• Week of February 01, 2016

    Obamacare Paperwork: A Multi-Billion-Dollar Cost Americans Can’t Afford
    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama’s signature law, has caused significant premium price increases and has forced millions of Americans out of insurance plans they enjoyed prior to the law’s passage. One of the biggest burdens that is rarely mentioned is the millions of hours of paperwork required for businesses and individuals to keep up with federal regulators’ demands. These added regulatory expenses reduce efficiency and increase costs, hurting businesses and families. READ MORE


    Oregon Legislators Move to Make Energy More Expensive
    Tim Benson, Heartland Research & Commentary
    In the name of combating “man-caused global warming,” legislators in Oregon are taking steps that will guarantee poor and middle-income families pay more for energy. Two pieces of legislation have been proposed that would shutter all of the state’s coal-producing power plants and require utilities to meet 50 percent of customer demand with renewable energy. This is the opposite of moves being made by other states to roll back their renewable energy mandates to enjoy the benefits of cheap and reliable energy.  READ MORE


    Heartland National School Choice Event a Great Success
    To promote National School Choice Week, The Heartland Institute held a packed event in its new home in Arlington Heights, Illinois, featuring former congressman Joe Walsh, Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison, and Sister Mary Paul McCaughey of the Chicago Archdiocese. The message: “Fund children, not districts.” Children need an education system flexible enough to meet individual needs instead of the traditional one-size-fits-all approach. If you missed it, the whole event was live-streamed and is archived on Heartland’s YouTube page. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Marian Tupy – Tracking Human Quality of Life Over the Centuries
    Life on Planet Earth has gotten easier and more enjoyable over time, and modern technology has benefitted billions of people. Marian Tupy, editor of HumanProgress.org and a senior policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, joinsBudget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to discuss a new Cato project that allows people to create, compare, and share statistical indices of how human quality of life has changed over the centuries.  LISTEN TO MORE



    Never Lose a Debate with a Global Warming Alarmist!

    The Heartland Institute’s newest book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, demolishes the most pernicious myth in the global warming debate: that “97% of scientists” believe mankind is the cause of a global warming catastrophe. Read about Heartland President Joseph Bast’s discussion of the book on the Lynn Woolley Show HERE. Go to Amazon.com or the Heartland store [store.heartland.org] now and order a copy, or become a Heartland donor and get a free copy! READ MORE


    What Will Socialized Health Care Do to YOUR Medical Care?
    Jane M. Orient, M.D., AAPS
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist Democratic candidate for president, is running a populist campaign with universal health care as one of his central platforms. What would a socialized health care system mean for your medical care? Would it deliver low-quality care, like Medicare, or even lower-quality care like the scandal-prone Veterans Administration? Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and a Heartland Institute policy advisor, asks these questions and more. READ MORE


    A Constitutional Convention Can Be Limited in Scope
    Kyle Maichle, San Antonio Express-News
    The spending problem of the federal government and the skyrocketing national debt have driven many to push for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Some of these supporters include Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. While this movement is picking up steam, others are reluctant to support such a change out of concern that any effort to amend the Constitution might open the door to undesirable changes. Kyle Maichle, Heartland’s project manager for constitutional reform, dispels this myth. READ MORE


    Obama’s EPA to Anti-Frackers: You’re Wrong
    Tim Benson, Toledo Blade
    The hydraulic fracking revolution has done more to reduce energy prices and increase American energy independence than any other innovation in recent history. However, opponents of fracking routinely repeat the same two allegations. They say the disposal of wastewater causes earthquakes and proper regulations are not in place to protect citizens. Two reports released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discredit those claims and show the processes are being done in a safe and proper manner. READ MORE


    ‘Big Data’ Tries to Zero Out Parents in Common Core Review
    Robert Holland, Townhall
    When parents began to shine a light on the deception at the root of the Common Core State Standards initiative, some states responded by using an online tool developed with Academic Benchmarks, Inc. that government officials claimed gave parents input into the development of standards. But Academic Benchmarks is not the disinterested party so many have been claiming it is. In fact, there are good reasons for parents and pro-school-choice education activists to be very concerned about the Cincinnati-headquartered firm. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Jessica Sena: Let’s Not ‘Keep it in the Ground’
    One of the latest environmental campaigns to capture attention is the “Keep it in the Ground” movement, which advocates leaving 80 percent of the world’s fossil fuels in the ground forever. Jessica Sena joins research fellow Isaac Orr to explain why this is a disastrous proposition that would lead to higher energy prices and premature death in developing nations. LISTEN TO MORE


    Los Angeles Teen One of 12 in the World to Achieve a Perfect AP Calculus Score
    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    Seventeen-year-old Cedrick Argueta is only the twelfth student in the world to receive a perfect score on the notoriously difficult Advanced Placement calculus AB exam. He attributes his success to plain-old hard work. “While I think talent is a big part of doing well, hard work definitely trumps that,” he told a local news station, echoing what many researchers have said despite the widespread belief that stupendous academic skills are a fixed trait. Also in this issue of School Choice Weekly: Virginia lawmakers have introduced a bill that would create education savings accounts for any child enrolled in public school or about to enter kindergarten, and Arizona Gov. Mary Fallin has called for education savings account legislation. READ MORE


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  • Week of January 25, 2016

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    Tim Benson, Crain’s Chicago Business
    The condition of the mismanaged and underperforming government-run school system of Chicago continues to deteriorate. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is facing a $500 million budget shortfall for the 2015–16 school year alone, and it is more than $1 billion in the hole. If Illinois lawmakers truly want to end the unsustainable spending and borrowing practices of school districts around the state, they should empower parents and take much of the financial control of schools out of the hands of bureaucrats. One of the best ways to do this is provide each student with an education savings account, which would be directed by parents. READ MORE


    Tim Benson and Taylor Smith, Heartland Research & Commentary
    The standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon has been successful in at least one thing: It has brought attention to the issue of federal land ownership. According to the United States Geological Survey, nearly half the land in the Western United States is owned by the federal government. This includes 52.9 percent of Oregon and 84.9 percent of Nevada. Without market forces at work, Western states will continue to suffer economically and environmentally. READ MORE


    Isaac Orr, Investor’s Business Daily
    Someone really ought to inform Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders that the spending sprees of his beloved socialist models, Denmark and Norway, are bankrolled by Big Oil. You heard that right. While Sanders is calling for a ban on oil production on U.S. government land, the Norwegian government, which owns 67 percent of Statoil ASA, the largest oil company in Norway, is producing oil and natural gas on government land – and lots of it. READ MORE


    In this episode of the In The Tank Podcast, hosts Donald Kendal and John Nothdurft take on 10 questions most frequently asked of libertarians. They include: Are you an anarchist? Don’t you care about the environment? And, of course, who will build the roads? Donald and John also talk about a few articles that appear to show global warming is having positive effects on the world’s forests. LISTEN TO MORE



    The Heartland Institute’s newest book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, demolishes the most pernicious myth in the global warming debate: that “97% of scientists” believe mankind is the cause of a global warming catastrophe. Scientists Craig Idso, Fred Singer, and the late Robert Carter critique the sources of this myth and present a summary of the physical science that makes it plain beyond any doubt that there is no global warming crisis. Go to Amazon.com or the Heartland store now and order a copy, or become a Heartland donor and get a free copy! READ MORE


    Robert Holland, Washington Examiner
    If some choice is better than none, it ought to follow logically that unfettered choice is superior to limited choice. However, that proposition offends guardians of government-run schools who insist that every dime of public appropriations must go to maintain the current, broken system, not to aid parents who know of better educational options for their children in the private sector. It’s for this reason that January is rarely all cheers for choice. READ MORE


    Michael Hamilton, Inside Sources
    Obamacare dramatically expanded the government’s role in health care and may yet extinguish private care altogether. Hillary Clinton defends Obamacare but calls for additional market interventions that would lead to single-payer socialism. Bernie Sanders simply says what both Obama and Clinton are afraid to say out loud: Entrust your health to socialism, the system that failed catastrophically around the world just a few decades ago. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, millions of Americans have been forced to obtain a new, often inferior health insurance plan; health insurance premiums have risen dramatically; and many health insurance companies operating in the Obamacare exchanges have lost millions of dollars. ACA has also had a detrimental effect on small businesses, which are at a significant disadvantage when competing against larger businesses because the latter can more easily absorb higher health insurance costs. READ MORE


    Logan Pike and John Nothdurft, Clarion Ledger
    The Heartland Institute’s 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card gave Mississippi a C- grade, ranking the Magnolia State 29th for its anti-poverty Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies. Mississippi took a step in the right direction to better that grade earlier this month by implementing work requirements for those who receive food stamps. Logan Pike and John Nothdurft outline four policies the state could enact that would further bring people out of government dependency and into self-sufficiency. READ MORE


    Jonathan Williams, vice president of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Center for State Fiscal Reform, joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to discuss what states can do to help the needy get back on their feet. ALEC’s report, Rich States, Poor States, cites The Heartland Institute’s 2015 Welfare Report Card, allowing governors and state legislators to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of their states’ welfare programs. LISTEN TO MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    The Cato Institute discusses how to design tax credit scholarships on the education savings account (ESA) model. Putting the two together will likely offer even more benefits than any of the current school choice designs to date. And we may not have to wait long to see. Missouri is the first state to consider legislation for a tax-credit-funded ESA. READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    This issue of Climate Change Weekly is dedicated to the memory of Heartland Senior Fellow Robert M. Carter. Heartland President Joseph Bast writes, “Dr. Robert M. Carter, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, died suddenly of a heart attack earlier last week. He was the author of two books and coauthor of three volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series, produced by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). Bob was the very embodiment of the ‘happy warrior’ in the global warming debate. He was a scholar’s scholar, with impeccable credentials (including a Ph.D. from Cambridge), careful attention to detail, and a deep understanding of and commitment to the scientific method.” 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 January 18, 2016

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    Dr. Robert M. Carter, R.I.P.
    Joseph Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Dr. Robert M. Carter, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this week. He was the author of two books and coauthor of three volumes in the Climate Change Reconsidered series, produced by the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). Bob was the very embodiment of the “happy warrior” in the global warming debate. He was a scholar’s scholar, with impeccable credentials (including a Ph.D. from Cambridge), careful attention to detail, and a deep understanding of and commitment to the scientific method. READ MORE


    Left Exposed: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), one of the ten largest donors to anti-technology and left-leaning activists in the United States, specializes in “prescriptive grantmaking” to advance its ideological agenda rather than conducting an open and objective grant-application process. RBF funds or has funded virtually all the radical environmental groups in the United States and is responsible for the Left’s takeover of the environmental movement since the 1990s. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Donn Dears’ New Book: Nothing to Fear
    Policy advisor, author, and former energy executive Donn Dears joins Environment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett to discuss his new book Nothing to Fear: A Bright Future for Fossil Fuels. Dears explains that mankind has the ability to withstand nearly everything mother nature may throw at it, so long as governments don’t institute policies that cripple its ability to respond to potential threats. LISTEN TO MORE


    Inside the Chicago Public Schools Crisis
    Tim Benson, Townhall
    You’d have to look long and hard for a better example of a mismanaged and underperforming public-run school system than the Chicago Public Schools. Despite the fact that CPS teachers are the most highly compensated teachers in any major city, the Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to go on strike during the 2016 spring semester. Most, if not all, of this would be forgivable if the system succeeded in adequately teaching Chicago students. It has not. READ MORE



    The Heartland Institute released at COP-21 in Paris its newest book on global warming: Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming. The authors demolish the most pernicious myth in the global warming debate: that “97% of scientists” believe mankind is the cause of a global warming catastrophe. Scientists Craig Idso, Fred Singer, and Robert Carter critique the sources of this myth and present a summary of the physical science that makes it plain beyond any doubt that there is no global warming crisis. Go to Amazon.com or the Heartland store now and order a copy, or become a Heartland donor and get a free copy! READ MORE


    Heartland Education Experts React to Potential Chicago Public School Bankruptcy
    “In a move that redefines ‘quixotic,’ the rump GOP super-minority legislative caucus wants to allow the Chicago Public Schools to declare bankruptcy and put the district under state control,” said Heartland Senior Fellow Bruno Behrend. “This attempt to replace one Ponzi scheme with a larger, more bankrupt Ponzi scheme is another indicator of the lack of seriousness of Illinois politicians.” READ MORE


    How ‘Freedom Frackers’ Are Liberating Saudi Arabia
    Isaac Orr, Grand Forks Herald
    The U.S. fracking boom has challenged the energy hegemony of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). While we enjoy the low prices that result from the fierce competition, countries like Saudi Arabia are feeling the heat. The Saudi kingdom has managed to keep demands for more political freedom at bay by spending billions of dollars on social welfare programs that provide free education and health care to all citizens. This strategy is unraveling as oil prices continue to fall and the country’s budget deficit continues to rise. READ MORE


    PUC Out of Line in NV Energy’s Dispute with Casinos
    James Taylor, Las Vegas Review-Journal
    The Warren Buffett-owned (and misnamed) NV Energy – a public utility that provides electric service to much of Nevada – was granted a near-monopoly under Nevada law. The Nevada Public Utilities Commission is supposed to safeguard against this near-monopoly taking advantage of its customers but has not. The three largest Nevada casino companies, fed up with NV Energy’s high prices, are being hit $127 million in exit fees, a staggering sum, for the crime of wanting to purchase their electricity elsewhere. READ MORE


    PPOs Are Going Extinct in Obamacare Marketplace
    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    It’s undeniable the health care system in America was not working as well as it needed to at the time President Barack Obama entered the White House. But Obamacare has made the health insurance marketplace even worse for most Americans. There are fewer quality options available today than at any time in recent history, and health insurance prices are rising at staggering rates. With fewer PPO plans on the market, a trend that will likely continue over the next few years, the situation for consumers will only get worse. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Erick Elder – Is Your State Preparing for the Next Economic Recession?
    The stock market is off to a dreadful start this year and many think it’s only the beginning. Will your state be adequately prepared if we enter another recession?  Erick Elder, an economics professor at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to discuss a new Mercatus Center study about how state lawmakers are preparing for upcoming economic woes. LISTEN TO MORE


    White House Finalizing Strict E-Cig ‘Deeming’ Rules
    Robert Lurie, The Heartlander
    In another example of the Obama administration using regulations to circumvent Congress and vastly expand federal authority, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is considering new federal regulations requiring all e-cigarette products to apply for federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, regardless of whether they are new products or previously created. The proposed FDA “deeming rule” would extend the agency’s tobacco regulatory authority to consumer products without tobacco, such as e-cigarettes. 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 January 11, 2016

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    The movement to amend the U.S. Constitution is gaining momentum across the country. Kyle Maichle, The Heartland Institute’s project manager for constitutional reform, joins host Donald Kendal to talk about Marco Rubio’s recent endorsement of an Article V convention, which is causing quite a stir in the mainstream media, as well as Compact for America (CfA), an organization seeking an Article V convention to implement a balanced budget amendment. Maichle discusses CfA’s strategies, influences, and successes so far. LISTEN TO MORE


    Tim Benson, Heartland Research & Commentary
    The agreement that came out of COP-21 was called a “turning point for the world” by President Barack Obama. But critics on both the right and left say the agreement is merely an aspirational document, lacking language that would make any of its provisions on emission reduction and redistribution to developing countries legally binding. After all the hype and rhetoric, the world got a toothless, hollow, and non-binding agreement. That’s a victory, not a setback, for sound science and economics. READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Inside Sources
    Heartland’s H. Sterling Burnett writes a devastating reply to sociologist Robert Brulle, who turned to the Washington Post on January 6 to continue his campaign to attribute the American public’s rejection of global warming alarmism to “the coordinated efforts of conservative foundations and fossil fuel corporations to promote this uncertainty.”  According to Burnett, “The main reason I don’t accept the so-called ‘consensus view’ on climate change is it violates the scientific method. Virtually every testable prediction made concerning the harmful impacts of climate change has been proven to be incorrect.” READ MORE


    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Why would Michael Mann and Naomi Oreskes, two prominent (and almost ridiculously alarmist) academics in the global warming debate, devote hours to writing letters to the editor to a small (circ. 10,000) newspaper in northern Wisconsin? Maybe to avoid peer-review and editors who recognize libel when they see it. Mann and Oreskes recently repeated every lie and half-truth about The Heartland Institute spread on the Internet (often with their help) in a letter to theLakewood Times, and Heartland President Joseph Bast set the record straight in his reply, posted online at the newspaper as well as on Heartland’s blog, SomewhatReasonable. READ MORE



    The Heartland Institute released at COP-21 in Paris its newest book on global warming: Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming. The authors demolish the most pernicious myth in the global warming debate: that “97% of scientists” believe mankind is the cause of a global warming catastrophe. Scientists Craig Idso, Fred Singer, and Robert Carter critique the sources of this myth and present a summary of the physical science that makes it plain beyond any doubt that there is no global warming crisis. Go to Amazon.com or the Heartland store now and order a copy, or become a Heartland donor and get a free copy! READ MORE


    Robert G. Holland, Washington Times
    Two days after the text was released, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was rushed through a House vote. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee praised ESSA for short-circuiting a national school board and returning control to local hands. But why was former secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education Arne Duncan so happy about this supposed devolution from federal control? “We were intentionally quiet on the bill – they asked us specifically not to praise it – and to let it get through,” said Duncan. Under ESSA, every state must adopt “college- and career-ready standards,” which means Common Core, or whatever rebranded versions the national education ministry deems acceptable. READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, The Federalist
    Fortune magazine, which styles itself as being the voice of modern-day capitalism, started the new year with a lengthy cover story heaping praise on corporate sponsors of Common Core and disdain on the stupid, right-wing, and misinformed opposition it encountered. Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann has written a passionate and even angry reply at The Federalist that exposes the real sources of grassroots opposition to Common Core. You gotta read this one! READ MORE


    Peter Wood, The Heartlander
    Parents all over the country are becoming increasingly upset with the impacts of Common Core. With the mess that has been made of math and reading instruction, there has risen a growing movement to repeal Common Core entirely. Unfortunately, it may not be that easy. The large investment already made in textbooks, computers, tests, and training makes repealing this massive federal and state program a large feat. Undoing some forms of bad policy can take years. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    Few government policies produce worse effects on state health care quality than certificate of need (CON) laws. These laws require medical facilities to get permission in order to purchase new equipment, offer new medical services, or expand or build a new medical facility. Several state delegates in the Virginia General Assembly have had enough of these destructive and frankly dangerous regulations. As of now, eight legislative reforms designed to scale back these CON laws are being considered to return sanity and free-market regulation to Virginia’s health care system. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    Few government policies produce worse effects on state health care quality than certificate of need (CON) laws. These laws require medical facilities to get permission in order to purchase new equipment, offer new medical services, or expand or build a new medical facility. Several state delegates in the Virginia General Assembly have had enough of these destructive and frankly dangerous regulations. As of now, eight legislative reforms designed to scale back these CON laws are being considered to return sanity and free-market regulation to Virginia’s health care system. READ MORE


    Jesse Hathaway, The Hill
    As Bitcoin continues to climb in value, many are looking at the virtual money as a legitimate alternative to government-backed currencies. As its popularity increases, more established companies, such as Dell, DISH Network, Microsoft, and even Papa John’s Pizza, are beginning to accept payment in Bitcoin. Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of Budget & Tax News, argues Bitcoin could bring an end to the U.S. government’s near-monopoly over the money business, unleashing free-market principles into the worlds of commerce and finance. READ MORE


    Berin Szoka, president of TechFreedom – a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the progress of technology that improves the human condition – joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to discuss how regulators in the U.S. and abroad are using the power of the state to combat zero-rating, a kind of data plan that allows consumers to use streaming services at no cost. Szoka explains how foreign governments are cracking down on political dissent under the guise of protecting consumers with similar regulations. LISTEN TO 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 January 04, 2016

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    Left Exposed: Union of Concerned Scientists
    The Union of Concerned Scientists is a left-wing advocacy organization that spreads unscientific alarmism about environment and energy topics. It is currently bragging about being a major architect and proponent of using the federal RICO Act against executives at fossil fuel companies and nonprofit think tanks, such as The Heartland Institute. Heartland’s Emily Zanotti and Ron Arnold document the organization’s history, funding, and controversies with a new profile posted at LeftExposed.org.  READ MORE


    New Book! Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming
    This week, Heartland released it’s newest book on global warming. Titled Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, the book takes on and demolishes the most pernicious myth in the global warming debate: that “97% of scientists” believe mankind is the cause of a global warming catastrophe. Scientists Craig Idso, Fred Singer, and Robert Carter critique the sources of this myth and present a summary of the physical science that makes it plain beyond any doubt that there is no global warming crisis. Go to the Heartland Store now and order a copy, or become a Heartland donor and get a free copy! READ MORE


    Heartland Denounces President Obama’s Executive Order on Guns
    President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders on gun control, announced at a tearful press conference earlier this week, won’t reduce gun violence or diminish the real threat of terrorism, but they will continue this president’s pattern of grandstanding, using fear to advance a left-liberal agenda, and violating the Constitution. As Research Fellow Steve Stanek notes, “nationally, the murder rate is less than half what it was in the early 1990s.” Sorry, Mr. President, we aren’t falling for it. READ MORE


    The Future of Social Security
    Peter Ferrara, National Affairs
    Heartland has produced a colorful and easy-to-read guide on how to fix Social Security so benefits promised to today’s seniors are secure and tomorrow’s seniors will have better opportunities to save for their retirements. The future of Social Security will be among the top issues in the 2016 presidential election, as government actuaries predict the Social Security trust funds will run out of money to pay promised benefits by 2029 and Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to take benefits away from seniors. Heartland Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara, who has been writing about Social Security since the 1980s, says there’s a better way. READ MORE



    Featured Podcast: Corruption in Chicago Public Schools
    Lennie Jarratt, The Heartland Institute’s project manager for education, and Heartland Policy Analyst Tim Benson join host Donald Kendal to discuss a report released this week by the Inspector General of the Chicago Board of Education. The report showed a disturbing pattern of corruption, ranging from record tampering to drug-related criminal activity. This corrupt regime keeps demanding more and more funding while denying parents access to better schools through vouchers and other school choice programs used with great success in other cities. LISTEN TO MORE


    Greenland Wants Out of Paris Climate Accord
    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartlander
    Even before the ink dried on the climate agreement developed in Paris at the United Nations’ COP-21 summit, Greenland is angling to protect its energy sector by opting out of its commitments under the accord. Greenland’s unique transportation needs, which require the use of small planes, its natural cloudiness, and extended periods of low-light conditions make reductions in carbon emissions especially difficult in the Danish country.  READ MORE


    Compact for a Balanced Budget
    Nick Dranias, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland’s new Center for Constitutional Reform has released a new booklet by constitutional scholar Nick Dranias titled “Compact for a Balanced Budget.” Copies of the booklet will be sent along with copies of Budget & Tax News to all national and state elected officials, subscribers, and Heartland donors who ask to receive that monthly publication. The federal debt is fast approaching $20 trillion, a staggering amount that no one would have thought was sustainable just a few years ago. President Obama shares the blame with Congress for the massive surge in spending that caused this fiscal crisis, and neither party has any incentive to solve it. Constitutional reform, in the form of a balanced budget amendment, is our only hope. Dranias succinctly and persuasively explains how it can be done quickly and without raising the threat of a “run-away convention.” READ MORE


    West Virginia Education Chief Announces Repeal of Common Core
    Bruce Edward Walker, The Heartlander
    The West Virginia state superintendent of schools announced on November 13 his plan to repeal Common Core K–12 math and English standards and replace them with College and Career Ready (CCR) standards developed specifically for the state. “I am proud of the work that has occurred throughout the last several months, because this effort was generated from the bottom up, with input from our educators and community members,” state Superintendent Michael Martirano told School Reform News.  READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Florida Solar Power Amendment Is Not Free Market
    James Taylor, The Heartland Institute’s vice president of external relations and a senior fellow for environment issues, joins Environment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the proposed solar power amendment in Florida. Despite what solar advocates claim, the move is not “anti-monopoly” or “free market,” but an effort to carve out special privileges and benefits for the solar power industry, to be paid for by ratepayers and taxpayers. READ MORE


    For Many, New Year’s Resolution Is to End Obamacare
    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    High on the list of many American’s New Year’s resolutions is hope that they will be able to afford to pay for health insurance in 2016 and beyond. The failed Obamacare debacle will cause average health insurance premiums to rise by more than 20 percent in 2016. Millions of people have already lost their insurance and are scrambling to find new policies. The CEO of UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurance provider, announced his company would be leaving the Obamacare exchanges, which could be the beginning of the long-predicted Obamacare death spiral.  READ MORE


    Taxpayers, States Win When There’s Tax Code Competition
    Jesse Hathaway, The Hill
    Many state governments facing budget crises are still trying outdated and failed policy ideas, such as higher taxes and increased government spending, hoping they’ll somehow work this time. Instead, they should copy tried-and-true ideas for successfully attracting residents and fostering an economic environment in which people can prosper. Jesse Hathaway, editor of Budget & Tax News, offers a summary of the Tax Foundation’s new State Business Tax Climate Index report, a state-by-state, apples-to-apples comparison of tax systems. READ MORE


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