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  • Monthly Archives: March 2013

    Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Same-Sex Marriage, but Science Not So Sure

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    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement yesterday indicating its support for same-sex marriage. Based on “extensive research,” this statement from a scientific organization may seem authoritative. In reality, however, the AAP’s position is based on ideology, not science. The AAP claims that children “receive similar parenting … More

    Obamacare: State Legislatures Speak Out

    Obamacare at 3 years

    A third birthday is often a cause for celebration. But that’s certainly not the case for Obamacare, which was signed into law on March 23 three years ago. The law has never enjoyed majority support and is likely to become even more unpopular as insurance premiums soar starting next year. … More

    Marriage Has a Role in Raising Children, Reducing Poverty

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    The marriage debate is about more than romance between adults. Society’s interest in the upbringing of children and marriage’s unique ability to serve that interest explains the government’s involvement in the institution, argues Helen Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University and a leading expert on marriage and family … More

    Garbage Collecting a Green Job? According to Government, Yes!

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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released yet another green jobs report that has green advocates gushing in ways they couldn’t if they actually read past the first page. As we have noted (here, here, here, and here), the BLS definition of green jobs is so bizarre that the total … More

    Herbert Croly: Bad Prose, Even Worse Ideas

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    Writers of the world, rejoice: It turns out we don’t have to write well to write powerfully. Consider Herbert Croly. Few Americans in 2013 are familiar with the name. But 100 years ago, Croly was among the country’s most influential intellectuals. He co-founded The New Republic and edited it for … More

    Wisconsin Welfare Reform Promotes Self-Sufficiency

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) says welfare dependence is no measure of success when it comes to helping the poor. “Sadly, there are some in our nation’s capital who measure success in government by how many are dependent on the government,” said the governor. “Our mindset in Wisconsin is a … More

    Marriage and Faux Federalism

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    George Will opens his recent column criticizing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on federalism grounds by quoting from a 1948 Supreme Court case: “[U]nder the Constitution, the regulation and control of marital and family relationships are reserved to the States.” What he doesn’t point out is that the citation … More

    The EMP Threat: Just a Scare?

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    A recent National Journal article discussed the likelihood of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) over the United States with skepticism, asking whether such activists and politicians are “[d]oomsday preppers or congressional visionaries” and claiming that the “the debate over the urgency remains stuck in a theoretical realm.” But the EMP threat … More

    Morning Bell: Thanks to Obamacare…

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    It’s Obamacare’s third anniversary. Though many key parts of Obamacare—including some of its tax hikes and mandates—don’t go into effect until next year, Americans are feeling many of its changes already. Please share these impacts to mark three years of this bureaucratic nightmare. Tweet this | Share on Facebook  Learn … More

    What Is Vote-a-Rama? Watch Our Google+ Hangout at Noon ET Today

    Why does President Obama have time to release his final four picks for the NCAA basketball tournament, but can’t meet the federal budget deadline? For the past two weeks in Washington, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) have squared off in a battle over the federal budget, … More