• Week of June 06, 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.


    Government Tech Waste Illustrates Disrespect for Taxpayers
    Jesse Hathaway, The Hill
    During the Eisenhower administration, the Treasury Department used state-of-the-art computer technology to maintain the nerve center of the U.S. tax system. More than 50 years later, nothing has changed – literally! Treasury’s IT systems haven’t been updated in 56 years. A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals how many government agencies are operating on outdated and obsolete technology. The most frightening example comes from the Department of Defense, which is still using 8-inch floppy disks to maintain the American nuclear missile arsenal. READ MORE


    GMO Labeling Laws Are Harmful and Unnecessary
    Tim Benson,
    Heartland Research & Commentary
    Starting July 1, all food in Vermont (except meat and cheese) that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must carry an identifying label. Several other states are lining up to follow suit, so it’s important to take a look into what effects this law may have. Hundreds of studies prove the safety of GMOs, but that hardly matters when state-mandated labels carry a stigma, conditioning the public to falsely believe GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided.  READ MORE


    No, Radical Environmentalism Is Not Inevitable
    Joseph Bast,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    Instead of trying to win the climate change debate, the radical environmental left is acting as if its world view has already won. Case in point: a recent Huffington Post essay claims the culture has inevitably shifted toward embracing “environmentalism.” The author implies those opposed to the radical views of Earth First and Greenpeace are racists, sexists, xenophobic, and homophobic. Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast responds, highlighting the author’s most dishonest and disingenuous claims. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Dr. David Wojick: How Government Funding Bias Corrupts Science
    David Wojick, Ph.D., former consultant with the Office of Scientific and Technical Information at the U.S. Department of Energy, joinsEnvironment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett to discuss how government funding corrupts science. Wojick explains how some prominent science organizations follow government money when studying climate change – and the government tends to want to see conclusions that support the discredited hypothesis that human activity is causing a climate crisis. LISTEN TO MORE


    Heartland Library Book Shelf of the Week – History
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    Coming Next Week to Arlington Heights: Know Your Second Amendment Rights
    On Wednesday, June 15, a panel of experts will be at The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois to discuss the Second Amendment and how government at all levels is continually challenging that right to bear arms. And then on Monday, June 20, join The Heartland Institute at the Union League Club in Chicago as we welcome energy experts Stephen Moore of The Heritage Foundation and Kathleen Hartnett White of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, who will make an unapologetic case in favor of fossil fuels. SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    Fracking and Frac Sand Mining Contribute to Cleaner Air
    Isaac Orr,
    The Oklahoman
    It’s understandable that people living near industrial sand facilities would be concerned about the potential impacts of sand mining on the environment and human health. Their concern makes it all the more important to recognize that the best available science on the topic shows industrial sand mines and processing plants pose virtually no threat to air quality near these facilities. In fact, the sand mined in the Upper Midwest is playing an important role in reducing air pollution across the nation by encouraging fracking for abundant and cleaner-burning natural gas. READ MORE


    Give Vision Patients Protection, not ‘Eye of Newt,’ in Lobbyists Witches’ Brew
    Michael Hamilton,
    Consumer Power Report
    Free-market advocates have come to expect legislation to produce results exactly opposite what their names suggest – can anyone say, “Affordable Care Act”? We are thus immediately wary of a new bill, the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act. The law seeks to impose regulations that would essentially kill a new tech startup offering a do-it-yourself online eye exam. Aaron Dallek, CEO and cofounder of Opternative, calls the act a “protectionist bill” that serves only entrenched interests in the industry.   READ MORE


    What’s the Difference Between K–12 and College Again?
    Joy Pullmann,
    School Choice Weekly
    As Milton Friedman explained in his seminal essay on the role of government in education, the line between K–12 and college is not arbitrary. The Founders’ understanding of public education was to develop America’s young people into good citizens capable of governing themselves, as our unique system of government requires. By contrast, college educations benefit the individual more than the general public. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: In The Tank (ep41): Independent Women’s Forum, Ranking States, Unemployment Rates
    John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #41 of the In The Tank Podcast. Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, joins the show to talk about IWF and its new report, “Working for Women: A Modern Agenda for Improving Women’s Lives.” This episode also features work from the Mercatus Center, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, and more.  LISTEN HERE


    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 30, 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.


    Greenpeace Under Fire – Again
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    According to a lawsuit filed on May 31, Greenpeace is “a global fraud” that has “fraudulently induced people throughout the United States and the world to donate millions of dollars based on materially false and misleading claims about its purported environmental purpose and its ‘campaigns’ against targeted companies.” The suit says “maximizing donations, not saving the environment, is Greenpeace’s true objective.” We’ve been reporting that for years. READ MORE


    Answering the John Birch Society’s Questions about Article V
    Michael Farris,
    Heartland Policy Brief
    The John Birch Society (JBS) is one of the most vocal opponents of convening a convention of the states to amend the U.S. Constitution. Michael Farris, a legal advisor for the Convention of States Project, addresses and debunks 16 objections by JBS, writing, “Only a Convention of States will give us effective solutions to the abuse of power in Washington, D.C. It is our moral obligation to protect liberty for ourselves and our posterity.”  READ MORE


    Naomi Oreskes Warps History
    Ron Arnold,
    LeftExposed
    Socialist historian Naomi Oreskes took what amounts to climate skeptic vanilla pudding and labeled it as deadly poison in a book titled Merchants of Doubt that became her meal ticket for life. But she never bothered investigating the original source documents and made no effort to interview the clearly named involved parties. That breaks every rule of journalistic ethics, not to mention scholarly historiography. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Peter Ferrara: Examining Obamacare Repeal and Replace Options
    After years of false starts, 2017 may be the year Congress finally repeals Obamacare. Heartland Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara, author of Power to the People, joins Michael Hamilton, managing editor of Health Care News, to talk about the proposed plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Ferrara and Hamilton discuss universal health insurance tax credits (UHITCs) and the idea of block-granting Medicaid to the states. LISTEN TO MORE


    Heartland Library Book Shelf of the Week – Health Care
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    Coming Next Week to Arlington Heights: Funding Education Choice
    On Wednesday, June 8, the Cato Institute’s Jason Bedrick will be at The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois to explain how your tax dollars can be better used to educate your children. A week later, a panel of experts will discuss our Second Amendment right to bear arms and how the government challenges that right. 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


    FDA’s Hasty, Irresponsible Regulation of E-Cigarettes Will Harm Consumers
    David S. D’Amato,
    Investor’s Business Daily 
    Government’s role in ensuring consumer safety should extend to barring fraud and false or misleading advertising, while otherwise leaving producers and consumers free to bargain and exchange. FDA’s rush to over-regulate e-cigarettes reveals how today’s consumer needs protection from government, not companies offering innovative alternatives to tobacco. READ MORE


    Trump Would Renegotiate Paris Climate Agreement
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    Climate Change Weekly
    One piece of good news to come out of the presidential campaign so far is presidential candidate Donald Trump’s bold and uncompromising dissent from global warming alarmism. Trump has said global warming ranks low on the list of problems facing the world, and he would renegotiate the climate agreement that came out of COP-21 in Paris in December. He also said he does not expect China, the world’s top carbon dioxide emitter, to adhere to the toothless and nonbinding pledge. READ MORE


    Schools Seek to Reduce Emphasis on Test Scores
    Joy Pullmann,
    School Choice Weekly
    New requirements from the Every Student Succeeds Act are now leading states to judge public schools against “non-academic” criteria. Instead of relying heavily on test scores, new factors may include attendance rates and student perceptions of teacher “warmth.” But if bureaucrats can’t manage a few criteria well, why should they seek to manage more – and why should we allow them to do so?  READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Lennie Jarratt: Nation’s Report Card Shows Falling Education Scores
    The latest results of the “Nation’s Report Card,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, show yet another decline in student achievement. Lennie Jarratt, project manager for The Heartland Institute’s Center for Transforming Education, joins theMorning News Watch Radio Show to talk about these test scores, some of the first seen during the Common Core era. While it may be too early to lay all the blame on Common Core, Jarratt points to a study showing scores fell most dramatically in states that embraced Common Core. READ MORE


    AGs Delegated Powers to Predatory Lawyer in Suit Against ExxonMobil
    Ron Arnold,
    Left Exposed
    A group of state attorneys general, calling themselves “AGs United for Clean Power,” declared they planned to “creatively and aggressively” use their powers to harass and intimidate ExxonMobil, think tanks, and individuals who dare to criticize the Obama administration’s war on fossil fuels. One of their tactics is to contract with an infamous trial lawyer, Linda Singer, known for her use of “questionable tactics to win lucrative cases.” READ MORE


    States Ought to Remove Barriers to Telehealth
    Michael Hamilton,
    Consumer Power Report
    More than half the states restrict telemedicine-provided services. This fact, along with the stigma surrounding mental health, has served to limit treatment for those most in need. A key step toward increasing access to mental health services is to remove already-in-place barriers. If digital access to mental health services were expanded, patients would be allowed to obtain preventive and maintenance services from the convenience and comfort of their own homes. 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 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


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