Daily Archives: February 7, 2017

DeVos confirmed, lefties go berserk

Congratulations to Betsy DeVos, our new U.S. Secretary of Education! Richard Lawson, the film critic for Vanity Fair, wins the award for DeVos freakout of the day.  Of course, it is possible that Mr. Lawson meant for his tweet to be, in fact, an exaggeration. H/T: JB






JLF expert praises regulatory reform measure in Mississippi

Jon Sanders writes in the Clarion-Ledger about a proposal to reduce the regulatory burden in Mississippi. A bill before the Mississippi legislature would apply sunset provisions with periodic review to all state rules. It’s a good idea: a way to cut red tape and keep state rules current. Under House Bill 1265, state rules thatContinue Reading






Regulatory reform and the Florida jobs boom

Jared Meyer writes in Forbes this week looks at the role of regulatory reform in Florida’s job growth: On January 4, 2011, Rick Scott was sworn in as Florida’s governor and immediately launched deregulation efforts by signing Executive Order 11-01, which he later reinforced with Executive Order 11-211. Since then, Florida has repealed over 4,700Continue Reading






JLF expert highlights direct primary care’s role in health care reform

Katherine Restrepo’s latest column in Forbes explains how conservative health care reform efforts could benefit from an emphasis on direct primary care. Direct primary care (DPC) will end up playing a more prominent role on the national stage of conservative health reform. The Wall Street Journal considers this patient-centered delivery model the “fourth leg” toContinue Reading






About that ‘fake news’

Daniel Payne documents in a Federalist column the “fake news” mainstream media outlets have trumpeted in recent weeks. Despite Trump’s constant railing against the American press, there is no greater enemy of the American media than the American media. They did this to themselves. We are in the midst of an epidemic of fake news.Continue Reading






Trump to trash Obama energy rules

John Siciliano of the Washington Examiner ponders the Trump administration’s response to its predecessor’s energy regulations. President Trump’s priority in his first 100 days will be to incinerate many of the energy and environmental regulations imposed by former President Barack Obama in the past eight years. The administration also will look for new opportunities forContinue Reading






Minimum wage hikes and lost jobs

Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon details a new report that spells out potential negative economic consequences of a higher government-mandated minimum wage. Minimum wage increases over the next several years will result in 1.8 million job losses, according to a report from the American Action Forum. By July of this year, 22 statesContinue Reading






Leading National Review writers probe American nationalism

Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review explain why they believe conservatives ought to embrace a certain form of nationalism. Nationalism has a bad odor even among some conservatives. Perhaps this should not be surprising, since nationalism is in tension with two powerful strains of conservatism. Economic conservatism, particularly as influenced by libertarianism, canContinue Reading