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Subject The Lighthouse: Four Years of Ad Hominem | Biden’s Ed Plans | Covid Economy Report | DeVos’s Legacy | What Is Communism?
Date January 13, 2021 7:06 PM
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On TV, on radio, and in newspapers, critics of the Trump administration focused their attacks on the president rather than the policies.
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January 13, 2021 | Weekly Newsletter

Four Years of Argument Ad Hominem ([link removed])
By John C. Goodman (Townhall, 12/23/20)
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On TV, on radio, and in newspapers, critics of the Trump administration focused their attacks on the president rather than the policies. Its greatest achievements—involving tax reform, economic deregulation, and health care issues such as telemedicine and insurance portability—deserve high praise. READ MORE » ([link removed])

[link removed] New Way to Care Social Protections that Put Families First ([link removed])
By John C. Goodman
Biden’s Preposterous Plans for Education Policy ([link removed])
By Williamson M. Evers (The American Spectator, 12/30/20)
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President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Education, Connecticut education commissioner Miguel A. Cardona, is a prize for teachers’ unions and identity politics. Expect K-12 classrooms to see more political indoctrination against capitalism and in favor of misguided revisionism à la the New York Times’s 1619 Project, which claims that all institutions in America are inescapably racist. READ MORE » ([link removed])

[link removed] Is It Time for a “490 B.C. Project”? High Schoolers Need to Know Our Classical Heritage ([link removed])
By Morgan E. Hunter, Williamson M. Evers, Victor Davis Hanson
California’s COVID Economic Recovery Task Force Provides Political Cover but Little Else ([link removed])
By Lee E. Ohanian (California on Your Mind, 12/1/20)
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A mere 23-pages long, California’s economic recovery task-force report is a missed opportunity for reducing the state’s high cost of living, for streamlining government bureaucracy, and for promoting pro-growth tax and regulatory policies. The report’s main function, it seems, is to provide broad-based political cover for economic lockdown policies that are among the worst in the country. READ MORE » ([link removed])

Infectious Diseases and Government Growth ([link removed])
By Nathan P. Goodman, Christopher J. Coyne, Abigail Devereaux
Betsy DeVos’s Higher Ed Legacy ([link removed])
By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 1/7/21)
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Betsy DeVos, who announced her resignation as U.S. Secretary of Education last Thursday night, has been exemplary in serving the cause of higher education. She will be best remembered for rolling back regulatory excesses of the Obama era, most notably the horrible 2011 “dear colleague” letter that pressured colleges and universities to address complaints of sexual harassment by denying basic due process protections for the accused. READ MORE » ([link removed])

[link removed] Restoring the Promise Higher Education in America ([link removed])
By Richard K. Vedder
What’s Wrong with Communism? ([link removed])
By Art Carden (American Institute for Economic Research, 11/30/20)
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Marx and Engels summed up communism as “the abolition of private property,” and Ludwig von Mises called socialism “the abolition of rational economy.” Both terms boil down to “a centrally planned economy in which government controls the means of production”—which means: no market prices or profit-and-loss signals to guide resources to their highest and best use. READ MORE » ([link removed])

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By Robert P. Murphy
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