• Week of January 5, 2015

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    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland research fellow H. Sterling Burnett wrote a stinging rebuke of global warming alarmists for the editorial page of Investor’s Business Daily, an article you simply have to read and forward to your friends. “‘How many people do you want to kill or let die?’ That’s how I’m going to respond from now on to anyone who argues we should end or sharply restrict fossil fuel use to prevent global warming,” Burnett writes. READ MORE


    Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
    The New York Times reports the number of uninsured people in the U.S. has dropped to levels not seen in six years. But is it really success, asks Parnell, to return to “what the number of uninsured was back during the period in which President Bill Clinton was trying to enact national health care reform because the number of uninsured was supposedly at catastrophic levels?” Not too difficult to be successful if you’re allowed to move the goalposts. READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    President Barack Obama wants to give $300 million in bribes (can anyone say “Race to the Top”?) to encourage states to redistribute high-quality teachers. Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann wonders how that can work: How exactly does a state force good teachers to move to high-needs schools? Salaries and working conditions are set locally, not at the state level … or will that change, too? Also in this issue: A Florida judge has dismissed one of two lawsuits against the state’s recent tax-credit scholarship expansion; conservatives are seeking to refine Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s education agenda; Common Core testing battles continue; and more. READ MORE


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    Climate Change Weekly
    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    Pope Francis evidently has decided to make fighting global warming an important papal cause in 2015. Heartland Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett offers this advice: “The pope would do well to question the sources of his information and to recognize his efforts should be focused on alleviating the poverty and suffering of billions of people in the world today. The best policy to accomplish that goal would be alleviating energy poverty worldwide.” Also in this issue: Tropical forests are growing faster due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide; a new paper demonstrates people are adapting to higher temperatures; and more. READ MORE


    Brad Rodu, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Brad Rodu recently defended e-cigarettes in a forum sponsored by a political organization. Rodu’s opponent, from the prohibitionist American Legacy Foundation, claimed there is no evidence e-cigarettes help smokers quit. Rodu countered by citing several clinical studies demonstrating the effectiveness of e-cigs. The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association maintains a webpage linking to more than 2,000 testimonials from smokers who successfully switched to e-cigarettes. READ MORE


    Jesse Hathaway, The Heartland Institute
    In late December 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department announced the official end of the automobile industry bailout. Treasury’s accounting shows taxpayers recovered only $70.42 billion of the $79.69 billion loaned to them, a loss of $9.6 billion, or about $65.75 per taxpayer. George Mason University senior research fellow Hester Peirce said, “Taxpayer money was put at great risk, and the return on investment that Treasury now trumpets is not adequate to compensate taxpayers for the risk they took.” READ MORE


    Taylor Smith, for TownHall
    The Endangered Species Act has born of faulty science and deception, has failed to bring any species back from the brink of extinction, and is causing landowners to clear-cut their forests to avoid litigation and confiscation. Landowners and even some environmentalists are expressing interest in fundamental reforms of the law. It’s time to repeal and replace ESA with a program that rewards landowners for saving endangered species, instead of punishing them for developing land on which such species are found. READ MORE


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    Scott Cleland, for Somewhat Reasonable
    President Obama wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet the way Chicago regulates sewers, as a “public utility.” Can that be a good idea? Congress is working on legislation that would into law the net neutrality protections that President Obama and others say they want without subjecting the Internet to ruinous over-regulation. Will the FCC work with the new Congress? READ MORE


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    Isaac Orr and Nathan Makla, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr and State Government Relations Manager Nathan Makla have been traveling to various states to talk with elected officials and others about sensible energy policy. They discuss here some of the stops they have made and tackle a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding global warming. LISTEN


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  • Week of December 29, 2014

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    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project is promoting dark money to spread alarmist global warming propaganda. In a mass email sent on December 30, Climate Reality Project President Ken Berlin proudly announced an anonymous donor would match all donations to the organization through the end of the year. Global warming alarmists raise and spend far more money – including far more untraceable special-interest “dark money” – than do global warming skeptics. READ MORE


    Sean Parnell, Somewhat Reasonable
    John R. Graham, a fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, talks with Health Care News Managing Editor Sean Parnell about the recently passed federal government spending bill (the “Cromnibus”) and how it will affect Obamacare. The two also talk briefly about the failure of singer-payer health care in Vermont. READ MORE


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    Tom Gantert, for The Heartlander
    Budget holes are opening in states across the country as gas tax revenues decline thanks to falling prices at the pump. At a December conference, Baruch Feigenbaum, a transportation policy analyst for the Reason Foundation, warned conference attendees against hiking gas taxes: “A higher gas tax will take money out of folks’ pockets—particularly lower income folks,” he said. “This causes them to cut back expenses on other products, and can harm the economy.” Instead of increasing taxes to get more money, he said, Georgia officials should find ways to spend more effectively the money they already have. READ MORE



    Bruce Edward Walker, The Heartland Institute
    Arizona, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah are looking to add civics education requirements for graduating high school students. Louisiana is expected to join the effort as well. The model bill they’re considering would require students to pass a 100-question test – the same test given by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to immigrant applicants for U.S. citizenship. An estimated 40 percent of U.S. schools have no civics requirement at all. READ MORE


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    Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
    New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried began holding hearings across New York in December to drum up support for a single-payer health care system … but Assemblyman Joseph Borelli said the hearings are mostly pointing out the flaws with Obamacare. Borelli said a single-payer system would be even worse. READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    Several state leaders have signaled their intent in the year ahead to expand existing school choice programs or inaugurate new ones. The outlook is especially promising in six states. Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann offers this advice: “To provide genuine, individual-level freedom to families, lawmakers need to relinquish state power back to the people. Schools should be free to pick their own tests and curriculum, and families should be free to choose among them.” Also in this issue: Arkansas lawmakers may consider repealing Common Core; charter school students in Los Angeles learn on the job; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced he’s considering a presidential bid; and more. READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    Environmentalists delivered a dire report this Christmas season: Human-caused global warming is causing wheat harvests to fall. Had they bothered to check the facts, the media would have discovered climate alarmists were lying once again. Wheat yields are rising dramatically in the U.S. and internationally. Also in this issue: why people are increasingly ignoring climate alarmists; Google Chairman Eric Schmidt makes a fool of himself; and the world’s second-largest reinsurance company reports losses from natural catastrophes were down in 2014. READ MORE


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    Jay Lehr, Ph.D., The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Science Director Jay Lehr says the second edition of Edmund Contoski’s book, The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold, ranks among those written by Adam Smith, Frederic Bastiat, and Ludwig von Mises. Contoski has added new chapters on the world’s gold economy, alternative currencies, and the logical inconsistency of Keynesian economics. “[T]his outstanding text is a cautionary tale worth reading by anyone who has a serious interest in our economy,” Lehr concludes. READ MORE


    Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
    A Pennsylvania government agency has filed suit accusing drug-maker Gilead Sciences of “price gouging” because it charges some buyers of its hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, more than other buyers. But “Price discrimination is a legal, ethical, and normal part of the pharmaceutical business,” explains Yevgeniy Feyman of the Manhattan Institute. If buyers in poor, developing countries have to pay the same amount as buyers in the U.S., he said, they can “forget about” getting access to effective drugs … and the rest of us will suffer as well. In a price-fixed world, research and development of new drugs won’t return as much for the investment. READ MORE


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  • Week of December 15, 2014

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    Jesse Hathaway, The Heartland Institute
    Before adjourning in mid-December, the 113th Congress agreed on a $1.1 trillion government spending bill, keeping the federal government operational until the end of the next fiscal year in September 2015. Funding for all government agencies except the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was included in the “cromnibus bill,” a combination of “continuing resolution” and “omnibus bill.” Is this the change voters asked for just a month ago? READ MORE


    Donald Kendal, The Heartland Institute
    On December 11, 2014, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn gave an emotional farewell address on the Senate floor. Coburn eloquently described his worldview that places liberty and the Constitution above all else. “I believe our founders were absolutely brilliant. Far smarter than us,” Coburn explained. He said we cannot begin to solve our country’s problems until we once again accept the instruction of the Constitution and restore individual liberty to everyone. “But I don’t believe we can if we continue to ignore the wisdom of our founding documents,” said Coburn. READ MORE


    Matt Hurley, for The Heartlander
    In mid-December, the Obama-appointed members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to hike fees on consumers’ wireless services. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed a 62 percent increase, increasing the size of the E-rate program by $1.5 billion. As a result, each mobile phone user in the United States will see an additional $0.16 added to his or her monthly phone bill. READ MORE


    Joseph Bast,The Heartland Institute
    Stanford economist Caroline Hoxby remembers being rewarded with caramels after daily piano practice. Joseph Bast, coauthor of Rewards, Heartland’s newest book, still cherishes a copy of Gramm’s Unrivaled Atlas (1931) given to him by Sister Agatha, his first-grade teacher. Did rewards help you learn? Have you used rewards at home or in the classroom to bring out the best in a child? We’d love to hear your story! Enter your story at the Rewards website and you may be REWARDED with a $25 Amazon Giftcard! READ MORE



    Jesse Hathaway, The Heartland Institute
    Millennials have the government to blame for rotten economic conditions. According to a new Census Bureau report, young adults today are faring worse than those of the 1980s, who are now entering middle age. Fewer young adults are able to find employment, and those who are do are earning less money for their work. Each and every new rule and regulation issued by Washington regulators is accompanied by seen and unseen costs that discourage business owners from hiring new workers. READ MORE

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    Isaac Orr, The Heartland Institute
    Despite the intentions of the group’s founders, the Sierra Club has turned into an environmental activist group more interested in promoting a left-wing political agenda than in supporting conservation efforts. The advocacy group’s new video about hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is probably the most deceptive video ever made on the subject, and given what other advocacy groups have said and done, that’s really saying something! Heartland Institute Research Fellow Isaac Orr and Jessica Sena debunk the claims made by this video in a 30-minute podcast. READ MORE


    School Choice Weekly
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    A pending reauthorization of No Child Left Behind could include an end to the federal mandate that all students take math and reading tests every year. Groups in the school reform debate on both the right and left may oppose the reform. “Perhaps the best argument against federal testing mandates is that there is no authority for federal involvement with education, period,” writes Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann. Also in this issue: School choice advocates in Georgia want a competing school choice program despite having a popular tax-credit scholarship program; Louisiana school choice supporters question whether regulation will stifle their burgeoning free-market education ecosystem; and more. READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    “Alarmists ignore the possible benefits from a warmer world because to do otherwise would undermine their efforts to control humankind’s use of fossil fuel energy,” writes Heartland Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett. Also in this issue: a bill passed by the House of Representatives blocks the $3 billion in funding President Barack Obama pledged to the United Nations’ green climate fund during his recent climate talks with China; twenty Greenpeace activists face criminal charges in Peru; recent studies demonstrate climate models are incapable of modeling the El Niño/Southern Oscillation; and more. READ MORE


    Wendell Cox, for The Heartlander
    For two centuries, people have been leaving rural areas to live in cities. However, most of this growth has not taken place close to city centers, but rather on or beyond the urban fringe, in the suburbs and exurbs. In the United States, more than half of Americans live in suburbs. In fact, this statistic may be underestimated, due to the misclassification of “principal cities” as an urban core. Many principal cities are actually suburban in nature. READ MORE


    Russell Cook, for Somewhat Reasonable
    “The main pillar of support for the notion that humans are causing a dangerous warming of the climate has been the notion of ‘settled science,’” writes Russell Cook at Heartland’s blog, Somewhat Reasonable. That notion has long been questioned by skeptic scientists, but “the secondary pillar of support for the alarmist global warming theory has been the notion that industry-corrupted skeptics are unworthy of public consideration. This accusation could easily have been investigated and refuted long ago. That never happened, because of the third pillar: Journalists should not give equal time to skeptic scientists.” READ MORE

    Alex Epstein and H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    “Alex Epstein makes one of the most compelling arguments for the moral value of fossil fuels and the need to increase their use I have ever read. Epstein points out the development and use of fossil fuels has benefitted the poor far more than the rich, making available to the person of average means, food, goods and services which even the rulers of old could hardly dream of. Fossil fuels grant freedom and free up time.” READ MORE

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  • Week of December 8, 2014

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    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    Last week, Jonathan Gruber testified before the House Oversight and Government Committee concerning his many statements concerning the dishonest way Obamacare was constructed. Heartland Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech writes, “He offered what I deem to be a very insincere apology.” Also in this issue: How Obamacare threatens physicians in private practice but is great for federal contractors like General Dynamics, which struggled while making submarines and tanks so decided to expand its business related to health care.READ MORE


    Ashley Bateman, for The Heartlander
    Global demand for online learning is growing. In 2000, 45,000 K–12 students reportedly took online courses. Less than ten years later, the number had grown more than 6,500-fold, to more than three million. By 2019, 50 percent of all K–12 students could be taking online courses.READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    Record-setting cold and snow, not global warming, were the norm in November 2014. Daily record-low high temperatures were set in 4,856 locations in the U.S. in November, and another 4,121 locations saw record lows at least one day in November. For the month as a whole, 94 locations set records for the lowest average low temperature, and 1,435 locations set records for the lowest average high temperature. READ MORE


    Alexander Anton, for The Heartlander
    Barclays, an international bank headquartered in Switzerland, has decided it will no longer cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to prevent investors from investing money in foreign countries with better tax structures and policies. “Low-tax, privacy-respecting jurisdictions have always existed,” noted Cato Institute Senior Fellow Dan Mitchell. “So-called tax havens exist because of bad policy choices …” READ MORE



    Scott Cleland, for The Heartlander
    Twice the FCC has tried on its own to impose net neutrality regulations, and twice the U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the agency’s attempts because they were not grounded in statute. The FCC is taking yet another bite at the apple, trying to conjure up new “authority” by creating a “hybrid” mix of 1996 law (Section 706) and 1934 law (Title II telephone utility rate regulation). This effort deserves to fail, too. READ MORE

    School Choice Weekly
    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    Two presidential hopefuls, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, say expanding school choice is among their top priorities this year. “Although Wisconsin has the nation’s oldest school voucher program, Indiana’s is better,” writes Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann. “It reaches more students and … regulates less than Wisconsin’s program” Also in this issue: Six thousand people in Connecticut rallied for better schools; Ohio lawmakers consider a bill to replace Common Core; and more. READ MORE


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    Isaac Orr, The Heartland Institute
    Many states balance their budgets with oil taxes based on the price of that fossil fuel. The current dip in prices, which we as drivers love, means some states will face budget shortfalls in the coming biennium. Research Fellow Isaac Orr and Jessica Sena from the Montana Petroleum Association discuss how falling oil prices are affecting legislative agendas in Alaska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and elsewhere. READ MORE


    Tom Gantert, The Heartland Institute
    Research by the Tax Foundation shows European nations have become increasingly reliant on value-added taxes, collected whenever one business makes a purchase from another business within a product’s supply chain, including the final sale. By comparison, the sales tax we’re more familiar with here in the U.S. is charged only to the buyer, at the end of a transaction. The United States is the only country in the 34-member OECD with no VAT, and the Tax Foundation’s Ryan Ellis says that’s not likely to change soon. “It’s hard to imagine shifting … over to a VAT, which is really an alien concept here culturally.” READ MORE


    H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
    The European Union’s unilateral efforts to tackle climate change have been a disaster for the economy and the region’s people. “Europe’s climate strategy was based on two key assumptions,” writes Heartland Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett, “neither of which proved correct.” Also in this issue: Arctic sea ice has recovered quite nicely, thank you; WHO uses misleading assumptions to estimate the number of climate-caused deaths; how the Obama administration’s climate policies have achieved a low return at very high cost; and more. READ MORE


    Sean Parnell, The Heartland Institute
    The number of doctors willing to see Medicaid patients has been falling for years, primarily because the program doesn’t pay well. One of the few Obamacare provisions that demonstrated an understanding of economics – which is not to say it was good policy – was the inclusion of funding to raise fees paid to primary care physicians who see Medicaid patients. But the Obama administration managed to bungle even this. READ MORE


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  • Week of December 1, 2014

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    James M. Taylor, The Heartland Institute
    Two weeks ago, TV weather personality Erica Grow posted on her Twitter account a photo of her ripping The Heartland Institute’s new poster, “Global Warming: Crisis or Delusion,” in half and calling the pamphlet “propaganda” and “BS.” Grow’s followers apparently flooded her inbox with dissatisfaction about her Tweet, prompting her to write a column on the WUSA9 website explaining her actions. In her column, she revealed a disturbing lack of understanding about climate science. READ MORE


    Peter Ferrara, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Institute Senior Fellow Peter Ferrara describes in a new Policy Brief the steps needed to repeal and replace Obamacare. In “Power to the People: Repealing and Replacing Obamacare with Patient Power,” Ferrara notes, “Obamacare can be and must be repealed and replaced by free-market, patient-centered health care reforms.” The key reforms described by Ferrara are a universal health insurance tax credit, block-granting Medicaid to the states, risk pools for the uninsurable, and health savings accounts (HSAs). READ MORE


    Paul Driessen, for The Heartlander
    Despite intense efforts by the “mainstream media” to keep his name and comments out of the news, most Americans are now familiar with how Jonathan Gruber and his colleagues used rhetorical tricks and gimmicks to fool the public into accepting Obamacare. But did you know these same deceitful, secretive tactics are being employed by the Environmental Protection Agency? READ MORE


    Benjamin Domenech, The Heartland Institute
    “Congressional Republicans agree about the majority of what they want to do when it comes to replacing Obamacare,” writes Heartland Senior Fellow Benjamin Domenech in this week’s Consumer Power Report, “But one area where there is a real disagreement within the Republican Party concerns the issue of Obamacare’s tax hikes, and whether they ought to be retained in order to pay for the GOP replacement.” Among other stories, this week’s edition also reports on a new survey that shows most people find shopping for health care to be worse than doing their own taxes or being stuffed into the middle seat on an airplane. READ MORE



    Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
    University of Oregon professor Yong Zhoa says China’s system of education is efficient but highly dependent on culture. “Perhaps there are some things we should learn from China,” writes Heartland Research Fellow Joy Pullmann, “and some we should run away from screaming.” Also in this issue: Thousands of South Carolina students were left disappointed when the state’s school choice program hit its funding cap, meaning no more money available for scholarships; a Utah panel reviewing Common Core says state officials are misrepresenting their conclusions; and more. READ MORE

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    Jesse Hathaway, The Heartland Institute
    House Speaker John Boehner continues in his steadfast opposition to the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, refusing to allow that tax measure to get a hearing on the House floor. Supporters of the tax say governments are missing out on millions of dollars of revenue, but economists and policy analysts, including Veronique de Rugy of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, say e-commerce unfettered by taxes grows the American economy and is a better way to beef up government revenues. READ MORE

    Jim Lakely, The Heartland Institute
    Heartland Communications Director Jim Lakely discusses net neutrality with Mike Siegel on the Howie Carr Show. Siegel and Lakely talk about what net neutrality regulations would mean for the Internet. READ MORE


    Moriah Costa, for The Heartlander
    Tiffany Jones, a fifth grader at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy in Washington, DC, was denied participation in the city’s Opportunity Scholarship Program even though her sister Sabriah, a seventh-grader at the academy, has received a scholarship for two years. That’s not supposed to happen. The Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act says students with a sibling already in the program are to be given priority. READ MORE


    Marita Noon, for Somewhat Reasonable
    The Production Tax Credit for the wind energy industry expired nearly a year ago. Since then, the American Wind Energy Association has whined like a 20-something begging for a continuation of the allowance he’s always received. Marita Noon, executive director of Energy Makes America Great, calls for tough love: “Pick up the phone today and tell your representatives: ‘Our nation’s affordable electricity should not be used by Congress as a bargaining chip in a tax-extenders package for special interests. After 22 years of government support, it is time for the wind industry to grow up.’” READ MORE


    Devon M. Herrick, for Heartlander
    Who knew? “… Drugs dispensed after death cannot be used for medically indicated purposes and therefore are not covered by [Medicare] Part D,” according to a report from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The OIG recently found Medicare has reimbursed the cost of drugs for beneficiaries who were already dead, pointing to concerns over fraudulent diversion of expensive medicines into the black market. READ MORE


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