NJ Gov. Vetoes ObamaCare Exchange; SD Gov. Rejects Medicaid Expansion

By Michael F. Cannon

On the same day he met with President Barack Obama (D) at the White House, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed a bill that would have implemented a key part of ObamaCare: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) became the latest state chief executive to rebuff President Barack Obama’s health care reform law Thursday by vetoing […]

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Conservatives Bash Boehner Over Purge…But What About Paul Ryan?

By Tad DeHaven

Conservatives are hammering House Speaker John Boehner over the purging of reliably limited government Republicans who weren’t afraid to buck the GOP leadership. But what about Paul Ryan? There were two Republicans on the House Budget Committee – chaired by Ryan – who voted against Ryan’s budget last spring: Rep. Justin Amash and Rep. Tim […]

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No, Teachers in Finland Are Not Paid Like Doctors

By Jason Bedrick

A meme that is floating around the interwebs claims that Finland’s education system outperforms the United States because “We pay teachers like doctors, students enjoy over an hour of recess, and there’s no mandatory testing – the opposite of what America does.” That all sounds great … it just isn’t true. In Finland general practitioners […]

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The UK’s Capital Obsession

By Steve H. Hanke

Last Thursday, Mervyn King, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, called for yet another round of recapitalization of the major UK banks. For some time, I have warned that higher bank capital requirements, when imposed in the middle of an economic slump, are wrong-headed because they put a squeeze on the money supply […]

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Fed Toys with Ratcheting Up the Credit Crunch

By Steve H. Hanke

When the Basel I accords, mandating higher capital-asset ratios for banks, were introduced in 1988, they were embraced by the administration of President George H.W. Bush. With higher capital-asset ratios came a sharp slowdown in the money supply growth rate and—unfortunately for President George H. W. Bush and his re-election campaign—a mild recession from July […]

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NSA’s Marching Orders to Congress: Deceive the Public, Praise NSA Effusively

By Julian Sanchez

Blogger Mike Masnick recently came across a series of talking points that the National Security Agency provided its putative “overseers” on the congressional intelligence committees back when it first became known that President George W. Bush had authorized an unlawful warrantless surveillance program.  (These talking points have apparently been publicly available for some time, but […]

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Does HHS Have the Authority to Tax Health Premiums in Federal Exchanges?

By Michael F. Cannon

Remember how an adviser to the federal Department of Health and Human Services said the department would have to “get creative” on funding federal health insurance exchanges, because states were refusing to create their own and ObamaCare provides no source of funding for federal exchanges? Well, HHS released its very creative response in a Friday news dump today, and […]

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The Usual Anti-WTO Suspects

By K. William Watson

A news article out today from the McClatchy news service reports growing opposition in the United States against the WTO after a series of politically popular laws were found earlier this year to be inconsistent with international trade rules.  It’s true that the federal government will face some tough decisions in 2013 as it attempts […]

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I Have Been False*

By Michael F. Cannon

*According to PolitiFact. In an unconscious parody of everything that’s wrong with the “fact-checker” movement in journalism, PolitiFact Georgia (a project of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) has rated false my claim that operating an ObamaCare Exchange would violate Georgia law. (For some of the “fact-checker” genre’s greatest worst hits, see Ben Domenech’s top 10 list.) PolitiFact’s analysis is one-sided. It […]

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French President Demands and Gets Firing of Opposition Editor

By Walter Olson

According to the New York Times, French Socialist president François Hollande demanded and received the dismissal of the editor of Le Figaro, the country’s leading conservative newspaper. If that sounds impossibly high-handed, consider the background, as reported in the Times: The publisher, Serge Dassault, is a senator from [ousted President Nicolas] Sarkozy’s political party [and […]

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