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    California Squirms with CIRM: The Embryonic Stem Cell Boondoggle

    Centrally planned job creation and scientific research pose many of the same problems: extraordinary expense, a pattern of politically shaped insider transactions, and less than promising results. This occurs for substantially the same reason: government attempts to pick winners and losers in developing fields ignore the discipline of the marketplace … More

    Welfare Reform: British Style

    According to British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, the United Kingdom will put into place “a radical new welfare state where it always pays to work.” Newly elected British Prime Minister David Cameron has set forth plans that, according to analysts, will result in the nation’s most dramatic welfare … More

    Hardly Obsolete: Restoring the Health of Families

    When a news outlet heralds the message that “4 in 10 say marriage becoming obsolete,” one can be sure that no one has surveyed the kids. Today the Pew Research Center, in conjunction with Time Magazine, formally released the results of a poll that, in the words of one Associated … More

    Boomers Age of Appetites Leaves Americans with Tough Policy and Personal Choices

    “The Greatest Generation … stormed beaches in places like Normandy and Okinawa,” says today’s lead editorial in USA Today. “Their children, by contrast, stormed places like Woodstock. For the Baby Boomers — people born from 1946 to 1964 — the prosperity their parents built was never good enough. In later … More

    The Iowa Judicial Retention Vote: An “In-State” Interest in Marriage

    In a statement that is as unseemly as the example of judicial activism that gave rise to their removal from office, three former Iowa Supreme Court justices are blaming “out-of-state interests” for their loss on Election Day. The evidence seems clear that the three judges who were not retained by … More

    Big Journalism Exit Poll: Traditional Marriage Out, Same-Sex Marriage In

    Since 2003, the Associated Press, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News have cooperated in the form of the National Election Pool (NEP) to produce one set of nationwide exit poll data. First, representatives from each news organizations form a committee that comes up with the specific … More

    A Confident Coalition of Economic and Social Conservatives

    Exit polls and candidate victory speeches confirm the truth that yesterday’s electoral outcomes were rooted in concerns about a sagging economy and soaring government spending. But the public records and political philosophies of yesterday’s victors at the ballot box also convey the quiet strength of social issues in the 2010 … More

    Inequality Statistics and Poverty Facts

    “Facts are stubborn things,” wrote Mark Twain, “but statistics are more pliable.” Jonathan Alter amply demonstrates this truism in last weekend’s New York Times Book Review. In regard to income inequality—a perennial favorite among the media and liberals—he opines: Over the last three decades, the top 1 percent of the … More

    Some Good News About Teen Parenthood Rate

    There is some good news about the rate of teenage parenthood in America. It’s on the decline again. According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday, between 2007 and 2008, teen birth rates decreased by 2.4 percent. From a long-term perspective, the drop is … More

    Hey, O’Reilly, Here’s How to Give the Word to Maher

    It’s not that Bill O’Reilly was pecksniffian in his verbal sparring with Bill Maher last week on the topic of religion. The powerhouse host of Fox News was just plain ill-equipped. A good-natured O’Reilly failed to put up an effective defense as an unhappy-looking Maher unpacked his usual smug ridicule … More