• Week of August 17, 2015

    HeartlandWeekly

    H. Sterling Burnett, American Spectator
    The environmental disaster caused by the Environmental Protection Agency at Gold King Mine in Colorado may actually benefit the agency. While a private company that spilled three million gallons of toxic sludge into a major waterway would be gearing up for criminal investigations, EPA is more likely to use the disaster to push for building a treatment plant that would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. READ MORE


    Gene Koprowski, Somewhat Reasonable
    The Heartland Institute and other free-market groups have been calling for a set of health care policy reforms that economist and policy pioneer John Goodman once called “Patient Power.” These policies include a refundable tax credit to purchase health insurance, allowing consumers to purchase insurance across state lines, and expanding health savings accounts (HSAs). Now, some 30 years after the plan was first presented, leading candidates for the Republican nomination for president are embracing key parts of that plan. Time for a victory lap! READ MORE


    Jesse Hathaway, Townhall
    “It may be too late for Puerto Rico, the ‘Island of Enchantment,’ but similar high-tax, high-regulation states still have time to avert disaster if they stop treating taxpayers like ATMs and start enacting pro-taxpayer, pro-growth reforms. If they don’t change their ways soon, the result will not be enchantment, but fiscal ruin.”  READ MORE


    The Heartland Institute is sending a “truth squad” of elected officials, energy policy experts, and members of minority communities to Las Vegas to steal some thunder from President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, and their taxpayer-subsidized alternative energy cronies. Clean Energy Summit 8.0 – a political event organized by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid featuring a presentation by President Barack Obama – will be closely monitored, critiqued, and protested by Heartland and its allies. READ MORE


    Mischa Popoff, author and Heartland policy advisor, joins Environment & Climate NewsManaging Editor H. Sterling Burnett to talk about his history as an organic farmer and his time as a government organic food inspector. Popoff explains why he abandoned the organic movement and why organic farmers should embrace GMO foods rather than fight against them. LISTEN TO MORE
     



    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) was another huge success. You can watch the entire conference online at climateconference.heartland.org. Watch the full panels composed of some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts as well as keynote addresses by Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, and author Mark Steyn. SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!


    Isaac Orr, Townhall
    U.S. households are saving hundreds of dollars a year because natural gas prices are low, but that’s about to change. A study by NERA Economic Consulting has found new regulations on power plants mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) will increase natural gas prices to 2007 levels, virtually guaranteeing these savings will soon be wiped out. READ MORE


    Kenneth Artz, Times and Democrat
    Many people question the wisdom of President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba, but even misguided policies sometimes produce positive unintended consequences. Low-priced Cuban medical treatment has spurred medical tourism from Canada and Western Europe, and now Americans may follow suit. While there are significant shortcomings and risks involved, the increased competition and choice should benefit some patients and perhaps taxpayers, too.  READ MORE


    Matthew Glans, Research & Commentary
    The impressive growth of the craft brewing industry has occurred despite myriad local, state, and national laws that create barriers to new entry and expansion. Many of these regulations are decades-old and ill-suited for modern markets. Many of the restrictions serve to protect from competition the larger brewers who have the resources to manage the bureaucracy more effectively than craft brewers can. READ MORE


    Liberal commentators often excuse the Obama administration’s poor economic growth record by claiming the days of more rapid economic growth are behind us. Really?  Heartland Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara, author of a new book on entitlement reform titled Power to the People, joined The Larry Kudlow Show to discuss the factors and policies that stunt the growth of the American economy and how they can be changed. Economic growth, Ferrara says, is the key to solving many of the nation’s problems, including the pending entitlement crisis. LISTEN TO MORE


    Heather Kays, The Heartlander
    “The defenders of the traditional public school system often claim that it is superior to choice-based systems for delivering education, because the public school system is more responsive to citizens,” said Patrick Wolf, a professor of education policy at the University of Arkansas. “Isn’t it strange that when citizens actually try to influence the public school system, through the parent trigger process, the supposedly democratic traditional public school system decries and seeks to undermine their efforts?” READ MORE


    Kenneth Artz, The Heartlander
    Less than two years after Obamacare went into effect, the number of uninsured people has declined by 16.3 percent. The decline started before Obamacare could have been responsible for it, and much of the rest is due to the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid. “That would seem to be a good thing, except Medicaid is lousy coverage,” said Heartland Senior Fellow Greg Scandlen. “Most doctors don’t accept Medicaid patients, because the government’s rate of payment is so low.” READ MORE


    Heartland Staff
    The Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Roman Catholic Church held a workshop on global warming on April 28, 2015 at the Vatican. The Heartland Institute sent a delegation of climate scientists and other experts to tell Pope Francis: Global warming is not a crisis! The result was astonishing: global press coverage of our presence in Rome, a robust debate within the Church about the roles of science, ideology, and concern for the poor. We created a website with dozens of links to videos, news releases, and articles generated by our trip to Rome. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. 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. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of August 10, 2015

    HeartlandWeekly

    Please join The Heartland Institute in Dallas onWednesday, August 26 to celebrate the launch of our new constitutional reform program. Some of the nation’s top pro-liberty advocates are joining us, including former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and former Rep. Allen West (R-FL). Learn how constitutional reform can prevent another left-wing assault on our personal liberties! The event is free of charge to attend.  READ MORE


    Emily Zanotti, Somewhat Reasonable
    The Environmental Protection Agency, while attempting to collect wastewater, released an estimated 3 million gallons of “acidic, yellowish” discharge into the Animas River. EPA has not only claimed responsibility for the spill but is admitting to a slow response as well. EPA says the spill was far faster and far larger than initially assumed.  READ MORE


    We’ve finally finished our move from downtown Chicago to suburban Arlington Heights, so it’s time to celebrate! An all-day program for Heartland donors featuring Heartland staff and senior fellows takes place on Friday, August 21 – call Tonya Houston at 312/377-4000 or email her at THouston@heartland.org for more information – and an open house for friends, allies, and new neighbors takes place on Saturday, August 22. Hope to see you there! READ MORE


    Dan Kish, vice president of policy at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), joins Environment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett to talk about President Barack Obama’s recently released Clean Power Plan. Burnett and Kish discuss how the carbon emission cuts mandated by the plan will result in higher energy costs while having no real benefit for the climate.  LISTEN TO MORE
     



    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) was another huge success. You can watch the entire conference online at climateconference.heartland.org. Watch the full panels composed of some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts as well as keynote addresses by Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, and author Mark Steyn. SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!


    Heather Kays, Providence Journal
    Teachers unions should not have greater power over education than parents, taxpayers, policymakers, and teachers, but they do. States must reform their laws so ineffective teachers can be removed, effective teachers can stay, and teachers have a real choice as to whether they want to join a union. Here are the top five reasons teachers unions must change.  READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartlander
    A new report by researchers at Utah State University shows the true cost of wind-generated energy is much higher than previously thought. The report attempts to take all cost factors into account, including government subsidies. The Production Tax Credit alone amounts to a $5 billion per year subsidy to wind producers.  READ MORE


    D. Brady Nelson, The Heartlander
    As the economic situation in Greece grows more uncertain, the nation’s health care system is facing complete collapse. With government spending curtailed, patients are left waiting and hoping for treatment. Dave Racer, a member of the Board of the Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance (MPPA), explains how the Greek situation illustrates the danger of a nationalized health care system and why the United States should take note. READ MORE


    Jared Meyer, research fellow for the Manhattan Institute for Policy, joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s war on Uber. Hathaway and Meyer discuss the history of and motivations behind DeBlasio’s fight against ridesharing and how reducing regulations could reduce traffic deaths.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Donald Kendal, Somewhat Reasonable
    Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) hosted its 33rd Annual Meeting in Ontario, California where participants discussed the “Myths, Superstitions, and Real Threats Confronting America.” The event included presentations from Heartland policy advisors, contributors, and supporters, including Science Director Jay Lehr Ph.D., Dr. Willie Soon, and William M. Briggs.  READ MORE


    Gene Koprowski, American Spectator
    Obama’s environmental policies are unpopular with everyone, but especially with millennials who want results and not more government regulations and empty promises. This creates an opportunity for a conservative candidate for president who is willing to seize it. According to Rasmussen Research, 56 percent of likely U.S. voters believe Obama’s plan will “increase energy costs.” Just 17 percent think it will decrease costs. No one is buying what the Obama green team is selling. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins & Robert Paquin III, The Blaze
    Obama’s use of the unemployment rate as a weapon to inflict political damage on Republicans is nothing new. However, contrary to the popular impression, the unemployment rate is not the percentage of the population looking for work. Unemployment rates are highly complex and appear to be designed to mislead the public into thinking the employment situation is much better than it actually is. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. 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. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of August 03, 2015

    HeartlandWeekly

     

    You are invited to The Heartland Institute’s Grand Opening celebration of our new home in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Join us for our all-day barbecue on Saturday, August 22! Enjoy free hamburgers and hotdogs from the grill, ice cream, fun activities for the kids, prize giveaways every hour … and fellowship with Heartland staffers and fellow lovers of liberty from around the country. Don’t miss an event that marks the beginning of a new era in the history of The Heartland Institute! READ MORE


    Christopher Monckton et al., Science Bulletin
    Science Bulletin, a publication of the Chinese Academy of Science, has just published a new a paper by global warming skeptics Christopher Monckton, Willie Soon, David Legates, and William M. Briggs titled “Keeping it Simple: The Value of an Irreducibly Simple Climate Model.” The paper responds to criticism of an article published in January in Science Bulletin by the same authors, titled “Why models run hot,” explaining why the United Nations’ climate models have overstated the human contribution to global warming. READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, et al.
    President Barack Obama is keeping his word when it comes to destroying the coal industry, as Heartland experts noted in this press release on Monday. Heartland Institute Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett wrote, “Obama took a terrible plan and made it worse… ensuring more power plants shut down earlier resulting in an even greater threat of brown outs and black outs. Obama must really hate coal miners and coal-fired power plant workers because he’s doing everything he can to put them out of work and in the food line. READ MORE


    Devon Herrick, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, joins Health Care News managing editor Kenneth Artz to talk about the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Artz and Herrick discuss how the program has grown dramatically larger than what Congress intended in 1965, due in large part to improved life expectancy, and thus more seniors receiving Medicare benefits for longer periods of time. LISTEN TO MORE
     



    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) was another huge success. You can watch the entire conference online at climateconference.heartland.org. Watch the full panels composed of some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts as well as keynote addresses by Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, and author Mark Steyn. SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!


    Jeff Reynolds, The Heartlander
    “This law represents a dramatic leap forward in the way we educate students with special needs, and more broadly, the way we think about public education in Mississippi,” said Grant Callen, president of Empower Mississippi. “In this age of innovation and personalization, why not allow parents the freedom to customize an education that they determine is right for their child?” READ MORE


    Jesse Hathaway, The Hill
    Instead of doubling down on outdated policy ideas such as raising taxes and increasing government spending, state governments facing budget crises should look to successful states for ideas on how to jumpstart their own economies and reverse population declines. Fortunately, there are resources they can use to make the case for innovation in government. READ MORE


    Matthew Glans, Research & Commentary
    Since its inception, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has been plagued by legal, financial, and technological problems, many of which remain unaddressed. One of the issues looming on the horizon in 2018 is the so-called “Cadillac tax,” a 40 percent non-deductible excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health plans. In what some would call ironic justice, public-sector employers are poised to be hardest hit. Thank your Union Label. READ MORE


    Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of Budget & Tax News, talks with Georgia state Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-Powder Springs), commissioner of the Compact for a Balanced Budget, about the Compact for America, an innovative new idea to bring the skyrocketing national deficit and debt into check. LISTEN HERE


    Chris Neal, The Heartlander
    There is a growing movement in America to seek out alternatives to traditional public schooling. A recent report by the National Catholic Register found a 62 percent increase in homeschooling between 2003 and 2012. Why are families fleeing public schools? To secure a better education for their children. READ MORE


    Heartland Policy Advisor Steve Goreham, author of The Mad, Mad, Mad, World of Climatism, was a guest on WTTW’s ChicagoTonight this week explaining the consequences of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Goreham told viewers of Chicago’s flagship local PBS news program that the plan will cause electricity costs to increase while having little or no effect on global temperatures. WATCH MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. 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. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of June 15, 2015

    HeartlandWeekly

    Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable
    Alan Caruba, a long-time Heartland Institute policy advisor, blogger, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday. Alan was a patriot, an online entrepreneur, and a brave and tireless writer. We were honored to publish much of his work at this blog, and to call him a friend.  READ MORE


    Rachelle Peterson and Peter W. Wood,National Association of Scholars
    The National Association of Scholars has produced a devastating report on colleges and universities offering degrees in “sustainability.” These programs often require a minimal amount of study in science and mathematics and emphasize instead politics, propaganda, and community-organizing techniques.  READ THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


    Joseph Bast, USA Today
    “Pope Francis’s encyclical letter on ‘care for our common home’ reflects the thoughts of an extraordinary person on some of the most important issues of our time. Without showing disrespect toward the pope or his followers, it is important to recognize the letter’s shortcomings and unintended consequences.”READ MORE


    Ron Muhlenkamp, an expert on fracking and natural gas, says natural gas has a comparatively positive impact on land use when compared to other energy sources. He says during combustion, natural gas produces 10 to 20 times more water than is used to frack a well.  LISTEN TO MORE
     



    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) was another huge success. You can watch the entire conference online at climateconference.heartland.org. Watch the full panels composed of some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts as well as keynote addresses by Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, and author Mark Steyn. SEE WHAT YOU MISSED!


    Kenneth Artz, The Heartlander
    “[This] bill would not only expand choices for private health insurance, it would also give citizens more freedom and control over their health care dollars in health savings accounts and repeal a controversial comparative effectiveness council that could be used to ration care,” Twila Brase, president of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, said.  READ MORE


    Emily Zanotti, Somewhat Reasonable
    As Greenpeace pulled away from a recent protest, it left behind an environmental disaster, having dropped 4,000-pound anchors into the habitat of several marine species. Greenpeace refused to foot the bill for a clean-up. Guess who stepped forward to pay for it? READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartlander
    “Energy plays the role to the economy that metabolism does to the human body, critical to its function. … Energy amplifies human life,” Kathleen Hartnett White said. “Energy creates time or at least produces more free time and longer life spans.”  READ MORE


    Power to the People gives a refreshing look at the government spending and debt crises and offers a free-market solution to these problems. These solutions are common sense and proven effective, leading certain presidential candidates to explore the ideas. “[Ferrara] is the Left’s greatest nightmare,” Levin states toward the end of the interview. “This is one of the leading lights on how to reform these programs and try to actually get it done.”  LISTEN TO MORE


    Rachel Martin, The Heartlander
    After Elise spent three months planning and then building an elaborate tree house for a school project, her family came home to find a note on their front door from the local building inspector telling them it had to come down.  READ MORE


    Heather Kays, TownHall
    On June 2, a school choice program accessible by approximately 93 percent of school-age children in Nevada, some 453,024 K–12 students, became law. “It’s really important to have good public schools but also school choice programs,” said state Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Las Vegas). “They have to push each other. They have to keep pushing each other.”  READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. 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. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of June 08, 2015

    HeartlandWeekly

    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Chicago credit ratings for the seventh time in two years. Its credit rating is now above only Detroit’s. These downgrades, which affect bond issues backed by property, sales, and motor-fuel tax revenue, will make servicing municipal debt more expensive and strain Chicago’s finances, which are already unable to cover the city’s spending and debt.  READ MORE


    Isaac Orr & Mark Krumenacher, Heartland Policy Study
    In this Policy Study, the second in a series addressing frac sand mining topics, Heartland Institute Research Fellow Isaac Orr and geologist Mark Krumenacher examine the economic benefits and costs of mining for the sand used to “frack” oil and natural gas wells. The authors find the benefits greatly exceed the costs, making frac sand mining a boon for many rural communities. READ MORE


    The Heartland Institute’s Tenth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC10) is taking place now, June 11–12, 2015 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. You can watch the entire conference live online at Heartland.org. Confirmed speakers include Sen. Jim Inhofe, Rep. Lamar Smith, author Mark Steyn, and some of the leading climate scientists and energy policy experts in the world. SEE WHAT’S NEW


    Kenneth Artz, managing editor of Health Care News, speaks with Seton Motley, president of Less Government, about the Oregon health insurance exchange, which has spent $248 million but managed to sign up zero people before finally closing its doors. This Obamacare disaster doesn’t seem to be getting much media attention outside the state. LISTEN TO MORE
     



    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartlander
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its much anticipated report concerning the effect of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on local water supplies. EPA found fracking only rarely results in water contamination, which is mainly due to operator error or poor drilling practices and not to whether fracking is used to make wells more productive.  READ MORE


    Emily Zanotti, Washington Examiner
    The Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defense Council, and even the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been misleading the public and even committing serious crimes to pad their payrolls and build huge cash accounts. The Sierra Club is on Charity Navigator’s “watch list” after a series of deceptive practices. READ MORE


    Tony Corvo, The Heartlander
    A Maine lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to prohibit requiring union membership as a condition of employment in both private-sector and public-sector workplaces. “What if you were employed by a business and as a condition of employment you must join the local Chamber of Commerce?” State Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) said.  READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, The Heartlander
    Fifty-five top historians have signed an open letter criticizing the College Board’s revamp of its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum, in which half a million of the nation’s brightest students enroll each year. It is the final U.S. history class many ever take, yet it is profoundly anti-American.  READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News, speaks with Merrill Matthews, Jr, a resident scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation and a contributor at Forbes. Burnett and Matthews discuss the foolish energy policies undertaken by the Obama administration.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Lennie Jarratt, Somewhat Reasonable
    The destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina presented the opportunity to reconstruct failing schools and a corrupt school district. Moving to an almost all-charter model put parents in charge of their children’s education. Parents are empowered to choose instead of the old method of being told what school their children would attend based on street address.  READ MORE


    Katie Clancy, The Heartlander
    FDA regulation of new drugs imposes long delays that causes thousands to die prematurely and millions to suffer pain unnaturally. The states are doing something about it, passing “Right to Try” legislation giving terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2015 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. 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. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.