Stop misusing the term “health care”

Media reports say that 20 million Americans will lose their “health care” under the Republican plan to replace ObamaCare, as if health care is like a cellphone, wallet, or item of clothing unintentionally left somewhere or stolen by someone. Such confusion about “health care” stems from the misuse of the term itself. In common usage,…

Mississippi governor signs bill for civil forfeiture reform

Mississippi Governor Signs Civil Forfeiture Reform Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill on Monday, March 13, 2017, that will add new transparency requirements to civil forfeiture, which allows law enforcement to confiscate property without filing criminal charges. “Today’s signature is a welcome first step to shining a light on civil forfeiture in Mississippi,” said…

Is Amtrak ridership on the rise or not?

via Bob Poole of Reason Foundation: In lobbying for increased federal funding last month, Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman told a Senate subcommittee, “More than ever, our nation and the traveling public rely on Amtrak for mobility.” Politifact looked into this assertion, and came up with the following numbers: Ridership: 31.3 million passengers in fiscal 2016,…

Trump is out with his 2018 budget proposal

Washington, D.C. — This morning, March 16, 2017, President Trump made public his 2018 budget proposal which includes cuts in many agencies and increases in others. While the federal deficit is around $600 billion and the federal debt sits at $20 trillion, Trump’s proposal would continue the deficit and offers no relief to reduce the…