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...

Obamacare and hospital-acquired infections

Kaiser Health News had a very interesting article yesterday basically making the case that...

‘This is not an Education Problem. This is a Government Problem’

The world needs more teachers like Susan Bowles. The kindergarten teacher at Lawton Chiles...

Council's New Bill to Boost Smoking

New York City was the first major city to ban vaping, the use of e-cigarettes, wherever cigarette...

Who Says you Need a Doctor to Fight Ebola?

Perhaps it’s not surprising coming from our first Community Organizer president that the trait the...

Stealing from Competitors is “How Google Works”

Google executives’ saccharine best-selling book: “How Google Works,” predictably ignores and...
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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

Environmental Defense Fund Gets Schooled on Wind Power Costs

Hell hath no fury like crony capitalists having their subsidies challenged. Case in point – the subsidy-dependent wind power industry is in emergency panic and attack mode on the heels of a paper documenting soaring electricity prices in the states most dependent on wind power. Wind power lobbyists frequently claim expensive wind power somehow brings down electricity prices. In February of this...

Nothing Better to Do: Obama Defense Department to Fight Global Warming

Climate Change Weekly #143 While stories of Ebola and ISIS dominated the headlines once again last week, the Obama administration’s Department of Defense announced a potentially more far-reaching, costly, and possibly dangerous public policy decision: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled a comprehensive plan for how the U.S. military will address the effects of climate change. Hagel’s...

Klein Makes a (Fact-Poor) Case for Environmental Socialism: Review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate

Klein Makes a (Fact-Poor) Case for Environmental Socialism Review of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, by Naomi Klein; Simon & Schuster, September 16, 2014, 576 pages; ISBN-10: 1451697384 ISBN-13: 978-1451697384, $22.89 on Amazon. This is one of the strangest books I have ever reviewed. Naomi Klein is an avowed socialist who apparently wants her work to appear on bookshelves...

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

Medicaid Expansion Increases ER Visits

One of the many promised benefits of expanded Medicaid coverage, according to advocates of the Affordable Care Act, was a reduction in emergency room visits. Seeking treatment in the emergency room is typically far more costly than visiting a primary care doctor for treatment. Recent research, however, shows the opposite: Emergency room (ER) use has climbed, instead of fallen, as a result of...

John Kasich Tries to Have It Both Ways on Obamacare

Consumer Power Report #441 When it comes to making the case for Obamacare’s persistence, few Republicans have been as insistent as Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is in a bit of hot water after talking it up recently to the Associated Press: Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he doesn’t think there will be a repeal in Washington, even if Republicans win a Senate majority and consolidate their hold on the...

Medicaid Reform Offers More Compassionate Options for the Poor

Financing for Medicaid, the national entitlement program providing health care for the poor, is shared with the states under a federal formula, with the federal government paying about 60 percent of the total costs. Under President Barack Obama, provided with a rocket boost from Obamacare, spending on Medicaid is exploding. Total future costs to state governments are estimated to exceed the costs...

Taxes

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...

Medicaid Reform Offers More Compassionate Options for the Poor

Financing for Medicaid, the national entitlement program providing health care for the poor, is shared with the states under a federal formula, with the federal government paying about 60 percent of the total costs. Under President Barack Obama, provided with a rocket boost from Obamacare, spending on Medicaid is exploding. Total future costs to state governments are estimated to exceed the costs...

New Study Grades Nation’s Governors on Fiscal Policy

Quantifiably ranking all the fiscal policies of the nation’s governors, the Cato Institute’s recently released “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors” highlights the variety of economic policies of the various states, by grading the nation’s 29 Republican and 21 Democratic governors on their individual tax and spending policies. The annual study, conducted by Director of Tax Policy...

Tech

HBO Streaming Is Good News for All Entertainment Consumers

Acting on plans reported here a month ago, entertainment channel HBO has decided to end its thirty-plus-year dependence on cable and satellite distributors, announcing it will offer an online streaming video service beginning next year. Following a trail blazed by Netflix, Amazon.com, Acorn Media, and others, HBO will offer the service without a cable subscription in an effort to reach the...

Federal Investigators Get Caught 'Catfishing' with Woman’s Seized Pics

Social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter, or online dating sites are sometimes littered with fake profiles of attractive young women, tempting lonely users. Representing themselves with photographs of someone else, such confidence artists sometimes trick unwary Internet users into divulging their personal information, or even their financial information. This kind of scam — nicknamed “...