• Week of May 16, 2016

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    If you don’t visit Somewhat Reasonable and the Heartlander digital magazine every day, you’re missing out on some of the best news and commentary on liberty and free markets you can find. But worry not, freedom lovers! The Heartland Weekly Email is here for you every Friday with a highlight show. Subscribe to the email today, and read this week’s edition below.


    Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable
    Five weeks have passed since our friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) were served a subpoena for their climate thought crimes. To the displeasure of the group of attorneys general, they are not rolling over. In fact, CEI and a coalition of supporters are fighting back harder than ever. A full-page ad in this week’s New York Times, which included Heartland’s public support, makes it clear this legal action is an affront to free speech and will not be taken lightly. READ MORE


    In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, The Heartland Institute has constructed a page containing all recent Heartland news, research, and commentary related to this important subject. These articles seek to promote innovation in reaching and treating those with mental illness and improving the quality of care they receive, as well as identifying solutions to public policies that obstruct innovation and the delivery of mental health services. READ MORE


    Combining riveting tales from history with powerful policy arguments, Merchants of Despair provides scientific refutations to environmentalists’ pseudo-scientific claims, including its tirades against nuclear power, pesticides, population growth, biotech foods, resource depletion, industrial development, and, most recently, fear-mongering about global warming. Merchants of Despair exposes this dangerous agenda and makes the definitive scientific and moral case against it. ORDER A COPY


    In a move that puts appearance ahead of practicality, two state representatives from Hawaii have introduced legislation banning from the state vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel fuel. Dr. Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, joins The Heartland Daily Podcast to explain how bad this wacky idea really is, and why the government should stand aside and let the free market pick winners and losers in the energy sector. LISTEN TO MORE


    Heartland Library Book Shelf of the Week – Economics
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    Join us and fellow lovers of liberty for the second part of our special series of Heartland Movie Nights, in which we’re showing each part of the Atlas Shrugged trilogy on three Wednesdays in a row – May 18, May 25, andJune 1. Based upon the enormously influential 1957 novel by Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 follows the struggles of Dagny Taggart, a railroad heiress trying to maintain her integrity and keep her family’s railroad alive in the midst of a rapidly decaying world. Doors to Heartland’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center open at 5:30 p.m. Film starts at 6:00 p.m.Group discussion follows. SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    Logan Pike and Matthew Glans, Orlando Sentinel
    Even before the implementation of Obamacare, many states were suffering from doctor shortages. Now the problem is even worse. Florida alone may need an additional 4,600 primary-care physicians by 2030. Proposed in this article are several solutions that would help increase access to care without increasing costs or decreasing quality. READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    Donald Trump’s views on climate change and energy production differ radically from those held by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Trump, a climate change skeptic, has said he will reverse regulations issued by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to limit access to and use of fossil fuels, regulations he says harm the economy for little or no environmental benefit. READ MORE


    Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
    Patients and taxpayers won two important battles against the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in court this week. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Zubik v. Burwell, instructed multiple courts of appeal to reconsider the constitutionality of a mandate the federal government admits needlessly violates employers’ First Amendment rights. In a separate U.S. District Court case, the judge ruled against unlawful spending under Obamacare for which no funds were appropriated.  READ MORE


    Power-hungry bureaucrats in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are about to put electronic cigarettes – a relatively new and increasingly popular smoking cessation product – through a long and arduous federal approval process, potentially putting thousands of small companies out of business. Cynthia Cabrera, president of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, joins The Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about how the new regulations will take many products off shelves and effectively promote smoking traditional cigarettes. READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    Regardless of one’s views about transgender issues, it’s clear the Obama administration’s edict last week Friday – requiring all 13,506 U.S. school districts to give transgender children access to the bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and sports teams of their choice – proves the federal government has too much power over American schools. What fuels the culture war like perhaps nothing else is putting the force of government behind one side. READ MORE


    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Many people rely on our profile on Wikipedia to provide an objective description of our mission, programs, and accomplishments. Alas, the profile they find there is a fake, filled with lies and libel about our funding, tactics, and the positions we take on controversial issues. Wikipedia refuses to make the changes we request. It even deletes and reverses all the changes made by others who know the profile is unreliable. We need your help! READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2016 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 May 09, 2016

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    If you don’t visit Somewhat Reasonable and the Heartlander digital magazine every day, you’re missing out on some of the best news and commentary on liberty and free markets you can find. But worry not, freedom lovers! The Heartland Weekly Email is here for you every Friday with a highlight show. Subscribe to the email today, and read this week’s edition below.


    A Real Bet for the Tough Guy in a Bow Tie
    Joe Bastardi, Patriot Post
    Heartland Institute friend Joe Bastardi, a professional meteorologist and weather forecaster, is throwing down the gauntlet and challenging Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” to a wager on global warming. Nye has recently proposed similar bets to prominent climate change skeptics. Bastardi is now betting that 2017, based on sun and ocean cycles, will be cooler than 2016. UPDATE: Bill Nye has accepted the challenge. READ MORE


    ELPC Left Exposed: Chicago’s Partisan Front Group for a Radical Environmental Agenda
    Ron Arnold, Somewhat Reasonable
    The Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest (ELPC), a left-leaning lobbying and litigating organization, fêted the regulatory victories of colleagues in the Obama administration with its “2016 Dinner and Celebration” at the Chicago Hilton on April 29, 2016. The group hosted two influential Democrat headliners, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). After the speakers left the dais and the dinner party had adjourned for chit-chat around the open bar, the celebration’s point had become crystal clear: “Regulatory statutes are the cornerstone of the progressive agenda.” READ MORE


    Video: Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment – Ryan Yonk
    What if what we think we know about ecology and environmental policy is wrong? What if environmental laws actually make things worse? What if the very idea of nature has been hijacked by politics? Ryan Yonk answered those questions, and more, at a Heartland Institute presentation of his book Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment. It’s long past time to rethink environmental objectives, align incentives with goals, and affirm the notion that human beings are an integral part of the natural order. If you missed the event, you can watch the presentation in full at Heartland’s YouTube page. WATCH IT HERE


    Featured Podcast: Lennie Jarratt and Tim Benson: Strike Vouchers and SOS Accounts
    As threats circulate about another possible Chicago Teachers Union strike, Lennie Jarratt, project manager for education at The Heartland Institute, and Heartland Policy Analyst Tim Benson responded with a Policy Brief proposing an innovative solution to keep students in a safe learning environment. Jarratt and Benson join the Heartland Daily Podcast to discuss “strike vouchers,” which would provide displaced students with funds to attend private schools or other learning institutions while the government’s teachers refuse to return to the classroom. LISTEN TO MORE


    Heartland Library Book Shelf of the Week – Socialism and Soviet Studies
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    Get Your Popcorn Ready: Heartland Movie Night – Atlas Shrugged Part 1

    Join us and fellow lovers of liberty for this special series of Heartland Movie Nights, in which we’ll show each part of the trilogy on three Wednesdays in a row – May 18, May 25, and June 1. Based upon the enormously influential 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 follows the struggles of Dagny Taggart, a railroad heiress trying to maintain her integrity and keep her family’s railroad alive in the midst of a rapidly decaying world. Doors to Heartland’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center open at 5:30 p.m. Film starts at 6:00 p.m.. Group discussion follows. SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    Virgin Islands AG Expanding Climate Witch Hunt
    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of think tanks, businesses and consumer groups, and individual researchers in his widening probe of organizations that have written skeptically about purported human-caused climate change and policies proposed and implemented to fight it. His efforts are nothing less than a witch hunt – an assault on the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech in an effort to silence political opponents.  READ MORE


    The Holy Grail of Health Insurance Alternatives
    Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
    As health insurance costs continue to increase, a growing number of people are turning to a cost-effective alternative. Carved into Obamacare’s individual mandate is an exception for members of health care sharing ministries (HCSMs). While HCSMs operate similarly to insurers, they cost much less, accommodate members’ objections to Obamacare, and reduce health care inflation by placing patients directly in charge of their health care costs. READ MORE


    Oh, the Places ESAs Can Go
    Joy Pullmann,
    School Choice Weekly
    Technology seemingly advances by the day. When this technological innovation is used to enhance school choice options, the possibilities are endless. A recent study by Jonathan Butcher explores the potential of combining education savings accounts with mobile payment technologies. Parents could pay for individual lessons from multiple small businesses and tutors with a simple click of a button. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: James Wanliss: Climate Models Still Failing to Project Temperatures Accurately
    Every few months, we hear about the latest projections from people like Al Gore and Paul Ehrlich saying the global warming tipping point is only a few years away. And when these dates come and go, the alarmists just point to a new date a few years further down the line. James Wanliss, senior fellow with The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about how and why we still can not trust climate models.  READ MORE


    Don’t Let the FDA Kill Vaping
    Matthew Glans, Real Clear Policy
    This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled new regulations placing electronic cigarettes under an avalanche of new rules requiring they be approved as a new type of tobacco product. These new regulations will force the vast majority of these products to go through a lengthy and expensive approval process. The hurdles will likely stop most of these innovative products from ever making it back onto store shelves.  READ MORE


    Help Us Stop Wikipedia’s Lies!
    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Many people rely on our profile on Wikipedia to provide an objective description of our mission, programs, and accomplishments. Alas, the profile they find there is a fake, filled with lies and libel about our funding, tactics, and the positions we take on controversial issues. Wikipedia refuses to make the changes we request. It even deletes and reverses all the changes made by others who know the profile is unreliable. We need your help! READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2016 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 May 02, 2016

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    If you don’t visit Somewhat Reasonable and the Heartlander digital magazine every day, you’re missing out on some of the best news and commentary on liberty and free markets you can find. But worry not, freedom lovers! The Heartland Weekly Email is here for you every Friday with a highlight show. Subscribe to the email today, and read this week’s edition below.


    Heartland Opens Michael Parry Mazur Library
    At a grand opening event attended by Thomas Hayes, mayor of Arlington Heights, and Dr. John Mazur, brother of the late Michael Parry Mazur, among others, The Heartland Institute formally announced the opening of the best collection of books about liberty in the Midwest and dedicated it to the memory of Michael Parry Mazur. Read all about it at the new webpage describing the collection and how to use it. Got books? Donate them to Heartland and get a tax deduction! READ MORE


    Climate Realists Fight Back Against State AGs
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    Climate Change Weekly
    In April, politicians and environmental activists made good on their threats to abuse the legal system in order to silence climate realists. A subpoena was served on the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) by the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The subpoena gave the organization only four weeks to produce 10 years of publications, correspondence, emails, statements, notes, drafts, and other documents relating to climate change. Calling it “an affront to our First Amendment rights of free speech,” CEI is fighting the subpoena. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Kent Lassman: CEI Subpoenaed on Climate Change Dissent
    On the front lines of the war on climate realists is Kent Lassman, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Lassman joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about the group of state attorneys general attempting to intimidate CEI and other skeptics of man-made climate change into silence. Lassman recounts how CEI was subpoenaed on his second day as the new president of CEI, quite a rude welcome! He explains how litigation has a chilling effect on public debate on many issues, not only climate change. LISTEN TO MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Hans von Spakovsky: Nonprofit Organizations and Donor Privacy
    Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about the fallout from California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ attempt to force Americans for Prosperity, a national nonprofit organization advocating for fiscal responsibility in government, to reveal its donors. Von Spakovsky explains how lawmakers often propose donor disclosure laws to suppress speech and harass those who support groups that criticize an over-reaching government. LISTEN TO MORE


    Heartland Library Book Shelf of the Week – F.A. Hayek
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    Coming Next Week to Arlington Heights: Ryan Yonk discusses Nature Unbound
    If you love discussions about liberty, you will not want to miss the great series of events Heartland has lined up through the spring and summer. On Wednesday, May 11, Ryan Yonk, executive director of Strata Policy, comes to Heartland to discuss his new book, Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy and the Environment. We hope to see you here in Arlington Heights, but if you are unable to attend in person, our events are live-streamed and archived on Heartland’s YouTube page. SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    It’s Time to Dump Detroit Public Schools
    Lindsey Stroud,
    Detroit News
    The Detroit Public School system is floundering. From 2000 to 2015, DPS closed 195 schools, and saw an enrollment decline of 71 percent, and the problems are only getting worse. If parents are given the power to put their children in safe, successful schools – public or private – kids now suffering in a failing system would have much greater access to a quality education, and DPS would be forced to be more efficient and more accountable, and to create a better education system that better serves the needs of its students. READ MORE


    Ohio Medicaid Expansion Failures
    Matthew Glans,
    Heartland Research & Commentary
    Few states demonstrate the failure of Medicaid expansion better than Ohio. The expansion of Medicaid by Gov. John Kasich (R) is already beginning to hemorrhage expenses the state’s budget may not be able to withstand. Medicaid expansion, at its core, builds on a failed model whereby the national government dictates multiple aspects of the insurance plan and the beneficial aspects of real market competition are lost. Once expansion occurs, it is extremely difficult to roll back. READ MORE


    Is Government Responsible for Illinois’ Rising Suicide Rate?
    Justin Haskins,
    Chicago Tribune
    Multiple factors have been linked to climbing suicide rates, including drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, and family history. Research also shows one cause of suicide is lack of access to mental health services. In this op-ed published by the Chicago Tribune, Heartland Executive Editor Justin Haskins discusses the need to repeal “certificate of need” laws that artificially constrain the supply of health care services. READ MORE


    Liberalism Will Never Fix Our Broken Health Care System
    Justin Haskins,
    Consumer Power Report
    One of the greatest problems with giving government even the smallest amount of control over an industry is the fact that control often expands enormously. In a recent New York Times op-ed, two university professors described the failures and shortcomings of Obamacare, but instead of conceding that the industry should embrace free-market reforms, they suggested government seize even more control over the health care system. Justin Haskins sets them straight. READ MORE


    National Test Scores Dip Yet Again
    Joy Pullmann,
    School Choice Weekly
    The latest results of the “Nation’s Report Card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, are in and they show yet another drop. Just 37 percent of U.S. twelfth graders performed well enough in math and reading to indicate they would do well in college, a dip from the last round of scores in 2013. Education Secretary John King says the dip is due to teachers still “retooling their classroom practices to adapt” to Common Core State Standards. Really? American children have now spent nearly half their school careers being Common Core’s guinea pigs. READ MORE


    Bringing Education Freedom to Native Americans
    Lennie Jarratt,
    Deseret News
    Native American students are being left behind, educationally, in great numbers. This minority population is at the highest risk of any group of students in the nation for not receiving a proper education. Native American students deserve access to a quality education – just like every other student. Help is on the way. U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) recently proposed the Native American Education Opportunity Act, which would direct the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reimburse states that fund education savings account (ESA) programs that allow Native American students to attend a school of their choice. READ MORE


    Help Us Stop Wikipedia’s Lies!
    Joseph L. Bast,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    Many people rely on our profile on Wikipedia to provide an objective description of our mission, programs, and accomplishments. Alas, the profile they find there is a fake, filled with lies and libel about our funding, tactics, and the positions we take on controversial issues. Wikipedia refuses to make the changes we request. It even deletes and reverses all the changes made by others who know the profile is unreliable. We need your help! READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2016 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 April 25, 2016

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    If you don’t visit Somewhat Reasonable and the Heartlander digital magazine every day, you’re missing out on some of the best news and commentary on liberty and free markets you can find. But worry not, freedom lovers! The Heartland Weekly Email is here for you every Friday with a highlight show. Subscribe to the email today, and read this week’s edition below.


    Peter Ferrara, Investor’s Business Daily
    The proposed REINS (Regulations of the Executive In Need of Scrutiny) Act would be a good way to address out-of-control federal regulation. The act would curb executive overreach by ensuring no federal regulation imposing on the private sector costs of $100 million or more would go into effect unless Congress approved the measure. READ MORE


    Jesse Hathaway, The Daily Caller
    Advocates of occupational licensing claim removing these government restrictions would endanger the health of consumers. In some cases this may seem intuitive, although it is a harder sell when referring to hairbraiders or florists, but that is beside the point. There is little economic evidence to suggest there is a connection between occupational licensing and public health or safety. There is plenty of evidence, however, showing these barriers to entry negatively affect new job-seekers, especially younger Americans.  READ MORE


    Join us for the Grand Opening of the largest freedom library in Chicagoland. The Michael Parry Mazur Library at The Heartland Institute is a rapidly growing research library containing an excellent collection of works on economics, history, political science, public policy, and related topics. With nearly 10,000 books already donated and on shelves, the library serves as a unique resource for scholars, Heartland staff, and the interested public. The library will offer free wi-fi and computer time, and library patrons will have opportunities to schedule time with Heartland research staff and policy advisors.  SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    In this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, host Jesse Hathaway introduces Heartland’s new managing editor of School Reform News, Teresa Mull. Mull talks about her background and the goals she hopes to achieve in her new role. Hathaway and Mull discuss the similarity between economic freedom and educational freedom. Hathaway also asks the hard-hitting question: Does she align herself with #TeamIronman or #TeamCaptainAmerica? LISTEN TO MORE



    Robert Holland, Townhall
    The school choice movement has been gaining momentum in recent years. However, a new hurdle has presented itself in the state of Colorado and is working its way through the courts. At issue: whether or not a public school board has the authority to offer grants and scholarships to families wishing to choose private schooling, including religiously affiliated schools. READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    This may come as a shock to some: An administrative agency is assuming it’s above the law! Perhaps this is something Sen. Lamar Alexander should have thought about before granting vast power to the U.S. Dept. of Education via the Every Student Succeeds Act. Recently, during an oversight hearing of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), chairman Alexander told Education Secretary John King that in a negotiated rulemaking session, “your department proposed a rule that would do exactly what the law says it shall not do.” READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    As government control continues to creep into the health care industry, we are left with rising medical costs and a reduction in the quality of care. Fortunately, the free market strives to fix problems and increase people’s access to goods and services. PatientPing, a Boston-based developer, has created a new application that helps doctors monitor their patients’ activities at other health care facilities, an innovation some are saying could lower costs and improve patient care.  READ MORE


    Elizabeth Yore, international child advocate attorney and friend of The Heartland Institute, joins host Donald Kendal to talk about the impact Heartland made last year when it sent a delegation of climate experts to Rome to stir debate on the topic of global warming. Yore explains how Heartland, a relatively small organization, was able to create large waves halfway across the globe.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Lindsey Stroud, Inside Sources
    Multiple states, including California and Illinois, are considering proposals that would increase the legal age limit required to consume tobacco products. While we can agree protecting the health of our youth is important, increasing the age limit would likely have no impact other than reinforcing the idea of nanny-state government. The most preposterous part of these proposals is that they include electronic cigarettes in the ban. READ MORE


    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Many people rely on The Heartland Institute’s profile on Wikipedia to provide an objective description of our mission, programs, and accomplishments. Alas, the profile they find there is a fake, filled with lies and libel about our funding, tactics, and the positions we take on controversial issues. Wikipedia refuses to make the changes we request. It even deletes and reverses all the changes made by others who know the profile is unreliable. We need your help! READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2016 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 April 18, 2016

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    If you don’t visit Somewhat Reasonable and the Heartlander digital magazine every day, you’re missing out on some of the best news and commentary on liberty and free markets you can find. But worry not, freedom lovers! The Heartland Weekly Email is here for you every Friday with a highlight show. Subscribe to the email today, and read this week’s edition below.


    If You Love the Earth or Your Pocketbook, Thank Your Local Fracker This Earth Day!
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    Townhall
    Unfairly left out of celebrations of Earth Day (today) is the success of hydraulic fracturing. It may come as a shock to environmentalists, many of whom oppose the process, but the rise of fracking has resulted in a healthier environment. The nation’s growing use of natural gas, which emits half the amount of carbon dioxide compared to burning coal, has resulted in a spectacular reduction of CO2 that renewable industries can only dream about.  READ MORE


    Gore’s RICO-style Prosecution of Global Warming Skeptics
    Russell Cook,
    American Thinker
    A group of 18 attorneys general are shamelessly abusing their authority by invoking RICO statutes, which are typically used to prosecute gangsters, in an effort to silence “climate skeptics” for the “crime” of disagreeing with the hypothesis of man-caused global warming. The hook: Big oil paid these skeptics to foster false doubt about the scientific “consensus,” even though there is not one shred of evidence to prove skeptical scientists were paid to lie. In fact, it’s those who pushed climate alarmism for malice and profit, such as Al Gore, who deserve closer scrutiny.  READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: H. Sterling Burnett: Global Warming Thoughtcrimes
    H. Sterling Burnett, research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor ofEnvironment & Climate News, joins Research Fellow Isaac Orr in this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about the legal efforts being made to prosecute companies, researchers, and think tanks under RICO statutes. As Burnett and Orr explain, climate skeptics aren’t breaking any laws, but they are breaking an unwritten rule of the modern left by disagreeing with established climate science and policy. Burnett says these attempts to prosecute Americans with legitimate scientific views undeniably violate free-speech rights. LISTEN TO MORE


    The Vaping Wars: Brian Fojtik and Victoria Vasconcellos
    As the U.S. population’s appetite for cigarettes decline, pressure has mounted on the market to supply an alternative. Taking the place of the traditional tobacco cigarette is the e-cigarette – an electronic product that vaporizes a liquid, giving users a familiar smoking experience without the same harms posed by tobacco. But, as we know all too well, when a new product or service becomes popular, the government gets involved. Speakers Brain Fojtik and Victoria Vasconcellos visited The Heartland Institute to discuss how regulators are trying to wage war on vaping. If you missed any or all of this informative event, you can watch the entire program on our YouTube page. WATCH IT NOW



    Come to the Grand Opening of the Michael Parry Mazur Library!
    Join us for the Grand Opening of the largest freedom library in Chicagoland. The Michael Parry Mazur Library at The Heartland Institute is a rapidly growing research library containing an excellent collection of works on economics, history, political science, public policy, and related topics. With nearly 10,000 books already donated and on shelves, the library serves as a unique resource for scholars, Heartland staff, and the interested public. The library will offer free wi-fi and computer time, and library patrons will have opportunities to schedule time with Heartland research staff and policy advisors.  SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    More Than Half of ACA Health Insurance CO-OPs Fold, Senate Reports
    Michael McGrady,
    The Heartlander
    More bad news for supporters of Obamacare: Twelve of 23 nonprofit health insurers, which received a total of $1.2 billion in federal loans under the Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan program, are either out of business or slated to collapse at the end of 2016. Nathan Nascimento, senior policy advisor and director of state initiatives at Freedom Partners, says, “The only option for people is for Obamacare to be fully repealed.” READ MORE


    Despite Rhetoric, Life on Earth Is Objectively Getting Better
    Jesse Hathaway,
    Washington Times
    Many in the media would have you believe life is getting worse. We often hear the income gap is growing and the number of Americans earning middle-income salaries is shrinking. Many politicians blame capitalism, claiming the wealthy are exploiting the working man for their own monetary gain. Data from HumanProgress.org, a project of the Cato Institute, show otherwise. On average, people on Earth have become more financially secure over the past decade. Wealth, lifespans, and happiness all appear to be trending upward.  READ MORE


    Alternatives Soon May Blossom in College-Entrance Testing
    Robert Holland,
    The Federalist
    Decades from now, education historians may observe Common Core provoked a wave of activism that resulted in decentralizing U.S. education. That was not what the power elites intended when they concocted standards and assessments intended to apply to all students, teachers, and schools. Their objective was centralization. But their arrogance has activated a hornets’ nest of angry parents intent on reclaiming control over their children’s schooling. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Kyle Maichle: The Article V Convention Road Map
    Everyone interested in the Article V convention movement knows the number of states needed to initiate this process is 34. But this threshold is only the beginning. Kyle Maichle, Heartland’s project manager for constitutional reform, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to help lay out the road map we can expect to see moving forward. Maichle discusses what a convention would look like, how delegates are chosen, and how long it may take to fully enact a new constitutional amendment.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Alabama’s Welfare Program is a Decade Behind Most of the Country
    Logan Pike,
    AL.com
    One of the major goals of welfare reform is to help people out of government dependency and into self-sufficiency. However, this goal is not without its opposition. There is no shortage of rumors and falsehoods surrounding the proposed welfare reform bill now being considered in Alabama – a state that was awarded an “F” grade in The Heartland Institute’s 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card. Logan Pike, co-author of the report card, dispels some of these myths. READ MORE


    Help Us Stop Wikipedia’s Lies!
    Joseph L. Bast,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    Many people rely on The Heartland Institute’s profile on Wikipedia to provide an objective description of our mission, programs, and accomplishments. Alas, the profile they find there is a fake, filled with lies and libel about our funding, tactics, and the positions we take on controversial issues. Wikipedia refuses to make the changes we request. It even deletes and reverses all the changes made by others who know the profile is unreliable. We need your help! READ MORE


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