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Archive for May, 2009
If They Don’t Believe in Tracking Performance, Why Give Grades?

The Secretary of Education came through town the other day, touting the Obama administration’s competition for states to receive federal funds, and teachers aren’t too happy about it. [Secretary] Duncan said the few states that win the competition—he wouldn’t say how many that could be—will have to show that they are innovative and that…
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The Climate-Industrial Complex

In an article in the May 22nd issue of The Wall Street Journal, Bjørn Lomborg (former Director, Environmental Assessment Institute, Copenhagen) correctly discusses the climate-industrial complex, in which many top firms in the U.S. and elsewhere stand to greatly benefit financially from the gigantic wealth-transfer and cartelization schemes being pushed by Al Gore and…
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California Voters Reject Budget Monstrosity

Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders, mostly Democrats, hoped all their budget proposals would win voter approval at yesterday’s special election. But “Propositions 1A through 1E, the measures directly pertaining to the budget, all lost by huge margins.” Even more encouraging, “Only Proposition 1F, which denies pay increases to state elected officials when the state is…
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Save More and Live Better, Just Not at the Expense of Others

Walmart takes a lot of heat for its alleged effects on wages, employment, labor standards, and community quality-of-life. In research we’ve worked on over the last few years, my co-authors and I have examined the merits of these claims and have found that a lot of this heat is undeserved. Rigorous empirical research shows…
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Stop Bailing Out Government Schools

Across the country, politicians are responding to the inability of a population devastated by government-induced recession to support governments’ spending at levels they have grown accustomed to by threatening the closure of schools, firehouses, and other high-profile, highly-valued government “services.” I have opined elsewhere on the reasons that such high-profile programs—rather than the thousands…
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“Uncle Jay” on Government Spending and Deficits

Children, especially you, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, we will have no more interrupting, bullying or other disruptive behavior! Now boys and girls, are you all paying attention? Here is Emmy Award-winner “Uncle Jay” (Jay Gilbert) to explain your gargantuan, reckless, and predatory government…
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Stephen Halbrook on Second Amendment Rights

Here is Independent Institute Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook as the keynote speaker before an audience of 1,000 people at the Fourth Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally that was held on April 21st in the State Capitol Building of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg, Penn. Dr. Halbrook is the author…
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Obama’s FDA: Cheerios Are a “Drug” and Can’t Make Health Claims

The Obama administration blunders onward in its “progressive” (i.e., authoritarian) absurdities. According to CBS News, now the FDA has sent a letter to General Mills, the makers of Cheerios, warning them to stop including health claims in their advertising not because they are false, but because such claims make Cheerios a “drug” which “may…
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Tit for Tat in the Torture Investigations

This is wonderful! The Republicans, in trying to ward off the Democrats’ investigations of Bush and the Republicans for torture-related war crimes, are threatening retaliation. To be consistent, say the Republicans, there must be investigations of the Clinton-era “renditioning” program, Democrats who knew of the torture under Bush, even Eric Holder himself. Will the…
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Judge Napolitano on Fox: Bush Is a Felon, Prosecute Him

This is some rather principled and thoughtful commentary. I hope to see much more like this on Fox.

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