Saturday, February 14, 2015

This Week From the Heartland Institute

Price Tag for Bungled Obamacare Exchanges: $400 Million - Eric Boehm, for The Heartlander
An internal investigation into how the federal government awarded contracts for developing and building Obamacare’s online exchanges has found the process was fraught with expensive errors. Taxpayers forked over $207 million to CGI Federal triple the original contract bid for building websites that did not work. ......To Read More.....

Will President Obama’s New Drilling Policy Give the Arctic Over to Russian Domination? - Ron Arnold, at Somewhat Reasonable
The anger, outrage, and frustration in Alaska are palpable after the president stripped the state of vast stores of its oil and gas wealth. It’s becoming undeniably clear that this administration does not view Alaska as a sovereign state,’ said Rep. Don Young, ‘but rather an eco-theme-park for the most extreme environmentalist allies of the president and his party.’ ......To Read More.....

Featured Podcast: Greg Lawson on Jock Taxes - Greg Lawson, policy analyst for the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, joined Budget & Tax News Managing Editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to tax pro athletes visiting Milwaukee to pay for a new basketball arena. Is it a slam dunk to stick it to the mega-wealthy, pampered athlete? Or is it a foul to impose a ‘jock tax’ on people who will likely never live in Milwaukee to fund a new arena the billionaire owners of the Bucks should pay for themselves?......To Read More.....

Net Neutrality a Solution in Search of a Problem - Jesse Hathaway, The Heartland Institute
There is no systemic problem to solve, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said in an interview with Heartland’s Budget & Tax News. Even the FCC implicitly concedes that. ... This proposal to regulate the Internet, which the FCC is poised to adopt, asserts jurisdiction over basically the entire Internet everything from that relationship between an ISP and a customer, all the way [to] big companies that interconnect over the Internet, hundreds of miles away from any given customer.......To Read More.....

Proving Global Warming Is Easy if you Rig the Data - H. Sterling Burnett, The Heartland Institute
The official gatekeepers of climate science insist the raw data collected at ground weather stations cannot be trusted. It must be expertly massaged, you see. And, wouldn’t you know it? Every time the official gatekeepers get done working over the data, the past is cooler and the present is warmer. Falsifying the hypothesis of man-caused global warming is rather difficult when the data are rigged from the start. ......To Read More.....

If Obamacare Is Saving the Impoverished, Why Are So Few Signing Up? - Justin Haskins, The Heartland Institute, at Breitbart
For all the praises heaped on President Obama for his signature program’s alleged success, no one outside of a select few in Washington, D.C. has any clue whether the Affordable Care Act is actually helping large numbers of impoverished Americans. Then again, that was never really the point of Obamacare, was it? ......To Read More.....

School Choice Gets Personal for North Carolina Dad - Joy Pullmann, The Heartland Institute
Isabel was slipping away, wrote parent Brian Lewis wrote in the News & Observer. “She dreaded school, we dreaded school, and it was clear the teachers dreaded it, too. We hit the wall in November and came to the conclusion that public middle school was not the answer. In fact, it was the problem. This story has a happy ending. ......To Read More.....

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