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Calumet High School: CAP Success Story

In the summer of 2012, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy released its Michigan Public High School Context and Performance Report Card.

Calumet High School, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, ranked first of all the high school locations in towns and 8th best of more than 500 conventional high schools. … more

Bin Ban: City Pushes To Ban Select Charitable Collections

Michigan cities, which love to pride themselves on being green, are giving a red light to outdoor recycling bins on private property. Grand Rapids, the latest city to ban the boxes, claims the bins are a source of uncontained trash but the city has not provided any documentation of complaints. Property owners say the recycling organizations have been responsive in emptying the bins. The city will allow outdoor bins on property of businesses that are in the recycling business, like Goodwill and The Salvation Army but others are out of luck. Recyclers say the bans are becoming common place as the recycling industry grows. Grand Rapids will fine violators $100. … more

Public Choice: Why Politicians Don't Cut Spending

Last week, the House of Representatives voted down a farm bill that was projected to spend over $940 BILLION - that's 60 percent more than the previous farm bill passed in 2008. Prof. Ben Powell explains why politicians don't cut spending, as a general rule. Using public choice economics, or the economics of politics, he shows how the political system naturally leads to overspending. … more

Cornerstone Charter Schools

This video profiles Madison-Carver Academy and Cornerstone Health High School, two public charter schools in the City of Detroit. Both schools make use of blended learning, which allows each student to move at his or her individual pace through coursework.  … more

Spending Cuts: Michigan Politicians Versus Mackinac Center

The Mackinac Center's senior investigative reporter Anne Schieber and director of fiscal policy Michael D. LaFaive capture the inconsistency in Lansing lawmaker's claims regarding spending cuts for taxpayers, in particular the upcoming debate over the gas tax. … more

Game of Thrones' Economics: It's Not All Fantasy

"The game of thrones in general is a game of cronyism because it's all about forming political alliances, especially with people who can make you better off economically speaking," says Auburn University Economics Instructor Matthew McCaffrey. … more

The Power of Nazi Propaganda

From radio and film to newspapers and publishing, the Nazi regime controlled every aspect of German culture from 1933-1945. Through Josef Goebbels' Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, the German state tightly controlled political messaging, promoting deification of the leader—the Führerprinzip—and the demonization of the ubiquitous and duplicitious "racial enemy." A new exhibit at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., examines "how the Nazi Party used modern techniques as well as new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany." Reason.tv's Michael C. Moynihan visited with museum historian and curator Steve Luckert to discuss the role and effectiveness of propaganda in the rise of fascism and what lessons can be drawn from the Nazi experiment in mass manipulation. … more

Top Three Myths about the Great Depression and the New Deal

Historian Stephen Davies names three persistent myths about the Great Depression. Myth #1: Herbert Hoover was a laissez-faire president, and it was his lack of action that lead to an economic collapse. Davies argues that in fact, Hoover was a very interventionist president, and it was his intervening in the economy that made matters worse. Myth #2: The New Deal ended the Great Depression. Davies argues that the New Deal actually made matters worse. In other countries, the Great Depression ended much sooner and more quickly than it did in the United States. Myth #3: World War II ended the Great Depression. Davies explains that military production is not real wealth.; wars destroy wealth, they do not create wealth. In fact, examination of the historical data reveals that the U.S. economy did not really start to recover until after WWII was over. … more

Cost Recovery Fees Allow Cities to Double Tax

Michigan cities are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars by charging law offenders, primarily drivers accused of driving under the influence, for ordinary law enforcement expenses related to their arrest. Some cities charge drivers who don't meet the legal limit of impairment. The practice raises the question, How far will cities go to tax and fine taxpayers? … more

Does Stimulus Spending Work?

After the housing bubble burst, the Bush and Obama administrations turned to stimulus in an effort to "create jobs." Does such spending lead to economic improvement? Prof. Antony Davies examines the data to see how increases in federal spending relate to economic growth from 1955 to the present. The evidence shows that there is no connection between federal spending and economic improvement; instead, stimulus money only increases government debt. After three years of stimulus spending, the unemployment rate remains at 9 percent. "One thing that has changed," Davies says, "is that our government is now $4.6 trillion further in debt than it was before the stimulus efforts." … more

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