Daily Archives: February 15, 2017

Leef raises concern about ‘new civics’

George Leef’s latest Martin Center commentary probes the disturbing spread of the “new civics” on college campuses. One of the ways the college curriculum has changed for the worse in recent decades is the rise of what David Randall terms “the New Civics” in a hefty report published in January by the National Association ofContinue Reading






Triad Tri-Gig makes ‘broadband boondoggle’ map

CJ’s Barry Smith reports on the Taxpayer Protection Alliance’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ taxpayer-funded internet projects that have cost the public more than $2 billion. One North Carolina network makes the ‘Dirty Dozen’—-the Mooresville-Davidson MI Connection: Mooresville and Davidson borrowed $80 million in 2007 to purchase a bankrupt cable television system and turn it into MI-Connection, theContinue Reading






2017 NEA “Friend of Education” attended Catholic schools

The National Education Association named Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge of the USS Enterprise, also known as “LeVar Burton” or something, their highest honor – the Friend of Education Award.  He was a vocal critic of President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. He is an unusual choice for the award because,Continue Reading






Economists: warning about protectionism since Adam Smith, part 2

This economist wrote about that on January 24. It is, after all, a founding insight behind the discipline of economics. In US News, Mercatus Center economist Adam Millsap asks “Can Economists Prevent a Trade War?” He cites Smith, Frederic Bastiat, Simon Newcomb, and Paul Samuelson to try to explain why a trade war with tariffs and protectionism wouldContinue Reading






Head of Gorsuch confirmation panel expects another round in the near future

The upcoming confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch might prepare U.S. senators for another confirmation confrontation within the next four years. That’s the prediction from one top senator, as reported by Ryan Lovelace of the Washington Examiner. As Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, prepares for Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearingsContinue Reading






Another wise use of your tax dollars: Malodorous edition

Fiscal hawks are likely to wince when they read Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest Washington Free Beacon report on wasted tax dollars. A taxpayer-funded study set to find out if people can smell their own “asparagus pee.” Researchers at Harvard on two active studies that received over $3 million last year surveyed nearly 7,000 people to determineContinue Reading






Objective coverage? What a concept

Rachel Stoltzfoos of the Daily Caller reports on a controversy involving journalists who are called upon to act like … journalists. Wall Street Journal editor in chief Gerard Baker told his reporters Monday the paper would not abandon objectivity in its coverage of President Donald Trump, and directed them to find work somewhere else ifContinue Reading






National Review editor warns GOP to heed protesters

Rich Lowry of National Review urges Republican officials to avoid a key mistake their Democratic counterparts committed nearly a decade ago. The partisan temptation in this circumstance is always to dismiss the passion of the other side, which is what Democrats did to their detriment in 2009 and Republicans are doing now. It’s not oftenContinue Reading