• Week of September 2, 2014

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    The Heartland Institute’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Dinner is just around the corner! It will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Cotillion, 630 South Creekside Drive in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s dinner features Michelle Malkin, Joe Walsh, and a tribute to M. Stanton Evans. Ticket and table prices are the lowest they’ve been since 1984! To register for this event please contact Gwendalyn Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org. You may also visit benefit.heartland.org for more information ... I WANT TO REGISTER

    Experts Question Gov. Quinn’s Railway Spending Projecttrainyard
    Brady Cremeens, Illinois News Network
    The multimillion-dollar investment will be used to build a second set of tracks between Mazonia and Elwood, and a new Kankakee River bridge deemed necessary to meet the demands of increased capacity, according to the governor’s press release. Passenger trains currently travel at 110 mph between Dwight and Pontiac. By the end of 2015, the trip duration between Chicago and St. Louis will be reduced to five hours, from the current five and a half hours. When all of the improvements are finished in 2017, the trip will be reduced even further, to four and a half hours. …
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    Why Does the College Board Hate George Washington and MLK?MLK
    Larry Krieger, Jane Robbins
    What does the College Board have against George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr? Although these men are two of America’s greatest heroes, the College Board’s “redesigned” Advanced Placement U. S. History (APUSH) Framework shoves them aside. Washington’s contribution is limited to a sentence fragment referencing his Farewell Address. King fares even worse—the Framework completely omits the nation’s greatest civil rights leader. … 
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    Has Obamacare Poisoned the Well for All Health Policy Reforms?Domenech, Ben
    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    You could assume the continued unpopularity of Obamacare would play to Republicans’ advantage within the battle over health care policy, and that’s certainly correct at the moment. The fact that a Democratic Senator touting his support for Obamacare (albeit without naming which law he voted for) is national news is an indication of that. Had the politics of the Affordable Care Act played out as most Democrats anticipated, every candidate up for re-election would be loudly trumpeting their support for it. So in the short term, the law plays into …
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    Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion “Waiver” Strikes Bad Deal for Pennsylvaniansbaddeal
    Kristina Ribali, The Foundation for Government Accountability
    Even before expansion, the Medicaid program in Pennsylvania was projected to cost taxpayers $40.9 billion per year by 2022.  This is over a 70 percent increase, up from $24 billion today. That number will increase at least another $20 billion. There is very little research or data yet on the budget neutrality of the deal, and unfortunately that means the only information we have is “the feds” telling us that it will be so. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has repeatedly stated that the budget-neutrality provision is faulty, and has led to billions more being spent on Medicaid than projected. … 
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    Global Warming Democrats Invite Election Backlashal_gore_and_bono_wikipedia_2_1
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer – who ironically made his fortune by bankrolling coal projects – is spearheading a $100 million effort to produce and air campaign ads targeting Republicans who will not sign on to global warming alarmism. There has been little Republican pushback as yet, but the recent polling data appear to offer an opportunity to turn on its head the Democratic narrative that Republicans are out of touch on global warming. Six years after the 2008 elections, the economy continues to be stuck in neutral, at best. Obamacare failed to deliver …
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    AmazonSmile.com: A Great Way to Support The Heartland Institute
    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to The Heartland Institute! READ MORE


    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made or volunteer hours donated by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute! READ MORE

    Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make.

    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    And consider attending our planned giving seminar on Friday, September 12. For more information, click HERE.


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    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Senior Fellow James M. Taylor writes Climate Change Weekly, a weekly e-newsletter reporting the latest news regarding the reality of climate change. … READ MORE

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week. …  READ MORE

    President Obama Plotting End Run Around Senate to Get Climate Deal

    H. Sterling Burnett, National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
    It is virtually certain the Senate will not ratify any new international climate change agreement, especially if it includes legally binding U.S. greenhouse gas emission reductions. Therefore, the Obama administration is shaping what it hopes will be a “politically binding” agreement. The administration will attempt to tack on to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), a treaty President George H.W. Bush signed and the Senate ratified in 1992. Obama hopes to have his addendum to the 1992 treaty ready to present for signatures at the next United Nations climate meeting in Paris in 2015.
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    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens. … READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). ... READ MORE

    The Heartland Institute offers free email subscriptions to all of its newsletters and public policy newspapers.SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscribe at iTunes to get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced! Just search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store…LISTEN HERE

    The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. We can’t accomplish these important goals without your help. Support free-market solutions by making a tax-deductible donation to The Heartland Institute today. 
  • Week of August 25, 2014

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    How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will ListenJoe Bast speaking at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change in July 2014.
    Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute
    An essay in the current issue of The Atlantic purports to instruct readers on “How to Talk About Climate So People Will Listen.” The author, Charles C. Mann, tries to cut a path between the two warring tribes in the global warming debate, the Alarmists and the Skeptics. He fails, rather spectacularly I think. READ MORE

    Buy Your Tickets or Table Now!
    The Heartland Institute’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Dinner will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Cotillion, 630 South Creekside Drive in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s dinner features Michelle Malkin, Joe Walsh, and a tribute to M. Stanton Evans. Ticket and table prices are the lowest they’ve been since 1984! To register for this event, please contact Gwendalyn Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org. You may also visit benefit.heartland.org for more information … I WANT TO REGISTER

    Burger King’s Migration Highlights Flaws in U.S. Corporate Tax Policy
    William McBride, Tax Foundation
    Burger King’s announcement that it will move its headquarters to Canada has put the spotlight on that country’s tax system. However, the tax benefits of doing business in Canada, as opposed to doing business in the U.S., are not well-known. First, Canada has a much lower corporate tax rate: 15 percent at the federal level plus another 11 percent on average from provincial corporate taxes. Compare that to the U.S. federal corporate tax rate of 35 percent, plus an average state corporate tax rate of about 4 percent. READ MORE

    A Common-Sense Approach to Common Core, Part II: Third-Grade Fractions
    Barry Garelick, U.S. Coalition for World Class Math
    On top of so-called neutrality, throw in Common Core’s Standards for Mathematical Practice, which require students to “explain” and “understand,” and the perfect storm exists to institutionalize the problems. In exchange, we get some expectations of  “procedural fluency” that will not be defined until we see the actual tests. People have also asked: “If reform math techniques are being followed (and enforced) and the test-makers are essentially testing to the teach (my phrase, not the readers’), why then would anyone want to follow the alternative approaches you have been writing about here?” It’s a valid question.
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    Academics Must Take Skeptics SeriouslyCCR2b-page-art
    Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute
    An article published in the September, 2014 issue of Geoforum, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Elsevier, reports 90.79% of source citations in the first volume of Heartland’s Climate Change Reconsidered series were to peer-reviewed journals, a higher percentage than was the case with the United Nations’ IPCC Third and Fourth Assessment Reports. This is a dramatic vindication of our efforts.
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    Oklahoma Lawsuit Muddles Tax Hikes, Tax Cuts
    Trent England, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
    In 1992, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 640 to add a taxpayer-protection provision to the State Constitution. The constitutional amendment was a direct response from citizens following tax and spending increases enacted prior to SQ 640’s adoption by voters. Everyone — supporters and opponents alike — understood the provision would make it harder to raise taxes. That was the point. That is what a plain reading of the law says. That is what voters approved at the ballot box 22 years ago.
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    AmazonSmile.com: A Great Way to Support The Heartland Institute
    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to The Heartland Institute! READ MORE


    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made or volunteer hours donated by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute! READ MORE

    Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make.

    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    And consider attending our planned giving seminar on Friday, September 12. For more information, click HERE.


    Climate Change Weekly
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Senior Fellow James M. Taylor writes Climate Change Weekly, a weekly e-newsletter reporting the latest news regarding the reality of climate change. … READ MORE

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week. READ MORE

    Can Post-Obamacare Reform Be Exchange-Based?
    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    Is it possible to co-opt Obamacare’s endorsement of exchanges to achieve free market reforms? Philip Klein is skeptical of Avik Roy’s approach: Assessing Roy’s plan from a free market perspective requires first deciding what it should be compared against. The plan concedes a lot of ground to the left when it comes to emphasizing universal health insurance and maintaining key regulations, and it would spend more on subsidizing health insurance in the individual market than the system that existed prior to…
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    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens. …READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). ...READ MORE

    The Heartland Institute offers free email subscriptions to all of its newsletters and public policy newspapers.SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscribe at iTunes to get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced! Just search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store…LISTEN HERE

    The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. We can’t accomplish these important goals without your help. Support free-market solutions by making a tax-deductible donation to The Heartland Institute today. 
  • Week of August 18, 2014

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    Medicaid’s Financing Merry-Go-Round
    John R. Graham, The Independent Institute
    Hospitals, which lobby consistently for expanded Medicaid dependency, are part of the problem. They long ago figured out that if they lobbied states to tax them, more than enough money would flow back to the hospital. It works like this: The state taxes the hospital, the money recycles back to the hospital in Medicaid payments, and it picks up federal dollars on the way back. Hospitals are the only businesses that lobby for tax increases on themselves! A new report from the Government Accountability Office has quantified how much this drives up Medicaid costs: From about $10 billion in 2008, these “provider taxes” rose to about $19 billion in 2012. GAO’s conclusion:..
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    The More They Know, the Less They Like Common Core
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    The annual Education Next survey out this week found support for Common Core at a bare majority, 53 percent, sharply down from 65 percent support last year. Its most significant finding, however, may be the 30-point drop in support for Common Core among teachers, from 76 percent last year to 46 percent this year. That’s huge. There’s almost been a near-quadrupling of opposition among teachers, from 12 to 40 percent. The two polls also found a contradiction within American ideas about education control. The EdNext poll found that,…
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    Buy Your Tickets or Table Now!
    The Heartland Institute’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Dinner will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Cotillion, 630 South Creekside Drive in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s dinner features Michelle Malkin, Joe Walsh, and a tribute to M. Stanton Evans. Ticket and table prices are the lowest they’ve been since 1984! To register for this event please contact Gwendalyn Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email atgcarver@heartland.org. You may also visit benefit.heartland.org for more information … I WANT TO REGISTER

    Recasting the EPA: Devolving power to the states
    Jay Lehr, The Heartland Institute
    A leading groundwater scientist who urged Congress to create the Environmental Protection Agency and pass landmark laws including the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act in the 1970s says liberal activists have so perverted the EPA that it should be replaced. In a new report, Jay Lehr, science director at The Heartland Institute ( heartland.org ), writes that since the liberal takeover of the EPA began around 1981, “not a single environmental law or regulation has been passed that benefitted either the environment or society.” And with EPA rules accounting for about half the $2 trillion annual cost of federal regulatory compliance and President Obama using the EPA
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    Don’t Assume the ‘Unseen’ Does not Exist
    Gary M. Galles, Pepperdine University
    If government spending is paid for from current taxation, those forced to bear the burdens will take-home less purchasing power, which will adversely affect their demand for goods and services. If paid for by way of newly created money, the tax just takes a different form. If “paid for” with increased government deficits, the borrowing will leave less to fund investment. Because deficits also imply higher future taxes, whether to pay off or continue to fund the increased debt, they also crowd out future investment and consumption possibilities. Assuming that these other things will be equal when they cannot be, guarantees inaccurate analysis.
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    Obamacare and the Aims of Progressivism
    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    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:
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    AmazonSmile.com: A Great Way to Support The Heartland Institute
    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion on the purchase price to The Heartland Institute! READ MORE


    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made or volunteer hours donated by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute! READ MORE

    Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance man
    good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make.


    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    And consider attending our planned giving seminar on Friday, September 12. For more information, click HERE.


    Climate Change Weekly
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Senior Fellow James M. Taylor writes Climate Change Weekly, a weekly e-newsletter reporting the latest news regarding the reality of climate change. … READ MORE

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week. READ MORE

    The New York Times Has Zero Idea How the Internet Works – Or Is Lying Its Masthead Off
    Seton Motley, Less Government
    The New York Times’ utterly ridiculous editorial board recently as one addressed Title II Internet regulatory reclassification and network neutrality – and they did so in utterly ridiculous fashion. They either have absolutely no idea what any of this is – or they are lying through their printing presses. The Times calls for the federal government to illegally commandeer control of the entirety of the World Wide Web
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    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens. …READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). ...READ MORE

    The Heartland Institute offers free email subscriptions to all of its newsletters and public policy newspapers.SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscribe at iTunes to get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced! Just search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store…LISTEN HERE

    The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. We can’t accomplish these important goals without your help. Support free-market solutions by making a tax-deductible donation to The Heartland Institute today. 
  • Week of August 11, 2014

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    Finally, We’ve Begun Working for Ourselves Instead of for GovernmentFinally, We’ve Begun Working for Ourselves Instead of for Government
    Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute
    Earlier this year the Competitive Enterprise Institute released its annual “Ten Thousand Commandments” report, which looks at federal regulatory compliance costs. Report author Wayne Crews conservatively put the cost at $1.8 trillion for 2013. That cost is 50 percent as much as the 2013 federal budget of $3.45 trillion. Crews noted the Federal Register, which contains federal regulations, topped 79,000 pages in 2013. He estimated the costs of federal regulations reached nearly $15,000 per household. “This exceeds every item in the household budget except housing–more than … Read More

    Michigan Residents Approve Pro-Growth Tax Cut
    Ted O’Neil, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
    Michigan voters were asked “to certify a $500 million reduction in an economically inefficient tax,” said James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. “Taxing equipment and machinery discourages expansion and growth.” He added, “Proposal 1 was very unique because it had no formal opposition. And it was a remarkably clean initiative–it cut personal property taxes in strategic ways to improve the economy. Local governments that normally would have been on the losing end came out even with reimbursement from the state. And unlike Illinois and Ohio, Michigan is reducing its business tax burden without replacement.” READ MORE

    Buy Your Tickets or Table Now!
    The Heartland Institute’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Dinner will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Cotillion, 630 South Creekside Drive in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s dinner features Michelle Malkin, Joe Walsh, and a tribute to M. Stanton Evans. Ticket and table prices are the lowest they’ve been since 1984! To register for this event please contact Gwendalyn Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org. You may also visit benefit.heartland.org For more information … I WANT TO REGISTER

    North Carolina Lawmakers Allow Waiting Kids to Enter Choice Program
    Mary C. Tillotson, Watchdog.org
    Waiting for the initial school choice law to pass in North Carolina last year was a nailbiter, said Kena Cooper, and waiting to see if her son Keenan–one of 4,200 qualified applicants in a lottery for about 2,400 seats–received a scholarship was “nerve-wracking.” She wasn’t done praying when he was awarded his scholarship. “I was like, ‘God, I thank you,’” she said. “I prayed that the other parents that didn’t get picked, that extra money would be available for them to get picked, because as passionate as I am, they are, too.” The original law provided $10 million for scholarships to help students from low-income families attend private schools. After the program proved extremely popular and a lawsuit put a hold on the program for two months, … READ MORE

    EPA Blames Texas for Illinois Air Pollution         H. Sterling Burnett, Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is blaming power plants in Texas for Illinois air pollution and is using the accusation to justify restrictions on Texas power plants. EPA claims its cross-state pollution rule, intended to protect communities in one state from pollution drifting from other states, justifies placing restrictions on Texas power plants EPA claims are polluting Granite City, Illinois … READ MORE

    A New Plan to Replace Obamacare
    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    Avik Roy presents a recipe for reform even in a situation where Obamacare’s structure endures. But it does not accept Obamacare’s permanence; instead, Roy is outlining a plan that dramatically shifts Obamacare’s effects; eliminates the individual and employer mandates; essentially transforms the Medicaid expansion in favor of private coverage; repeals all but the Cadillac Tax of Obamacare; and shifts power and authority to the states. The full plan is here, and here are his five major points: … READ MORE

    AmazonSmile.com: A Great Way to Support The Heartland Institute
    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to The Heartland Institute!… READ MORE


    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made or volunteer hours donated by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute!…READ MORE

    Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make.

    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week...READ MORE

    Internet Peering Doesn’t Need Fixing

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute

    The old adage is true here; “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” The Internet peering marketplace works exceptionally well and it has for its entire 20-year history. The unparalleled success, growth, and resiliency of the unregulated model for the Internet backbone peering marketplace has been nothing short of phenomenal in enabling and ensuring everyone reasonable access to the Internet. Inter-networked computer networks are effectively the opposite of railroad, electricity, and telephone networks; trying to impose telephone interconnection rules on IP inter-networking is akin to forcing a square peg into a round hole. It predictably breaks both the peg and the hole … READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute                    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens…READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)...READ MORE

    The Heartland Institute offers free email subscriptions to all of its newsletters and public policy newspapers…SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscribe at iTunes to get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced! Just search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store…LISTEN HERE

    The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. We can’t accomplish these important goals without your help. Support free-market solutions by making a tax-deductible donation to The Heartland Institute today. 
  • Week of August 4, 2014

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    New Policy Brief: Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency
    Jay Lehr, Ph.D., The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr has presented a bold plan to replace the United States Environmental Protection Agency with a Committee of the Whole of the 50 state environmental protection agencies utilizing a phased five-year transition period…
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    Sorry, Alarmists, Lies and Insults Don’t Change Cooling Trend
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Senior Fellow James M. Taylor is lighting up the Internet (again) with a Forbes column that demolishes alarmist efforts to claim “global warming” is causing bad weather, floods, and more by clearly explaining how there has BEEN NO WARMING since satellites began accurate measurement of the global temperature. Drudge linked to his article, and naturally the left is going crazy!
    READ IT HERE

    Buy Your Tickets or Table Now!
    The Heartland Institute’s 30th Anniversary Benefit Dinner will be held Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Cotillion, 630 South Creekside Drive in Palatine, Illinois. This year’s dinner features Michelle Malkin, Joe Walsh, and a tribute to M. Stanton Evans. Ticket and table prices are the lowest they’ve been since 1984! To register for this event please contact Gwendalyn Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org. You may also visit benefit.heartland.org for more information…I WANT TO REGISTER

    How Wall Street Tobacco Deals Left States with Billions in Toxic Debt
    Cezary Podkul, ProPublica
    In November 1998, attorneys general from across the country sealed a historic deal with the tobacco industry to pay more than $200 billion in just the first 25 years of a legal settlement that required payments to be made in perpetuity. Greedy state politicians could not resist the temptation to sell to investors the right to some or all of their tobacco payments in return for cash up front. Those deals are coming back to bite the states…READ MORE

    How Online Education Can Work for Special-Needs Children
    Kate Patrick, writes from Cincinnati, Ohio
    Presence Learning is a company offering online speech and occupational therapy for kids in grades K–12. A shortage of speech therapists prompted the company to emerge about five years ago, said Vice President of Marketing Katie Povejsil…READ MORE

    Government “Help” Makes Nutrition Worse: Fats
    Edmund Contoski, The Heartland Institute
    The alarming myth about the supposed negative health effects of fat was originated by Dr. Ancel Keys, for which he was even honored by being on the cover of Time magazine in 1961. That was the year he landed a position on the nutrition committee of the American Heart Association, the same year the AHA issued the first guidelines targeting saturated fats. Keys violated several scientific norms in his research, but some of these weren’t revealed until… READ MORE

    AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to The Heartland Institute!…READ MORE


    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made or volunteer hours donated by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Help make a difference, double your donation to The Heartland Institute!…READ MORE

    Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make.
    To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.

    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    The Consumer Power Report, a weekly e-newsletter, offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech and summaries, with source citations, of the top health care stories for the week...READ MORE

    Scott Cleland, President, Precursor LLC
    In the past few months, both the U.S. Supreme Court and European authorities have made decisions that strengthen individuals’ right to privacy. As a result, they’ve also exposed and heightened Google’s massive privacy liabilities. Contrary to tech-driven conventional wisdom, privacy is not dead. It’s being resurrected by SCOTUS in the U.S. and by various authorities in the EU. This post-Snowden change is real and profound…. READ MORE

    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    In the School Choice Weekly e-newsletter, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Joy Pullmann sifts the education news so you don’t have to, bringing you the most accurate, timely, and important news, research, and commentary about the schools that educate U.S. citizens…READ MORE

    New research on climate change is summarized in NIPCC Update, a weekly e-newsletter edited by Heartland Senior Fellow Craig Idso, Ph.D. and produced by Heartland and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)...READ MORE

    The Heartland Institute offers free email subscriptions to all of its newsletters and public policy newspapers…SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscribe at iTunes to get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced! Just search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store…LISTEN HERE

    The mission of The Heartland Institute is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. We can’t accomplish these important goals without your help. Support free-market solutions by making a tax-deductible donation to The Heartland Institute today.