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Volume 21, Issue 16: April 23, 2019

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 3/27/19)
The House Democrats have a plan they say would improve Obamacare by making health insurance subsidies available to all, funding the subsidies with a national reinsurance pool, and reversing the Trump administration’s waivers for limited-benefit insurance. The Dems’ proposal has several flaws, including its failure to help the chronically ill get access to the best doctors and hospitals. READ MORE »

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 3/25/19)
Overall, the payoff for a college education isn’t what it used to be, with 40 percent of grads working in jobs that don’t require a degree. One reason could be supply and demand: the nation may be graduating more college students than employers really need. READ MORE »

Art Carden (Forbes, 3/30/19)
Public subsidies for Amtrak, airports, and highways might spur economic development at the local level. For the nation as a whole, however, they merely redistribute total spending while creating economic distortions and waste. READ MORE »

By K. Lloyd Billingsley (The Daily Caller, 4/8/19)
Did Empire actor Jussie Smollett file a fake assault report that caused the Chicago Police Department to pull officers off their homicide cases in order to search for his supposed attackers? Although suspension of disbelief is standard for Smollett’s television show, it should not apply to a case that is bogus to all but the willfully blind. READ MORE »

On Thursday, May 2nd, at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre in San Francisco, the Independent Institute will proudly host a very special evening with Jordan B. Peterson, the renowned author of the international bestseller, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. A courageous and articulate champion of free speech, individual liberty, personal responsibility, civic virtue, the rule of law, and the values that underpin Western Civilization, Dr. Peterson explores the modern world by uniquely combining the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge science. Dr. Peterson is widely recognized for his unrivaled combination of wisdom, verve, and wit, and this special evening is an event not to be missed! LEARN MORE »

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