Waxman Net Neutrality Bill Fails Due To Lack of Republican Support

Waxman Net Neutrality Bill Fails Due To Lack of Republican Support

I’ve previously written on the issue of net neutrality, i.e.- government takeover of the internet, and its cooling effect on free speech.  Congress recently had a chance to stop this power grab by the FCC, but failed to come together on the issue.  Rep. Henry Waxman introduced a bill that would have expressly prohibited the […]

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A Taxpayer Receipt

A Taxpayer Receipt

What did your tax dollars pay for?  The Atlantic has posted a taxpayer receipt for someone earning $34,140 and paying $5,400 in federal income tax and FICA: Every American taxpayer should get one of these….

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Alabama Must Deal With The Coming Pension Crisis

Alabama Must Deal With The Coming Pension Crisis

Update:  ATR’s Joshua Culling and Stateline.org point out that pension problems have been a popular topic of conversation on the gubernatorial campaign trail across the U.S.  Both Alabama gubernatorial candidates have acknowledged the problem and agree that something will have to be done. States across the union, already faced with a steep decline in revenues, […]

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Public Schools Are Failing…Could Complete Privatization Be The Answer?

Public Schools Are Failing…Could Complete Privatization Be The Answer?

David Warren argues that privatization is precisely the answer to our epidemic of failing schools.  He points out that the concept of public education has long been engrained in the minds of Americans, but it didn’t start out that way.  In fact, the Constitution says nothing about public education… In the case of education, we […]

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'Waiting For Superman' Not What We've Been Waiting For?

'Waiting For Superman' Not What We've Been Waiting For?

Neal McCluskey points out the producers of Waiting For Superman have their own agenda, beyond charter schools. Unfortunately, Waiting for “Superman” doesn’t just seem to want to make people wait for good schools by promoting charter schools and not full choice. On its “take action” website, it prominently promotes the very opposite of parent empowerment: Uniform, government-imposed, national standards for every […]

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Ethics Reform Should Be A Priority For Alabama Legislators

Ethics Reform Should Be A Priority For Alabama Legislators

Alabama’s ethics law was last updated in 1992.  Since then, we’ve had multiple legislators indicted, and reportedly one of the largest investigations into public corruption in the country. The BGA Integrity Index ranks Alabama 4th in the nation in terms of public corruption.  If ever there was a need for ethics reform, Alabama has it. […]

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Rolling Reserve Budget Act Key To Solving Alabama’s Problems With Education Funding

Rolling Reserve Budget Act Key To Solving Alabama’s Problems With Education Funding

For the past two legislative sessions, Rep. Greg Canfield (R-Vestavia) has introduced a budget reform measure entitled the Rolling Reserve Budget Act.  The proposal would cap education spending based on a rolling 15-year average growth rate.  The state currently bases the education budget on a projection of Education Trust Fund revenues.  Extreme revenue fluctuations make […]

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Entitlement Nation

Entitlement Nation

The Chicago Tribune has a good article today re: the growth in federal entitlement spending. The bad news: Reports The Wall Street Journal, “Nearly half of all Americans live in a household in which someone receives government benefits, more than at any time in history” (our emphasis). In 2008, that group encompassed 44.4 percent of […]

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Common Core Standards For Public Schools: A Bad Idea

Common Core Standards For Public Schools: A Bad Idea

by Phyllis Schlafly The No Child Left Behind Act, which allowed states to set their own public school standards for “proficiency,” is opposed and considered a failure by all factions in the education world. Therefore, we obviously should force all kids in every state to be held to uniform national standards of proficiency. Right? No; […]

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Insurance Premiums Rising As A Result of Obamacare

Insurance Premiums Rising As A Result of Obamacare

Yesterday, The Heritage Foundation published this piece about how Obamacare would simultaneously cause insurance premiums to rise and prevent companies from raising them. The Heritage article is extremely relevant given this piece from Monday’s Birmingham News: In filings with the Alabama Department of Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and VIVA Health reported they […]

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