Rebekah Rast

The High Cost of Federally Owned Lands

Former U.S. Sen. Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming used to say, “If government ownership of land and natural resources was the best way to protect the environment, then we should have found a Garden of Eden in the Soviet Union after

GAO: Taxpayer Dollars Used to Support the 'Big Green' Agenda

It is not uncommon to hear of lawsuits being filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Citizens and states might sue the EPA for overregulation of an industry that could lead to lost jobs and revenues. Green groups might sue

The Department of Labor's Unemployment Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame ceremonies are reserved for those people who stand out from the masses, whether it is football, country music or rock and roll. However the latest inductions into a new kind of Hall of Fame are those who

Cell Phones for the Poor on the Taxpayers' Dime

Nowadays everyone has a cell phone. In fact, most can’t even recall how life happened before cell phones existed. But there is one group of Americans who largely remain contract free and live without the convenience of a smart phone.

Unnecessary Government Intervention

In 1879, Thomas Edison developed the incandescent light bulb with a small carbonized filament and a vacuum inside a globe. An electric lighting system was born–as convenient, safe and economical of a choice for consumers in his day as it

Government: The Great Dietitian

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently complained about the food trucks lining the streets of his city. “The little [food] stand is now getting to be these enormous trucks with generators . . . and they take up parking

Mining Industry is Critical to America's Future

The California Gold Rush moved people west in hopes of becoming rich off gold-mining operations. The state of Arizona is recognized by the mining industry for its vast amount of uranium and copper, and a rich supply of coal is

A+ For School Choice

Upon learning that average per pupil spending in the public education system is $9,000, recent Rasmussen poll takers overwhelming stated their dissatisfaction with the return on their investment. It’s hard to blame them. Per pupil spending on education has tripled