• Week of April 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.


    Cruz, Trump Go on Record on Climate, Energy
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    Climate Change Weekly
    The two leading Republican presidential candidates gave comprehensive statements on the topics of energy and climate when they responded to a survey by the American Energy Alliance. Both Trump and Cruz are skeptical of the policies implemented by the Obama administration to prevent purported dangerous anthropogenic global warming. Both candidates reject imposing a carbon tax, complain of regulatory overreach, and promise to scale back Obama’s Clean Power Plan. While the candidates agreed on a number of subjects, they did disagree on energy subsidies and the renewable fuel mandate. READ MORE


    IRS Serves Government, Not Taxpayer
    Jesse Hathaway,
    Real Clear Policy
    With Tax Day upon us, now is the perfect time to remind ourselves that the Internal Revenue Service is the government Leviathan’s enforcer, nothing more. The IRS’s disregard for public safety was recently highlighted by a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report showed the IRS failed to make recommended improvements, leaving taxpayers’ private information at the mercy of hackers, both domestic and foreign. READ MORE


    Prosecute Climate Deniers? No, First Amendment Protects Debate
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    The global warming debate has reached a new, and chilling, level. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch reports discussing with the FBI pursuing legal action against companies, research institutions, and scientists who debate whether humans are causing catastrophic climate change. This is an unprecedented politicization of justice and attack on our First Amendment right to freedom of speech. READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Yaron Brook: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality
    “Income inequality” has once again become a rallying cry for the Left. Since achieving the goal of perfect equality is impossible, politicians like Bernie Sanders can forever champion the objective of increasing equality regardless of the amount of government intervention currently in place. Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to explain the truth about “income equality alarmism” and why equal is, in fact, unfair. LISTEN TO MORE



    Coming Next Week to Arlington Heights: The Vaping Wars!
    If you love discussions about liberty, you will not want to miss the great series of events Heartland has lined up through the spring. OnWednesday, April 20, a discussion will take place about the “vaping wars” – the government’s war on e-cigarettes. OnWednesday, May 11, Ryan Yonk, executive director of Strata Policy, comes to Heartland to discuss the 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, the events will be live-streamed and archived on Heartland’s YouTube page. SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    Exelon Again Threatens to Close Nuclear Plant Unless Taxpayers Subsidize Operations
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    The Heartlander
    Exelon, a utility with the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the United States, is once again seeking corporate welfare from taxpayers. Exelon told Illinois lawmakers it will close its Southern Illinois Clinton nuclear plant if it does not receive new financial support from the state in 2016. This isn’t the first threat. In 2015, Exelon said it would close three plants in the state unless Illinois agreed to impose a special surcharge that would have provided an additional $300 million to the company. READ MORE


    College Admissions Offices Adapt to Homeschooling Boom
    Andy Torbett,
    The Heartlander
    As the popularity of homeschooling continues to grow, colleges and universities are changing their admissions processes to better accommodate homeschooled children’s unique backgrounds and skills. “There are colleges that are actively recruiting homeschooled students,” said Lennie Jarratt, The Heartland Institute’s project manager for education transformation. “Just one decade ago, this didn’t happen.” Could this be a solution to the radical left’s takeover of K–12 and higher education? READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Brian Blase: Obamacare’s Broken Promises
    In 2009, the Affordable Care Act was touted as a cure-all, required to expand health insurance access and reduce health care costs nationwide. In the six years since Obamacare’s passage, the shortcomings have become evident. Brian Blase, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to discuss the disparity between Obamacare’s promises and the reality that exists three years into its full implementation.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Insurers Are Abandoning Obamacare Exchanges
    Justin Haskins,
    Consumer Power Report
    One of the most ambitious aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the creation of health insurance marketplaces, which proponents said would increase market competition and lead to lower costs for consumers and insurers. A new report by The Heritage Foundation shows ACA has actually limited consumers’ insurance options by driving health insurers out of the Obamacare marketplace. According to the report, there are now only 287 “exchange-participating insurers,” down from 395 insurers in 2013. 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


    School Choice Fosters Racial, Economic Equity
    Joy Pullmann,
    School Choice Weekly
    A common criticism thrown at school choice advocates is that school choice programs create segregation in the education system. Reality shows quite the opposite effect. Kevin Chavous, founding board member for the American Federation for Children, responds to this frequently made claim by pointing out that school choice programs typically serve far more minority students than is representative of their states’ populations, thereby serving to desegregate public and private schools. READ MORE


    Invest in the Future of Freedom! Are you considering 2016 gifts to your favorite charities? We hope The Heartland Institute is on your list. Preserving and expanding individual freedom is the surest way to advance many good and noble objectives, from feeding and clothing the poor to encouraging excellence and great achievement. Making charitable gifts to nonprofit organizations dedicated to individual freedom is the most highly leveraged investment a philanthropist can make. Click here to make a contribution online, or mail your gift to The Heartland Institute, One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2740, Chicago, IL 60606. To request a FREE wills guide or to get more information to plan your future please visit My Gift Legacy http://legacy.heartland.org/ or contact Gwen Carver at 312/377-4000 or by email at gcarver@heartland.org.
     

  • Week of April 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.


    Using RICO to Silence Global Warming Critics
    H. Sterling Burnett, Independent Journal Review

    Global warming alarmists such as Al Gore have been claiming for years that the debate over the causes and consequences of climate change is over, but the public is still not buying it. And for good reason: The best evidence says there is no scientific consensus. Now the alarmists are bringing out their big guns: Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified that the Department of Justice has discussed pursuing civil action against companies, nonprofit organizations, associations, and scientists who question whether humans are causing catastrophic climate change. Can you believe this? READ MORE


    State AGs Launch “Climate Fraud” Investigations
    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    Not to be outdone by the U.S. Justice Department, 16 Democratic state attorneys general appeared at a news conference hosted by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to jointly threaten to investigate anyone who disagrees with alarmist dogma on the climate change issue. The AGs claim the investigations are to determine whether ExxonMobil knowingly hid or attempted to obfuscate data showing its products could cause climate change. In fact, the real goal is to harass and silence critics of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. READ MORE


    Why Does Wikipedia Lie About The Heartland Institute?
    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    Friends and allies sometimes ask if we are aware that our profile on Wikipedia is full of accusations about our funding, tactics, and the positions we take on controversial issues. They wonder why we haven’t “corrected it.” The answer is: We tried … and tried, and tried some more. So have our friends and even some of our critics. But 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. You can help! To see how, READ MORE


    Peter Wood Comes to Heartland to Drill Through Common Core
    Common Core State Standards are ruining K–12 education in America, not because they were poorly written or implemented, but because this was their purpose all along. Dr. Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, spoke to an attentive and enthusiastic audience at The Heartland Institute earlier this week to get to the core of the matter. Wood explained the dangers of these standards and how they negatively affect our children’s ability to learn. If you missed the presentation, the event is archived on Heartland’s YouTube page. WATCH IT HERE


    Featured Podcast: Charles Steele: How Natural Gas Benefits the Environment and Economy
    The production and use of natural gas has become a political football during the current presidential race. The left claims the popular method of natural gas extraction, fracking, is unsafe and threatens the environment. Charles Steele, chairman of the economics department at Hillsdale College, joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to help clear up the misconceptions. Steele explains how increasing production of natural gas benefits the economy as well as the environment. LISTEN TO MORE



    Coming Next Week to Arlington Heights: Frank Buckley!
    If you love discussions about liberty, you will not want to miss the great series of events Heartland has lined up through the spring. OnApril 14, George Mason University’s Frank Buckley will discuss his new book The Way Back; and on April 20, a discussion will take place about the “vaping wars” – the government’s war on e-cigarettes. 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


    Parents Judge Schools Better than Test Scores Do
    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    The national debate over Common Core State Standards has helped expose the bias and inaccuracy of many existing tests of student academic achievement. Tests have changed over the years, lowering standards and introducing politically correct dogma and nonsense. New research published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management found charter schools increase students’ levels of college enrollment and later earnings, yet their students do not perform any better on standardized tests than do public school students. READ MORE


    Colorado Should Reject Single-Payer Health Care
    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    The next state to experiment with a single-payer health care system could be Colorado. Voters there will consider a ballot measure in November that would create “ColoradoCare,” a single-payer, government-run system. This comes after Vermont’s attempt at a similar plan derailed when the estimated costs far exceeded forecasts. The ColoradoCare plan is expected to cause economic havoc. For example, the plan could require increasing the state income tax to nearly 15 percent. READ MORE


    Obamacare Fails to Meet Obama’s 2009 Promises
    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    In 2009, the Executive Office of the President released a report outlining how increasing health insurance costs were going to devastate American families, leaving them unable to pay for coverage. The report was used to support passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Now six years into Obamacare, we see insurance costs growing at rates similar to those experienced before the passage of ACA. This, coupled with slowed wage growth, is really straining American families. READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Dan Ikenson: Criticism of Free Trade Misses the Mark
    Criticism of free trade by presidential contenders Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders has once again made the “trade deficit” a popular buzzword. But what does it mean? Cato Institute policy analyst Dan Ikenson joins the Heartland Daily Podcast to explain why international trade is not a scoreboard to measure a nation’s economic success. He discusses why we should look at a high trade deficit as a sign that American goods are still in high demand. LISTEN TO MORE


    The Supreme Court’s Three Big Mistakes on Obamacare
    Robert Natelson, Washington Times
    After passage of the Affordable Care Act, many looked to the Supreme Court to strike down some of the law’s key provisions, including the individual mandate. Many look at the Court’s confirmation of this controversial aspect of the law as its only mistake. Fewer realize this was but one of several mistakes by the Supreme Court regarding Obamacare. Constitutional scholar and Heartland Policy Advisor Robert Natelson dissects the Court’s decision and finds three big mistakes. 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 March 28, 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.


    Wikipedia: What the Liberals Want You to Think
    Joseph L. Bast,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    In recent years, left-wing activists have rewritten hundreds of thousands of Wikipedia entries, adding their anti-technology, anti-corporation, and anti-free enterprise dogma and propaganda to the profiles of many individuals and organizations. The Heartland Institute’s profile has been the target of a major misinformation effort, with objective descriptions of our work removed and lies and unfounded leftist accusations put in their place. Can you help us fix Wikipedia? READ MORE


    Update: ‘Article V 2.0′: The Compact for a Balanced Budget
    Nick Dranias,
    Heartland Policy Study
    As the national debt approaches a staggering $20 trillion, it is getting harder to continue kicking the can down the road. Something has to be done. Nick Dranias, a constitutional law expert, asks the question, “What if the states could advance and ratify a powerful federal balanced budget amendment in just 12 months?” The Compact for a Balanced Budget could do just that. This is an update of aHeartland Policy Study Dranias wrote in July 2014. READ MORE


    Learning Lessons on the Road to Serfdom
    The Austrian Economics Center’s 2016 international “Free Market Road Show” added The Heartland Institute to its list of stops. Four speakers from Argentina, Austria, Germany, and Iceland came to Arlington Heights to provide an international perspective on the state of the American dream and freedom and prosperity. If you missed the presentation, the entire event is archived on Heartland’s YouTube page.  WATCH IT HERE


    Featured Podcast: Reason’s Shikha Dalmia: The Flint, Michigan Water Crisis
    The Flint, Michigan water crisis is deeply unsettling to everyone affected. To help shed light on the situation and its causes, Shikha Dalmia, a senior analyst with the Reason Foundation, joins Heartland Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett on this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast. She explains how the crisis was caused by the failure of government, not the market.  LISTEN TO MORE



    The Stars Come Out in Arlington Heights!
    If you love discussions about liberty, you will not want to miss the great series of events Heartland has lined up through the spring. Upcoming events include several book talks, including Drilling Through the Core with the National Association of Scholars’ Peter Wood and The Way Back with George Mason University’s Frank Buckley. 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


    Climate Regulations for Show, Not Positive Impact
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    Climate Change Weekly
    A stunning admission occurred recently before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Under questioning, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the Obama administration’s climate efforts will do nothing to protect public or environmental health. These regulations are nothing more than a symbolic attempt to get other countries’ leaders to join the Paris climate agreement. READ MORE


    Book Review: A Fresh Look at the Great Depression
    Jay Lehr, Ph.D.,
    The Heartlander
    Heartland Senior Fellow Jay Lehr, Ph.D. reviews The Midas Paradox, a book that delves deep into the causes of the Great Depression and its effects on the economy. Author Scott Sumner, director of the Mercatus Center, has spent more than two decades researching this period of American history. He explains how prior post-mortems have failed to fully examine the root causes of the economic collapse. READ MORE


    The Rise of Socialized Medicine
    Justin Haskins,
    Consumer Power Report
    It is becoming more clear than ever that the United States is moving toward a European-style health care system. In August 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama explained how a “transition step” would be needed to usher in single-payer health care. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is that transitional step. According to the Congressional Budget Office, more than half the nation will likely rely on government for health care within the next decade.  READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: Dr. Hal Scherz: The Best-Kept Secret in the Health Care Industry
    The continuing and growing intrusion into the health care market should concern everyone. But there are some bright spots worth noting. Dr. Hal Scherz, founder of Docs 4 Patient Care, joins Research Fellow Michael Hamilton to talk about one of the best-kept secrets in the health care industry: direct primary care. LISTEN TO MORE


    Striking Back at Teacher Strikes
    Timothy Benson,
    Crain’s Chicago Business
    Yet another teachers strike took place in Chicago on April Fool’s Day. 22,000 union members walked off the job en masse, denying Chicago Public Schools’ 400,000 students a day of learning. Because of the frequency of these events, The Heartland Institute is designing a plan that will make such strikes less likely. A “strike voucher” would allow any student to temporarily attend any charter, secular, private, or parochial school using a $50 per day stipend. READ MORE


    Upstart College Exam Challenges ACT, SAT
    Joy Pullmann,
    School Choice Weekly
    A new organization, Vector ARC, is beta-testing a college entrance exam that will compete with ACT and SAT. Vector ARC says its exam will stand independent of the Common Core standards. Richard Innes, education policy analyst for the Bluegrass Institute, said, “because both the ACT and SAT now claim Common Core alignment, the creation of an alternative test should be of special interest to parents of students in many school choice programs.” 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 March 21, 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.


    Wikipedia: What the Liberals Want You to Think
    Joseph L. Bast,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    In recent years, left-wing activists have rewritten hundreds of thousands of Wikipedia entries, adding their anti-technology, anti-corporation, and anti-free enterprise dogma and propaganda to the profiles of many individuals and organizations. The Heartland Institute’s profile has been the target of a major misinformation effort, with objective descriptions of our work removed and lies and unfounded leftist accusations put in their place. Can you help us fix Wikipedia? READ MORE


    Yaron Brook Explains Why Equal Is Unfair
    We’ve been told the American Dream in vanishing. We’re told the rich are getting richer, leaving the rest of us to struggle just to keep our heads above water. To save the American Dream, we’re told we need to fight income inequality through tax hikes and wealth redistribution. What we are being told is wrong. The Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook spoke to an attentive crowd at the Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center at The Heartland Institute this week to explain why we must fight to make America a freer, more prosperous nation. If you missed the presentation, the entire event is archived on Heartland’s YouTube page.  WATCH IT HERE


    Testimony: John R. Christy Addresses NOAA’s Temperature Manipulation
    This testimony by Dr. John R. Christy, delivered on February 2, 2016, before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, is a fascinating overview of the latest real science regarding climate change. Dr. Christy demolishes claims that scientists know enough about how the climate works to understand the human impact or predict future climate conditions. The testimony also includes an “extract” of his previous testimony showing man-made climate change is not causing a rise in extreme weather.  READ MORE


    Featured Podcast: Kyle Maichle: The Article V Convention Movement
    More states are passing resolutions demanding a solution to our country’s runaway debt, making it clear the movement for an Article V Convention is more robust than ever. Kyle Maichle, project manager in the Center for Constitutional Reform at The Heartland Institute, spoke to an Illinois-based tea party group about the Article V approach to reining in the national debt and the federal government. Maichle explains what this would mean for our country and how it can be achieved soon. LISTEN TO MORE



    The Stars Come Out in Arlington Heights!
    If you love discussions about liberty, you will not want to miss the great series of events Heartland has lined up through the spring. Upcoming events include a presentation by the Austrian Economics Center, Learning Lessons on the Road to Serfdom, as well as several book talks, including Drilling Through the Corewith the National Association of Scholars’ Peter Wood and The Way Back with George Mason University’s Frank Buckley. 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


    Lynch May Ignore First Amendment to Prosecute Climate Skeptics
    H. Sterling Burnett,
    Climate Change Weekly
    As the global warming narrative continues to fall apart, alarmists are becoming more desperate in their attempts to stop the debate. The latest attack comes from the United States Department of Justice. In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Loretta Lynch discussed pursuing civil action against companies, organizations, and individual scientists who continue to debate the question of whether humans are causing catastrophic climate change. READ MORE


    Video: Oklahoma’s Earthquakes Are ‘Unrelated’ to Fracking
    Isaac Orr,
    Somewhat Reasonable
    Anti-fracking activists blame hydraulic fracturing for the rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma over the past several years. But a new video featuring Dr. Mark Zoback, a professor of geophysics at Stanford University, explains fracking is not to blame for the quakes. In fact, as you’ll see in the video, the earthquakes in Oklahoma have nothing to do with fracking at all.  READ MORE


    A Not-So-Happy Obamacare Anniversary
    Justin Haskins,
    Consumer Power Report
    President Barack Obama’s landmark legislation, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, has reached its sixth year anniversary. Not many Americans are celebrating, because Obamacare has caused far more problems than it attempted to solve. Skyrocketing premiums, failing insurance companies, and vanishing high-quality insurance plans are just a few of the problems. Even after six years, it appears our health care system is going to get worse before it gets better.  READ MORE


    Replacing Common Core: Choices and Tradeoffs
    Joseph Bast, Lennie Jarratt, and Joy Pullmann, 
    Heartland Policy Brief
    Supporters of school choice view Common Core as an unnecessary and unconstitutional federal intrusion into the educational system. The way states were coerced into adopting these national standards is particularly troubling. But if Common Core standards were ended, what should replace them? This Policy Brief discusses several options, examining the benefits and drawbacks of each.  READ MORE


    Bonus Podcast: In The Tank (ep30): Cascade Policy Institute, Corporate Welfare, Union Leave, and Beer Taxes
    In episode #30 of the In The Tank podcast, Donny and John speak with John Charles Jr., president and CEO of the Cascade Policy Institute, about his organization and Oregon’s move to increase its renewable energy mandate to 50 percent by 2040. In the second half, Donny and John talk about the failures of corporate welfare, the cost of union leave time, and the taxes each state charge for beer. This weekly podcast gives you a look into the work free-market think tanks are doing to promote freedom and individual liberty across the country.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Direct Primary Care Saving States Millions
    Nathan Makla and Matthew Glans,
    Heartland Research & Commentary
    Increased government involvement in the health care industry continues to make it harder for doctors and facilities to provide inexpensive and timely services. For this reason, direct primary care, also known as retainer medicine, is becoming increasingly popular for doctors and patients alike and could serve to revitalize the U.S. primary care system. Union County, North Carolina was able to optimize this consumer-driven health care model, a move that may save the county $1 million in 2016 alone.  READ MORE


    Reporters Insult Parents Who Choose Schools
    Joy Pullmann,
    School Choice Weekly
    In response to school choice advocates’ support for greater parental control over education, a reporter from The New York Times wrote “that parents are susceptible to being duped because they are poor and unsophisticated.” This is the crux of the issue. Who can choose a better education for a child, the parents or a bureaucracy? It may come as a shock to the reporter of a liberal newspaper, but it is not surprising to us that families secure a better education for their kids when they are free to choose.  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 March 14, 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.


    Joseph L. Bast, Somewhat Reasonable
    In recent years, left-wing activists have rewritten hundreds of thousands of Wikipedia entries, adding their anti-technology, anti-corporation, and anti-free enterprise dogma and propaganda to the profiles of many individuals and organizations. The Heartland Institute’s profile has been the target of a major misinformation effort, with objective descriptions of our work removed and lies and unfounded leftist accusations put in their place. Can you help us fix Wikipedia? READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    It appears the climate alarmism movement is finally coming off the rails. The German climate science site, No Tricks Zone, has assembled a list of approximately 250 peer-reviewed academic articles published in 2015 that contradict the official climate story – that man is causing catastrophic global warming. Among these articles is evidence that nature plays a larger role in the climate than previously thought. Also, a host of articles address the positive effect increased atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are having on plant growth and agricultural yields.  READ MORE


    This week, Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast joined the Unbiased Americashow to talk about the new book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming. Bast dismantles the claim that 97 percent of scientists have arrived at a consensus that man is causing catastrophic global warming. Along with clearing up many of the false claims surrounding the climate change debate, Bast also addresses the frequently repeated accusations that The Heartland Institute is funded by the Koch brothers and works with Big Tobacco.  WATCH IT HERE


    Sally Pipes, executive director and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, joins Health Care News Managing Editor Michael Hamilton to talk about her plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Pipes says the Republicans’ problem is not a lack of a replacement plan, but an overabundance of plans. Pipes advocates an approach that would empower consumers and doctors rather than the federal government. LISTEN TO MORE



    If you love discussions about liberty, you will not want to miss the great series of events Heartland has lined up through the spring. Upcoming events include several book talks:Equal Is Unfair with the Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook, Drilling Through the Core with the National Association of Scholars’ Peter Wood, and The Way Back with George Mason University’s Frank Buckley. 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


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    Say what you will about the Republican presidential candidate front-runner’s attitude and hair, but Donald Trump’s health care plan deserves a closer look. A new study by the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget blasts Trump’s plan, saying it would cost $500 billion over ten years and leave millions without insurance. However, a fair look shows he offers many good reforms that would help lower costs and improve the health insurance marketplace.  READ MORE


    Isaac Orr, Independent Journal Review
    As oil prices plummet due to the fierce competition between the U.S. hydraulic fracturing industry and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, many oil-exporting nations have been left reeling. OPEC governments are now stuck relying on dwindling oil revenues to fund large portions of their social welfare programs, many of which are essential to maintaining national stability.  READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    Former New York Education Commissioner John King’s disdain for free speech, support for Common Core, and advocacy of using tests to exercise federal control over schools was not enough to prevent him from becoming the new U.S. Education Secretary. The Home School Legal Defense Association warned, “King is one of Common Core’s staunchest advocates and a firm believer in the power of educational bureaucracy.”  READ MORE


    Hosts Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft continue their exploration of the work of think tanks across the country in episode #29. In the Featured Work of the Week segment, Donny and John discuss an eye-opening policy study by the R Street Institute on how Canada uses the practice of “regulatory budgeting” to limit and even reduce the burden regulations have on individuals and business. They also discuss work from Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute, Florida’s James Madison Institute, and of course The Heartland Institute.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Robert Holland, Richmond Times-Dispatch
    As the popularity of home schooling continues to grow, new resources are forming to help parents successfully take a more active role in their children’s education. One of the newest support systems are cooperatives, or co-ops. These co-ops allow parents to come together and share the burden of teaching, resulting in more specialized learning and peer support. Homeschooling is one of the purest forms of school choice … and it is working.  READ MORE


    Dustin Siggins, The Heartlander
    In his final annual budget proposal, President Barack Obama is throwing everything he can think of against the wall to see what will stick. Included in the budget are significant spending increases, higher crude oil production taxes, and other tax hikes on individuals and businesses. “Any budget that would spend more than $4 trillion, almost by definition, forgoes any reasonable semblance of fiscal responsibility,” said Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Coalition to Reduce Spending.  READ MORE


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