• Week of March 9, 2015

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    ‘Tebow’ Laws Could Throw Home Schooling for a Loss
    Robert Holland in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
    “It took decades of struggle for parents to secure this intellectual independence, sometimes after staring down the threat of prosecution. Now a strong, highly vocal contingent within the home-schooling movement is seeking special privileges for their children, sometimes not just sports and clubs but selected courses as well, in the very public schools the pioneers of home schooling wished to avoid.” READ MORE


     

    ‘Merchants of Doubt’ a Huge Flop at the Box Office
    The market has spoken… again. The public just ain’t buying what the climate alarmists are selling – even at what is going to be an enormous loss for the producers of the purported “gotcha” documentary, “Merchants of Doubt.”READ MORE


    Joseph Bast to U.S. Senators: You Should Be Ashamed of Yourselves
    “You repeat the vicious libel that Dr. Wei-Hock ‘Willie’ Soon failed to disclose funding for his work. Are you not aware that neither his employer, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, nor the journal that published the scholarly article in question, Science Bulletin, has found Dr. Soon violated any of their rules or disclosure policies? Who asked you to repeat that lie?” READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Obamacare on Trial: King v. Burwell
    Host Jim Lakely and Research Fellow Sean Parnell discuss the latest Supreme Court case that challenges Obamacare, King v. Burwell. SPOILER ALERT: The government presented a lousy defense of a law that clearly violates the Constitution, but it might not matter. LISTEN TO MORE



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    Lazy for a Living: Why Some Millennials Never Need to Work Again
    Justin Haskins in
    Human Events
    “Never before in human history has a group of people been given the astounding opportunities Millennials experience today. Many of us were born in the richest nation of the world, blessed with endless streams of knowledge thanks to the development of the Internet.” Yet a Millennial today can live a rich, lazy life courtesy of the American taxpayer. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: David Legates: The Climate Witch Hunt
    Heartland’s Sterling Burnett talks with University of Delaware climatologist David Legates about how he became skeptical about the hypothesis of human-driven global warming, and how he and his fellow “skeptics” became targets of the alarmists and their allies in Congress. LISTEN TO MORE


    Bad News for Florida Motorists
    Jesse Hathaway, the Heartlander
    Residents and visitors to Osceola County, Florida are going to be paying five cents more a gallon for gas. Why? Because 42 percent of motorists through the county are dreaded visitors. Let’s just ignore the fact that the majority of motorists, mostly elderly residents, will be socked the worst. READ MORE


    How America Protects National Champion Google in the EU
    Scott Cleland, Somewhat Reasonable
    “Given that the U.S. government has apparently embraced Google as America’s de facto national champion worthy of economic protection in the U.S. and abroad, the U.S. sadly has lost any potential moral, political, or rhetorical high ground because it has adopted a hypocritical ‘do as we say, not as we do’ stance when it comes to protectionism.” READ MORE


    West Virginia House Passes Common Core Repeal Bill
    Chris Neal for the
    Heartlander
    “We can do better than Common Core is a constant refrain from parents, teachers, and legislators,” said Jim Shaffer, executive director of the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia. Shaffer said many West Virginians who oppose Common Core feel ignored by the state Department of Education. Not any more in the Mountain State. READ MORE


    Economic Delusions, Political Demagoguery, and Ideological Deceptions
    Richard Ebeling,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    By what right does the collectivist assert that the individual cannot peacefully and productively live for himself in his own way guided by his own reason, values, and beliefs? By what right does that collectivist claim to know when and how that individual should be required – even compelled – to sacrifice his own dreams, hopes, and valued purposes for those of the group, tribe, or “society” that the collectivist says he speaks for and represents? READ MORE


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  • Week of March 2, 2015

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    “Looking back, the man’s accomplishments were so many and significant that penning what quickly became one of the movement’s classic statements of principle can almost seem to pale by comparison. He was an influential journalist, scholar, fearsome and inspiring debater, noted radio and television commentator, syndicated newspaper columnist, adviser to presidents and politicians, and master humorist in the tradition of Mark Twain.” READ MORE


     

    Heather Kays, The Hill
    Common Core is not what its proponents promised, and lawmakers should not compound their mistake by carrying on with these bad standards. The Arizona legislature should take back control of the state’s education system by dumping Common Core and implementing better standards designed by Arizonans for Arizonans. READ MORE


     

    H. Sterling Burnett, Heartlander
    “This witch hunt has nothing to do with ensuring that science is accurate or reliable. These attacks are leveled by people who refuse to engage in civil debate over important matters of science, economics, and public policy. They should not be allowed to win the day.” READ MORE


     

    Ron Arnold – an environmental writer, activist, and Heartland Institute policy advisor – exposes the lurid details of climate alarmists’ efforts to censor real climate science and the costs of proposed climate policies. LISTEN TO MORE



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    Seton Motley, for Heartlander
    The Obama administration’s Internet power grab is awful for just about every American. It will lead to dramatically more expensive Web access, thanks to higher service costs and huge new taxes. And we will see a spiraling, regressive devolution of speed. It will be a return to the spinning wheel of Web-waiting death.READ MORE


    Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions analyst Joe Nichols explains how several states are trying to cheat the system and profit from Medicaid expansion. States such as Ohio and Pennsylvania apply sales and use taxes to Medicaid premiums in order to boost revenue and increase the amount of federal grant money provided. LISTEN TO MORE


    Rich Trzupek, The Heartland Institute
    Although environmental groups and some policymakers point to a study published inEnvironmental Health as proof fracking is linked to dangerous air quality, that study is deeply flawed, according to a new Policy Brief released by The Heartland Institute. READ MORE


    Benjamin Domenech, Consumer Power Report
    The King v. Burwell arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week have sparked a number of Court-targeted “don’t worry, ruling against the administration won’t result in chaos” pieces from various Republican Senators. These op-eds are of varying usefulness, vagueness, and political practicality. But the essential bias is all in one direction: that Republicans will act in some way to kick the can on the subsidy question until after the coming presidential election. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, in Human Events
    Instead of obsessing over who is in the middle class, whether the middle class is growing or shrinking, and how much income different groups of people are earning, the nation should turn its attention to improving the lives of every single person, regardless of where each is starting from. READ MORE


    Taylor Smith, The Heartland Institute
    Several liberal senators commissioned the Government Accountability Office to assess the Pentagon’s “progress in taking action to adapt its U.S. infrastructure to the challenges of climate change.” Heartland Policy Analyst Taylor Smith picks apart the flawed, biased 2014 report that examined “phantom risks” to Pentagon readiness in a Policy Brief from TheHeartland Institute. READ MORE


     

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  • Week of February 23, 2015

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    Florida Lawmakers Propose Sin Tax on Nightclubs
    Alexa Moutevelis, the Heartlander
    Floridians heading to “gentlemen’s clubs” in the Sunshine State may soon be paying an extra cover charge. One would go to the bouncer, and another $10 would go to the state. No word yet on if this proposed new tax must be paid in singles. READ MORE


    Better Price Controls Won’t Fix Medicare
    Sean Parnell, Orange County Register
    The Obama administration recently announced it will shift how it pays doctors under Medicare, seeking to reward “value” instead of “volume.” This is likely to be yet another fiasco, with elderly patients and taxpayers falling victim to the dreams of bureaucrats and central planners. READ MORE


    The Crucifixion of Dr. Willie Soon
    Sean Parnell, Orange County Register
    The science is not on their side, so climate alarmists and their media allies are getting desperate and vicious with their smears and lies. They’ve gone full Alinsky on their latest target: Willie Soon. They are trying to freeze him, polarize him, and isolate him. It will not work. It must not work. READ MORE


     

     

    Featured Podcast – Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL): Civil Asset Forfeiture
    Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about the Internal Revenue Service’s use of civil asset forfeiture laws to seize innocent citizens’ assets based on questionable claims that they could be financial criminals. LISTEN TO MORE


     


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    The Incompetent, Abusive, Dishonest, and Anti-Transparent Government Has Grabbed the Internet
    Seton Motley, Somewhat Reasonable
    Thursday was a very bad day for freedom. It is the day the free-speech, free-market Xanadu that is the Internet was unilaterally seized by the Obama administration. Per the president’s demand, the allegedly independent Federal Communications Commission is pretending to be Congress – and writing new Web-regulating laws for itself. READ MORE


     

    Heartland Institute Experts React to Obama Veto of Keystone XL Pipeline
    “In one fell swoop President Obama killed thousands of American jobs, raised domestic energy prices, and ensured greater U.S. dependence on oil from nations that are openly hostile to freedom, democracy, and the United States of America.”  READ MORE


    IL Gov. Bruce Rauner Goes After Healthcare Costs
    Scott Reeder, the Heartlander
    The governor some on the left have called “Scott Walker on steroids” wants to reduce what Illinois spends on health insurance for its own employees as well how much money it is funneling into Medicaid. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), however, acknowledged his proposed savings would only be fully realized if state worker unions cooperate. Good luck with that. READ MORE


    BONUS Podcast — Isaac Orr: The Fracking Revolution
    Jim Lakely, director of communications at the Heartland Institute, discusses the latest news in the fracking revolution with Heartland energy Research Fellow Isaac Orr. They talk about boomtowns and the “downstream jobs” of the fracking revolution, especially the mining of frac sand in Wisconsin. 


     

    Louisiana Lawmakers Propose State Film Tax Credit Reforms
    Jeff Reynolds, the Heartlander
    “I think it was Bastiat who wrote about ‘the seen and the unseen.’ The film tax credit is popular partly because it’s so visible,” said Kevin Kane, president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. “You see film crews all over town, you turn on television, and you see shows and movies that were filmed in Louisiana.” READ MORE


    Obama Administration Preparing for Adverse SCOTUS Ruling on Obamacare
    Sean Parnell, the Heartlander
    The president has two very obvious plans. The first is to exert enormous amounts of political pressure on Congressional Republicans to add the words “or the federal government” right after the words “established by the state” in Obamacare. The second is to exert enormous amounts of pressure on states that didn’t set up exchanges to do so now. READ MORE


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  • Week of February 16, 2015

    Oregon Governor Resigns Over ‘Green’ Scandal
    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    The greenest governor in the U.S., four-term Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D), resigned on Wednesdaywhen his intimate and covert relationships with environmental advocacy groups and renewable energy companies were exposed. Will more liberal elected officials be forced to resign as similar scandals emerge in other states? READ MORE


    Is America Still on Hayek’s ‘Road to Serfdom’?
    Richard Ebeling, for Somewhat Reasonable
    Short answer: Yes. Heartland Policy Advisor Richard Ebeling explains how a century of central-government planning by our betters in the United States government “carries within it a loss of personal freedom and choice, and undermines the human spirit of creative thought and self-responsibility from which have come all the great accomplishments of mankind.”READ MORE


    Heartland’s Fault: Arizona House Panel Rejects Common Core
    Arizona is tearing down its Common Core standards and returning education policy decision-making back where it belongs: closer to parents and school boards. This development has angered a reporter who witnessed the procedures in the Arizona legislature week. Heartland Research Fellow Heather Kays was among those whose testimony was vital to the rejection of Common Core in the Grand Canyon State.READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Lord Christopher Monckton, Part 1
    Christopher Monckton, the Viscount of Brenchley, is so informed and entertaining, we needed to split the podcast in two to get it all in. In Part 1, Heartland’s H. Sterling Burnett talks with Lord Monckton about the most recent developments in the climate change debate and how he became among the most prominent, visible, and vocal climate skeptics on the planet. READ MORE



    Join Us at CPAC!
    The Heartland Institute is once again cosponsoring the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), February 25–28 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (just across the river from Washington, DC). Come hear candidates for the Republican nomination for president, as well as the usual stellar line-up of America’s smartest conservatives and libertarians. Be sure to stop by Heartland’s booth and meet Heartland staff, too! Our awesome t-shirts are first-come, first-serve, and will go fast!


    Hating Tobacco More than Helping Smokers
    Brad Rodu, for Somewhat Reasonable
    Why does the National Institutes of Health stubbornly oppose electronic cigarettes, which are much less harmful than tobacco cigarettes? Because the agency is staffed by zealots who throw reason and science aside to an ideologically driven quest to achieve a “tobacco-free” utopia. READ MORE


    Weather Bulletin #7: Weather: 1, Climate Alarmists: 0
    This winter has been brutal, rivaling last year, which was the coldest and snowiest many people have ever experienced. And it’s not just Americans and Canadians feeling the winter blues: Winter’s icy grip has led to a death rate three times the norm in Great Britain. H. Sterling Burnett delivers the latest weather report. READ MORE


    Connecticut Sweet on Tax Hikes
    Jeff Reynolds, The Heartlander
    A new bill introduced in Connecticut aims to discourage junk food consumption by taxing it more, yet fatten the treasury for childhood obesity programs, higher-ed scholarships, and other spending. It can’t do both, so expect both fatter kids and more bloated spending.READ MORE


    Britain’s National Health Service Getting Sicker Every Day
    Linda Gorman, for the Heartlander
    In December and January more than 7,000 surgeries in Britain were canceled due to lack of beds and NHS waiting times for cancer treatment are the highest in six years. Some 80 percent of English hospitals are said to be running a deficit, and hospital administrators say additional budget cuts will mean they can no longer “guarantee safe and effective care.” Is America going to catch the same disease? READ MORE


    Enjoying Low Gas Prices? Don’t Get Too Used to Them
    Justin Haskins, in Human Events
    American motorists are enjoying some of the lowest gas prices since President Barack Obama took office. But politicians in both parties think you’re enjoying too much of a good thing and want to hike gasoline taxes. So far, Republican leaders are holding firm against this raid on the wallets of middle America. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom!
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  • Week of February 9, 2015

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    Paul Driessen, for The Heartlander
    An internal investigation into how the federal government awarded contracts for developing and building Obamacare’s online exchanges has found the process was fraught with expensive errors. Taxpayers forked over $207 million to CGI Federal – triple the original contract bid – for building websites that did not work. READ MORE


    Steven Titch, The Heartland Institute

    “Patent trolls” are harming the U.S. economy by interfering with market competition and impeding entrepreneurs and innovators – which means consumers see higher prices and fewer of the products and features they demand. A new Heartland Institute Policy Brief by Steven Titch explains why our increasingly digital economy requires patent reform now. READ MORE


    Will President Obama’s New Drilling Policy Give the Arctic Over to Russian Domination?
    Ron Arnold, at Somewhat Reasonable
    The anger, outrage, and frustration in Alaska are palpable after the president stripped the state of vast stores of its oil and gas wealth. “It’s becoming undeniably clear that this administration does not view Alaska as a sovereign state,” said Rep. Don Young, “but rather an eco-theme-park for the most extreme environmentalist allies of the president and his party.” READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Greg Lawson on Jock Taxes

    Greg Lawson, policy analyst for the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, joined Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to tax pro athletes visiting Milwaukee to pay for a new basketball arena. Is it a slam dunk to stick it to the mega-wealthy, pampered athlete? Or is it a foul to impose a “jock tax” on people who will likely never live in Milwaukee to fund a new arena the billionaire owners of the Bucks should pay for themselves? READ MORE



    Join Us at CPAC!

    The Heartland Institute is once again cosponsoring the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), February 25–28 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (just across the river from Washington, DC). Come hear candidates for the Republican nomination for president, as well as the usual stellar line-up of America’s smartest conservatives and libertarians. Be sure to stop by Heartland’s booth and meet Heartland staff, too! Our awesome t-shirts are first-come, first-serve, and will go fast!


    Net Neutrality a “Solution in Search of a Problem”
    Jesse Hathaway, The Heartland Institute
    “There is no systemic problem to solve,” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said in an interview with Heartland’s Budget & Tax News. “Even the FCC implicitly concedes that. … This proposal to regulate the Internet, which the FCC is poised to adopt, asserts jurisdiction over basically the entire Internet … everything from that relationship between an ISP and a customer, all the way [to] big companies that interconnect over the Internet, hundreds of miles away from any given customer.” READ MORE


    Vilifying Realist Science and Scientists

    Paul Driessen, for Somewhat Reasonable

    By all means, let’s have honesty, integrity, transparency, and accountability in our climate science and government regulatory processes. Let’s end the conflicts of interest, have robust debates, and ensure sound science (rather than government, foundation, or Russian cash) drives our public laws and policies. And let’s begin where the real money and power are found – among the eco-left and their deep-pocketed supporters. READ MORE


    ‘Proving’ Global Warming Is Easy if you Rig the Data
    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    The official gatekeepers of climate science insist the raw data collected at ground weather stations cannot be trusted. It must be expertly massaged, you see. And, wouldn’t you know it? Every time the official gatekeepers get done working over the data, the past is cooler and the present is warmer. Falsifying the hypothesis of man-caused global warming is rather difficult when the data are rigged from the start. READ MORE


    If Obamacare Is Saving the Impoverished, Why Are So Few Signing Up?
    Justin Haskins, The Heartland Institute, at Breitbart
    For all the praises heaped on President Obama for his signature program’s alleged success, no one outside of a select few in Washington, D.C. has any clue whether the Affordable Care Act is actually helping large numbers of impoverished Americans. Then again, that was never really the point of Obamacare, was it? READ MORE


    Memo to the CDC: Tell the WHOLE Truth About E-Cigarettes

    Brad Rodu, The Heartland Institute
    The Centers for Disease Control regularly misrepresents e-cigarette statistics, mainly by cherry-picking information from restricted federal datasets. Then the media amplifies CDC’s spin, and the trumped-up story goes unchallenged for months – or even years – until the government finally allows independent researchers to see the raw data. The public should not tolerate such misfeasance from taxpayer-funded public health agencies. READ MORE


    School Choice Gets Personal for North Carolina Dad
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    “Isabel was slipping away,” wrote parent Brian Lewis wrote in the News & Observer. “She dreaded school, we dreaded school, and it was clear the teachers dreaded it, too. We hit the wall in November and came to the conclusion that public middle school was not the answer. In fact, it was the problem.” This story has a happy ending. READ MORE

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