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Private agricultural research needed

December 30, 2013 - 7:00am CST

Medical Research Organizations (MROs) have been harnessing the power of private philanthropy for human health since the mid 1950’s when Congress authorized their creation. Now, Oklahoma producers and agriculture experts are advocating a similar approach: the creation of Agricultural Research Organiz... READ MORE

Obamacare Medicaid expansion would harm Oklahoma’s economy

December 23, 2013 - 7:00am CST

President Barack Obama believes that food stamps help boost the economy. In like manner, many of our friends on the left and in the hospital-industrial complex (which Avik Roy calls “the most heavily government-subsidized industry in the history of the world”) believe the Medicaid expansion permitte... READ MORE

Meddling hurts ranchers, consumers

December 19, 2013 - 7:00am CST

One of my morning rituals is to grab a cup of coffee and read the Oklahoma Farm Report from Ron Hays. A recent edition had a very interesting snippet regarding Senator Tom Coburn and how the Renewable Fuel Standard is impacting producers in our state. Sen. Coburn, along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D... READ MORE

In the driver's seat ... to Florida

December 18, 2013 - 11:09am CST

Hertz recently broke ground on its new corporate headquarters in Estero, Florida. Not huge news, perhaps. Just another frost belt company heading for the sun as Hertz abandons its longtime corporate headquarters in New Jersey. One reason for the move, obviously, is Florida’s status as one of America... READ MORE

Toward a free-market farm policy

December 16, 2013 - 7:00am CST

As the U.S. House and Senate continue to work out the differences between their farm bills, OCPA executive vice president Brian Bush sat down with economist Jayson Lusk, OCPA’s Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished fellow, to discuss agriculture subsidies, crop and livestock insurance, and more. We enc... READ MORE

OCPA distinguished fellow defends free enterprise

December 11, 2013 - 7:00am CST

“If you share my taste for protecting the freedom of individuals to pursue a lawful calling,” OCPA distinguished fellow Andrew Spiropoulos writes in The Journal Record, “then I trust you shared my disgust when you read about the continuing attempt of the Oklahoma City taxi and limousine industry to ... READ MORE

New study ‘devastating’ for universal preschool advocates

December 9, 2013 - 7:00am CST

In his State of the Union address this year, President Barack Obama praised Oklahoma for making it “a priority to educate our youngest children.” The president’s comments were not surprising: Oklahoma has a reputation for leading the nation in early-childhood education. One prominent Oklahoman, a ke... READ MORE

Free-market medicine receiving national attention

December 5, 2013 - 7:00am CST

When Oklahoma City physician Keith Smith appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s program Monday night on Fox News, it was just the latest instance of what’s becoming a common occurrence. As Patrick McGuigan reports (“Dr. Smith goes to Washington: Oklahoma doctor gains national prominence supporting free market”... READ MORE

Heritage Foundation researchers tout ‘a new way to fund education’

December 4, 2013 - 7:00am CST

n a column published last week in The Oklahoman, Lindsey M. Burke and Brittany Corona of The Heritage Foundation discussed the innovative Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Arizona, which allows parents to bank a portion of their child’s per-pupil funding and use it to customize an education... READ MORE

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is protecting the rule of law

December 2, 2013 - 7:00am CST

In trying to win support for Obamacare, President Barack Obama lied to the American people at least 36 times. Those lies have impacted Oklahomans and serve as a lesson why Oklahoma should not adopt any form of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, accept any Obamacare funds, or believe any of the other pr... READ MORE