Archive for September, 2013
The Standing Army Marches On

When the Constitution’s Framers adopted the 3rd Amendment, prohibiting the peacetime quartering of soldiers, they had fresh on their minds the experience of the British occupation of Boston, the use of armed enforcers to conduct searches without traditionally restrictive warrants, and the overall spectacle of government officials heavily armed in a military capacity patrolling...
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Young Adults and ObamaCare

Tell Us Again Why We Need Young People “This only works if young people show up,” said Bill Clinton the other day. He was explaining ObamaCare. On the surface that’s an odd thing to say. Medicare seems to work just fine without a lot of young people. It needs taxes from young people, of...
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Good News! SB 1 Dies (For Now)

Just days ago, the “Sustainable Communities Investment Authority” bill (SB 1) died in the California state legislature, for now. It was ordered to the inactive file at the request of its author State Senator Darrell Steinberg. The Independent Institute tracked this bill closely and I worked to educate the public on its dangers with...
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The Emperor in Denial

President Obama tries to have it both ways when talking of American foreign policy. He sold himself to the public in 2008 as a more prudential steward of U.S. power. He would avoid “dumb wars,” as he had called the Iraq fiasco in a speech years before. He would save money by bringing the...
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GOP Health Plan: Good, Bad and Ugly

The House Republican Study Committee has a new health proposal. It would repeal the Affordable Care Act and substitute the following: The Good In place of the current system of excluding employer health expenses from the employees’ taxable income, the plan would give people a standard health deduction of $7,500 (individual) or $20,000 (family),...
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Shutdown Theater

Government shutdown? Nonsense. Only in our dreams will the U.S. government shut down. The current flap about an impending shutdown represents only the latest episode in the soap opera that stars the government as the hysterical teenage drama queen. For fiscal year 2013, which will end in a week, estimated federal revenue is expected...
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New California Regulation on Political Bloggers Will Chill Free Speech

Yesterday the California Fair Political Practices Commission approved a dangerous regulation that will subject political bloggers to disclosure rules. The regulation forces campaign committees to report on their campaign finance statements the names of people they pay to post “favorable or unfavorable” political messages about “a candidate or ballot measure” on a website, blog,...
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New Videos Attacking Obamacare Go Viral

Generation Opportunity has just released two videos, one featuring a woman and one a man, attacking the looming disaster of Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), which is scheduled to go into effect on October 1st. The ads feature “Creepy Uncle Sam,” performing gynecological and prostate exams on young adults. The ads encourage...
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What Large Employers Are Doing

They’re sending their employees to private exchanges, armed with HSAs and HRAs: Employers are raising deductibles, giving workers health savings accounts that look like 401(k) plans, mimicking the health law’s online insurance marketplaces and nudging patients to compare prices and shop around for treatments. Together the moves could eventually affect far more consumers than...
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Government-Run Preschool Is a Dead End, Not a Lifeline

Greater economic equality requires the “lifeline” of more government-funded preschool for disadvantaged children, says Nobel Prize–winning economist James Heckman in his New York Times editorial last week. High-quality education can certainly enhance a foundation of opportunity and prosperity. But the empirical record shows that government preschool is a dead end, not a lifeline. Conspicuously...
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