Category: The Forum

Friday Facts: August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012 It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  “I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that “all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.” To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.” – Thomas Jefferson (Letter to George Washington, 1791) “Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison “Your greatest ally in controlling your response to your circumstances has been a… View Article

Georgia Legislative Policy Forum

2012 Legislative Policy Forum 2012 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum “Wisdom, Justice and Innovation” Bringing the nation’s top experts to Georgia to focus on innovative solutions to Georgia’s challenges Hosted by the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation W Atlanta – Midtown 188 14th Street Friday, September 21, 2012 Register at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/legforum Sponsorship Information 7:15-8:00 – Continental Breakfast 8:00 – Welcome Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore, Georgia House of Representatives Rep. Edward Lindsey, Chairman, Conservative Policy Leadership Institute 8:10 – Breakfast Keynote: The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education 9:00-10:00 Session One: Health Policy after the High Court: Reforming Medicaid, Rethinking Medical Malpractice and Reaching the Uninsured View Article
The Washington Post reports that charter schools in the nation’s capital are being treated poorly despite their popularity and track recored of student achievement: While the District pours billions into rebuilding a city system that has more classroom space than it needs, parents are increasingly opting for charter schools. If trends continue, charter enrollment will surpass the traditional public school population before the end of the decade. Yet even as charters soar in popularity, D.C. officials have often relegated these schools to second-class status, maintaining funding policies and practices that bypass charters and steer extra money to the traditional city school system. Highlights: Of Washington’s 76,753 students, 31,562 (or 41 percent) are enrolled in charter schools. Charter schools posted… View Article

Caps on Damages Won’t Reduce Defensive Medicine

The recent health care debate has completely ignored one of the major health care cost drivers: defensive medicine. Writing in The Hill, Dr. Jeff Segal states why the Affordable Care Act will do little to reduce healthcare spending: One reason, according to Gallup, is that one in four healthcare dollars in America is spent on defensive medicine. Defensive medicine occurs when doctors order more tests and procedures — such as CT scans, blood work and biopsies — than are medically necessary to keep from being sued. This costs consumers as much as $650 billion annually. In Texas, 79 percent of physicians said they practice defensive medicine compared to 81 percent in all states. This despite comprehensive legal reform adopted… View Article

National PTA Supports Georgia Charter Policy

The National Parent Teacher Association has revamped its policy to make it clear that it supports giving entities other than local school boards the right to approve charter schools, according to Education Week.  The article points out that this position conflicts with the Georgia PTA’s position, but “Georgia PTA  officials declined to comment on their apparent break with the National PTA on the issue. ” National PTA President Betsy Landers called their attention to the deletion, and said her organization wanted to ensure that its support “extends to all authorizing bodies and public charter schools,” as long as they are held to high standards. Ms. Landers noted that almost 50 percent of public charter schools in operation today are… View Article

Facts on Energy

The National Center for Policy Analysis reports: The Institute of Energy Research recently published Hard Factsan energy primer that seeks to correct myths that shroud current debate surrounding energy. Domestically, the United States has enough of fossil fuels to last for centuries. In 2011, the United States produced 23 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, making it the world’s top producer. In the same year, the United States produced 5.67 million barrels of oil per day, becoming a third largest oil producer. Proved worldwide reserves of conventional oil doubled from 642 billion barrels in 1980 to 1.3 trillion barrels in 2009. The United States has 261 billion tons of coal in proved reserves, making it the most in… View Article
By Grace-Marie Turner President Obama said during his weekly radio address Saturday that he wanted to share “some actual facts” about “a lot of accusations and misinformation flying around” about Medicare.   Let’s look at the “facts” that he highlights in his address: “We’ve extended the life of Medicare by almost a decade.” Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute He “extends the life of Medicare” by paying Medicare providers less and less every year to the point that 15 percent, and eventually 40 percent, of Medicare providers will either go bankrupt or stop seeing Medicare patients altogether, according to Medicare actuaries. “And I’ve proposed reforms that will save Medicare money by getting rid of wasteful spending in the health care system and… View Article

Keep Government Small and Keep Your Eye On It

By Lawrence Reed Lawrence Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education Those of us who want to make government small and keep it limited as America’s Founders intended sometimes come across to others as naysayers.  Because we don’t fall for promises of politicians to take care of every corner of our lives, we get accused of being mean and uncaring.  But we should be quick to point out we are opposed to excessive government because we are in favor of some very positive, important things. We want to limit government ultimately because we support freedom, without which life would hardly be worth living. We want to limit government because we want to maximize opportunity, enterprise and creativity. We want to permit… View Article

Friday Facts: August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012  It’s Friday!  Quotes of Note  Correction: Two of the Quotes of Note in last week’s Friday Facts were incorrectly attributed to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. Our apologies; as Abraham Lincoln said, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet!”  “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.” – Abraham Lincoln  “Posterity – you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Adams  “Under this republic the rewards… View Article
Eric Wearne, Senior Fellow, Georgia Public Policy Foundation By Eric Wearne Last fall, then-new Coahulla Creek High School in Whitfield County made a bold move and issued all of its students tablets rather than textbooks.  Now a new report by Learning Untethered titled “Learning is Personal,” noted by Getting Smart, takes a closer look at how tablets are actually used in some 5th grade classrooms over the course of a school year.  This is a “project,” rather than a full research paper, but it is a project schools might want to take note of.   The questions the authors asked were “whether handheld and tablet form factors are adequate for student production of content, or just consumption, and… View Article

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