Does Taxing the Wealthy Help or Hurt the Economy?

Does Taxing the Wealthy Help or Hurt the Economy?

Peter Schiff debates Robert Creamer (Huffington Post) on taxes and the economy, and solutions to our current economic situation.  Debate is in 3 parts.

Filed Under Economic Policy

Obamacare, the Commerce Clause, and the U.S. Constitution

Obamacare, the Commerce Clause, and the U.S. Constitution

Peter Suderman has a good article over at Reason on yesterday’s ruling in the Virginia lawsuit challenging Obamacare.  Essentially, the Court said you don’t actually have to be engaged in commerce for your choices to be regulated under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. As he correctly points out, this analysis is a recipe for […]

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Alabama State Board of Education Votes For Common Core Standards Despite Opposition

Alabama State Board of Education Votes For Common Core Standards Despite Opposition

On November 18, 2010, the Alabama State Board of Education voted to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSSI).  These standards are purported to be necessary to provide conformity among states in the curricula for English and math studies.  As discussed in the last EF newsletter, these ‘standards’, which will be enforced by assessments funded […]

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State School Board To Vote On Common Core Standards Tomorrow

State School Board To Vote On Common Core Standards Tomorrow

It’s the last chance for anyone who opposes turning control of Alabama’s curriculum over to the feds to have their say.  Tomorrow morning, the Alabama State Board of Education will vote on whether to adopt the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  While the National Governors Association supports the proposed initiative, problems […]

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Preparing For The Lame Duck Session

Preparing For The Lame Duck Session

Last week was a historic conservative victory.  Conservatives took the U.S. House of Representatives, made significant gains in the U.S. Senate, and as a result, we will soon welcome one of the most pro-family, conservative Congresses in recent history.  However, the current Congress has one more opportunity to do damage when they return for the lame […]

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Concerned Women For America Oppose Common Core Standards

Concerned Women For America Oppose Common Core Standards

Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) released a statement in opposition to the adoption of the Common Core Standards Initiative by the Alabama State Board of Education. Here’s an excerpt: Concerned Women for America of Alabama stands in opposition to the state‟s adoption of the Common Core State Standards. The battle being waged in Alabama […]

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Federal Workers’ Wages Outpace Growth of Private Sector Pay

Federal Workers’ Wages Outpace Growth of Private Sector Pay

According to an article in USA Today, federal employees’ wages have increased at a much higher pace than private sector workers. The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds. … Since 2000, […]

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API’s Gary Palmer Speaks Out Against Common Core Standards

API’s Gary Palmer Speaks Out Against Common Core Standards

Alabama Policy Institute president Gary Palmer recently wrote on the problems with common core standards. The federal government now controls two major car companies, has wasted over $860 billion on a failed economic stimulus plan, taken over our health care system, put the nation’s banks and financial systems under its enormous thumb and attempted to […]

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Obamacare Causes AARP To Raise Rates

Obamacare Causes AARP To Raise Rates

They lobbied for the bill, and now blame it for having to raise employee rates… WASHINGTON – AARP’s endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Now the seniors’ lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law. In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care […]

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Obamacare Provides a Grim Diagnosis

Obamacare Provides a Grim Diagnosis

Sens. Tom Coburn and John Barrasso, both doctors, have released a report on the effect of Obamacare to date.  It is not a pretty picture. They find that: Obamacare costs America nearly 800,000 jobs, most coming from within the medical industry: The CBO “estimates that the legislation, on net, will reduce the amount of labor […]

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