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Five items on our wish list for 2013

December 27, 2012 - 2:19pm CST

In our daily work and especially in our "Freedom Agenda for 2013," we identify specific policy prescriptions as among our top "wishes." If we wish for particular policies, though, it is only because we wish -- at an even deeper level -- for Oklahomans to know true peace and joy. At the heart of all ... READ MORE

OCPA in the Oklahoman: More spending won't boost school A-F report cards

December 27, 2012 - 2:16pm CST

Writing in The Oklahoman, OCPA vice president of policy Brandon Dutcher contends that, in at least one respect, the new Oklahoma school report cards are a gift to the education establishment: As long as concerned citizens are comparing Oklahoma school districts to each other, they aren't compari... READ MORE

New OHCA CEO should embrace and champion reform

December 20, 2012 - 2:36pm CST

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will soon have a new Chief Executive Officer. The OHCA is the state’s chief Medicaid agency and has seen significant cost and enrollment growth over the last decade, facing significant funding challenges in the future just to maintain the status quo, much less expa... READ MORE

Sandy Hook shooting reminds us to acknowledge mystery, remain rooted in reality

December 20, 2012 - 2:30pm CST

Less than a week after troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., political leaders, sophistic pundits and ordinary Americans reel -- not in shock, exactly, but in a desperate determination to do something to forestall ... READ MORE

OCPA in the Journal Record: William Rusher's words still ring true

December 20, 2012 - 2:27pm CST

Writing in The Journal Record, OCPA Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow Andy Spiropoulos pays tribute to a key insight of William Rusher, the longtime publisher of National Review and one of the most important American political activists of the twentieth century. Whatever the differences in their ... READ MORE

Transparency, competition highlighted at OCPA health-policy forum

December 18, 2012 - 2:45pm CST

After 19 years, it’s no secret that OCPA is second to none when it comes to hosting speakers who believe in free markets and limited government, and yesterday’s health-policy forum did not disappoint. After watching a brief documentary (“Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare”) produced by the Reason Founda... READ MORE

Today's math assignment

December 13, 2012 - 3:46pm CST

There are 18 students in Johnny’s classroom. Multiply that number by $8,301 (Oklahoma’s per-student expenditure*), and you end up with $149,418 for that classroom. Now subtract $44,094, which is the salary for Johnny’s teacher. The difference is $105,324. Where is that money going? *The real nu... READ MORE

OCPA in the Journal-Record: Defending Fallin's rejection of dollars

December 13, 2012 - 3:43pm CST

Writing in The Journal Record, OCPA Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow Andy Spiropoulos defends Gov. Fallin's rejection of federal dollars to expand Medicaid with oft-forgotten facts. Medicaid isn't just expensive, he writes; it also delivers substandard health outcomes. The left argues t... READ MORE

Five facts about the Oklahoma workers' compensation system

December 13, 2012 - 3:37pm CST

Reform of the Oklahoma workers' compensation system is a bipartisan priority of state legislators, according to remarks from House and Senate majority and minority leaders at the State Chamber of Oklahoma Public Affairs Forum last week. OCPA experts, business leaders and several legislators als... READ MORE

Americans ready to abandon the American Dream?

December 12, 2012 - 3:49pm CST

"The American Dream": The term -- like so many in the modern lexicon -- has been so overused as to be almost devoid of meaning. Once, it called to mind a particular economic and social progression through life -- a progression that almost invariably included work, marriage, family and homeownership.... READ MORE