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National Science Foundation Sinks $700K Into Climate Change Musical

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm   /   Politics

On February 10, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Scientific Research in the National Interest Act (H.R. 3293).  Its purpose: to ensure that the National Science Foundation (NSF) is open and accountable to the taxpayers about how their hard-earned dollars are spent. The bill was introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar […]

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Honest School Information Crucial for School Choice

Posted: February 16, 2016 at 6:54 am   /   Politics

Supporters of education reform who advocate for government-funded choice mechanisms, such as vouchers, tend to argue the problems in K–12 schools in the United States are primarily economic matters, not pedagogical. This view is validated by much data, but the concept ought to be extended further to say the economic marketplace in which K–12 education […]

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To Your Benefit—or at Your Loss?

Posted: January 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm   /   Politics

The purpose of any economic exchange is to better one’s position, whether a person buys or sells something for money or barters for something else.  This is the essence of free market capitalism, where all economic transactions are voluntary because they are of mutual benefit.  They are all “win-win” situations in the minds of the […]

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SolarCity and the Silver Spoon

Posted: January 5, 2016 at 6:35 am   /   Politics

If you own a business—maybe a taco stand, a dress shop, or an insurance agency—you know it takes a lot of hard work, good market analysis, a better product or service than your competition, and advertising. Add in a bit of luck, and you hope to grow your business—though vacant storefronts and boarded up buildings […]

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Shafting Taxpayers – Promoting Crony Corporatism

Posted: December 23, 2015 at 7:59 am   /   Politics

President Reagan once said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” The omnibus budget package being negotiated on Capitol Hill is a perfect example. The wheeling and dealing is too complex and fast-moving for anyone to follow or understand. But much of it centers on […]

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Taxpayers, States Win When There’s Tax Code Competition

Posted: December 16, 2015 at 9:18 am   /   Politics

Many state governments facing budget crises are still trying outdated, proven-failed policy ideas such as higher taxes and increased government spending, hoping they’ll work this time, somehow. Instead, they should copy tried-and-true ideas for successfully attracting residents and fostering an economic environment in which people can prosper. For the past 12 years, the Tax Foundation, […]

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If Alarmists get What They Want at the Climate Gabfest, the Consequences will be Disastrous

Posted: December 9, 2015 at 11:35 am   /   Politics

The Senate will not approve or appropriate money for anything President Obama might agree to in Paris, and developing countries will not (and should not) stop building coal-fired power plants and using fossil fuels to lift billions out of abject poverty. However, we cannot let down our guard. Mr. Obama will do everything possible to […]

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Balancing the Government’s Budget Now

Posted: November 29, 2015 at 6:48 am   /   Politics

Uncle Sam has added nearly an additional half a trillion dollars to the national debt over the past twelve months. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Federal government ended its fiscal year on September 30, 2015 with a budget deficit of a “mere” $435 billion. Total Federal expenditures for the fiscal year were […]

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