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    In Defense of the Flat Tax

    The flat tax is getting a lot of attention—and a lot of criticism—as an increasing number of Republican presidential candidates embrace the idea in some form or another. , Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and have all proposed their own variations on the idea, with an emphasis on simplicity that seems like common sense to most people. Right now, the staggering complexity of the 75,000 page | Read More »

    Obama’s State of the Union: A Study in Bubbles

    In anticipation of this year’s State of the Union Address, president Obama began issuing a series of “spoilers” to give a glimpse of what he intends to communicate to the country. The themes, broadly categorized, are the resurgence of the American manufacturing sector, the housing market, and access to higher education. At first glance, these may appear to be wildly divergent subjects, but there is | Read More »

    Student Privacy Concerns Add to Common Core Resistance

    There are many things to hate about Common Core standards. From convoluted, unsolvable math problems, to an increased reliance on soulless standardized testing, to a lack of local control and adaptation to individual circumstances, just about everyone can find something to object to. One of the most concerning aspects of the program, however, is the invasive collection of personal data from students, an area that | Read More »

    The Symptoms of Failure: Diagnosing Bad Policy

    Doctors have a hard job. They are expected to observe a diverse collection of physical symptoms, and, using their knowledge of medicine, correctly diagnose the patient. Government policies are a lot like the human body: they can be sound, or, far more often, they can be sick. And just like doctors, we can diagnose this sickness by examining the external features of the policy in | Read More »

    Blue Flight

    With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, professional forecasters are focusing much of their attention on traditionally red states in middle America, such as Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, and West Virginia. Many of these races are tighter than they should be, given the unpopularity of the president and his policies. At the same time, polling companies are admitting that they are expecting greater polling error this year. | Read More »

    Corporate America’s Very Own Obama Phone: The Export-Import Bank

    The recent debate surrounding the extension of The Export-Import Bank illustrates that the attitude of entitlement is not restricted to individuals demanding government assistance, but that it includes some of the largest U.S. corporations as well.  High ranking corporate executives expecting federal backing for their businesses are starting to sound remarkably similar to individuals seeking freebies from the government. During the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, | Read More »

    What Title II Regulation of the Internet Actually Means

    There is a great deal of discussion today about empowering the FCC to regulate internet services providers as if they were public utilities. Supporters of Net Neutrality tend to think this is a good idea, because they fear that ISPs will give discriminatory access to bandwidth, creating a so-called “internet fast lane” for companies with enough capital to pay. The solution, many argue, is to | Read More »

    Coal Miners Union Abandons Workers in Key Senate Races

    Signaling total disregard for its workers, the United Mine Workers of America Union (UMWA) endorsed two Democrats over Republican rivals in upcoming Senate races in coal dependent states. It’s not a total surprise. Following Obama’s declaration of war against coal in 2008, the UMWA endorsed Obama during his first campaign. After observing Obama’s attack against its members, the UMWA decided to remain neutral and failed | Read More »

    Hobby Lobby Decision isn’t About Birth Control, it’s About Bullying

    The Supreme Court made the right decision by ruling that the owners of Hobby Lobby are not required to pay for certain forms of birth control that conflict with their religious beliefs. Make no mistake- I have nothing against birth control. Nor do I think that the birth control methods in question are abortifacients. My opposition to ObamaCare’s contraceptive mandate is that the government is | Read More »

    The Real ObamaCare Scoreboard (Spoiler: The Citizens Are Losing)

    At last week’s farewell ceremony for departing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the latest victim of ObamaCare’s job genocide, President Obama spoke of the legacy she leaves behind through her oversight of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. “The final score speaks for itself,” the president said emphatically, referencing the recent announcement that over 7 million individuals have now signed up for insurance | Read More »