Aouste is a graduate from DePaul University with a BA in Political Science. While studying he participated in the Fund for American Studies program in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Heartland in 2015, he was a staff intern on Bruce Rauner’s successful Illinois gubernatorial campaign. Aouste resides in Hainseville, Illinois.
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Trump Must Stop Obama’s Plan for a Massive Insurance Company Bailout
Michael Hamilton and Justin Haskins, National Review
Get ready for a December (or January) surprise as President Obama exits office. He is likely to abuse the U.S. Department of Justice’s ‘Judgment Fund’ to funnel billions of dollars to insurance companies socked with heavy losses due to fatal flaws in the Affordable Care Act. This move would circumvent the will of Congress, which banned such payments in several spending bills, and probably violate federal law. Donald Trump must stop this costly, illegal scheme as soon as he takes office. READ MORE.
Parents, Not Voters, Should Make Education Choices
Teresa Mull, Boston Herald
Voters in 11 states took to the polls on Election Day and voted on matters that ought to be decided instead by parents: what type of schools students should be able to attend, how much money schools should get, who should run the schools, and what students in those schools should learn. Heartsick parents in Massachusetts — where 32,646 kids are currently stuck on charter school waiting lists — will continue to be forced to send their children to failing government schools after voters decided not to lift the cap on the number of charters allowed in the state. READ MORE.
Trump Victory Is Crushing Defeat for Environmental Movement
H. Sterling Burnett, Climate Change Weekly
The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States was a crushing defeat for environmental lobbyists, paid activists, and international leaders who thought the unratified Paris climate agreement would guide America’s climate policy for decades. Not only has Trump pledged to back out of the Paris accord, but the president-elect also has pledged to cut the EPA’s budget, open up federal lands to oil and gas drilling, and reverse Obama administration climate and energy rules that impose great burdens on businesses. READ MORE.
Featured Podcast: In The Tank (ep63) – How Will a Trump Presidency Affect Energy, Health Care, and Education Policy?
In this episode of the In The Tank Podcast, Donny and John are joined by Executive Editor Justin Haskins and Research Fellow Isaac Orr, the “fracking guy,” to help shed light on how the coming Trump presidency will affect health care, energy, and education policy. Topics include the possibility of a full repeat of Obamacare, and what the state of federal education policy might look like after Trump takes office. LISTEN TO MORE.
Join Us December 7 for Heartland’s ‘Freedom Rising’ Holiday Celebration
On December 7, join us for an evening celebrating a year of freedom rising at Heartland’s annual Holiday Celebration. We want to thank you for your friendship and support in helping us fight for freedom, and look forward to making 2017 a banner year for the cause of liberty. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the event is complimentary for all of Heartland’s friends and their guests. Help make our holidays happy by joining us for this special event! RSVP for this FREE event below. REGISTER HERE.
Climate Change Realists Must Hold Trump’s Feet to the Fire
Tom Harris, Washington Times
President-elect Donald Trump is going to need strong support from climate realists if he is to stem the hemorrhage of billions of U.S. tax dollars being wasted on climate change. In the wake of the Republican’s presidential victory, climate activists and their allies in media and government have vowed to intensify the battle. Greenpeace and NextGen Climate swear they will not back down, and outlets such as the New York Times and National Geographic continue to peddle alarmist messages that target the Trump administration. The president-elect will need some help stiffening his spine. READ MORE.
What the Trump Victory Means for Energy
Charles N. Steele, Environment & Climate News
An important thing to watch will be the extent to which President Trump and the Republican Congress bring an end to the practice of rewarding campaign donors through energy subsidy programs. Whatever the mix, it is very likely Trump’s approach will be more market-based than would have occurred under a Clinton administration, with a more rational regulatory regime. This suggests, all else equal, greater energy supplies and more economic growth. READ MORE.
Trump’s Education Policy Raises More Questions Than Answers
Teresa Mull, School Choice Weekly
Two months before he is sworn in as president, it’s unclear what Donald Trump wants to accomplish in education policy, says Jason Bedrick of the Cato Institute. Common Core? Trump’s against it, but that is mainly a decision left to the states. Promoting School Choice? An admirable goal, but many conservatives and libertarians oppose Trump’s idea of a national voucher program. Trump also wants to encourage more vocational education and make a college degree “more affordable.” But, again, is that really a job for the federal government? READ MORE.
Task #1 for Trump and the GOP Congress: Repeal and Replace Obamacare
Michael Hamilton, Consumer Power Report
President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans will soon hold the power to pass and implement the most comprehensive U.S. health care policy reform in 100 years. On the campaign trail, Trump has promised to “completely repeal Obamacare,” but his camapaign has been coy about providing any further details. While Trump insists Congress can and must eliminate the individual mandate, replacing the disaster that is the Affordable Care Act will take a lot more than that. READ MORE.
Checking Climate-change Alarmist’s Math Homework
Isaac Orr, Grand Forks Herald
Global warming alarmist Bill McKibben recently claimed that the future of the world depends on math. But McKibben is more a birthday party magician than a mathematician. He uses sleight-of-hand in an attempt to make the “Keep It in the Ground” movement relevant as it continues to obstruct crucial infrastructure projects, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline. In reality, calculating the impact of human beings on the earth is more complex than McKibben could possibly imagine. And reducing the argument to basic math is not only deceptive, it is dangerous to the millions of people around the globe who rely on fossil fuels to survive. READ MORE.
Bonus Podcast: Dan Johnson – Defending Free Speech and Fighting the ‘Muzzle Rule’
Budget & Tax News managing editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Dan Johnson, executive director of the Tax Revolution Institute (TRI), a nonpartisan organization committed to promoting transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels of the U.S. tax system. Johnson and Hathaway talk about TRI’s “First Amendment Alliance,” a coalition of liberal and conservative organizations fighting to keep the so-called “muzzle rule” from being enacted, and fighting for all Americans’ right to free speech. LISTEN TO MORE.
Basic Economic Thinking Would Fix Our Broken Health Care System
David S. D’Amato, RealClearHealth
Free market principles have brought innovation and success to every industry on earth. It has driven down prices, created competition, and helped deliver the best products at affordable prices to consumers. Despite all this, the U.S. health care system is nothing even remotely resembling a free market. The health care industry in America is an extremely heavily regulated, monopoly system, the result of decades of harmful, anti-competitive public policy. It is time to give this system a check up and fix the broken system with the free market. READ MORE.
New Webpage on Wikipedia’s Lies
Now there is a single website that collects dozens of articles, including scholarly research, on how Wikipedia, the “free encyclopedia,” is actually the fake encyclopedia. Wikipedia is the first place millions of people go to learn about organizations and individuals they hear about in the news or online, but the profiles posted there are biased, unreliable, and often libelous. The Heartland Institute’s Wikipedia profile contains many lies and errors, but we are not alone: thousands of profiles have been similarly hacked by leftist activists. READ MORE