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Archive for November, 2013
Crisis of Political Authority? I Wish!

In my capacity as the longtime editor of The Independent Review (reduced earlier this year to the harmless status of Editor at Large), I have often received unsolicited copies of recently published books from the publishers, who hope to obtain reviews that will help them drum up sales. Today’s mail delivery brought me such…
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More on Common Core: It’s about Snooping, Not Standards

Common Core national standards are weak, costly, politicized, and unconstitutional. That last fact tends to be downplayed among the education expert set, but it’s worth emphasizing that there’s a very good reason our federal government has no authority over education—a word, by the way, that does not even appear in our Constitution. Recent revelations…
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The Median Voter, the Marginal Consumer, and Obamacare: Why No Politician Competes for the Votes of Patients with Bladder Cancer

On October 30, President Obama gave a now infamous speech celebrating the going out of business of so-called “bad apple” insurers. According to the President, “before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack…
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Shocker: Common Core Is about Politics, Not Academic Standards

In what should be a surprise to no one, once we let Washington determine what schoolchildren should study in school, the curriculum is going to be politicized. It is already well publicized that the latest federal push, Common Core, has resulted in standards that are mediocre, costly, unconstitutional, and yes—highly politicized. Controversy erupted in…
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None Dare Call It . . .

Here is something that is odd. For the past six years President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have waged a relentless attack on the health insurance industry. In the most recent iteration, the president assures us he is not responsible for the wave of health insurance policy cancellations. The insurance companies are. Okay,…
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The Fictionalized Surveillance State

Recent polling conducted by Amy Zegart at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation reveals an unsurprising degree of public uncertainty and confusion regarding the NSA. We should expect that, flooded with news reports, most Americans don’t know the exact contours of the program. What caught my eye, however, were these little nuggets,…
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Can You Hear Me Now? We Have Too Much Health Insurance

Hearing aids have been expensive—until now. An interesting story in the New York Times a little over a year ago related the journey of a woman who had broken the shell of one of her hearing aids. Shocked at the price of hearing aids from private audiologists—at least $2,000 for a set, and usually…
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Venezuela’s Price Police

The Venezuelan government’s war on price inflation is not a metaphorical one—last weekend President Maduro, who owes his title to April’s rigged election, ordered the military takeover of Daka, a chain of electronic stores, and the arrest of several managers from that and other retail companies. The rhetoric employed by Maduro was inevitably interpreted…
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Just Say No to Jobs for the Young and Unskilled

As pictured here, Governor Jerry Brown has signed new minimum wage legislation that ups the minimum productivity to be employed in California to $9 per hour starting next year, and $10 per hour in 2016. Supervisors will also have to increase their productivity if they want to stay employed. The San Francisco Chronicle offers…
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New Videos Slam Obamacare’s Lies

First, we have singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood mocking Obamacare at the Country Music Awards. As reported by Aaron Blake in the Washington Post, “Hey do you have that Obamacare?” Underwood asks when Paisley says he needs to see a doctor. “Oh, it’s great. I started signing up last Thursday, and I’m almost…
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