• Week of June 20, 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.


    H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
    Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an anti-carbon-tax resolution – expressing concerns that a tax on carbon, applied to 85 percent of our nation’s energy, would be detrimental to the economy. Reports by the Congressional Budget Office and the National Association of Manufacturers reveals a carbon tax could eliminate 21 million jobs over the next 40 years. Additionally, CBO notes the tax would be highly regressive, harming the poorest American households the most. READ MORE


    In the age of short tweets and even shorter attention spans, stressing the importance of preserving our Constitution often falls on deaf ears. On Wednesday, author and attorney David Shestokas came to The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center to talk about “Constitutional Soundbites,” his multi-media effort to engender respect and love for the Constitution in the twenty-first century. If you missed the live-stream, you can watch the presentation at Heartland’s YouTube page. READ MORE


    Jane Shaw, National Review
    Conservative scholar and former Philadelphia Society trustee Jane S. Shaw is impressed by Heartland President Joseph Bast’s description of our new Michael Parry Mazur Library and the enduring importance of books. In a post atNational Review Online, she writes: “Bast observed that the Internet can be manipulated by ‘governments and their allies.’ George Orwell warned in 1949 that ‘totalitarian regimes could exercise control over their citizens by making news of past events and articles about forbidden ideas disappear ‘down the memory hole.’” READ MORE


    Recent government audits reveal IRS has refused to take steps to protect taxpayer data from hackers – which comes on top of the agency’s propensity to abuse its powers to threaten and intimidate conservative organizations. U.S. Rep. Pete Roskam (R-IL) joins The Heartland Daily Podcast to talk about the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act. Roskam explains how his bill guards against the abuse of government power and the threat of data breaches, by acknowledging that collecting the identities of donors to private organizations does not promote IRS’ primary function of revenue collection.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Heartland Library Book Shelf of the Week – Law
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    On Wednesday, June 29, food policy and agriculture writer Julie Kelly will be at The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois to discuss how GMOs have helped feed a growing world population and protect the environment. OnThursday, July 7, Cedrick Keith will be here to talk about his 4,000-plus-mile walk through the wilds of the East to help preserve the eastern brook trout. 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


    Jesse Hathaway, Orange County Register 
    A new digital system unveiled by Oklahoma government police is just the latest example of civil asset forfeiture laws encouraging cops to become the robbers they’re supposed to be catching. ERADs, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data systems, allow highway patrolmen to use asset forfeiture laws to seize individuals’ assets stored in bank accounts or on prepaid debit cards at the press of a button. No conviction required. This outrageous and corrupt violation of our civil liberties by government law enforcement agencies needs to stop now. READ MORE


    Robert Holland, American Spectator
    Education reformers on the right are too often fighting with each other about what they insist are the best paths. Some even lament that the fight against Common Core is a “distraction.” This is not helpful. We must be open to all ideas that can achieve one vital goal: Empowering parents and students and breaking the monopoly of the government school system that is failing on nearly every level. READ MORE


    Ben Johnson, The Heartlander 
    Learning nothing from the failed single-payer health care system proposed in Vermont, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering two bills that would institute a statewide universal health care system. Opponents of the proposition are already trying to warn citizens of the consequences of such a program – saying it would drive up health care costs, raise taxes, and reduce quality and access to health care. READ MORE


    John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks across the country in Episode #43 of the In The Tank Podcast. Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, joins the show to talk about their work on The Jobs and Opportunity Index – an alternative economic measure to the unemployment rate. We also talk about the possibility of an unconditional basic income (UBI), or reverse income tax – a plan that was once endorsed by economist Milton Friedman. UBI would grant to poor citizens a yearly stipend that would replace the complicated maze of welfare bureaucracies we have today.  LISTEN HERE


    Isaac Orr, Independent Journal Review  
    Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr, “The Fracking Guy,” corrects a series of errors he says appears in a recent article in The New York Times titled “The Sand Mines That Ruin Farmland.” Orr writes, “Having grown up on the same farm where my grandfather was born in 1930, nothing makes my heart sink faster than seeing quality farmland disappear. It’s important, however, to understand the reality of the situation: Frac sand, oil, and natural gas must be harvested to meet the needs of our society, and these needs are being met in an environmentally responsible way.”  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 June 13, 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.


    With 17 state attorneys general in hot pursuit of the research and records of climate change critics, the head of one of the leading groups targeted for legal action made it clear Wednesday he is fighting back. “If all of a sudden we pulled back on the questions we’ve raised about the threat of climate change and I said it was actually a crisis, I could be a very, very rich man,” said Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute, in an interview with Newsmax.com. “But I’m not going to do it. Heartland is in the fight for the duration.” READ MORE


    Are you a parent or grandparent looking for a book on climate change appropriate for children and pre-teens? Are you a teacher looking for such a book to share with your elementary school class? We may have found what you’re looking for: an e-book titled Kids Guide to Climate Change. The e-book sets out the current facts about the climate, without the alarmist and theoretical predictions that can scare many kids. Get it today at Amazon.com! READ MORE


    Gun-grabbing politicians this week have exploited the atrocity in Orlando to push for new laws that would violate our Constitutional right to own firearms – which made Heartland’s event with two Second Amendment experts extremely timely. John Boch, president of Guns Save Life, and Mike Rioux, CEO of Red Dot Arms, spoke to a packed and impassioned audience in the Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center on Wednesday night. If you missed the live-stream, you can watch the presentation at Heartland’s YouTube page. WATCH IT HERE


    Years of global warming indoctrination in America’s public schools have left millions of young people fearful that using fossil fuels will destroy the planet – so it’s no wonder that demographic is among the most skeptical about the safety and effectiveness of hydraulic fracturing. But help, and truth, is on the way. Leo Huang, a student of petroleum engineering and a founding member of the Hydraulic Fracturing Public Awareness Committee (Frac PAC), joins Research Fellow Isaac Orr to explain how Frac PAC is reaching out to and educating youth about the positive impacts of the oil and gas industry.  LISTEN TO MORE


    Heartland Library Book Shelf of the Week – Reagan
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    On Monday, June 20, join The Heartland Institute at the Union League Club in Chicago as we welcome Stephen Moore of The Heritage Foundation, who will talk about his new book, Fueling Freedom, an unapologetic case in favor of fossil fuels. Then on Wednesday, June 22, David Shestokas will be at The Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois to talk about “Constitutional Soundbites,” his effort to engender respect and love for the Constitution in the twenty-first century. We hope to see you there! SEE UPCOMING EVENTS HERE


    Lindsey Stroud, Heartland Research & Commentary
    While government bureaucrats are stepping up their efforts to regulate e-cigarettes, studies continue to show e-cigarette use helps reduce the much more harmful habit of smoking. For instance, a study recently published in theBritish Medical Journal found 61 percent of people who switched from cigarettes to vaping remained “abstinent from tobacco” for at least two years. READ MORE


    Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
    Referring to the sky-high insurance premiums, increasing deductibles, and insurance companies leaving the Obamacare exchanges as “unintended consequences” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a huge understatement. ACA’s mandates create incentives that alter how businesses operate and how insurance plans are crafted. In the end, the employer and individual mandates put affordable health care further out of the reach of many Americans – including many of those was supposed to help. READ MORE


    Kyle Maichle, Washington Times
    American veterans fought and sacrificed to preserve the nation they love, but that nation is sliding inexorably into financial turmoil with unsustainable $500 billion annual deficits and a $19 trillion national debt. There is a way to honor their sacrifice and get the country back on sound financial footing: holding an Article V Convention of the States to amend the U.S. Constitution. We owe it to ourselves, but especially our veterans, to use Article V to pass a balanced budget amendment. READ MORE


    John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks across the country in episode #42 of the In The Tank Podcast. Dr. Sam Staley, managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University and a Heartland policy advisor, joins the show to talk about the center as well as a free-market perspective on regulations, sports stadium subsidies, and mass transit. This episode also features work from the Maine Heritage Policy Center, the Mackinac Center, and more.  LISTEN HERE


    Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
    The former director of assessment design for College Board, the organization that owns the SAT and Advanced Placement tests kids take to help get into college, is alleging the recent reform of the SAT test is riddled with shoddy work and public deceptions – and in service to the controversial Common Core standards. If that’s the case, maybe it’s time to scuttle the SAT and find another way to measure a high school student’s ability to succeed in college. READ MORE


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

  • Week of June 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.