Regulatory watchdogs call for oversight reform

Regulatory watchdogs call for oversight reform

By Tony Corvo / Heartland Institute A government watchdog organization is calling for changes to how the federal government handles regulatory oversight 35 years after the creation of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a government agency that oversees all regulations coming out of Washington, DC. OIRA is responsible for reviewing and finalizing […]

2015’s top 10 enemies of liberty

2015’s top 10 enemies of liberty

By Sam Rolley / Personal Liberty Digest It would be impossible to list all of the politicians, corrupt public agencies and movements that threatened your liberty in 2015. But here’s a go at listing some we think are top offenders. No. 10: Donald Trump Conservatives like Donald Trump — and for good reason, considering his […]

Foreign hackers are attacking the U.S. power grid with regularity

Foreign hackers are attacking the U.S. power grid with regularity

By Bob Livingston / Personal Liberty Digest A collapse of the electrical grid is a real and present danger. A security researcher recently trying to find the hackers responsible for stealing a university’s housing files in California stumbled onto more than he bargained for. He found that cyberattacks had already been waged on the networks […]

California has plenty of water — and too much politics

California has plenty of water — and too much politics

By Steven Greenhut / for Watchdog.org Almost everyone knows California is running out of water as it enters the fourth year of a grueling drought. The results are stark, as massive reservoirs turn into mud pits, and state inspectors fine residents for watering their lawns. But in the state’s second most populous county, there’s a […]

Death watch Illinois

Death watch Illinois

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Illinois Pension Problems Mount Illinois’ unfunded liabilities have risen ten out of the last eleven years. The only exception was 2011. This was despite massive rallies in financial markets every year since 2009. One out of every five tax dollars goes to pensions, but that’s nowhere close to enough to stem […]

How Chicago “works”: Tax and graft; Who benefits?

How Chicago “works”: Tax and graft; Who benefits?

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock On October 28, the Chicago City Council passed the largest property-tax hike in modern city history by a vote of 36-14, approving Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 budget proposal. Taxpayers will have to fork over another $588 million property-tax hike to be phased in over the next four years. Some businesses and […]

Texas governor fights federal claim to Texans’ lands

Texas governor fights federal claim to Texans’ lands

By Ann Purvis / Heartland Institute Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other Republicans in Texas are calling on the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to clarify its intentions regarding property ownership along the Red River and to cease actions Abbot says are nothing short of a “land grab.” “I write for a […]

Worried about terror? You’re a monster

Worried about terror? You’re a monster

By Sam Rolley / Personal Liberty Digest The United States is at an increasing risk of attack by violent Islamic extremists. But there’s a disturbing trend developing in the country: Those who suggest that Western governments should re-evaluate the ways Islamic mandates clash with the values of democratic government are being accused of neo-McCarthyism. The […]

Ohio teachers union officials are paid twice as much as teachers

Ohio teachers union officials are paid twice as much as teachers

By Jason Hart / Watchdog Ohio Ohio’s largest labor union is in the business of selling worker “solidarity,” and for union bosses, business is good. Ohio Education Association president Becky Higgins was paid $209,039 to preside over a union that took member dues and mandatory fees from 121,625 teachers during the fiscal year ending Aug. […]

Nearly half of uninsured willing to pay fine citing costly coverage

Nearly half of uninsured willing to pay fine citing costly coverage

By Ali Meyer / Washington Free Beacon Nearly half of those without health insurance said they went without coverage because it was too expensive, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Forty-six percent of the uninsured made this claim. Nine percent said they would rather pay the fine than pay for coverage, and 11 percent […]

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