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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Study: Medicaid Patients Go to Emergency Room More Often
By NCPA @ 11:02 PM :: 5546 Views :: National News, Ethics

Medicaid beneficiaries have more difficulty getting primary care and they visit hospital emergency departments more often than those with private insurance....

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Firm Sells Solar Panels to Itself, Taxpayers Pay
By NCPA @ 10:58 PM :: 5038 Views :: National News, Ethics

A heavily subsidized solar company received a U.S. taxpayer loan guarantee to sell solar panels to itself....

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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Renewable Portfolio Standards Ignore Cost Inefficiencies
By NCPA @ 7:40 PM :: 4134 Views :: Energy, Environment

... wind and solar power, after decades of government support, are still not independently viable for broad commercialization ....

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Monday, February 27, 2012
Debt Ratio: We're Already Europe
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 7308 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Only two European countries, Greece and Ireland, have larger budget deficits as a percentage of GDP.  Just four European countries have larger national debts than we do -- Greece and Ireland again, plus Portugal and Italy .... 

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Sunday, February 26, 2012
The Political Economy of Medicaid: Evidence from Five Reforming States
By NCPA @ 2:28 AM :: 4364 Views :: National News, Ethics

Rhode Island, Washington, Tennessee, Florida and Idaho each have attempted efforts to change the system, and their experiences may prove insightful....

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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lessons from Europe's Experience with Renewable Mandates and Subsidies
By NCPA @ 7:49 PM :: 10017 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Hawaii can learn a great deal from European countries' experiences....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The Myth of Runaway Health Spending
By NCPA @ 2:58 PM :: 4475 Views :: National News, Ethics

Health care spending increased continuously since the 1970s, consistently outstripping inflation and economic growth…. However, this trend has since turned negative with the rate dropping almost every year since 2002, reaching a low of less than 4 percent in 2009....

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Understanding the True Cost of State and Local Pensions
By NCPA @ 11:03 PM :: 3738 Views :: National News, Ethics

impending troubles to be faced by public-sector retirement funds....

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Friday, February 17, 2012
How Big Sugar Robs You
By NCPA @ 2:14 PM :: 5374 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Even with billions in US Tariff support, sugar just couldn't carry the ILWU in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Job-Killing Medical Device Tax
By NCPA @ 3:02 PM :: 4064 Views :: National News, Ethics

Beginning in 2013, a tax will be imposed on the manufacture and importation of medical devices in an attempt to offset a portion of the $1 trillion cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act....

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Monday, February 6, 2012
Even at 14 Percent, Romney Pays a Higher Rate than 97 Percent of His Fellow Americans
By NCPA @ 3:38 PM :: 3955 Views :: National News, Ethics

Americans following the current GOP brawl witnessed a series of attacks on Mitt Romney for the low effective tax rate he pays on his personal income.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Obama Green Jobs Program Faces Further Investigation
By NCPA @ 5:56 PM :: 3764 Views :: National News, Ethics

 $500 million in green job training grants placed just 10 percent of trainees in jobs ....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ALEC: Hawaii Ranks C+ in Education Reform
By NCPA @ 4:04 PM :: 6917 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics
The akamai reader will note that ALEC's ranking relies heavily on the DoE's adoption of high academic standards....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
When "Being Green" Means Favoring the Rich
By NCPA @ 3:02 PM :: 4183 Views :: Energy, Environment
So far, however, the environmental agenda has overwhelmingly favored the 1 percent....
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
LIUNA Quits Climate Coalition: "Sierra Club destroying Lives of Working Men and Women"
By NCPA @ 1:05 PM :: 4046 Views :: National News, Ethics

O’Sullivan said. “We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women.”

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Renewable Fuels Disaster
By NCPA @ 10:24 AM :: 4726 Views :: National News, Ethics

Deficit hawks, environmentalists and food processors are celebrating the expiration of the ethanol tax credit.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Workplaces Ban Not Only Smoking, but Smokers Themselves
By NCPA @ 10:22 AM :: 4279 Views :: National News, Ethics

tobacco-free hiring policies, designed to promote health and reduce insurance premiums, are under attack from the American Civil Liberties Union and the tobacco industry....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Doctors Say Affordable Care Act Is No Remedy for U.S. Health Woes
By NCPA @ 10:18 AM :: 4060 Views :: Energy, Environment

Many of these results stem from two large impacts of the law: shutting down health care facilities and sharply increasing demand as it extends coverage to millions of people.

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Monday, January 9, 2012
Vast Web of Federal Regulation Causing Drug Shortages
By NCPA @ 12:36 PM :: 3622 Views :: National News, Ethics

...government price and output controls are largely to blame for shortages, as they cause distortions within the market and adverse motives among market participants, says Investor's Business Daily....

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Why Medicaid Is No Longer a Voluntary Program
By NCPA @ 3:02 PM :: 4113 Views :: National News, Ethics

States are trapped between excessive regulation on one side and financial bankruptcy on the other....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Electric Vehicles Lack a Spark – and soon will lack funding
By NCPA @ 3:14 PM :: 5589 Views :: National News, Ethics

...now comes the lapse of several federal supports or incentives which allowed people/companies/governments to install the charging stations necessary to keep these care running. No chargers, no driving....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Medicare Whac-A-Mole
By NCPA @ 3:08 PM :: 4666 Views :: National News, Ethics

...by relying on a technical system of price controls and complicated payout formulas, Congress is continuing to play the same game that it has for years in which it drives down direct costs in one area only to see them spring up elsewhere....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Modern Medicine Is Undergoing Industrialization
By NCPA @ 2:19 PM :: 5641 Views :: National News, Ethics

Medicine is undergoing industrialization where doctors who previously operated in small offices with relative autonomy are becoming owned commodities of large hospitals and health plans.... 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The Class Warfare We Need
By NCPA @ 2:15 PM :: 5351 Views :: National News, Ethics

Instead of waging a war on the rich, a virtuous war should be waged on society's predators, pirates and parasites....

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Monday, December 26, 2011
Do More Regulations Equal Less Safety?
By NCPA @ 3:05 PM :: 4359 Views :: National News, Ethics

Psychology, economics and organizational science suggest that too many regulations may make society less safe .... 

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Monday, December 26, 2011
Cash-Strapped States Bet On Gambling
By NCPA @ 3:01 PM :: 4732 Views :: National News, Ethics

Faced with mounting budget deficits, more states are expanding gambling options and loosening restrictions in a grab for revenue....

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Monday, December 26, 2011
The Federal Government's Deeply Flawed System for Controlling Medicare Costs
By NCPA @ 2:58 PM :: 4517 Views :: National News, Ethics

With Medicare's hospital trust fund set to be exhausted by 2024 according to the latest report from the program's trustees, federal officials are understandably looking for easy ways to cut spending ....

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Friday, December 16, 2011
The Welfare State Neutralizes Opponents by Making Them Dependent on Government
By NCPA @ 11:43 AM :: 4855 Views :: National News, Ethics

No matter how powerful or pervasive a regime is, it can still be overrun by the sheer superior numbers of the people it governs. However, this traditional political framework has been undermined by the development of the modern welfare state ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Household Electricity Bills Skyrocket as Green Energy Bubble Swells
By NCPA @ 12:00 PM :: 4900 Views :: National News, Ethics

Electric bills have skyrocketed in the last five years, a sharp reversal from a quarter-century when Americans enjoyed stable power bills even as they used more electricity, says USA Today.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
What to Do about Drug Shortages
By NCPA @ 12:42 PM :: 8136 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Attempts to solve drug shortages with more regulations could actually worsen the problem ... the only way to alleviate the drug shortage is to make generic drugs more profitable.

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Friday, December 9, 2011
The Root Cause of Market Failure in Higher Education
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 4096 Views :: National News, Ethics

Any program in which 60 percent of the graduates failed to find work for two consecutive years would face funding reductions ....

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Monday, December 5, 2011
Study: Salt Reduction Programs Increase Heart Disease
By NCPA @ 1:47 PM :: 8267 Views :: National News, Ethics

This is what happens when you let the government tell you how to live every tiny detail of your life.

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Monday, December 5, 2011
States Squirm over Health Exchanges
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 4522 Views :: National News, Ethics

For state governments, the coming Supreme Court ruling on health reform isn't an abstract argument about the U.S. Constitution. It's a highly practical question about whether, when and how to proceed with one of the health law's most important and complicated pieces: setting up health insurance exchanges....

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Friday, November 25, 2011
Taxpayer Losses on GM Bailout Are Going to Be Massive
By NCPA @ 3:13 AM :: 6876 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, National News, Ethics

Last week the Treasury Department revised its loss estimate for the General Motors (GM) bailout from $14.33 billion to $23.6 billion....

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Friday, November 25, 2011
Green Energy Push Drives Outsourcing to China
By NCPA @ 3:08 AM :: 5800 Views :: World News, Family

Indeed, costly emission cuts in Denmark and elsewhere are likely to lead to a partial relocation of CO2 emissions to more lenient countries, such as China ....

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Friday, November 25, 2011
USA Today: Stimulus Funds Helped Some Stocks Soar
By NCPA @ 3:03 AM :: 6078 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Companies involved in developing smart electric grids -- nine big tech firms that are also in many other businesses -- have risen 54 percent....

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Hybrid Vehicles Release Less Carbon Dioxide than Total Electric Vehicles
By NCPA @ 6:35 PM :: 4231 Views :: National News, Ethics

As first reported in Motor Trend, hybrid vehicles that operate on gasoline and electricity such as the Toyota Prius often produce less carbon dioxide than vehicles that operate solely on electricity such as the Nissan Leaf....

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Monday, November 14, 2011
Plastic Bag Bans Are Bad for the Environment
By NCPA @ 12:02 PM :: 5472 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...reusable bags are only more environmentally friendly than plastic bags if they are used 103 times, yet on average they are used only 51 times before they are thrown away....

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Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wind Power Lines Bust Budget
By NCPA @ 12:17 PM :: 8276 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • First, the power lines and new infrastructure necessary to transport wind energy is enormously expensive.
  • Second, much of the electricity produced is lost in transportation anyway.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Australia, Europe's Greenhouse Gas Tax Could Inflate Airfares
By NCPA @ 12:40 PM :: 4013 Views :: Energy, Environment

Attempting to address concerns regarding global warming and the gradual increase of manmade emissions, the European Union has implemented an emissions trading scheme under which airlines will be forced to pay a carbon tax.  (Australia voted to enact a carbon tax Nov 8).

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Paul Krugman’s Silly Solar Claims
By NCPA @ 12:33 PM :: 7273 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has a particularly silly column today in the Seattle Times, proclaiming “That’s right: Solar power is now cost-effective.”

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Monday, November 7, 2011
Which Energy Source Receives the Largest Subsidy?
By NCPA @ 1:22 PM :: 6173 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Coal receives about 6/100ths of a cent per kWh while solar receives an enormous 96.8 cents per kWh. Wind receives 5.25 cents per kWh and nuclear receives just under 1/3 of a cent per kWh.

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Friday, November 4, 2011
Middle Class Getting Ahead, not Falling Behind
By NCPA @ 2:54 PM :: 3950 Views :: National News, Ethics

Median post-tax income has increased, as has consumption....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Despite Occupy Wall Street, Left Embraces “Green” Crony Capitalism
By NCPA @ 1:15 AM :: 4373 Views :: National News, Ethics

Writing in TheWall Street Journal, [New York Senator Kirsten] Gillibrand’s piece was titled “Cap and Trade Could Be a Boon to New York.” It described the inherent complexity of cap-and-trade not as a drawback, but as an opportunity from which Wall Street brokers could profit.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Special Education Vouchers reduce Over-Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities
By NCPA @ 2:33 PM :: 4209 Views :: National News, Ethics

...why has the incidence of disability diagnosis increased so drastically in 25 years? Several studies suggest that this increase has occurred because schools are incentivized to do so....

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Fact Check: Are the Rich Taxed Less than Secretaries?
By NCPA @ 12:12 PM :: 5557 Views :: National News, Ethics

President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries. The data tell a different story, says the Associated Press.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011
"Green Scissors"-- Enviros Propose Billions in Cuts to Federal Giveaways
By NCPA @ 8:22 PM :: 5109 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Eliminating $380 billion in subsidies to industries that damage the environment could go a long way toward resolving U.S. budget challenges, a coalition of groups from across the political spectrum said in a new study, reports the Environment News Service.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wind Scammers are top Recipient of Federal Energy Subsidies
By NCPA @ 9:53 PM :: 5947 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A new report from the Department of Energy ... shows that "renewable" energy firms are heavily dependent on government support....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
NYT: Anti-GMO Myths don’t hold up to Scientific Scrutiny
By NCPA @ 9:48 PM :: 9077 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Myths about the dire effects of genetically modified foods on health and the environment abound, but they have not held up to scientific scrutiny. These crop modification methods are not dangerous.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
SF Chronicle: Unfounded Fears Threaten Fracking Success Story
By NCPA @ 9:44 PM :: 4932 Views :: National News, Ethics

The energy from hydrofracking can transform the U.S. energy outlook for a century. Let's not allow groundless fears to destroy our future....

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