Medicaid’s Financing Merry-Go-Round

Medicaid, which provides health-related welfare benefits to low-income individuals, is jointly...

Federal Reserve Policies Cause Booms and Busts

Since the economic crisis of 2008-2009, the Federal Reserve – America’s central bank – has expanded...

The 20th Was the Failed Welfare State Century – The 21st Must Be About Less Government

The Twentieth was the Century of the Welfare State.  Governments the world over built and then...

No benefits, big costs to Common Core

EDITOR: Sen. Julie Lassa is correct in stating Common Core State Standards were created by...

Greenpeace Blasts China’s Coal Plans

Greenpeace sharply criticized China for unveiling ambitious plans to construct 50 coal gasification...

Using Tax Code to Influence Behavior Is the Wrong Path

REGARDLESS OF one’s view on carbon dioxide emissions, using the tax code to influence the...
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Education

29 Biased Statements In the AP U.S. History Redesign

The “Open Letter from the Authors of the AP United States History Curriculum Framework” raises a number of important issues. Here is our response to the key points raised in this “Open Letter,” followed by a list of 29 biased and ill-considered statements from the Framework, and a list of 17 omitted seminal documents about U.S. history. 1.      Who wrote the College Board...

Environment

EPA’s McCarthy: New CO2 Restrictions Not About Climate

EPA’s recently announced restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions have nothing to do with reducing pollution, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted in Senate hearings. Instead, said McCarthy, EPA imposed the restrictions based on a belief imposing expensive renewable energy on the electricity marketplace will stimulate the economy. ‘Not About Pollution Control’“The great thing about this...

Risky Business: The Best Global Warming Alarmism Money Can Buy

The billionaire triumvirate of Tom Steyer, Henry Paulson, and Michael Bloomberg introduced their ballyhooed Risky Business report on the climate this June, and after all the op-eds, blog posts, and public interviews so far, all that can be said about it is that it is already an empty, meaningless PR campaign upon which the financial hotshots have wasted their money. Logical scrutiny of the...

Advocacy Group Forces Catastrophe ‘Consensus’ on Schoolkids

Part II – This is the second in a two-part column on how the National Center for Science Education is targeting the nation’s schools to enforce a mythical consensus on global warming alarmism Casting Science Against ReligionUnderscoring the mindset of anti-religious groups, in 1996 prominent scientist Richard Dawkins was declared the American Humanist Association’s (AHA) Humanist of the Year. In...

Finance & Insurance

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...

Despite United States Laws, Switzerland Still a Safe Haven for Money

As the world’s premier private banking center, Switzerland holds an estimated one-fourth of the world’s private wealth. And much of the money is there because of Switzerland’s famous secrecy laws. These laws originated in 1713, when the canton of Geneva enacted an ordinance prohibiting bankers from divulging any information about their clients’ transactions except with the agreement of the...

Health

Medicaid’s Financing Merry-Go-Round

Medicaid, which provides health-related welfare benefits to low-income individuals, is jointly financed by the federal and state governments. Before Obamacare, the split was 50/50 for rich states, but low-income states got more dollars. This mechanism is called the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP). So, if California spent $50 on Medicaid, the federal taxpayer would chip in $50....

Obamacare and the Aims of Progressivism

Consumer Power Report #433 Greg Scandlen notes the provision of health care, historically, has been an arena populated in America by a host of civil society institutions. These institutions were purposefully displaced by government over the course of the past century: These associations were formed by working class men and women from all ethnic groups. In some cases they owned and operated their...

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...

Taxes

Medicaid’s Financing Merry-Go-Round

Medicaid, which provides health-related welfare benefits to low-income individuals, is jointly financed by the federal and state governments. Before Obamacare, the split was 50/50 for rich states, but low-income states got more dollars. This mechanism is called the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP). So, if California spent $50 on Medicaid, the federal taxpayer would chip in $50....

North Carolina Counties Want Higher Hotel Occupancy Tax

Several counties in North Carolina are pushing to increase their hotel occupancy taxes up to the state maximum of 6 percent. Most of the counties say they will use the new revenue to promote tourism. Raising tourism taxes such as those on hotel rooms has become increasingly popular with state and local governments looking for additional revenue, because such taxes are thought to burden out-of-...

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

Maryland Rules Uber is a Common Carrier - Will FCC Agree?

The Daily Record reports that the Maryland Public Service Commission ruled that Uber is a common carrier subject to its regulatory jurisdiction.   The PSC stated:  “[W]hen viewed in their totality, the undisputed facts and circumstances in this case make it clear that Uber is engaged in the public transportation of persons for hire. Thus, Uber is a common carrier and a...

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...