Tag: Florida
It’s Time to End the COVID Mandates
As everyone is aware, governments have been mandating restrictions on people’s behavior in response to the COVID pandemic for more than a year. Cases are on the rise around the US, and in response, governments are retaining existing mandates and reimposing mandates that had previously been repealed. COVID is not going away, but the...
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Florida’s Governor DeSantis Chooses Liberty Over Mandates
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, many governments are imposing (or reimposing) mandates, lockdowns, and in general, restrictions on business activity and personal behavior. Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has stood (mostly) firm in opposing government mandates.
State Mismanagement of Covid-19 Data Continues
Mindy Clark of Sarasota, Florida, drove to a COVID-19 testing site at Manatee Rural Health because she thought she might have contracted the virus. At the drive-thru testing center, she was told to take the test only if she had experienced symptoms. She drove away before being swabbed. Two days later, she received a...
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Is Our Defense of Florida’s New K-12 Standards Biased? Fordham Institute Should Look in the Mirror
Last week, Amber Northern, a senior vice president at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, penned a rebuttal to the Independent Institute’s evaluation of Florida’s new Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) standards. As the author of the foreword to that evaluation, I decided to respond to some general statements of Northern’s rebuttal here. I...
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Better than Common Core: Florida’s New K-12 Standards Raise the Bar, Says New Report
The Independent Institute has published a briefing that vindicates Florida’s K-12 curriculum-content standards. A team of education policy experts demonstrates that Florida’s standards have particular strengths relative to their predecessor Common Core in areas such as knowledge acquisition and guidance for teachers. The guidelines actually offer a new gold standard that other states may...
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Yields to Political Pressure on COVID-19 Policy
Florida’s previous policy of giving discretion to local governments was more sensible.
Privatize the Marriage Market
December is one of the most popular months to get engaged. It seems that every time I get on social media, one of my girlfriends is posting a photo of her left hand and new engagement ring. After getting engaged, and even before, many couples have already combined their lives. They share bills, checking...
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Florida Judge Strikes Down Obamacare
Today, a U.S. District Court in Florida held that the individual mandate found in the Obamacare law is an unconstitutional use of the Commerce power. Judge Roger Vinson emphasized that this was not a decision on the wisdom of the law, but solely whether Congress has the power to pass it. If we accept the expansive interpretation...
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Affordable Health Insurance is ILLEGAL!
Affordable health insurance is ILLEGAL in many states. The Wall Street Journal, among others, has pointed out how one-thousand-plus mandates in New Jersey balloon the premiums to a figure SIX times as high as Kentucky. Want some health insurance? Gotta buy the gold-plated coverage required by law (hair transplants and all). Endless government mandates...
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