When celebrity physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called in late June for the establishment of the virtual state of Rationalia where “All policy shall be based on the weight of evidence” merriment ensued, with the virtual community of the Twittersphere doing what it does best: erupting in derision and sarcasm.
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Chuck DeVore is a vice president at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010, was an aerospace executive, worked as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon, and is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Retired Reserve.
The EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) tells 47 states and three Native American tribal nations to come up with plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by a third or else the federal government will do it for them. The “or else” looks an awful lot like the cap-and-trade carbon emissions scheme rejected by Congress multiple times in the past decade. In any event, the CPP is an unprecedented federal power grab.
Occasionally, the New York Times’ headline writers are shocked — usually when something good happens where they don’t expect it. Hence we see, “Surprise: Florida and Texas Excel in Math and Reading Scores.”
Americans are largely ambivalent about global warming. A Gallup poll in March after last winter’s epic run found 55 percent of Americans thought that increases in the Earth’s temperature were mostly due to human activities while only 37 percent thought that global warming would pose a serious threat to them personally or their way of life.
Urban planners — the local variety of central planner — have a general suspicion of spontaneous order.
Since our founding, the American Dream has been entwined with self-employment — whether as a farmer, a shopkeeper, a doctor, or an inventor — Americans have been at home in our “commercial republic.”
Ask Americans where the nation’s deepest pockets of poverty are and most will likely answer, “The South.”
California and Texas are virtual twins. The two states that are home to one-in-five Americans are similar demographically and endowed with abundant natural resources. They differ most in their public policies.
The cost of living varies greatly from state-to-state,influenced by government policies such as taxes, labor law, restrictions on development, and regulations.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation has joined a class-action lawsuit, led by the Citizens for Self-Governance, against the Internal Revenue Service. TPPF has joined this action not just to vindicate its own rights under the law, but more important to defend free speech and the rule of law against an increasingly out-of-control IRS.
Lately, some Californians have taken to telling themselves that Texas, one of seven states without a personal income tax, can afford not to tax productive output because of its high property taxes and its oil and gas tax revenues.
California voters approved a $50 billion tax hike in November, bestowing the highest marginal income tax rate in the nation on California taxpayers — 13.3 percent.
The last official monthly unemployment report will be issued four days before the election on Friday, November 2. But can we really trust the government’s statistics?
It is oft said that if you want a glimpse of America’s future, look to California. The home to Hollywood has led the way in national trends from the first no-fault divorce law and the permissive Therapeutic Abortion Act of 1967 (both were signed into law by Ronald Reagan) to the great Proposition 13 property tax cut of 1978. It was California’s populist tax revolt, stoked by then-former Governor Reagan, which reframed the debate about the proper size of government and helped propel Reagan to the presidency in 1980.