• Week of August 08, 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.


    Michael Hamilton, The Federalist
    Have you ever wondered whether your eight minutes of face time with your doctor is worth the one or two hours you spend in waiting rooms, driving to and from appointments, or supplying information for digital data entry? Your doctor has probably wondered the same thing. Most likely, the culprit isn’t your doctor; it’s a dastardly duo: federal reporting requirements and the industry’s entrenched health insurance model. LEARN MORE


    Sam Batkins, The Heartlander
    Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the federal government has issued a record-breaking 600 major regulations, creating a combined economic burden of at least $743 billion. The regulatory costs amount to $2,294 for every person in the United States. As Obama begins to wrap up his final term in the White House, you can expect to see more regulations coming our way.  LEARN MORE


    Not many topics stir grassroots activism like the government’s expansion of its intrusion into our children’s education does. This was demonstrated Wednesday night at The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center, where activists, concerned citizens, and parents packed the house to watch a presentation about the collectivist control of education and Common Core standards. Educational entrepreneur Marsha Enright and grassroots activist Jeffrey Horn spoke about how Common Core is warping our education system. If you missed the event, you can watch the full presentation at Heartland’s YouTube page. WATCH IT HERE


    Global warming alarmism has fostered a movement that promotes the belief fossil fuels are dangerous and should be left in the ground, rather than being used to power our homes, offices, cars, and farms. This war being waged on fossil fuels is immoral and has even had a negative impact on the environment. Kathleen Hartnett White joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about the new book she co-authored with Stephen Moore titled Fueling Freedom: Exposing the Mad War on EnergyLISTEN TO MORE



    On Thursday, September 15, The Heartland Institute will celebrate its 32nd anniversary with a reception and dinner at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be political satirist and author P.J. O’Rourke, who will deliver an incisive and funny address about the 2016 election and the state of politics and culture in America today. Morton Blackwell, founder and president of The Leadership Institute, will accept this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize. Seats are filling up fast, so don’t hesitate. Reserve your table or tickets today! READ MORE


    Ben Johnson, The Heartlander
    Certificate of Need (CON) laws—regulations that require medical facilities to seek permission to expand or acquire new equipment and facilities—distort the health care marketplace and make medical care more expensive. Lawmakers in Tennessee, after seeing the detrimental effects of these CON laws, initiated reforms that loosened some of these requirements. In response, the state’s CON review board raised the minimum cost of the permission application fee by a staggering 400 percent!  LEARN MORE


    Kenneth Artz, The Heartlander
    For a deep red state, Texas is lagging behind when it comes to school choice. However, lawmakers in the Lone Star State are now taking the first steps toward rectifying the situation. Texas state Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) vows to continue pushing his state to create an education savings account (ESA) program. An ESA program allows parents to apply to remove their child from a local public school. The state then uses the money allocated to the child for public schooling to fund an account parents can use to pay for approved education services. LEARN MORE


    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is one of the government’s most secretive and least accountable agencies. The IRS wields an enormous amount of power over us. It can bury you in a mountain of paperwork and litigation, and it can even send agents after you for not complying with complicated, almost-impossible-to-understand rules. Dan Johnson, executive director of the Tax Revolution Institute, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about a new project that would “Audit the IRS.” Johnson discusses his important plan to shine some light on this powerful government agency. LISTEN TO MORE


    James Rust, Somewhat Reasonable 
    The success of fracking and other technological achievements have reduced energy prices across the country. From gasoline to natural gas, we are paying less to fuel our vehicles and heat our homes. But even in these times of energy abundance, we can take steps that will reduce the amount of money we spend on energy. From transportation to water consumption, Policy Advisor James Rust lays out several dozen tips that could reduce your energy bills by one-third. LEARN MORE


    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Have you visited Heartland’s Wikipedia page recently? The good news is that it is more complete than it was just a couple months ago, after leftists took it over and trashed it. Most of the new information is accurate and unbiased. But the lies and libel about our positions on smoking and climate change remain. Other conservative and free-market sites suffer, too. Wikipedia refuses to make many of the changes we request and deletes and reverses the changes made by others. 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 August 01, 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.


    Video: Dr. Barry Poulson – How Fiscal Rules Can Fix the American Government
    America’s annual budget deficits under President Barack Obama have routinely exceeded $1 trillion, and the national debt has nearly doubled on his watch to just short of $20 trillion. Congress’s response to this fiscal crisis has been to continually raise the debt ceiling and spend even more. Dr. Barry W. Poulson, former professor of economics at the University of Colorado and architect of Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, spoke at The Heartland Institute on Wednesday to discuss why the federal government desperately needs new structural fiscal rules to fix the debt crisis and prevent a financial collapse. You can watch the entire presentation at Heartland’s YouTube page. WATCH IT NOW


    Turnabout Is Fair Play: Climate Subpoenas Issued to Green Groups
    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    File this story under “reaping what you sow.” After several Democratic attorneys general abused their power by issuing subpoenas to ExxonMobil and a climate realist organization, House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) issued some subpoenas of his own to Greenpeace, 350.org, and other extremist environmental groups. The move follows up on evidence of a coordinated effort to deprive organizations such as The Heartland Institute of their First Amendment rights. LEARN MORE


    Why the U.S. Has Suffered the Worst Economic Recovery Since the Great Depression
    Peter Ferrara, Heartland Policy Brief
    President Barack Obama says his economic policies have been a success because the economy is better today than it was at the depth of the recession he inherited nearly eight years ago. This theme was pushed at the Democratic National Convention, as well, but does Obama really have reason to brag? He does not, according to a new Heartland Policy Brief by Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara. America’s recovery from the financial crisis and recession near the end of President Bush’s second term was already overdue when Obama took the oath of office, but the president’s failed Keynesian policies created the conditions for the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Roberta Walls: Sand Mining Poses Little Threat to Air and Water Quality
    Opponents of fracking for oil and natural gas attack it on multiple fronts, including the alarmist claim that frac sand mining poisons the air and water. Roberta Walls, the point person for industrial sand mining at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, joins Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr on our podcast to talk about a new report showing frac sand mining has minimal impact on the environment. LISTEN TO MORE


    We were happy to see the Trump campaign issue a graphic this week that
    pulls information from Peter Ferrara’s latest Heartland Policy Brief titled
    “Why the United States Has Suffered the Worst Economic Recovery Since
    the Great Depression.”


    Come See P.J. O’Rourke at the Heartland Institute’s 32nd Anniversary Benefit Dinner!

    On Thursday, September 15, The Heartland Institute will celebrate its 32nd anniversary with a reception and dinner at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be political satirist and author P.J. O’Rourke, who will deliver an incisive and funny address about the 2016 election and the state of politics and culture in America today. Morton Blackwell, founder and president of The Leadership Institute, will accept this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize. Seats are filling up fast, so don’t hesitate. Reserve your table or tickets today! READ MORE


    Shamelessly Uninsured Self-Pay Patients Pay Themselves
    Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
    Nothing wipes the smile off the face of a doctor’s office receptionist faster than a patient proudly stating he has no insurance. But there’s no reason to frown. Heartland’s Michael Hamilton belongs to a growing minority of Americans who eschew traditional and inefficient insurance plans to become self-pay patients. Hamilton explains the benefits – for both consumers and health care providers – of going the self-pay route. LEARN MORE


    Nevada Supreme Court Considers Biggest School Choice Program Ever
    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    Late last month, the Nevada Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the Silver State’s education savings account program, which has never been implemented because of the lawsuit. If or when it gets off the ground, the program would apply to nearly all K–12 children in the state. That would make it both the nation’s largest school choice plan, and a significant test for the workability of education savings accounts. LEARN MORE


    Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt the Poor. There’s a Better Way
    Matthew Glans, Arizona Republic
    In a one-size-fits-all, consequences-be-damned approach to helping low-income workers, Arizona, Maine, and South Dakota are considering ballot measures that would substantially increase the minimum wage. Doing so would result in higher food prices and raise the barrier to entry-level jobs, depriving young working-age Americans of the workforce experience they need to succeed in life. If voters and policymakers want to help the poor find and keep jobs, they should oppose raising the minimum wage. LEARN MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Steve Buckstein: Oregon May Become One of the Worst Places to Do Business
    The election in November will feature a large number of ballot initiatives in many states. One of those measures could render the state of Oregon one of the worst places in the country in which to do business. Steve Buckstein, senior policy analyst with the Cascade Policy Institute in Portland, joins the podcast to talk about the creation of a gross receipts tax, which Buckstein calls “a sales tax on steroids.”   LISTEN TO MORE


    Ravitch Right on Common Core, Wrong on Everything Else
    Teresa Mull, American Spectator
    Diane Ravitch, a well-known school choice opponent, has gotten something right: “The Common Core Costs Billions and Hurts Students.” The quote comes from the title of Ravitch’s recent New York Times article, but while her thesis holds true — Common Core has been a disaster — her arguments are supported by neither the facts she presents, nor her own credo. LEARN MORE


    Help Us Stop Wikipedia’s Lies!
    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Have you visited Heartland’s Wikipedia page recently? The good news is that it is more complete than it was just a couple months ago, after leftists took it over and trashed it. Most of the new information is accurate and unbiased. But the lies and libel about our positions on smoking and climate change remain. Other conservative and free-market sites suffer, too. Wikipedia refuses to make many of the changes we request and deletes and reverses the changes made by others. 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 July 11, 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.


    Global Warming Skepticism Is Not Fraud
    Joseph Bast, Breitbart
    Heartland President Joseph Bast responds to a Yale law professor who says expressing skepticism about the Obama administration’s climate change position amounts to fraud and is not protected by the First Amendment. The fact that there is no scientific consensus on the causes and consequences of climate change completely debunks this position, and means alarmists who accuse their opponents of fraud ought to stand trial for libel. LEARN MORE


    Forcing Unrealistic Hikes Endangers Drivers, Zaps the Economy
    H. Sterling Burnett, Seattle Times
    National fuel economy standards will require new vehicles to achieve 54.5 miles per gallon starting with the 2025 model year, endangering the safety of drivers and their passengers. To achieve the mileage standard, manufacturers must reduce the weight of vehicles and restrict consumer access to SUVs and trucks. Forcing people into lighter vehicles already has caused more deaths than the number of soldiers killed in the Vietnam War. LEARN MORE


    Senate Democrats Threaten Climate Realists … and You
    Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable
    Nineteen Democrats, led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, took to the floor of the United States Senate this week to attack the free speech rights of individuals and organizations that disagree with the government dogma on the causes and consequences of global warming. Make no mistake: This is an abuse of power and an attempt to intimidate American citizens to keep quiet, and to send those who support them running scared. It will not work. LEARN MORE


    Featured Podcast: In The Tank (ep46): #OurAmerica, Monopolies and Antitrust, and Sin Taxes
    Director of Communications Jim Lakely joins New Media Specialist Donny Kendal and Government Relations Director John Nothdurft in this week’s episode of the In The Tank Podcast to talk about the #OurAmerica Campaign and American exceptionalism. They also take on a Center for American Progress study on reviving antitrust laws, pointing out where the report went wrong and suggesting real solutions to the perceived problems. Lastly, they discuss sin taxes, why they are unreliable and should be avoided. LISTEN TO MORE


    Visit Heartland’s #OurAmerica page to find other memes to share and
    ideas on how to promote our shared values


    Early Bird Rates for Heartland’s 32nd Anniversary Benefit Dinner END SOON!
    On Thursday, September 15, The Heartland Institute will celebrate its 32nd anniversary with a reception and dinner at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be political satirist and author P.J. O’Rourke, who will deliver an incisive and funny address about the 2016 election and the state of politics and culture in America today. Early bird rates end July 31 and seats will fill up fast, so don’t hesitate. Buy your tickets today! READ MORE


    In Draft Platform, Democrats Bare Their Souls (and Teeth)
    Tim Benson, Townhall
    On June 25, 15 of progressivism’s greatest minds (and Cornel West), formally known as the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee, put their seal of approval on a document that will be presented at the party convention. It is a fantastic document, in the true sense of the word: fantasy. For instance, the committee unanimously agreed America should operate fossil-fuel-free in 34 years – about as realistic as planning to power the country entirely on pixie dust and unicorn flatulence. LEARN MORE


    Massachusetts Is Latest State to Consider Single-Payer Health Care
    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    As Massachusetts lawmakers continue to consider a statewide single-payer health care system, new research shows how improbable and expensive the plan would be. Bill Vernon, state director of the Massachusetts branch of the National Federation of Independent Business, explains the cost of health care will be guaranteed to rise under a single-payer system because demand naturally exceeds supply. This trend is seen all around the world as universal health care systems fail to provide needed care. LEARN MORE


    Time to Stop Pretending Tests Equal School Accountability
    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    Choice-oriented education reformers need to demonstrate why ceding all power to the technocrats is not just inefficient, but immoral and destructive of the real purpose of education. That real purpose, as our state constitutions and founding documents such as the Northwest Ordinance say openly, is securing to posterity the blessings of self-government. An American education ought to lead young men and women into mature discharge of their duties before God, family, and country. You’ll find no skills directly related to this on standardized tests because tests aren’t designed to measure this greater purpose. And that’s a major reason tests should no longer be allowed to drive American education. LEARN MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Jay Lehr: The Alternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia
    Are you looking for a comprehensive book that covers all major sources of energy, sorting out the myths and facts? Look no further. Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr joins the podcast to discuss the recently released Alternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia, of which he is editor. Lehr describes the shortcomings of wind and solar power and explains why the environmental left is so reluctant to embrace natural gas, hydro power, and nuclear power. LISTEN TO MORE


    Cat Fight in North Carolina Over Health Care CON Law
    Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
    A play called late in the game in the latest session of the North Carolina General Assembly presented lawmakers with a bizarre choice: adopt the bobcat as the official state cat, or adopt a vital health care reform proposal that would repeal the state’s certificate of need law (CON). Neither the bobcat designation nor repeal of the state’s CON law made it to the governor’s desk. Tar Heels likely will survive the first failure, but they will suffer under the second. LEARN 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 July 04, 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.


    The Heartland Institute has joined other nonprofit groups this July to bring our country together to emphasize what makes America fundamentally good and what distinguishes it from other nations. The goal of this new #OurAmerica coalition is to reenergize and provide hope for mainstream Americans who are demoralized by the erosion of American liberty and the constant assault on our core principles. Visit Heartland’s web page dedicated to this project, where you’ll find memes, videos, resources, and more! To celebrate American exceptionalism, use the hashtag #OurAmerica on your social media accounts to help express your pride and hope for the country’s future. LEARN MORE


    Rob Natelson, Heartland Policy Brief
    As more states approve applications for an Article V convention, opponents of constitutional reform continue to object to any potential changes to the all-important document. But as constitutional scholar Rob Natelson writes in this new Heartland Policy Brief, James Madison and other Founders “emphasized state officials’ obligation to interpose in a constitutional manner when the people are threatened by federal overreaching.”   READ MORE


    On Thursday, September 15, The Heartland Institute will celebrate its 32nd anniversary with a reception and dinner at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be political satirist and author P.J. O’Rourke, who will deliver an incisive and funny address about the 2016 election and the state of politics and culture in America today. Early bird rates end July 31 and seats will fill up fast, so don’t hesitate to buy your tickets today! READ MORE


    For the past three decades, the media and culture has fed Americans the narrative the use of fossil fuels will lead to global warming and wreak havoc on future generations. But, in reality, we should be more concerned about potential global cooling. Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr joins The Heartland Daily Podcast to discuss the health benefits of moderate warming, as well as highlighting the fundamental problems with our “sick” care system.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Visit Heartland’s #OurAmerica page to find other memes to share and
    ideas on how to promote our shared values


    On Wednesday, July 20, authors Timothy and Christina Sandefur will be at The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois to talk about their book Property Rights in 21st-Century America. On Wednesday, July 27, Eric O’Keefe – who successfully fought back against the infamous “John Doe” investigations in Wisconsin – will be here to talk about how the power of the state can be used to silence patriotic Americans. You won’t want to miss either of these important presentations! We hope to see you here in Arlington Heights, but if you are unable to attend in person, the events will be live-streamed and archived on Heartland’s YouTube page. SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    Two new climate studies have delivered a critical blow to global warming alarmism. Estimates driven by old computer models projected an increase of 1.2°C in global temperature if carbon-dioxide levels double. However, new research relying on available empirical data shows the climate’s sensitivity to higher amounts of carbon dioxide is much lower than previously thought – as low as 0.02°C if carbon-dioxide levels double. With these modest temperature projections, perhaps the Chicken Little tendencies of climate alarmists will subside. READ MORE


    Jenni White, The Heartlander
    According to findings published by the American College Testing (ACT) National Curriculum Survey, Common Core State Standards fail to prepare students for college. According to the ACT survey, released in June, only 16 percent of college educators say incoming students are prepared for post-secondary coursework. “The college instructors are having to grapple with students who are not fully prepared for college writing,” said Mary Byrne, a former college professor and a member of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. READ MORE


    On July 7, environmental activist Cedric C. Keith came to The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois to discuss his new book The Dying Fish: A Sojourn to the Source. At this interesting event, Keith spoke about his incredible 4,000-mile walk through the wilds of the Appalachian Trail to help preserve a supposedly endangered species: the brook trout. If you were unable to attend or watch the live-stream, you can see the whole presentation on our YouTube page. WATCH IT HERE


    John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks across the country in Episode #45 of the In The Tank Podcast. Jess Fields, Article V project coordinator at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, joins the show to discuss the importance of independence and give updates on the Article V movement. Also featured in the podcast is a study by the Cato Institute about privatization and a discussion about the most patriotic states.  LISTEN TO 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 June 27, 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.


    Lennie Jarratt, Homeschool Monthly
    Are you a parent who homeschools your children or is interested in homeschooling? If so, you’ll want to subscribe to our newHomeschool Monthly e-newsletter. It pulls together all the latest news and commentary relating to homeschooling. Included in this first issue are links to articles about resourceful parent co-ops, articles about Common Core, and podcasts that explain the benefits and importance of homeschooling. READ MORE


    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    In an effort to fill holes in the budget caused by fiscal mismanagement, Philadelphia has enacted a so-called “sin tax” on sugary drinks – a ploy for new revenue that won’t benefit public health and will hurt the poor. A better, more sustainable policy to fix the city’s fiscal woes is to lower tax rates, put dollars back into the pockets of taxpayers, and encourage government efficiency by creating reasonable limits on spending. READ MORE


    The Heartland Institute is working with other nonprofit groups this July to call attention to what makes America exceptional and fundamentally good. At a time when presidential candidates either disparage America or don’t seem to know what it stands for, we want to remind Americans of the Founders’ ideas and provide hope that those ideas can be rescued and preserved. Join us all month long by regularly visiting heartland.org/ouramerica and using the #OneAmerica hashtag on your social media accounts. LEARN MORE


    According to a lawsuit filed on May 31, Greenpeace is “a global fraud.” Michael Bowe, a partner with the New York law firm Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Frieman, joins the podcast to discuss how Greenpeace is being sued under federal and state racketeering laws for trademark violations, defamation, and tortious interference of commerce claims. This case proves Greenpeace isn’t just a radical environmental advocacy group, but it uses deceitful and illegal methods as well.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Visit Heartland’s #OurAmerica page to find other memes to share and
    ideas on how to promote our shared values


    Jesse Hathaway, Deseret News
    The citizens of Salt Lake City are about to find out that sports-stadium welfare for the Utah Jazz, the local NBA team, is a big loser for taxpayers – who are now on the hook for $22.7 million in subsidies to update Vivint Arena. Politicians used the same tired arguments that this public “investment” will lead to local economic growth. It certainly will, but only for the owners and players. Decades of studies show such  corporate welfare will have no effect on local per-capita income or economic growth. READ MORE


    Environmental activists who routinely label skeptics of a man-caused climate crisis as “anti-science” simultaneously demonize the advancements in genetic modification of foods. To help dispel the myths and alarmism that surround GMOs, food policy and agriculture writer Julie Kelly came to The Heartland Institute to talk about how GMOs help feed a growing world population and protect the environment. WATCH IT HERE


    On Thursday, July 7, environmental activist Cedric C. Keith will be at The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois to discuss his new book The Dying Fish: A Sojourn to the Source, which tells the story of his 4,000-mile walk through the wilds of the east to help preserve an endangered species. Later in July, on July 20, Timothy and Christina Sandefur will be here to talk about property rights and eminent domain. We hope to see you here in Arlington Heights, but if you are unable to attend in person, the events will be live-streamed and archived on Heartland’s YouTube page. SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
    The right to try drugs to extend and improve one’s life, outside the sclerotic restrictions of the Food and Drug Administration, precedes the founding of our nation. Yet state lawmakers in 40 percent of states have yet to protect this right from federal overreach. Health Care NewsManaging Editor Michael Hamilton says they should do so now, ahead of federal lawmakers. READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    Just days after the terrorist atrocity in Orlando, the College Board released a revamp of its Advanced Placement European history class, excising the history of Islam’s clash with Christianity and the West. In fact, almost all religious history has been erased or reinterpreted as mere political power plays. This rewrite illustrates how easily the education of the next generation about Western heritage can be changed by elites. READ MORE


    Meet two self-pay patients who don’t have or want health insurance, don’t receive government assistance, and consistently score the best prices on health care money can buy. In this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Sean Parnell, author of The Self-Pay Patient, joins Research Fellow Michael Hamilton to sing the virtues of going uninsured in order to obtain the most cost-effective health care for oneself and one’s family.  LISTEN HERE


    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.