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Thursday February 11th 2016

‘Free Enterprise Zone’

Profiteers of climate doom

Profiteers of climate doom

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, Willie Soon and David R. Legates ~Ten killer questions that expose how wrong and ideologically driven they are~ A century or so from now, based on current trends, today’s concentration of carbon dioxide in the air will have doubled. How much warming will that cause? The official prediction, 1.5-4.5 [...]

Is the Federal Minimum Wage Unconstitutional?

Is the Federal Minimum Wage Unconstitutional?

BY MARK HENDRICKSON It’s a familiar political scenario: Behind the fig leaf of compassion and fairness, progressives and the union-dominated Democratic Party want the federal government to raise the minimum wage. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton favors a $12 per hour federal minimum wage, while her competitor, Senator [...]

Extraordinary Restraints Upon the Importation of Goods…

Extraordinary Restraints Upon the Importation of Goods…

An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776 2013 - 2016 Internet Edition (with explanatory notes) by Steve Farrell BOOK IV: OF SYSTEMS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY CHAPTER 3: OF THE EXTRAORDINARY RESTRAINTS UPON THE IMPORTATION OF GOODS OF ALMOST ALL KINDS, FROM THOSE COUNTRIES WITH WHICH THE BALANCE [...]

Obama’s 0.7 percent “solution”

Obama’s 0.7 percent “solution”

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Obama, Democrats and bureaucrats bury America’s future under more federal regulations~ America’s abysmal 0.7% economic growth during the fourth quarter of 2015 meant the annual growth rate was an anemic 2.4% … and average annual growth for the six-year Obama era a pathetic 2.2 percent. This is “dead last compared [...]

America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama

America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama

HERITAGE FOUNDATION, ANTHONY B. KING Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America’s economic freedom has been on a declining path over the past decade. America’s declining score in the index is closely related to rapidly rising government spending, [...]

Trumping hydrocarbon fuels & consumers

Trumping hydrocarbon fuels & consumers

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Too many presidential candidates court corporate cash by promoting ethanol~ Donald Trump loves to tout his poll numbers. But if he’s doing so well, why does he pander to Iowa’s ethanol interests? The gambit might garner a few caucus votes among corn growers and ethanol producers. It certainly brings plaudits from [...]

Binge of Regulation: Wireless Pricing and the FCC

Binge of Regulation: Wireless Pricing and the FCC

JAMES L. GATTUSO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Wireless data caps, the annoying limits on how much data you can use from your phone, have been a fact of mobile life for several years. Now, a new pricing concept in the wireless marketplace, known as “zero-rating,” promises to relieve consumers of the fear that streaming one too many videos will [...]

The Fed’s Lack of Appreciation for the Healing Power of Markets

The Fed’s Lack of Appreciation for the Healing Power of Markets

DANIEL L. THORNTON, CATO INSTITUTE In my recent Cato Institute policy analysis, “Requiem for QE,” I analyze the transcripts of the 2008 and 2009 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings in some detail.  Among them, the March 2009 transcript stands out as particularly troubling, as it reveals the FOMC’s failure to appreciate an [...]

Base policies on reality, not deceit

Base policies on reality, not deceit

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Dr. Bob Carter understood that climate frequently changes, and we must prepare to adapt~ Dangerous manmade global cooling, global warming, climate change and extreme weather claims continue to justify what has become a $1.5-trillion-per-year industry: tens of billions spent annually on one-sided research and hundreds of [...]

On the Bright Side: A Deceleration of Sea Level Rise Along the Indian Coastline

On the Bright Side: A Deceleration of Sea Level Rise Along the Indian Coastline

CRAIG D. IDSO, CATO INSTITUTE Parker and Ollier (2015) set the tone for their new paper on sea level change along the coastline of India in the very first sentence of their abstract: “global mean sea level (GMSL) changes derived from modelling do not match actual measurements of sea level and should not be trusted” (emphasis added). In [...]

Life under an iron fist

Life under an iron fist

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Federal government overseers threaten property and livelihoods of hardworking westerners~ Activists protesting federal land mismanagement and the imprisonment of Dwight and Steven Hammond recently occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building in Oregon. Some facts, context and perspective may help [...]

The heat is on!

The heat is on!

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Why should Volkswagen be investigated for emission deception, but not government agencies?~ The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, Big Green and news media are unleashing in the wake of [...]

The ‘Phishing For Phools’ Book That Should Have Been Written

The ‘Phishing For Phools’ Book That Should Have Been Written

BY MARK HENDRICKSON “Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception,” is a trivial work from two bright, kindly, likable scholars, Nobel Prize-winning economists, George Akerlof and Robert Shiller. The title effectively captures the tenor of the book. Akerlof and Shiller seem to want to revive the undeserved reputation [...]

Omnibus Attack on American Jobs

Omnibus Attack on American Jobs

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY When I heard that the Omnibus spending bill that President Obama signed a week before Christmas includes a provision allowing more foreign guest workers, my first reaction was disbelief. We were repeatedly told by Republican leaders that the must-pass spending bill contained only what was absolutely necessary to pay our [...]

Government’s Gold King whitewash

Government’s Gold King whitewash

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Double standards and pollution continue, while the feds exonerate themselves from blame~ When a private citizen or company violates rules, misrepresents facts or pollutes a river, government penalties are swift and severe. It’s different when the government lies or screws up. Two weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior [...]

Shafting taxpayers – crony corporatism

Shafting taxpayers –  crony corporatism

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Will Congress perpetuate renewable subsidies, redistribute our wealth and hammer fossil fuels?~ President Reagan once said, “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.” The omnibus budget package being negotiated on Capitol Hill is a perfect example. The wheeling and [...]

Obama’s Plan to Avoid Senate Review of the Paris Protocol

Obama’s Plan to Avoid Senate Review of the Paris Protocol

STEPHEN GROVES, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Obama Administration is planning an end run around the U.S. Senate in regard to a major international climate change agreement—the Paris Protocol—that will be negotiated between November 30 and December 11 at the 21st annual session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework [...]

Binding Paris treaty now voluntary mush

Binding Paris treaty now voluntary mush

BY PAUL DRIESSEN and ROGER BEZDEK ~But Obama still wants to send US energy use and living standards backward~ Paris climate talks this week descended into madcap all-night negotiations, as delegates desperately tried to salvage some kind of agreement beyond empty promises to do something sometime about what President Obama insists is the [...]

More outrages and insanities in Paris

More outrages and insanities in Paris

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~If alarmists get what they want at the climate gabfest, the consequences will be disastrous~ The Senate will not approve or appropriate money for anything President Obama might agree to in Paris, and developing countries will not (and should not) stop building coal-fired power plants and using fossil fuels to lift billions [...]

A new strategy for tax cheats

A new strategy for tax cheats

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~You can guess what would happen if you used the same tactics that climate alarmists employ~ Suppose you’ve been using some creative data, accounting and legal interpretations for years to reduce your tax bill – and the IRS suddenly flags you for a full-blown audit. Instead of trembling in your boots, shredding your [...]

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