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OCPA president Michael Carnuccio recently pointed out in his Journal Record column that “Medicaid expansion, in any form, will be funded by Obamacare dollars.” Then last week in his Journal Record column, law professor Andrew Spiropoulos warned of “a potential last-minute creation of a legal vehicle for the expansion of the d...
In the May issue of Perspective (arriving in mailboxes soon), you’ll learn why OCPA research fellow Vance Fried thinks college is about to get better and drastically cheaper. You’ll discover which frightening numerals keep Congressman James Lankford awake at night. And OCPA research fellow Wendy Warcholik will tell you what s...
You’re perhaps aware that the Oklahoma City-based retailer Hobby Lobby is challenging the HHS anti-conscience mandate, born of Obamacare, which forces employers to cover drugs — such as the “morning-after pill” and the “week-after pill” — that can end a new human life by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Lawyers fo...
When OCPA was founded in 1993, we began to discuss the need for workers’ compensation reform in Oklahoma, with the most necessary reform being a move to an administrative system that was not adversarial to business owners or employees.
We are proud that our state’s policymakers have seen the merit in this concept, and we a...
Like cicadas emerging from their shells, they come out every spring — a delegation from Oklahoma’s monopoly education system warning us with dire looks that we absolutely must “invest” more millions in our schools. To achieve exactly what they never quite make clear, but this year as in past years there’s a number attached. F...
“As the battle over Medicaid expansion rages in the states,” Christina Corieri writes today in The Wall Street Journal, “supporters of expansion have dusted off an age-old favorite in making the case for taking federal dollars. They say: If our state doesn't take the money, those dollars will go to some other state instead.Ha...
Oklahoma taxpayers are familiar with the constant poormouthing that emanates from state agency heads pleading for more funds each year. Give us more extra bucks, the agency heads complain to legislators, or we’ll have to close facilities, cut services, and throw granny out into the snow.But thanks to some diligent reporting b...
Earlier this year, feminists across the country celebrated the golden-jubilee reissue of Betty Friedan’s wave-making work, The Feminine Mystique.The book — so I am told — inspired many a malcontent woman to seek “liberation” from “the comfortable concentration camp” of suburban housewifery and, for that reason, deserves to be...
Urging Oklahoma’s policymakers to show “compassion,” some leaders of the state’s Religious Left last week called for expansion of the Medicaid program as allowed for under Obamacare.“Liberalism, of course, professes to speak for ‘the poor,’” the great Catholic essayist Joseph Sobran once observed, “even though, given a choice...
On Saturday, April 27, in Tulsa, a portion of singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie's archives, “including the original, handwritten version of Guthrie's landmark anthem, ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ will be available for viewing at the grand opening of the Woody Guthrie Center,” according to a press release.As Lee Habeeb wrote last y...
By Brandon Dutcher
Alejandro Chafuen is the president of Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a think tank devoted to the principles of free markets and limited government. In a recent Forbes article (“How Did He Get So Rich? Think Tanks vs. Crony Capitalism”), Dr. Chafuen writes:Increased publicity about economic transactions where profits are ...
By Jonathan Small, CPA
“Medicaid was established in 1965 with the worthy aim of providing medical care for the poor; it was never intended as a middle-class entitlement or as inheritance protection for the children of well-off seniors,” The Wall Street Journal has correctly observed (“Medicaid for Millionaires”).Yet the latter is precisely what has...
There are many explanations (technological, demographic, et al.) for the chart above, and I’m not prepared to make the case that liberal media bias is a primary one. But I’m convinced it’s a contributing factor. In its long march through the institutions, the Left long ago captured the J-schools. “I don’t hire just cons...
Those of us at OCPA recognize the importance of higher education. Indeed, I challenge you to name another nonprofit public-policy think tank that has made it a point to raise $127,000 and award it to students to attend college.But that’s not to say that more and more government spending on higher education is necessarily a go...
“Among the most serious threats to the continued health of the American republic is the extraordinarily low esteem in which the public holds the federal government,” The Washington Examiner recently editorialized.And who can blame them when Congress and President Obama seem locked in perpetual partisan warfare, even as millio...
I recently sat down with Dr. Ben Scafidi, professor of economics at Georgia College, to discuss the startling growth in bureaucratic overhead in Oklahoma’s public education system. In this brief video we discuss the similarities between delivering mail and delivering education, how Oklahoma could have been raising teacher sal...
Amity Shlaes’ new biography of Calvin Coolidge rightly notes the moment that vaulted him from the governorship of Massachusetts to the vice presidential nomination and, ultimately, the White House. It was his firm stand against the 1919 Boston police strike and his statement that “there is no right to strike against public sa...
Even by MSNBC’s standards, this is a jaw-dropper. But let us be grateful for this woman’s candor. When Americans on the political left (liberals, progressives, socialists, whatever) let the mask slip, it serves to remind everyone what the stakes are.
By Brandon Dutcher
I had the opportunity last month to travel to my hometown of Bartlesville for the dedication of the Keating Center for Capitalism, Free Enterprise, and Constitutional Liberty, a new institute housed at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Dr. Brett Andrews, dean of the university’s Chesapeake Energy School of Business, asked if I wo...
For many years OCPA has drawn attention to the excessive bureaucratic overhead in Oklahoma’s public education system. Indeed, the system has nearly as many non-teachers as teachers. “The bureaucracy is now so big,” Dr. Greg Forster recently pointed out, “it takes up half the system.” In a new report, “The School Staffing Surg...
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