngest children, Indiana decided to chart its own course, with Gov. Mike Pence (R) refusing to sign off on an expensive, intrusive federal preschool grant application. Concurrently, the Cato Institute issued a highly useful review of the major and highest-quality research on...

Environment

Nevada Ranchers Challenge Federal Stranglehold on Land

In May, a month after Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s dramatic standoff over grazing fees with United States Bureau of Land Management, ranchers and land-rights activists in the northern part of the state followed Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber on a 70-mile horse ride, the Grass March from Elko to Battle Mountain to protest reduced livestock grazing allotments on federal land. Gerber modeled...

Fracking Debate Splits the Environmental Movement

Fracking Debate Splits the Environmental Movement By Bonner R. Cohen Environmentalists are at odds with one another over hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas. Most environmental organizations vigorously oppose fracking as part of their larger effort to combat the use of fossil fuels. However, some green groups argue hydraulic fracturing is inevitable, and they seek to work with the oil and gas...

2014 Won’t Be Warmest Year

Climate Change Weekly #144 Contrary to projections made by environmental journalist Seth Borenstein in a widely reprinted article, 2014 will not be the hottest year on record. Based on average surface temperature data for January–September 2014, Borenstein said the year is on pace to be the warmest in the modern instrumental record. He’ll be proven wrong. Dr. Roy Spencer points out thermometers...

Finance & Insurance

Toxic “Consumer-Friendly” Insurance Laws More Bane than Boon to Homeowners

Reflexively responding to the 2008 financial crisis, many government regulators moved to reduce the burden of toxic assets in the financial market, after widespread speculation instigated a credit crunch and contributed to the economic slowdown. Yet, despite the consensus that it was these firms’ inability to shed these assets which instigated their failure, many state governments continue to use...

Private Companies Mimic Government’s ‘Choke Point’ Program

Earlier this year, an innovative new credit-card processing service company quietly changed its terms of service to exclude legitimate firearms transactions, seemingly falling into compliance with federal law-enforcement agencies’ crackdown on certain “high-risk” — but legal — industries. Square, the card reading mobile app which allows payment processing for merchants through their cell phones...

Federal Reserve’s Policies Spur Morph from Central Bank to Central Planner

A common concern among the Federal Reserve’s critics is that there is not an adequate exit strategy to shrink its balance sheet. Since the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, the value of its assets has risen nearly five times, from less than $900 billion to nearly $4.5 trillion. This ongoing quantitative easing appears to create a looming monetary overhang that could unleash very high inflation,...

Health

Is Obamacare 'Medicaid for All'?

I've occassionally made the point that one sign of just how poor the access to care is for people on Medicaid is the fact that while you often hear fans of government-run health care advocate 'Medicare for All,' you never hear anyone advocate 'Medicaid for All.' With that in mind, here's the first few paragraphs from a story in yesterday's USA Today: Some doctors wary of taking insurance exchange...

Value of New Nutritional Labels Questioned

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed an update to nutritional labels on food that it claims will help consumers maintain healthy dietary practices. The current format for nutritional labels have been in existence for more than 20 years. But critics say the FDA has provided little evidence it would improve diets around the country and the FDA estimates the changes would cost the food...

“Exchanges Have Become Like Medicaid”

Consumer Power Report #442 Elisabeth Rosenthal of The New York Times reports on the growing push by providers to make up the difference from lost insurance revenue with a host of new charges: As insurers ratchet down payments to physicians and hospitals, these providers are pushing back with a host of new charges: Ophthalmologists are increasingly levying separate “refraction fees” to assess...

Taxes

Tax Study Details Reforms Needed for Connecticut’s Success

This month, the Tax Foundation released its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index, in which Connecticut was ranked forty-second, out of 50 total states. While other states are starting to initiate significant tax reform, Connecticut still has not done anything to make its tax climate more business-friendly, despite its recent placement at the bottom of several rankings and its slow economic...

New D.C. Streetcar Project Becomes Trainwreck for Residents

On the roads of the nation’s capital, there seem to be two constant things: the roads are always congested, and there is always lots of construction going on. The city’s government seems to hope that a new streetcar system will reduce some of the former and incentivize more of the latter, but slow test runs and a lack of administrative direction are casting doubts upon how much it will actually...

Small Business Administration Hurts Local Economies, Study Suggests

Searching for evidence of causal links between government subsidization and economic growth, findings contained within a research paper released by four economics professors this month suggests that the Small Business Administration (SBA) — a federal government agency whose stated mission is to “to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small...

Tech

Will the FCC Break the Internet?

Actions speak louder than words. The world is watching to see where the FCC’s actions will lead international telecommunications regulators going forward. Will FCC leadership reinforce the successful Internet policy status quo? Or will the FCC reverse course and risk breaking the global Internet by leading international telecommunications regulators to price-regulate their sovereign parts of the...

FCC's Secret Meetings Raise Significant Process Concerns

A little-noticed article in the Wall Street Journal over Labor Day Weekend concerning the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger caught my eye, not only because the article obviously concerns an important matter of communications policy, but also because it raises questions regarding a matter of proper administrative agency process.  In the online version, the...