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Teacher’s Unions Don’t Speak for Minority Parents on Reopening Schools

In the wake of the deal between Governor Gavin Newsom and legislators to incentivize reopening public schools, teachers unions argue that reopening will hurt minority communities.  However, many parents in those communities have strongly called for schools to reopen. The agreement between Newsom and the legislators does not require public ...
Commentary

Biden’s health care agenda entrenches a status quo that isn’t working

Health care reform is back on the agenda in Washington. At the end of January, President Biden signed two executive orders that aim to make it easier for people to sign up for coverage. On Saturday, the House passed a $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief package that includes billions in new health insurance subsidies. The ...
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Groundhog Day for Minimum Wage

At first, we were relieved to find that Pres. Biden’s proposal to include a $15 minimum wage hike in the COVID-19 relief package was just a bad nightmare.  But when Californians woke up the other day, the idea was back on track.  Unlike Bill Murray, who thanks to the magic ...
Commentary

President Biden, It’s Time To Admit Obamacare’s Flaws

Starting today, uninsured Americans will be able to sign up for health plans through the federal HealthCare.gov exchange during a new special enrollment period through May 15. Created by one of President Biden’s first executive orders, it’s intended to help “restore and strengthen Americans’ access to quality, affordable health care.” ...
Commentary

Biden’s health care plans – this is what Americans can expect from Democrats

Last week, President Joe Biden signed executive orders that will re-open ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges from Feb. 15 through May 15 and direct federal agencies to re-examine some of the health care rules enacted by the Trump administration. There’s a limit to what Biden can accomplish by executive action. But with narrow control of Congress, there’s still plenty ...
Commentary

Biden’s ill-advised Obamacare rescue mission

President Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan that includes billions in new subsidies for health insurance purchased on Obamacare’s exchanges. That may be good news for people who get coverage through those marketplaces. But is it really the best use of taxpayer resources, given that many of those ...
Commentary

California’s Self-Inflicted Mental Health Crisis

Nine months into California’s pandemic restrictions and no one knows how things will end. Are most of us going to succumb to “poverty… depression … (and) suicide” brought on by being locked down? Or will history validate those who insisted that the only course was to “cancel everything”? No one ...
Commentary

Work Requirements Can Preserve Medicaid For Those Who Need It Most

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case early next year that will decide whether states have the power to impose work requirements as a condition of receiving Medicaid benefits. The question before the high court is a legal one. But as a matter of policy, work requirements are a great ...
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Stockton Voters Reject Mayor Who Pushed Basic Income, Yet Liberal State Lawmakers Embrace Plan

One of the more surprising results from November’s election was the surprise defeat of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs in his bid for re-election to a Republican upstart Kevin Lincoln, a pastor and former George W. Bush administration official who is both black and Latino. Tubbs won national attention for his ...
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A Tribute to the Great Economics Professor Walter Williams, RIP

It is with much sadness that I learned of the recent passing of one of my favorite and most respected economists, Professor Walter Williams.  Walter was a prolific writer, author, educator, and defender of freedom.  He died on December 3rd at 84, having taught his final economics class at George ...
Blackouts

Teacher’s Unions Don’t Speak for Minority Parents on Reopening Schools

In the wake of the deal between Governor Gavin Newsom and legislators to incentivize reopening public schools, teachers unions argue that reopening will hurt minority communities.  However, many parents in those communities have strongly called for schools to reopen. The agreement between Newsom and the legislators does not require public ...
Commentary

Biden’s health care agenda entrenches a status quo that isn’t working

Health care reform is back on the agenda in Washington. At the end of January, President Biden signed two executive orders that aim to make it easier for people to sign up for coverage. On Saturday, the House passed a $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief package that includes billions in new health insurance subsidies. The ...
Blog

Groundhog Day for Minimum Wage

At first, we were relieved to find that Pres. Biden’s proposal to include a $15 minimum wage hike in the COVID-19 relief package was just a bad nightmare.  But when Californians woke up the other day, the idea was back on track.  Unlike Bill Murray, who thanks to the magic ...
Commentary

President Biden, It’s Time To Admit Obamacare’s Flaws

Starting today, uninsured Americans will be able to sign up for health plans through the federal HealthCare.gov exchange during a new special enrollment period through May 15. Created by one of President Biden’s first executive orders, it’s intended to help “restore and strengthen Americans’ access to quality, affordable health care.” ...
Commentary

Biden’s health care plans – this is what Americans can expect from Democrats

Last week, President Joe Biden signed executive orders that will re-open ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges from Feb. 15 through May 15 and direct federal agencies to re-examine some of the health care rules enacted by the Trump administration. There’s a limit to what Biden can accomplish by executive action. But with narrow control of Congress, there’s still plenty ...
Commentary

Biden’s ill-advised Obamacare rescue mission

President Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan that includes billions in new subsidies for health insurance purchased on Obamacare’s exchanges. That may be good news for people who get coverage through those marketplaces. But is it really the best use of taxpayer resources, given that many of those ...
Commentary

California’s Self-Inflicted Mental Health Crisis

Nine months into California’s pandemic restrictions and no one knows how things will end. Are most of us going to succumb to “poverty… depression … (and) suicide” brought on by being locked down? Or will history validate those who insisted that the only course was to “cancel everything”? No one ...
Commentary

Work Requirements Can Preserve Medicaid For Those Who Need It Most

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case early next year that will decide whether states have the power to impose work requirements as a condition of receiving Medicaid benefits. The question before the high court is a legal one. But as a matter of policy, work requirements are a great ...
Blog

Stockton Voters Reject Mayor Who Pushed Basic Income, Yet Liberal State Lawmakers Embrace Plan

One of the more surprising results from November’s election was the surprise defeat of Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs in his bid for re-election to a Republican upstart Kevin Lincoln, a pastor and former George W. Bush administration official who is both black and Latino. Tubbs won national attention for his ...
Blog

A Tribute to the Great Economics Professor Walter Williams, RIP

It is with much sadness that I learned of the recent passing of one of my favorite and most respected economists, Professor Walter Williams.  Walter was a prolific writer, author, educator, and defender of freedom.  He died on December 3rd at 84, having taught his final economics class at George ...
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