Daily Archives: February 21, 2013

Rasmussen: Graduates not prepared for college

Earlier this week, Rasmussen Reports conducted a national survey of 1,000 likely voters. (FYI: The margin of sampling error was +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.) They asked four questions – overall performance of public schools, college preparedness, workforce preparedness, and textbook bias. According to a summary of the survey results, TheContinue Reading

Homeschool education credit and “2R” bills filed

House Bill 144: Homeschool Education Income Tax Credit would allow home school families to claim an income tax credit of $1,250 per semester ($2,500 per year) for each dependent, home schooled child.  A quartet of first and second term Republican legislators – Larry Pittman, Carl Ford, Chris Malone, and Jacqueline Schaffer – are the primaryContinue Reading

Meet Monsieur Bastiat

Martin Morse Wooster has a fine review here of a new Liberty Fund book on Frederic Bastiat, one of the great economic and political writers of all time. I found particularly interesting Bastiat’s observations about the two big political parties in France when he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1846. Both wereContinue Reading

You might be a progressive if…

…you have both a “One people, one planet, one future” bumper sticker and a “Celebrate diversity” bumper sticker on your car and don’t see the irony.

Minimum wage? Why not dictate maximum prices?

That’s the question Steve Chapman asks in this column. If you think it’s a good idea to dictate wage increases to help lower-income workers, would you also think it a good idea to dictate lower prices (at least for essential things) to help them too? Chapman supposes that his illustration of the illogic of trying toContinue Reading

Stossel laments the link between new government ‘priorities’ and more government spending

John Stossel saw dollar signs when he heard President Obama’s latest State of the Union address. President Obama has new priorities. That means new spending. In his State of the Union, he said, “The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem.” But then he went on to list how, under his guidance, governmentContinue Reading

Why ‘reformers’ never leave the field of battle after a victory

Just as William Voegeli has documented the fact no Big Government ever represents a big-enough government for partisans on the Left, Theodore Dalrymple writes in the latest National Review that you’ll search in vain for an instance in which a would-be reformer will declare victory over the cause of the day and then leave theContinue Reading

When a government mandate reaches the level of absurdity

Regular readers of this forum have come to expect wackiness from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But EPA has reached a new plateau, as documented in the following blurb from the latest National Review. The Environmental Protection Agency, never known for its realism, has really outdone itself with its green-fuel mandates. Last year, it demandedContinue Reading