The K-12 Producer-Consumer (non)Debate

by Martin Harris As Fourth Estate journalists well know, and practice, because it builds readership or viewership, the use of the write-in Letter-to-the Editor or the call-in-Tweet to the commentator to counter-point with popular wisdom the official position on policy-as-news, works well. That’s even though, sometimes, the official position and the appropriate rebuttal show up…

The blind leading the blind

by Robert Maynard There is a Gospel saying about both falling into a pit when the blind leads the blind.  That is exactly the image which comes to mind in reading this article about Vermont following Germany’s lead in subsidizing costly and inefficient alternative energy sources:  “In the aftermath of Fukushima and Al Gore’s Inconvenient…

Democratic Leadership Leading America Down the Wrong Path

by Linda Kirker President Obama and his cohorts have worked hard to destroy America’s economy and drive businesses and jobs out of the country through high taxes, unrealistic regulations and economic uncertainty. That’s why 14 million workers are unemployed. If you include the underemployed and those who have given up looking for work, the number…

Welfare Reform Battle Renewed

by John McClaughry A campaign ad by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has brought the long-dormant issue of welfare-to-work back to the political center stage. Romney saw an opening when on July 12 the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an “information memorandum” to state welfare-plan administrators regarding “waiver and expenditure…

Causation vs. Correlation

by Martin Harris Because human nature doesn’t change much (an Age-of-Enlightenment/Founding-Father belief challenged in our own times by Progressives who promise that, once they’re in charge, the perfectible society will result) a medieval proverb composed by long-dead European white guys still resonates: “the poor carpenter blames his tools.” Case in point: the various prescriptions of…