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Matt Damon's Anti-Fracking Movie Seemingly On Its Way To A Flop

Matt Damon's Anti-Fracking Movie Seemingly On Its Way To A Flop

Matt Damon has become something of an anti-fracking activist. His new movie, Promised Land , takes aim at oil and gas drilling technique, no doubt hoping to do for fracking what The China Syndrome did for nuclear energy. The movie is about an oil industry land man who is out to swindle property owners into

Shame On You, Chris Christie

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is upset with House Republicans, specifically blaming House GOP leadership, over the delay in passing a bill for Hurricane Sandy relief: “There is only one group to blame,” Christie said. “The House Majority and John Boehner.” “Last night, the House Majority failed the basic test of leadership and they did

Dalrymple's Housing Incentive Fund Is A Transfer Of Wealth From Taxpayers To Property Developers

I’ve written before that Governor Jack Dalrymple’s Housing Incentive Fund, which gives dollar-for-dollar tax credits to individuals and businesses who contribute, is little more than an elaborate taxpayer subsidy for property developers. The idea is that the fund encourages private philanthropists to help fund the building of low-income housing in the state. “The fund was

Affordable Care Act Doesn't Require That Health Insurance Be Affordable

I’ve long argued that the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” won’t make health insurance and health care more affordable so much as it will make both more expensive and harder to get. As we watch health insurance premiums grow at a faster rate than before the law was passed, as we watch the health care

It's A Spending Problem

Courtesy of Yuval Levin at National Review, here’s another look at the “fiscal cliff” deal’s impact on the nation’s debt and deficit problem: And then there’s this comparison of spending and revenue, each as a percentage of GDP: Going back to 1973, we’ve never been able to hold federal revenues much above about 18% of

Spain Selling Off Wind Farms

Remember when President Obama was touting Spain’s “green energy” policies as something worth emulating here in the United States? Well Spain, where unemployment has hit rates as high as 20%, is now selling off their wind farms (via Million Dollar Way): In its concerted effort to reduce debt and maintain investment grade credit rating, Iberdrola

Thanks Fracking: US Oil Imports At A 20 Year Low

I’m a free trade sort of guy, so generally I think America ought to get its goods and services from wherever makes sense in marketplace. If that’s someplace in America, great. If not, that’s ok too. Thinks like “trade deficits” are the result of economic illiteracy and media sensationalism. That being said, I was never

"We Can't Cut Our Way To Prosperity" When Prosperity Is Based On Government Spending

“We cannot simply cut our way to prosperity,” President Obama said last night in response to the House sending him the “fiscal cliff” legislation to sign. That statement always strikes me as curious, as though government drives the economy instead of burdens it. I’m no anarchist. We need government. There are lots of things government

North Dakota State University Teams Up With Planned Parenthood To Spend Obamacare Money On Sex Education

The State of North Dakota turned down a grant, made available through the Obamacare legislation, to fund sex education in North Dakota. But North Dakota State University, part of that fourth branch of government that is our university system, has accepted it. Now two NDSU professors are working with abortion mill giant Planned Parenthood to

Respondents To Dickinson State University Survey Ask Questions University Officials Don't Want To Answer

In a blatant bit of holiday news dumping, the officials at Dickinson State University gave up on a fight to keep a section of a recent campus quality survey dedicated to written comments hidden from the public. Previously only a redacted copy was given to the media as university officials hid behind their lawyers, but

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