The Anti-Endangered Species Tax (aka Estate Tax)

Little noticed in the debate over the Estate Tax, better known as the Death Tax because it punishes...

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...

The Carbon Tax Scam

In a recent appearance before a congressional committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told them...

Environmentalists Use Environmental Justice to Kill Millions Per Year

Environmentalists are enlisting minority groups such as African-Americans and Latinos to help...

The FCC Shouldn't Go Down the Primrose (Preemption) Path

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already has suffered two judicial rebukes in its...
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Education

The Numbers Say Philadelphia Is In No Danger of 40-Student Classes

Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city gives it more money. But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up. With 8,390 teachers and 142,000 students, the Philadelphia School District has a teacher-to-student ratio that is...

Environment

The Maldives’ Corals Seven Years after the 1998 Bleaching Event

How did they respond to the most devastating bleaching episode of modern times? Better than some predicted, suggesting that forecasts of their demise are likely highly exaggerated... Read More Climate-Change-Induced Flooding (29 Jul 2014) More frequent and more devastating floods are both (1) predicted for the future and (2) claimed to already be occurring by a host of climate alarmists, as a...

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...

The Anti-Endangered Species Tax (aka Estate Tax)

Little noticed in the debate over the Estate Tax, better known as the Death Tax because it punishes the heirs of people who have died, is the harm it does to wildlife, especially endangered species. Recently, the Family Business Coalition sent a letter to Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Joint Economic...

Finance & Insurance

ALEC Reveals the ‘Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism’

Cronyism or competition. At their essence, these are the choices policymakers face with tax policy, say the authors of The Costs of Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Policymakers can design a tax system that treats businesses equally and fairly, with clear rules and a level playing field. Or they can design a tax system with...

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...

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

The Anti-Endangered Species Tax (aka Estate Tax)

Little noticed in the debate over the Estate Tax, better known as the Death Tax because it punishes the heirs of people who have died, is the harm it does to wildlife, especially endangered species. Recently, the Family Business Coalition sent a letter to Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the Joint Economic...

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...

ALEC Reveals the ‘Unseen Costs of Tax Cronyism’

Cronyism or competition. At their essence, these are the choices policymakers face with tax policy, say the authors of The Costs of Cronyism: Favoritism and Foregone Growth, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council. Policymakers can design a tax system that treats businesses equally and fairly, with clear rules and a level playing field. Or they can design a tax system with...

Tech

The FCC Shouldn't Go Down the Primrose (Preemption) Path

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) already has suffered two judicial rebukes in its efforts to impose net neutrality mandates on Internet service providers, most recently this past January in the D.C. Circuit's Verizon v. FCC decision. Nonetheless, the agency now is in the midst of yet another rule-making proposing to adopt new net neutrality regulations. But here I want to...

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...