Public vs. Private Retirement

Public vs. Private Retirement

The New York Post’s Josh Barro and E.J. McMahon highlight the vast differences between public and private retirement plans.  They find public sector retirees on the winning end.  Defenders of public employee pension plans say the average public pension system isn’t that generous, but: The data, however, tells a different story. According to the Census […]

Filed Under Economic Policy

AL House Passes Check-Off Bill In The Wee Hours Of The Morning

AL House Passes Check-Off Bill In The Wee Hours Of The Morning

The Alabama House of Representatives gaveled in at 10:00 am yesterday morning, and a Democrat filibuster of SB 2 almost automatically ensued.  15 hours later Republicans broke the filibuster, and passed SB 2 by a vote of 52-49.  Thirteen Republicans, including the three who recently switch parties, broke ranks and voted with the Democrats against […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Legislation

Stop Taxpayer Funded Deduction of Political Dues

Stop Taxpayer Funded Deduction of Political Dues

For many years, Democrat led legislatures have forced taxpayers to pick up the tab when state employees and education workers have dues automatically deducted from their paycheck and sent to their unions.  Those deductions go to union PACs and organizations to fund political activities.  The cost of providing this service is a whopping $2,500,000 a […]

Filed Under Alabama House, Alabama Senate, Legislation

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

Today Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that the individual mandate to buy health insurance is unconstitutional, saying that it “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.”  The suit was brought by VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who argued that the individual mandate was an unconstitutional expansion of the Commerce Clause. The White House dismissed the […]

Filed Under Health Care, Legislation

Eagle Forum of Alabama Statement on the Beason Substitute Bill

Eagle Forum of Alabama Statement on the Beason Substitute Bill

Eagle Forum is one of many organizations that have voiced the need for ethics reform in Alabama.  Recent accusations of government malfeasance and misconduct have underscored the need for reform.  Unfortunately for many years that has been a lost cause; but the events on November 2, 2010 gave the concept fresh legs when voters in […]

Filed Under Alabama Senate, Legislation

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.

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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 […]

Filed Under Health Care, Judicial

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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