• Week of March 10, 2014

    On Monday, March 10, Senate Democrats organized a cozy all-night talkathon that lasted until Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol. The talkathon was meant to “wake up Congress to the danger of climate change.” This article featured comments from Heartland Policy Analyst Taylor Smith…READ MORE


    National Review Online: Choosing to Learn
    Joseph L. Bast, Jason Bedrick, Lindsey Burke, Andrew J. Coulson, Robert C. Enlow, Kara Kerwin & Herbert J. Walberg

    The best form of “accountability” for education results is accountability directly to parents.True accountability comes not from top-down regulations but from parents financially empowered to exit schools that fail to meet their child’s needs…READ MORE


    The Release of Part Two of Climate Change Reconsidered II

    The second volume of Climate Change Reconsidered II, addressing plant and animal responses as well as the human impact, will be released in March and April of this year. This book will be the most important development in the global warming discussion in 2014, changing the terms of the debate for years to come. CCR-II allows us to stop debating the science and go directly to the real issues. Your financial support is needed! Please visit giving.heartland.org to make your contribution today. To learn more about this project visitclimatechangereconsidered.org


    How the Global Warming Scare Began
    Jim Lakely, The Heartland Institute

    Heartland friend John Coleman is among the few prominent meteorologists who has not joined his colleagues in perpetuating the public panic over man-caused global warming. He’s brave, influential, and has the backing of his TV station in San Diego, KUSI, to produce videos such as the one at right titled “How the Global Warming Scare Began.”…READ MORE


    In The Road to Serfdom, Hayek showed that government planning was not only an economic disaster, but also a political system of control and management that threatened to bring about the end of human freedom…READ MORE


    Bans on GM Crops a Threat to Economy and Food Supplies
    John Engle, The Heartland Institute

    In order to maintain our own standards of living, and to help the people of the developing world survive at all, we need genetically modified foods. GM foods have no demonstrated downsides and a cornucopia of benefits, and it is astonishing so many liberals want to see them destroyed. Let’s not surrender to scare tactics…READ MORE


    U.S. Wireless Competition Criticism ‘Believe It or Not!’
    Scott Cleland, president, Precursor LLC

    The U.S. wireless industry, with more national facilities-based providers than any nation in the world (4), with four times more wireless investment per subscriber than anywhere else in the world, and with more cutting-edge 4G LTE wireless broadband service available than anywhere else in the world, still has critics trying to claim that the U.S. wireless market is not competitive!…READ MORE 


    Indiana’s Attempt to Replace Common Core Under Fire
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    The first draft of Indiana’s testing and curriculum standards meant to replace Common Core national standards has grassroots activists in arms and educators and business leaders complaining, which has caused Gov. Mike Pence and his staff to slightly delay the rewrite process…READ MORE


    Why is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie trying to punish people who have quit smoking? The governor apparently disapproves of this behavior, as he seeks to apply a tax on e-cigarette sales that would supposedly be equivalent to the excise tax paid by smokers who buy real cigarettes….READ MORE

  • Week of March 3, 2014

    HW-banner2Don’t Forget: Submit Comments TODAY to Support the Keystone XL Pipeline!
    Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute

    On February 5 the Federal Register published a Notice inviting members of the public to comment on whether the Obama Administration should finally approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Today is your last opportunity to cast your vote in favor of U.S. energy security, jobs, and affordable energy…LAST CHANCE TO CAST YOUR VOTE


    The CPAC global warming panel taking place today in Washington, D.C. ‘What’s the Deal with Global Warming?’ ‘An Al Gore fever dream? Real but with caveats? Real but irrelevant?’ Location: Chesapeake D-F – Joe Bast, – Steve Milloy – Marc Morano – Dr. Marlo Lewis – George Landrith – Shannon Smith

    Please visit Heartland’s booth for free literature and an opportunity to network with other allies and friends.


    The CCR-II, is planned to be released in March and April of this year. This book will be the most important development in the global warming debate in 2014, changing the terms of the debate for years to come. The CCR-II allows us to top debating the science and go directly to what the real issues. Your financial support is needed! Please visit giving.heartland.org to make your contribution today. To learn more about this project visit climatechangereconsidered.org


    Heartland’s Archives Now Available at the Hoover Institute

    The Hoover Archives is now the home of The Heartland Institute collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive libraries of antiregulation and free-market issuances in the United States. Since its founding in 1984. Heartland has carefully gathered and organized newsletters, annual reports, and other serial publications from a wide array of conservative and libertarian think tanks at the state, national, and international levels.This collection—totaling 93 linear feet—is now open and available for research…READ MORE


    Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore told the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works there is no scientific evidence that humans are the primary cause of recent global warming. Moore also noted global warming is occurring at a modest pace and does not seriously threaten human welfare regardless of its cause.


    Heartland Institute Experts: Chicago Must Address Debt Crisis Now
    Steve Stanek, Gary Wolfram, David Littmann, and Nicholas Lash

    Moody’s, a major bond rating agency, announced this week it is downgrading Chicago’s debt to Baa1, just three ticks above “junk” status. According to Moody’s, the downgrade is meant to reflect the growing chasm of liabilities created by the city’s debt financing policies. Moody’s stated the future outlook for Chicago is negative…EXPERTS’ COMMENTS


    Nearly half the land of the western United States is owned by the federal government, including 82 percent of Nevada, 68 percent of Alaska, 64 percent of Utah, 63 percent of Idaho, 61 percent of California, 49 percent of Wyoming, and 48 percent of Oregon. By contrast, the federal government owns only about 7 percent of the land in states east of Colorado…READ MORE


    Obama Budget Heavy On Taxes and Spending, Light on Reform
    Steve Stanek, The Heartland Institute

    One trillion dollars in additional tax revenue over the next 10 years, fewer tax deductions and exemptions, and stricter enforcement of the nation’s tax laws are revenue-related centerpieces of President Barack Obama’s budget proposal…READ MORE


    Research & Commentary: Chip-and-PIN Mandate
    Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute

    Chip-and-PIN cards, also known as EMV cards (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) use an embedded microchip and personal PIN to complete a credit transaction. Chip-and-PIN cards are more secure than magnetic stripe cards, but they are more expensive—each card costs a few dollars to produce, whereas magnetic strip cards cost only a few cents…READ MORE


    Video: Honest College Commercial
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    Charles Murray has argued that pushing everyone towards college creates a nation divided among class lines, besides wasting many students’ time and money…READ MORE


    Utah Tries Online Preschool, Mulls Expansion
    Bruce Edward Walker, The Heartland Institute

    Utah legislators are debating whether to expand the state’s digital UPSTART preschool program or allocate more funding for traditional pre-kindergarten classroom education. At issue is how digital learning compares to children who attend preschool in person…READ MORE

     

  • Week of February 24, 2014

    HW-banner2Forbes: John Kerry Sinks to Climate McCarthyism
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sunk to climate McCarthyism last week, calling scientists at NASA, NOAA, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, and other prestigious research institutions “shoddy scientists” and members of “the Flat Earth Society” because they don’t agree with Kerry and President Barack Obama on global warming issues.


    Submit Comments Now to Support the Keystone XL Pipeline!
    Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute

    On February 5 the Federal Register published a Notice inviting members of the public to comment on whether the Obama Administration should finally approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Eight more days left to cast a vote in favor of U.S. energy security, jobs, and affordable energy…TAKE ACTION NOW


    A newly published paper by the American Wind Energy Association illustrates that electricity prices are rising more than four times the national average in nine of the 11 states with the most wind power consumption…READ MORE


    Research & Commentary:Should Kentucky Increase Its Minimum Wage?
    Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute

    Kentucky legislators are now considering a bill, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, that would increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over a three-year period. Kentucky’s current minimum wage is equal to the federal minimum wage and competitive with all of its neighboring states…READ MORE


    Research & Commentary:The Limitations of Solar Power
    Taylor Smith, The Heartland Institute

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, enough energy from the sun hits Earth every hour to power the planet for an entire year. In addition to harnessing this remarkable amount of energy, solar power has no emissions, no moving parts, and doesn’t make any noise…READ MORE


    Over the past five years, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have emerged as a popular alternative for smokers looking to quit or substantially reduce their cigarette use. Smoke-free, tobacco-free, and often nicotine-free, e-cigarettes are seen by many in the public health community as far safer than traditional combustible cigarettes and the best fesible option to help get smokers to quit voluntarily. As the use of e-cigarettes has grown, state and local governments across the nation have begun efforts to regulate and tax these products…READ MORE


    Survey: Not All Teachers Toe the Party Line
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    AAE surveys its members every year and supports only policies a significant majority endorse. The 2014 survey found 59 percent support Milwaukee’s voucher program, 72 percent support Arizona’s education savings accounts, and 69 percent believe national Common Core standards will have no or an adverse effect on students…READ MORE

  • Week of February 17, 2014

    HW-banner2Submit Comments Now to Support the Keystone XL Pipeline!
    Joseph Bast, The Heartland Institute

    On February 5 the Federal Register published a Notice inviting members of the public to comment on whether the Obama Administration should finally approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    This is your chance to cast a vote in favor of U.S. energy security, jobs, and affordable energy…READ MORE


    Tokyo received 10 inches of snow on the morning of February 15, the

    largest amount of snowfall the city has seen since the global cooling scare of the early 1970s. The historic snowfall debunks, yet again, global warming activists’ assertions that this year’s unusually fierce winter is merely a North American phenomenon…READ MORE


    Policy Brief: A Better Medicare for Seniors and Taxpayers
    Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute

    Of all the entitlement programs in the U.S. requiring reform, Medicare - the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 and older – presents the most difficult problem of all. In a new Policy Brief Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara describes two opposing approaches to addressing the Medicare crisis…READ MORE


    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Policy Advisor Richard Ebeling describes how the war released all the “demons” that brought so much horror to the twentieth tcentury under the rise of collectivism and the fall of classical liberalism…READ MORE


    But this year have been brutal -, as if I moved to Winnipeg, not Chicago. As you’re reading this on the morning of February 17, Chicago is getting another six inches of snow. That wouldn’t be so bad except for the 60 inches of snow that has alread fallen ..READ MORE


    The Other Union Ruining Schools
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    Research Fellow Joy Pullmann responds to a public campaign against teacher unions that blames them and their political allies for the devastating lack of progress in inner-city public schools by arguing the lack of parental unions in such areas is also fair game. Citing studies that show students with married parents achieve greater success, Pullmann says it’s unfair not to acknowledge the lack of stable families when discussing who’s to blame for the plight of inner-city public school students…READ MORE


    John Kerry’s Climate McCarthyism Demeans Science
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute

    John Kerry and his fellow political kingpins may believe climate McCarthyism will score points with global warming zealots and a compliant media, but real scientists and most of the general public are not buying it…READ MORE


    Truth and Consequences for Krugman, and Keynes, and Obama
    Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute

    President Reagan explicitly left Keynesian economics for dead more than 30 years ago, after the disastorous Keynesian policies of the 1970s ended in double-digit inflation, double-digit unemployment and double-digit interest rates. Obama’s greatest failure has been to bring it back, and now he and his supporters must answer for it…READ MORE 


    The Future Is What You Make of It

    Have you thought about naming The Heartland Institute in your will? Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.

    Who will be the guardian of my dependent children?

    Who will have the power to manage my finances?

    Who will make my health care decisions?

    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.


    Consumer Power Report
    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute

    The weekly Consumer Power Report offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech, who summarizes, with source citations, several top health care stories for the week. READ MORE


    Climate Change Weekly
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute

    Taylor writes a weekly e-newsletter for Heartland titled Climate Change Weekly, which reports on current stories regarding the reality of climate change… READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    Pullmann writes a weekly e-newsletter for Heartland titled School Choice Weekly, which 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


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

     

  • Week of February 10, 2014

    Cartoonists John Deering and John Newcombe are obviously not shy about puncturing politically correct bromides. Here is one of their recent Zack Hill strips that is very timely considering the winter storm that just socked the East Coast.


    Kansas Emerging Energy Issues Forum
    John Nothdurft, The Heartland Institute

    Heartland hosted an Emerging Energy Issues Forum in Topeka, Kansas on February 13 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. State legislators and civic and business leaders heard prominent policy experts from Kansas and around the country, including Heartland’s James M. Taylor and Isaac Orr, address the state’s most important energy issues…READ MORE


    Top 13 Health Scares in 2013
    The American Council on Science and Health

    On January 29, the American Counicl on Science and Health posted the top 13 unfounded health scares in 2013. The countdown began with acrylamide foods, to foods you should never eat, fracking (hydraulic fracturing), artificial sweeteners that make people fat, and many more…READ MORE 


    On February 13, Heartland senior fellow for environment issues, James M. Taylor, testified to the Kansas House Energy & Environment Committee on a resolution to oppose President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan…READ MORE


    Heartland Institute Experts React to Comcast Purchase of Time Warner Cable
    Ronald D. Rotunda, S.T. Karnick, and Seton Motley, The Heartland Institute

    Comcast announced on February 13 it has reached a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable via a $45.2 billion stock buy. If the move is approved by federal regulators, it will make Comcast the nation’s largest cable and broadband provider with more than 30 million customers…READ MORE


    The annual convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) started February 14 in Chicago. The Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental activist group masquerading as a legitimate scientific organization, will be at the convention but should not be…READ MORE


    U.S. Congressmen Condemn Federal Common Core Influence
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    Illinois Rep. Randy Hultgren is one of the 43 cosponsors of a House resolution condemning the Obama administration’s entanglement in national Common Core K-12 mandates….READ MORE

    “Common Core is not the state-led effort it was advertised as,” he says. “Ultimately, the Common Core threatens the control of local communities and parents over their children’s education.”


    Research & Commentary: Illinois Corporate Income Tax Reform
    Matthew Glans, The Heartland Institute

    Illinois’ corporate income tax rate of 9.5 percent is higher than those of many of its neighbors – only Minnesota and Iowa have higher corporate tax rates. This puts Illinois at a competitive disadvantage and makes it more difficult for the state to attract new or expanding businesses…READ MORE 


    Have you thought about naming The Heartland Institute in your will? Planning is one way to create a secure future for you and your loved ones. With a good plan, you can rest easy knowing your family will be well cared for and your property will pass to your intended beneficiaries.

    Who will be the guardian of my dependent children?

    Who will have the power to manage my finances?

    Who will make my health care decisions?

    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.


    Consumer Power Report
    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute

    The weekly Consumer Power Report offers a brief analysis by Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech, who summarizes, with source citations, several top health care stories for the week. READ MORE


    Climate Change Weekly
    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute

    Taylor writes a weekly e-newsletter for Heartland titled Climate Change Weekly, which reports on current stories regarding the reality of climate change… READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute

    Pullmann writes a weekly e-newsletter for Heartland titled School Choice Weekly, which 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


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