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How Colleges Overcharge

Editor's note: In recent years, concerns regarding runaway college tuition and student loan debt have served to undermine public confidence in the value of American higher education. Ironically, the very issue that is now causing such alarm–high tuition–has long been a signature feature ...

Posted on 4 August 2016 Keep Reading...

PA's 'Balanced Budget' Falling Apart

In the search for revenue to cover the General Assembly's insatiable need for more spending, the legislature looked for new sources of revenue and taxes. Ignoring the $200 million that they borrowed from other funds, the ill-conceived choices they made are already falling through.

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Posted on 3 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Paying for Harrisburg's Spending Addiction

How do you know when politicians have a spending addiction? A sure sign is when they start scrounging for money in ashtrays and Netflix queues.

The General Assembly recently passed a $31.5 billion budget for FY 2016-2017 that includes $1.4 billion in new government spending, which certain ...

Posted on 3 August 2016 Keep Reading...

School Taxes Up in Alco

(August 2, 2016)--Taxpayers in 23 of Allegheny County's 43 school districts will be paying higher real estate taxes in the 2016-17 school year. With the exception of the Pittsburgh Public School District, all school districts in Allegheny County operate on a July-June fiscal year and their budgets ...

Posted on 2 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Great Race to the Bottom

Normally a Presidential candidate viewed unfavorably by 60% of voters would not stand a chance. But Donald Trump gets to run against Hillary Clinton and her own mind-numbing unpopularity. The 2016 contest for President is not so much a race, but a mutual free fall. Who wins? A dyspeptic Alf ...

Posted on 2 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Russia: A Historical Perspective

Editor's note: This article first appeared at Conservative Review.
There is real danger in Donald Trump's statements and attitude toward Vladimir Putin and Russia. "Putin likes me," glowed Trump in a July 25, 2016 Tweet.

On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Trump ...

Posted on 2 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Games, eBooks, Music? There is a Tax for That

Digital Downloads Tax Takes Effect Today

August 1, 2016, Harrisburg, Pa.–Pennsylvanians who didn't stock up on iTunes, eBooks, and game apps yesterday will begin paying more today, as the 6 percent sales tax on digital downloads, satellite radio, and streaming video and audio such as ...

Posted on 1 August 2016 Keep Reading...

Hillary Flunks Economics 101

Overall, business investments are directly correlated with higher levels of job creation, better wages, less destitution and more economic security. That's a basic fact from Economics-101 that shouldn't be hard to understand.
This positive linkage between investment and economic improvement is ...

Posted on 1 August 2016 Keep Reading...

America's Political Dysfunction

An unhealthy gap separates the American people and the nation's governing elite.

Anti-intuitively, on some important issues, Bernie Sanders supporters have more in common with grassroots conservatives than they do with elected Democrats: Establishment ...

Posted on 1 August 2016 Keep Reading...

'In God We Trust' Anniversary

Washington, DC -- Congressional Prayer Caucus Co-Chairmen Congressman Randy Forbes (VA-04) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) released the following statements in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the day President Eisenhower signed legislation officially adopting "In God We Trust" ...

Posted on 1 August 2016 Keep Reading...

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