• 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


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  • 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


    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 07, 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
    A study conducted by a team of researchers including the well-known Michael Mann, creator of the “hockey stick” graph, debunks NOAA’s claim that the pause in warming temperatures never happened. This noteworthy admission by Mann et al. supports the global data that show a 15- to 18-year hiatus in rising temperatures.  READ MORE


    Are you tired of hearing over and over that scientists have arrived at a “consensus” regarding catastrophic, man-made global warming? Heartland President Joseph Bast will arm you with the facts you need to ensure you will never lose a debate with a climate alarmist. Bast demolishes the “97%” myth with his presentation based on Heartland’s newest book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming. If you missed his presentation at CPAC or recent presentation at Heartland’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center, you can watch the latter on Heartland’s YouTube page. WATCH IT HERE


    Dustin Chambers, associate professor of economics at Salisbury University, joins Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway on the Heartland Daily Podcast. They discuss how regulators and policymakers often claim regulations are intended to protect the poorest and most vulnerable consumers, but the effects of regulations are most harmful to the poor because regulations drive up the cost of doing business, resulting in higher prices. 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 summer. Upcoming events include a discussion about carbon dioxide emissions and global warming with climate scientist Fred Goldberg; Heartland’s first “movie night” with a 30-minute documentary, The Drew Carey Project; and a discussion with the Ayn Rand Institute’s Yaron Brook on his new book Equal is Unfair. We hope to see you there – 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


    Andy Torbett, The Heartlander
    Dodd-Frank has all but ended the days of the friendly, small-town neighborhood bank, says Mark Thornton, a senior fellow with the Mises Institute. Passed in the wake of the Great Recession, the Dodd-Frank regulations were intended to help prevent another financial crisis. A new study by the Government Accountability Office shows how the regulations reduce choices and lower the quality of services provided by smaller banks and financial institutions. READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    Many people support proposals intended to improve access to mental health care for those in need. But before we hear another proposal to increase federal spending to achieve this goal, perhaps we should do something about existing regulations that limit access to mental health care. New research shows certificate of need (CON) laws, which require medical facilities to obtain permission to purchase new equipment or build new facilities, reduce the availability of mental health care services.  READ MORE


    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    Access to transparent health care prices remains elusive for most U.S. health care consumers, who are often insulated from price considerations by the third-party payment systems commonly used for medical billing. When consumers are able to actively shop and compare prices, market pressures encourage providers to produce a more affordable, high-quality product. If they don’t, they risk losing out to their competitors.  READ MORE


    In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, and supposedly save on energy costs, more and more public schools are “going green.” But is the hype backed up by performance? Todd Myers, director of the environment program at the Washington Policy Center, joinsEnvironment & Climate News Managing Editor H. Sterling Burnett on the Heartland Daily Podcast to discuss his new paper showing how “green” schools often use more energy than before.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Robert Holland, The Hill
    The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia delivered a blow to conservative causes on many fronts. Over the past few weeks, many have wondered if Scalia’s replacement will continue to push for individual liberty and limited government. In this article, Senior Fellow Robert Holland examines the upcoming Supreme Court cases relating to school choice, and what the potential outcomes might be. READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    A bizarre byproduct of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is turning heads. Government schools are beginning to track student emotions and behavior to be used in government ratings of school quality, even as researchers say these evaluations are not trustworthy. Some of those researchers have even resigned from advisory positions to protest the use of their work in this way. 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 February 29, 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
    Are you surprised to read on Wikipedia that The Heartland Institute is an unreliable front group for major corporations and that it is “best known” for its work on tobacco control? That surprised us, too. Left-wing activists have taken over Heartland’s Wikipedia page, removing objective descriptions of our programs and publications and replacing them with lies, errors, and outright libelous claims. Heartland’s Wikipedia page should reflect the fact that the organization has consistently supported sound science and free-markets. Can you help? READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Forbes
    Do you remember when candidate Barack Obama repeatedly pledged he would run the most transparent administration in the history of the United States? Fast-forward to today and find President Obama’s administration has actively worked to conceal important information from the public. The administration has been far more opaque than transparent, with a record number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) denials and ongoing refusals to make public scientific information used to justify environmental regulations. READ MORE


    The late Andrew Breitbart was a pioneer who created his own media empire to fight back against the liberal mainstream media and give voice to conservatives, libertarians, and free-market capitalists. To honor his legacy, Heartland’s state-of-the-art meeting space – which has the ability to live-stream events – will be available for free to any group dedicated to advancing liberty and free markets. Heartland is proud that its event space now carries Andrew Breitbart’s name. READ MORE


    In this edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, host Donald Kendal introduces Heartland’s new managing editor of Health Care News, Michael Hamilton. Hamilton talks about his background and several topics that will be featured in the upcoming issue of Health Care News, bringing listeners up-to-date on Medicaid expansion, right to try legislation, certificate of need laws, and the advancement of direct primary care.  LISTEN TO MORE



    The Heartland Institute’s newest book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, demolishes the myth that “97% of scientists” believe mankind is the cause of a global warming catastrophe. Heartland President Joseph Bast, who edited the book, will discuss his findings and bid a fond farewell to one of the coauthors, Robert Carter who passed away on January 19, at a free event in the Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center on Wednesday, March 9. Go to Amazon.com or the Heartland store [store.heartland.org] now and order a copy. To get a free copy, become a Heartland donor or attend the March 9 event!


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    A disturbing trend is growing where hackers invade computer systems of medical centers, shut down important hospital functions, and hold records for ransom. The worst part of these electronic sieges is the fact they are exacerbated by legislation related to the Affordable Care Act. The Obama-backed Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act required all medical providers to digitize medical records. Since the passage of this law, tens of millions of patient records have been stolen.  READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    As the general public becomes less convinced of the cataclysmic predictions from global warming alarmists, support is beginning to wane even in traditional strongholds: the nation’s public schools. A recent survey of middle- and high-school science teachers in all 50 states shows nearly half refuse to brainwash students into believing humans are causing catastrophic climate change. Since it appears the global warming debate is alive and well in our public schools, perhaps now is the time for further outreach of sound science to our nation’s teachers. READ MORE


    Matthew Glans, Heartland Research & Commentary
    Florida has terrible laws on civil forfeiture – a controversial legal process through which law enforcement agencies take personal assets from individuals or groups merely suspected of a crime or illegal activity. The law essentially considers citizens guilty until proven innocent, forcing people to prove they were not aware their property was being used illegally. Florida lawmakers are considering two proposals that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a criminal conviction before they can confiscate cash or property. READ MORE


    A great debate has been occurring in the aftermath of a court order demanding that Apple give the Federal Bureau of Investigation access to an iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Sophia Cope joins host Jesse Hathaway to discuss the situation, as well as Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to fight the court order. Cope says the government is seeking to set a dangerous precedent that could lead to mass surveillance by requiring Apple to hack into its own products. LISTEN TO MORE


    Timothy Benson and Lennie Jarratt,Washington Times
    Advocating a specific viewpoint is fine; advocating a specific viewpoint under the guise of objectivity is another story. A recent study by the Network for Public Education, which aims to grade states based on their school systems, is being looked at by the media as an honest-to-goodness objective study. In reality, the report is a rating system that attempts to show how well each state is protecting its public schools from school choice. READ MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    A recently released study on Louisiana’s voucher program shows mixed results. The report found negative effects for the participating children, a rare finding for school voucher programs. On the positive side, the program was shown to increase racial integration and may have increased academic achievement in public schools. The Louisiana Federation for Children released its own report showing the lowest-performing voucher students have closed half the gap between them and the state average. 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 February 22, 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
    According to The Heartland Institute’s profile at Wikipedia, we are an unreliable front group for major corporations… except that they all stopped contributing to us four years ago… and we are “best known” for our work on tobacco control, though we devote practically no resources to that subject. Left-wing activists have taken over the site recently, removing objective descriptions of our programs and publications and replacing them with lies, errors, and outright libelous claims. Can you help? READ MORE


    The idea of invoking Article V of the Constitution to rein in an out-of-control federal government is gaining steam. Supporters of the idea get passionate about what approach to take, convinced their path is best. Watch a recording of Wednesday night’s live-stream as former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Brennan, now with Convention USA, and former Iowa state legislator Neal Schuerer of Campaign Constitution debate the merits of their proposals before a live audience at The Heartland Institute. READ MORE


    Earlier this month, President Barack Obama released a budget that included imposing a $10.25 carbon tax on every barrel of oil. “Though advocated as a way to fight global warming, it would have little effect on carbon dioxide emissions (which are already falling in the United States) and no detectable impact on climate,” said Heartland President Joseph Bast. Read why Heartland joined the American Energy Alliance and 21 other free-market and conservative groups as signatories to an open letter opposing the carbon tax. READ MORE


    Research Fellow Isaac Orr, co-author of a series of Heartland Policy Studies addressing frac sand mining, joins host H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the most recently released installment in the series, addressing the impacts of mining on land use and property values. Orr addresses the fear-mongering by opponents of mining with reason and facts. LISTEN TO MORE



    The Heartland Institute’s newest book, Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming, demolishes the myth that “97% of scientists” believe mankind is the cause of a global warming catastrophe. Heartland President Joseph Bast, who edited the book, will discuss his findings and bid a fond farewell to one of the coauthors, Robert Carter who passed away on January 19, at a free event at Heartland’s headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois, onMarch 9. Go to Amazon.com or the Heartland store [store.heartland.org] now and order a copy, or become a Heartland donor and get a free copy!


    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    The passing of Antonin Scalia reminds us about the importance and influence of the late Supreme Court justice. Scalia played a major role in protecting individual liberty up until his last days. Had he died just a few days earlier, a 4–4 split decision likely would have left in place the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan – a set of regulations that would have had disastrous effects on the national economy.  READ MORE


    Justin Haskins, Consumer Power Report
    A majority of chief financial officers (CFOs) said in a recent survey that dealing with Obamacare’s higher premiums is now “the fastest-growing threat to their company’s bottom line.” An even larger majority say the complexity of Obamacare regulations is taking their focus away from their primary objective – running their businesses. This was a reality long-delayed but finally here because the 2015 tax year marks the first year many of the Affordable Care Act’s costly and labor-intensive small business tax rules go into effect. READ MORE


    Leo Pusateri, The Heartlander
    Since their establishment in 2014, eight of the 14 Obamacare state exchange programs have imploded due to critical financial problems. Alexander Hendrie, a federal affairs manager with Americans for Tax Reform, says taxpayers are being taken advantage of by a structure that was never going to work, combined with enormous waste in spending. “Oregon spent $20 million on an advertising campaign that told people nothing about health insurance or the exchange,” Hendrie said. “At the time, people in the state knew their exchange was not going to work, but [it] went ahead anyway.” READ MORE


    Andrea Dillon, The Heartlander
    Lawmakers on the Durham County, North Carolina Board of Commissioners rang in the New Year by adding e-cigarettes to the city’s list of “tobacco” products banned from use or possession on city or county government property – including sidewalks, parks, trails, athletic fields, and public transportation stops. “The [purported] justification for Durham’s e-cigarette ban shows just how far the action strays from a true public-health purpose,” said Mitch Kokai, communications director for the John Locke Foundation, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. READ MORE


    The fear driven by global warming alarmism is starting to take a destructive toll on the country. Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, joins host H. Sterling Burnett to talk about how the government’s attempts to combat climate change are economic suicide. Harris also explains why Obama’s war on coal is unjustified and how climate science doesn’t support the need to suppress fossil fuel use. LISTEN TO MORE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    Despite Common Core’s promise of providing equal, nationwide benchmarks for student learning in math and reading, a new study finds proficiency levels on Common Core tests vary widely, and almost all are below what the National Assessment of Educational Progress considers “basic.” School Choice Weekly friend and researcher Richard Inness also shows how new Common Core-aligned tests appear to be inflating student proficiency, even though Common Core was supposed to help solve this problem, too. Had enough central education planning yet? READ MORE


    Robert Holland, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    The College Board, with assistance from the Republican-led Congress, is seeing to it that its radically revised college-entrance exam, the SAT, can step right in as a replacement to the unpopular PARCC and Smarter Balanced tests to measure high school students’ Common Core-defined “college and career readiness.” If the SAT becomes established as a graduation requirement, the standardization and centralized decision-making sought by Common Core’s elitist architects will become easier to achieve than it was under consortia testing. 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.