Advocate Nick Zaiac was published in The PanAmerican Post on federal aid to state and local governments.
The Whitehouse’s Office of Management and Budget recently released the latest federal budget proposal to the public. Overall spending is expected to rise notably, from US$3.46 trillion to $3.65 trillion.
As expected, it is full of unnecessary, wasteful spending. One of the worst offenders is the “aid” the federal government sends to states and localities to pay for hundreds of different programs, ranging from environmental remediation to health care. Such spending totals more than $607 billion for 2014, accounting for nearly 17 percent of all federal spending.
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Young Voices Editor Casey Given was published in The Daily Caller about private schools that teach creationism with public vouchers.
Numbers aside, the question of whether creationism should be taught in the classroom is completely separate from the question of whether taxpayers should fund private voucher programs. A voucher in itself is politically neutral. Just as parents could choose to send their children to private schools that teach creationism with a voucher, they could also choose to send their children to a school that emphasizes evolution.
In fact, the latter is likely already happening in Tennessee and Louisiana, where public schools are allowed to teach creationism alongside evolution. As the American Enterprise Institute’s Michael McShane explains in an rebuttal to the article in National Review Online, “If creationists are set on taking over school boards or state legislatures, school-choice programs might also work as a release valve for creationists to inflict their teachings on only their own children, and not yours.”
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Advocate Craig Schlesinger was published in The Daily Caller on Tennessee’s proposed repeal of its labeling requirements for so-called “Tennessee Whiskey.”
Adult beverage fans are undoubtedly aware of the craft brewing and distilling revivals that swept the U.S. in recent years. The craft movement is understandably popular since it provides an influx of options at the intersection of quality and economical. One particularly unamused player in the spirits industry, however, is Brown-Forman, the maker of Tennessee’s famous Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
Although distillers in Tennessee employed different techniques and a variety of base products like corn, barley, and rye to produce whiskey for over a century, last year the company successfully urged the state to pass legislation requiring anything labeled “Tennessee Whiskey” not just be distilled in Tennessee, but also made from at least 51 percent corn, filtered through maple charcoal, and aged in pricey, new oak barrels each year. State lawmakers are currently considering an outright repeal of last year’s law that unfairly benefits the world’s most renowned Tennessee Whiskey.
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