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September, 2015


Using White House reporting claim of 12%, 1 in more than 30 women at MSU and OSU are sexually assaulted, not 1 in 5

Trigger Warning: If you are upset by the accurate reporting of facts, statistics and data about campus sexual assault please stop reading now. In a January 2014 report titled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action” (which led to the creation of the “Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault” headed by Vice-President Joe Biden), the White House made the following two statements: White House Statement 1. Sexual assault is a particular problem on college campuses: 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while in college. White House Statement 2. Reporting rates for campus sexual assaultRead More

Reform, Ohio Replacement Fund; Top Changes In NDAA

With the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act completed and headed to the president’s desk likely sometime next week, it’s useful to summarize the biggest policy changes therein. While most Republicans do not take the veto threat seriously, Mr. Obama will surely do just that. Still, when this bill eventually receives his signature later this year or early next year, it will be—for all practical purposes—a near-exact version as to what is now public. The only difference will (hopefully) be a small budget deal to fund the government after December 11th negotiated between the White House and Congressional Republicans. Highlights ofRead More

The dangerous Euroskeptic myth

Critics are correct when they say the European Union is burdened by a needlessly complex regulatory apparatus. In 2005, the British think tank Open Europe estimated that 666,879 pages of legislation had been passed by Brussels since the EU’s inception in 1957—including, most famously, one on the curvature of bananas. And it’s also true that adoption of a common currency for political reasons without greater structural and fiscal union has forced painful adjustments on the European economy. Twenty20 License But as Europe comes under unprecedented stress, from the refugee crisis to the flagging economy, many conservative critics risk pushing theRead More

Debate: What ails Republicans?

Francis Wilkinson is a former Democratic consultant who’s now a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board. Ramesh Ponnuru is a veteran conservative writer and policy expert and a Bloomberg View columnist. They exchanged e-mails about the Republican Party’s internal conflicts after the surprise resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner. Republican presidential candidates mingle and talk after the conclusion of the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA, September 16, 2015. Reuters Francis: Given my jaundiced view of the Republican majority, I’ve interpreted the demise of Boehner asRead More

Reforming higher education finance to align the incentives of colleges, students, and taxpayers

Good morning, Chairman Coats, Ranking Member Maloney, and distinguished Members of the Committee, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my views on the concept of financing higher education. My name is Andrew Kelly and I am the director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization based here in Washington, DC. My comments today are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of AEI. I’m here today to discuss important concerns about our current approach to student financial aid and to identify someRead More

A Clintonian misdirection on drug prices

Hillary Clinton’s prescription to soothe the economic hangover consumers have from ObamaCare’s regulatory binge is a single ingredient: more regulation. Mrs. Clinton begins her treatment plan by focusing on “price gouging” by pharmaceutical companies and the need for price regulation. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in the gymnasium of Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa, September 22, 2015. Reuters Major biotech indexes are down about 20% since Mrs. Clinton first tweeted news of her plan on Sept. 21. What she fails to comprehend is that the high drug prices she decries aren’t the result of market forces goneRead More