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Donny Kendal, Human Events
“The proliferation of renewable energy will never please environmentalists. In fact, the more efficient and inexpensive energies like solar and wind become, the more environmentalists will fear and eventually hate them.” READ MORE
Nancy Thorner, for Somewhat Reasonable
Charles C.W. Cooke’s new book The Conservatarian Manifesto is a call to arms for the growing movement of “conservatarians”— members of the right who are fiscally conservative but socially liberal — and a fascinating look at conservatism’s past and future. If you missed this great Heartland event at the Union League Club, read about it (and watch the video) at the blog. READ MORE
Peter Ferrara, American Thinker
“Republicans and conservatives who can’t or won’t vigorously and articulately argue the case for reforming Obamacare should be replaced with new leadership. We must also present and argue for the full Patient Power, free-market health care vision that will replace Obamacare once the currently serving Great Mistake in the White House is replaced with new leadership next year as well.” READ MORE
Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of Budget & Tax News, is joined by Commonwealth Foundation Vice President of Policy Analysis Nate Benefield. Hathaway and Benefield discuss a new bill being proposed in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Taxpayer Protection Act, which would restrict the growth of the state’s spending by keeping spending increases in line with population increases and the rate of inflation. LISTEN TO MORE
Do you believe in smaller government and more individual liberty? Do you believe free markets solve social and economic problems better than government planning? The Heartland Institute might have just the job for you! We’re looking for eager self-starters to manage several important projects that will have a real impact on policy in this country. READ MORE
Jim Lakely, Somewhat Reasonable
“There was no vote or show of hands at the end of the presentations. No accounting of which presenter swayed more of the congregation. My subjective reaction was that the applause for Taylor was enthusiastic, for Perfetti polite. At the end, Perfetti did not ask for an endorsement of his amendment. And no one offered, though several people told me afterward that they liked the idea. More said they didn’t.” READ MORE
“The FCC did not impose strict net neutrality rules to solve a problem for consumers, who wield power in the market to correct any ‘harm’ to their digital wants and needs. FCC imposed net neutrality to gain control over the digital economy – and force the big players in the industry to put the whims of government bureaucrats ahead of the needs of their customers.” READ MORE
“Surely the Framers who envisioned a limited national government with strictly enumerated powers that could levy taxes solely on a per capita basis would recognize neither the income tax system of today nor the out-of-control government that it has spawned.” READ MORE
Heather Kays welcomes to the podcast Ben Boychuk, the new the project manager for education issues at The Heartland Institute, to discuss the latest news about Common Core, the parent trigger, and other school reform efforts nationwide. LISTEN TO MORE
Justin Haskins, Breitbart
“When kids aren’t busy timing their showers to ensure they remain as unclean as possible and training to be future plumbers, they can ‘test’ their ‘water sense’ by playing EPA’s Pac-Man-inspired online game starring the ‘water-efficiency hero,’ Flo. The goal of the game is to move Flo, a cartoon water drop, ‘through water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding water-wasting monsters.’ There’s nothing kids hate more than those darn water-wasting monsters.” READ MORE
Joy Pullmann, School Choice Weekly
The results of a survey of thousands of Ohio public school teachers vindicate years of warnings from Common Core opponents that the tests will be a train wreck – both because they demand technology far beyond what most schools can support and because Common Core itself is nebulous and unlikely to produce clear test questions. READ MORE
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