American Exceptionalism: Innovation Plays a Part

Numerous attributes are used to describe American exceptionalism. Our system of governance and founding principles, our military strength and our natural wonders are all commonly referenced when discussing what makes the United States special. However, no conversation about American exceptionalism is complete without a discussion of American innovation and the intellectual property (IP) underpinning it.

U.S. innovation has been a crucial driver in human progress worldwide. American innovation saves lives, facilitates human connections that have sparked revolutions and entertains people worldwide. American pharmaceuticals, computer operating systems, social networking sites and movies are popular and available around the globe. But without strong …

Do Skyrocketing Electricity Rates in New England Foretell Consequences of Clean Power Plan?

The New York Times ran an interesting article a few days ago discussing the skyrocketing electricity prices residents of New England are being forced to pay even before the winter season begins. The article identifies a resident of New Hampshire named John York who paid $376 to power his small … »

Education Report Card Suggests Private School Choice Laws Need Improvement

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently released the 19th edition of its annual Report Card on American Education, where it ranks states’ education policy based on six areas: state academic standards, charter school laws, home-school regulations, private school choice programs, overall teacher quality and policies and digital learning opportunities. … »

At Least One More Year of Tax-Free Internet Access

Last night, the US House of Representatives passed a measure to avoid a government shutdown. The $1 trillion spending authorization bill, or continuing resolution (CR), is expected to pass this week in the Senate and fund government operations through next September in most cases. Regardless of the varying views about … »

Results of Justice Reinvestment in North Carolina is Even Better than Projected

In 2010, North Carolina faced dire projections of a rising prison population and the cost it would have to taxpayers. In response, the legislature worked with state leaders and national criminal justice stakeholders to pass comprehensive criminal justice reform, called the Justice Reinvestment Act (JRA), almost unanimously. The reforms in … »