Tag: 2012 Georgia Public Policy Forum

Powered Up at Home but Powered Down in the Classroom

(Editor’s Note: Rick Ogston is the founder of Carpe Diem Schools in Yuma, Arizona.  Ogston will discuss education innovation at the 2012 Georgia Public Policy Forum on Friday, September 21 at the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta.  Click here for additional conference information.) By Rick Ogston Rick Ogston, Founder and CEO, Carpe Diem Schools Carpe Diem was created out of my own frustration.   I had what I call an Ichabod Crane moment.  Walking through my school I was looking through the windows and walking into the classrooms and I noticed a lot of disengagement, not just students but also teachers.  I was a bit challenged by that and I was thinking we’ve got to do something about that.  Why are… 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
By Grace-Marie Turner One of the most tragic failings of ObamaCare is that it will make it harder for many of the most vulnerable citizens – patients with no option but Medicaid – to get care. Grace-Marie Turner, President, Galen Institute Medicaid is cumbersome, complex, and wasteful – already the worst health care program in the country. But rather than making changes to improve or modernize this program designed to finance care for the poor, the Obama administration is trying to convince states to add at least 16 million more people to Medicaid, including families making more than $30,000 a year. That means the poorest and most vulnerable patients enrolled today will be competing with millions of new Medicaid patients… View Article

Finally, a one volume resource from an independent source that gives those of us in public life a new view on which to make public policy.

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