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WSJ: Microsoft is in talks to acquire Minecraft maker Mojang for $2 billion+

Microsoft is reportedly in “serious discussions” to acquire Mojang, the independent game studio behind the popular Minecraft game, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. A source told the paper that the deal could top $ 2 billion and close “as early as this week.” Minecraft has developed a passionate following, especially among kids. A $ 2 billion valuation would be a huge win for the Swedish developer, which has largely taken an anti-establishment stance. The deal could, however, be a huge blow to fans if Microsoft decides to turn the game into a Windows/Xbox exclusive. Microsoft declined to comment…

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Airbnb makes it easy for businesses to book accommodation with new portal and Concur integration

Airbnb has launched a pared-down portal on its site dedicated to increasing the number of business travelers and enterprises using the accommodation-booking service. As such, the new section is designed to show properties that are more likely to appeal to professional jet-setters, ie. it excludes single rooms in shared apartments or other more novelty options, and includes ones with Wi-Fi that are available for immediate booking, according to The Wall Street Journal. In a secondary bid to bolster the number of business customers using the platform – it already has around 30 – Airbnb has partnered with business travel and expenses company Concur to allow users to book…

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Court Rejects ObamaCare Suit
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin announced his ObamaCare lawsuit on the pages of The Wall Street Journal. … House Speaker John Boehner has also filed an ObamaCare lawsuit that focuses on the president's delay of the employer mandate. …. Congress should …
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One State Is Being Sued Over Obamacare Politics
The organizations filing the suit say these delays are a result of changes to TennCare that were put into place following the Obamacare rollout. On Jan. 1, the state stopped accepting direct applications for coverage, instead requiring consumers to …
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WSJ: Apple ordering next-gen iPhones with 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens

It looks like the next iPhones will be larger than the current generation as Apple prepares to battle rival Samsung for your holiday shopping dollar. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has told its suppliers to deliver 70 million to 80 million displays, sized 4.7 and 5.5 inches, by year’s end. A larger iPhone has been part of the rumor mill for months. It’s become reported so often that Samsung created an ad called Screen Envy to taunt iPhone users and Apple saying that the company has had smartphones with large screens for two years. ➤ Next iPhone Will Offer Bigger…

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Original iPhone engineer offers behind-the-scenes look at Apple’s secretive development process

The Wall Street Journal has a rare inside look at Apple’s internal workings through its interview with original iPhone software engineer Greg Christie. According to the newspaper, it’s the first time that Christie has opened up about the project. While Apple is normally highly secretive about its product teams, it approved the interview in hopes of bolstering an upcoming case against Samsung by sharing how it came up with the iPhone’s many innovations: Mr. Christie’s team pored over details like the perfect speed for scrolling lists on the phone and the natural feel of bouncing back when arriving at the…

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Luxury Marketers: Where is the Best Opportunity for Growth in 2014?


Stevens, PA (PRWEB) March 11, 2014

Business leaders are facing an increasingly challenging environment, what with a record-setting chill gripping the country all winter, continued weak recovery from recession, unknown impacts of Obamacare initiatives, continued high unemployment, changes in consumer sentiment in emerging markets like China and now growing global unrest, notes Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing, a research firm focused on the affluent consumer segment.

Throughout the past several years, the luxury market has offered businesses and investors safe haven with the affluent consumer segment remaining resilient and aggressive shoppers. But a March 2, 2014 Wall Street Journal article warns that even the luxury market may be facing a crisis point, as “soaring luxury-goods prices test wealthy’s will to pay.”

The question is whether today’s affluent customers have reached a tipping point in which their desire for luxury no longer exceeds the price they are asked to pay. New consumer research from Unity Marketing suggests that 2014 may be the year when luxury marketers must confront that tipping point which will challenge their traditional branding and marketing strategies and their underlying assumptions about their target customers.

Changing times call for changing business strategies, Danziger advises. A new study conducted among over 1,300 affluent luxury customers spotlights opportunities for marketers that might otherwise be missed without rigorous research. This research is highlighted in the new luxury trend report Luxury Market Trends for 2014: What’s Ahead for the Affluent Market in 2014 and How to Take Advantage of the Opportunities.

“With so many unknowns, luxury marketers need to focus on the customers that offer the best prospects for growth both now and into the future, and that is the younger generation of consumers on the road to affluence. They need to understand their special needs and desires and configure their marketing strategies to attract their loyalty,” says Danziger.

“While income and wealth demographics are frequently used by luxury marketers to identify their best prospects, knowing that a prospective customer has enough money to pay luxury brand’s high prices isn’t enough to predict who is most willing to spend that money to buy. Unity Marketing’s recent study points to the fact that the age of the customer, rather than income, is a more important predictor to identify a brand’s best prospects.” This new study will help marketers focus on these high-potential younger customers who may be new to many luxury brands that historically focused on the over 50 year old crowd.

Recent trends in affluent consumer demand and spending for luxury goods reveals many affluents are trading down to less expensive brands

As past consumer behavior is often the best predictor of future behavior, the new report examines recent trends in affluent consumer behavior. For example, affluents’ overall demand for luxury goods such as clothing, fashion accessories, jewelry, watches, beauty, personal electronics, wine and spirits and other personal luxuries rose at the end of 2013, but spending is off by 31 percent from same period in 2012. Such a pattern — a spike in demand, but a decline in spending — points to luxury shoppers taking advantage of sales, discounts and trading down to less prestigious brands.

This is the pattern which the recent survey shows. It sends a clear signal that luxury brands can’t keep doing the same things and expecting to succeed. Marketers need to build connections with the young affluents, ages 24-44 years with incomes over $ 100,000, that are more willing than their seniors to trade up to luxury brands.

Danziger says, “Demand for high-end luxury goods and services is greater across the board among young affluents than matures, 45 years and older. What’s more, young affluents consistently spend about 50 percent more than mature affluents on luxury. Understanding this young consumer and what they value is critical to find growth in 2014 and in coming years.”

The new trend report highlights some trend setting brands, like Michael Kors, Uniqlo, Black Box Wines, Top Shop, and Havaianas that have successfully captured the generous spending of young affluents by playing to their unique sensibility. Young affluents are turning away from brands that primarily are used as status symbols, which is rapidly becoming passé as the 1% is increasingly vilified. Instead they want brands that reward them with pride of ownership and send a smart shopper message.

“The new report looking at the luxury market in 2014 is a quick but in-depth look at the current luxury customer market: what they are buying, how much they are spending, and where they are going in the future. It provides marketers with new insights and new ideas that can stimulate cutting-edge concepts and marketing strategies that will help growth for 2014 and into the future,” Danziger said.

More About Luxury Market Trends in 2014: What’s Ahead for Affluent Market in 2014 and How to Take Advantage of the Opportunities Trend Report

The results of a recent survey among n=1,335 affluent luxury consumers (average income $ 260k) revealing their recent luxury purchases, attitudes toward luxury spending and expectations for future spending, along with profiles of key competitors which are taking advantage of emerging opportunities in the shifting affluent consumer marketplace are detailed:

    State of the luxury market and affluent consumers place in it (p. 2-7)
    Survey introduction & methodology (p. 8-12)
    Affluent income demographics, including HENRY & Ultra-affluent segments (p. 13-17)
    Luxury Consumption Index (LCI) & what it reveals (p. 18-22)
    Trends in luxury demand, luxury purchases & spending (p. 23-29)
    Emerging Ultra-affluents consumers: Luxury marketers best customer prospects (p. 30-32)
    Marketers that are bringing it: Michael Kors, Black Box Wines, Uniqlo (p. 33-36)
    What’s hot, what’s not in luxury (p. 37)
    Planned future purchases & positioning your brand (p. 38-44)
    Detailed analysis personal luxury spending (p. 45-49)
    Affluent’s favorite shopping destinations (p. 50-54)
    Affluents attitudes about money, investing & spending and luxury (p. 55-62)

About Pam Danziger and Unity Marketing

Pamela N. Danziger is an internationally recognized expert specializing in consumer insights for marketers targeting the affluent consumer. She is president of Unity Marketing, a marketing consulting firm she founded in 1992. Pam received the 2007 Global Luxury Award for top luxury industry achievers presented at the Global Luxury Forum by Harper’s Bazaar. Luxury Daily named Pam to its list of “Women to Watch in 2013.”

Pam gives luxury marketers “All Access” to the mind of the luxury consumer. She uses qualitative and quantitative market research to learn about their brand preferences, shopping habits, and attitudes about their luxury lifestyles, then turns these insights into actionable strategies for marketers to use to reach these high spending consumers.

Pam’s latest book is Putting the Luxe Back in Luxury: How new consumer values are redefining the way we market luxury (Paramount Market Publishing, 2011). Her other books include Shopping: Why We Love It and How Retailers Can Create the Ultimate Customer Experience, published by Kaplan Publishing in October 2006; Let Them Eat Cake: Marketing Luxury to the Masses-as well as the Classes, (Dearborn Trade Publishing, $ 27, hardcover) and Why People Buy Things They Don’t Need: Understanding and Predicting Consumer Behavior (Chicago: Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2004).







National Nanny Training Day Seattle 2014

National Nanny Training Day Seattle 2014
Event on 2014-04-12 08:30:00

 

Please join us for

National Nanny Training Day Seattle 2014

 

Created by:



Hosted by:  The Northwest Nanny Association


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Calling All SEATTLE Nannies!

Take a day to learn, connect and recharge. You’ve earned it

The Northwest Nanny Association is collaborating with more than 35 support groups and agencies across the country to host a local National Nanny Training Day event. National Nanny Training Day Seattle is happening on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at Renton Technical College.

 

This training is designed to help nannies address the unique challenges of working in a private home, to improve and expand their childcare skills, to stay current on new trends and resources within the field, and to connect and share with colleagues.   Our National Nanny Training Day event offers a unique mix of education, resources and networking in an informal, welcoming atmosphere.  

 

Nannies can attend this one-of-a-kind event for only ! (We can hardly believe how cheap it is either!) Registration includes 5 “learn today, use tomorrow” workshops, continental breakfast, boxed lunch,  networking and of course, FUN.   You will receive a certificate of participation. There will also be an optional social event following the close of the training.

Meet our Speakers!


Tonya Sakowicz, Baby Go Green

Topic: Babies—they are known as job security in the nanny world, but if you are only encountering one every few years, you might need a little refresher on newborn and infant care and definitely will need to get caught up on the “latest and greatest” in the baby world.

We will discuss newborn and infant care basics and safety, identifying food allergies and intolerances, and what is new in the baby world in the last few years including changes in car seat recommendations, applying green and eco-friendly practices and the newest in gadgets and gismos.

Speaker:  Tonya is an INA Credentialed Nanny, Newborn Care Specialist and Parent Educator who does both consulting and in-home sleep training for her clients as well as teaching seminars through local organizations and agencies. Tonya is college educated, with 28 years experience and a proud mom of two children.  She is a certified Eco-Maternity Consultant and Green Birth Educator and founded Baby Go Green, Inc. in 2012.

In addition to be credentialed through the International Nanny Association where she served as past Chair of their Nanny to Nanny Mentoring Program, Tonya has also been a speaker at several INA and National Association of Nannies conferences.   She is a founding member and serves on the advisory board for The Baby Dream Team, a group of dedicated Newborn Care Specialists who offer their services as volunteers to families around the country experiencing the birth of higher order multiples. She is a contributing ‘expert’ for the websites Daddy Bluez and NannyPro.com, has been published in and/or appeared in Parents Magazine, Child Magazine, The Seattle Times, The AZ Republic and The Wall Street Journal and the INAVision. Tonya has also made numerous television appearances including spots on the news in Seattle, Portland and Phoenix as well as an appearance in 2007 on the Today Show for a special on the Masche Miracles (a family with sextuplets).

Tonya was voted the Professional Childcare Provider of the Year in 2003 and nominated for the International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year in 2004.  In addition, that same year, she was deeply honored with a nomination by her peers for the National Association of Nannies Harriette Grant Memorial Award.

Finally, Tonya was a founding member and the first President of the Northwest Nanny Association.

http://babygogreeninc.com/


Emily Kelley-Brown, MPH, RD, CD

Topic:  This presentation will cover the basics of feeding children including: age appropriate serving sizes, the basic components of a healthy meal, tips for feeding picky eaters, identifying signs of food allergy/intolerance, and how to approach parents with nutrition concerns.

Speaker:  A Registered Dietitian since 2008, Emily holds a Bachelor's degree in dietetics from Central Washington University and a Master's in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. Her work and education experiences include the completion of an internship at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities traineeship through the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. Emily's experiences as a dietitian have been diverse, taking her from hospital care units to outpatient clinics and family homes.

This combination of experiences has allowed Emily to develop a counseling method that is personalized, relaxed, and realistic while maintaining a professional role in the healthcare team. 

Emily's true passion is in helping parents reduce stress around mealtimes and to discover enjoyment in feeding themselves and their families. She teaches the philosophy that every food can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. Emily uses a true team-based approach to counseling and she will develop a partnership with your other healthcare providers if you desire.

http://www.vestanutrition.com/

Kelly Affleck, Tomato-Tomato 

Topic: Join Kelly for a workshop of "on the spot" crafting. You will be shown several ideas of crafts using materials found around the house. Get inspired for those rainy days in a pinch.

Speaker: Kelly Affleck of Tomato-Tomato has been a creative professional for over 20 years.  She has worked with clients such as Disney, Volvo, London Fog, Pacific Trail and more. Since choosing to stay home with her kids back in 2004, Kelly has applied her creative skills to custom invitations, screen printing, freelance design and growing her print studio. In 2010 Kelly began applying her creativity to an arts and crafts program for kids. She has spent the last 5 years teaching arts and crafts to kids of all ages.  When you can't find her covered in glitter and glue with her Creative Kids classes she continues to do freelance design on a regular basis for many clients, brides and anyone that needs an idea.

**Kelly will be offering her craft kits for purchase at the event. Prices vary, Cash, Visa/Mastercard accepted.

http://www.tomato-tomato.com/

 

Jamie Bonnett- Museum Educator at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Topic: Let’s get together and use our hands to communicate.  We will use songs, fingerplays and stories to learn new signs that will help children convey their needs, reducing your and their frustration, while having fun.  You will leave this interactive presentation with knowledge of basic signs and practical steps to apply your new found knowledge in your ever day interactions with children. 

Speaker: Jamie started at KidsQuest in February 2011. She loves her job because it combines teaching and play – two things that really should always go hand in hand. Jamie says that two more things which should always go together are stories and sign language because little hands need something to do! Jamie holds a BA in Liberal Studies from California State University, Chico, as well as her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Field Trips to Go are Jamie's favorite part of KidsQuest because she gets to take all the fun, hands-on experiences of the Museum to children's everyday learning environments.

http://www.kidsquestmuseum.org/

Rebecca Evans- Skye Benefits Consulting

Topic: Do you qualify for free health insurance?  Subsidy help to reduce the cost of your plan?  Rebecca will be guiding us through new requirements of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the types of plans available, who qualifies for help and how to shop for a plan that’s right for YOU!  Bring your questions, and don’t be afraid to ASK!  

Speaker: 
In a world of automation and challenges that small employers and individuals face daily, SBC offers receive real advice, real options and real service, all from a real person.  Let us show you what better is like.

After most brokerage firms had started farming out all their small clients, Rebecca decided to venture out and open shop independently so she could continue helping 'the little guy' where they need it most.  With over 13 years of benefits experience working with smaller employers and individuals, she truly has the background to help create real solutions.

Specializing in creative benefit strategies including alternative funding arrangements, employee education and content delivery so you can make the most out of your benefits and allow your employees to understand the true value of what you are offering. 

http://www.skyebenefitsconsulting.com

 

National Nanny Training Day is a national initiative created and coordinated by Nanny Biz Reviews, a site offering free expert reviews and up-to-date profiles of nanny-related businesses plus expert advice and practical tips on a successful search, effective screening, important hiring issues, and a long-term nanny/family relationship.

 www.nannybizreviews.com

 

 

*Sessions may change without notice*

*No Refunds*

**We will be taking photos at the event for Social Media and blog content. By attending this event, you consent to having your picture taken and shared online.**

 

at Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, United States

Heartland Institute Experts React to President Obamas State of the Union Address


(PRWEB) January 29, 2014

The following statements reacting to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night from staff, fellows, and policy advisors at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. For more comments, refer to the contact information below. To book a Heartland guest on your program, please contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely(at)heartland(dot)org and 312/377-4000 or (cell) 312/731-9364.

“The president displayed a remarkable lack of gravitas in his State of the Union address. For a while, he was crouched over the lectern leaning on his elbows, like a college professor leading a discussion rather than the Leader of the Free World addressing the nation.

“There was so much else wrong with this speech. Taking credit for things he’s done so much to prevent (like rising oil production), the repetitive call-outs to sad sacks in the gallery in order to cite anecdotes instead of making credible arguments, the incredibly insulting and condescending notion that Congress should ‘give America a raise’ by raising the minimum wage. Do we all work for government? Would we not make more than $ 10 an hour unless government told our employers to pay us at least this much? That line – ‘give America a raise’ – should appear in dictionaries as part of the definition of ‘pandering.’

“His line about Obamacare – ‘come on guys, voting to repeal it 40 times is enough’ – trivialized an effort by a co-equal branch of government to keep promises its members made to voters back home, to repeal and replace legislation that was passed under false pretenses. He mocked his critics when he should have been apologizing for telling lies to the American people in order to get that legislation passed. The right thing to have said is: ‘I apologize for misleading members of Congress and the American people to get a piece of flawed legislation enacted. Let’s work together to repeal and replace it with something that can work.’”

Joseph Bast

President

The Heartland Institute

jbast(at)heartland(dot)org

312/377-4000

“The president continues to place his faith in government programs as a means to promote growth and prosperity. Economic history shows government efforts to direct and control the economy tend to detract from growth and impoverish people. America’s historical success is due to an alternative – faith in the freedom of individuals and markets.

“By replacing individual freedom with government control and direction, the president’s policies have produced the weakest recovery in over a century. Had our forefathers placed their faith in government instead of individuals, the U.S. today would be a third world nation. By moving to replace our precious individual freedoms with progressively more government control over the economy and markets, the president opts for policies that will continue to erode the living standards of most Americans.”

Robert Genetski

Policy Advisor, Budget and Tax Policy

The Heartland Institute

rgenetski(at)classicalprinciples(dot)com

312/565-0112

“The president says that the economy is improving substantially. Sadly, the average worker does not believe that. As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

“There is good reason for the pessimism. In 2007, 66 percent of Americans over age 16 either had a job or were looking for one. Today, that is down to 62.8 percent, the lowest labor-force participation rate since 1978.”

Ronald D. Rotunda

The Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence

Chapman University

rrotunda(at)chapman(dot)edu

714/628-2698

“In his meandering mess of a speech, President Obama managed to completely gloss over the relevant facts regarding the failures of his signature health care law. Rather than admit the problems and apologize for them, the president chose to ignore the millions of Americans who’ve learned that even if they like their plan they can’t keep it, or even if they like their doctor they can’t keep him. Instead, he based his metric of success on the number of Americans signed up for Medicaid, an already overburdened and failing entitlement system which offers the false promise of care to millions of Americans.

“President Obama has made health care unaffordable for millions of citizens while needlessly disrupting our economy. At most, his health care exchanges are signing up 15 percent of the uninsured Americans they were supposed to enroll. And why? Because the American people are finding that the promises he made about bringing down the price of health insurance for individuals and families were complete and utter lies. If all the promises he’d made about Obamacare had come true, the president’s speech would’ve been a victory lap. Instead, it’s a grim insistence that his broken policy will endure, despite how much it has hurt Americans across the country.”

Benjamin Domenech

Senior Fellow, Health Care Policy

The Heartland Institute

bdomenech(at)heartland(dot)org

703/509-1741

“President Obama dares to say ‘research shows government preschool is a great investment’ just a few months after yet another highest-quality study shows it’s fool’s gold. The president apparently prefers only the poor-quality research that supports his agenda of saddling kids with debt while failing to equip them to pay it off.

“The president is quite bold to claim his micromanaging, dictatorial education policies are already improving student achievement when the statistics show his penchant for making laws without Congress has slowed poor and minority kids’ achievement growth. The Common Core education standards and tests his administration has illegally pushed on schools still have no positive track record despite millions spent, and millions more to come.”

Joy Pullmann

Research Fellow, The Heartland Institute

Managing Editor, School Reform News

jpullmann(at)heartland(dot)org

312/377-4000

“Claiming credit for Common Core by name is problematic for President Obama because many parents and teachers (including even the largest teachers’ union in New York State) are rebelling against this nationalized, cookie-cutter model of education. However, by boasting of his administration’s Race to the Top bribes to bring states on board – plus its funding of the linked national assessments and curricular materials – Obama implicitly took full ownership of Common Core last night. To call it ObamaCore is no exaggeration. Indeed, its implementation is proving to be every bit as productive for education as ObamaCare is for health care.”

Robert G. Holland

Senior Fellow, Education

The Heartland Institute

rholland(at)heartland(dot)org

312/377-4000

“I sat down at my television set with a yellow legal pad and a mechanical pencil to take notes and jot down comments I’d like to make. My legal pad is blank. I fell asleep and might still be asleep if my daughter hadn’t nudged me awake. I’m not sure how long I was asleep, so maybe I missed something important but I doubt it. I didn’t hear anything inspiring, uplifting or amusing, aside from his quip about how mothers might appreciate a phone call from their kids to help them sign up for Obamacare.

“It seems to me if there was a theme that ran through his talk, it’s that executive orders will drop from his pen like leaves from trees on a breezy day in late fall. Congress should grow a spine and remind the president that its job is to make the laws, and the president’s job is to see that the laws are faithfully executed. That’s why Congress is called the legislative branch of government and the presidency is called the executive branch.”

Steve Stanek

Research Fellow, Budget and Tax Policy

The Heartland Institute

Managing Editor

Budget & Tax News

sstanek(at)heartland(dot)org

815/385-5602

“As a society, it is high time for us to recognize and embrace the truth. Contrary to President Obama’s misguided assertion, carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Its increasing concentration only minimally affects earth’s climate, while it offers tremendous benefits to the biosphere. Efforts to regulate and reduce CO2 emissions are simply ludicrous. They will hurt far more than they will help.”

Craig D. Idso

Senior Fellow, Environment

The Heartland Institute

Co-editor, Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change

cidso(at)co2science(dot)org

312/377-4000

“The president said ‘climate change is a fact’ and vowed action via the Environmental Protection Agency in his State of Union Speech, but he did not ask for any new legislation such as the cap-and-trade bill he touted a year ago. As a scientist who knows without a doubt there is no significant man-made global warming, perhaps I should be pleased the president took a softer stance on the issue, But I am far from happy about the state of affairs on the issue.

“It has become purely a rock-solid, lock-step political position of the Democrat Party to believe in global warming, and of the Republican Party to disbelieve. I see no hint that the leadership in either party is truly interested in opening their minds to a scientific debate — to study the evidence and reach a reasoned non-politically motivated position and take actions accordingly.

“Science and politics do not match well. Science is not settled by a vote, and slogans and platform planks are not scientifically significant. It is my deepest regret this has become a political issue. I think we will make little progress in obtaining an open hearing from the public as long as the political leaders line up their followers on one side or the other.”

John Coleman

Meteorologist, KUSI-TV San Diego

Policy Advisor, Environment

The Heartland Institute

coleman(at)kusi(dot)com

312/377-4000

“President Obama seems to have toned down his climate rhetoric this year given the obvious reality of no rising global temperatures for 17-plus years and the current cold snap gripping the nation. Saying the phrase ‘climate change is a fact’ is meaningless.

“When our children look us in the eye, we want to tell them that our generation rejected the belief that regulating emissions alters our climate and weather. We want to tell our kids that we rejected the belief that acts of Congress or the U.N. or the EPA could alter storms or global climate. We want to say ‘Yes we did’ to our kids when they ask us if we stopped bureaucrats at the EPA and in our government from attempting to restrict our energy choices based on the belief politicians can change the weather.”

Marc Morano

Publisher

Climate Depot

morano(at)climatedepot(dot)com

312/377-4000

“Mr. Obama is fortunate to be president during America’s energy revolution. Extraction of oil and natural gas from dense shale is occurring with no help from the administration. It is occurring on private or state-controlled lands and driven by private initiatives. According to 2012 statistics compiled by the Energy Information Administration, the production of oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, and coal from federal lands and waters all fell. The difference between what is occurring on non-federal lands and federal lands demonstrates the economically punitive policies of this administration.

“The president correctly stated that climate change is a fact. It has been ongoing for hundreds of millions of years and there is little governments can do to stop it. The great fear of global warming was artificially contrived. For a president to declare that he will expand executive powers, without Congressional approval, to fight this non-threat is a drastic step towards authoritarian government. Already, the administration has contrived an artificial concept called the social cost of carbon. All life on the planet is carbon based. Is life a pollutant? Does life have a social cost? The concept is an insult to logic, language, and science.

“The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) has produced reports reviewing appropriate scientific papers and concluded carbon dioxide emissions are not a major cause of global warming or climate change. Also, the reports cited thousands of studies in laboratories and in the field that demonstrate increased atmospheric carbon dioxide promotes growth of virtually all forms of green plants and is a tremendous boon to agriculture and the environment. Three decades of satellite observations confirm these findings.”

Kenneth Haapala

Executive Vice President

Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Ken(at)Haapala(dot)com

312-377-4000

“Last night’s State of the Union Address reminds me of the idiom ‘on one hand, on the other hand.’ On one hand, President Obama extolled efforts to increase fuel efficiency to ‘help America wean itself off foreign oil.’ He touted the new reality of ‘more oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world, the first time that’s happened in nearly 20 years.’ On the other hand, he promised to use his ‘authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations’ – which is code for more national monuments and endangered species designations that will lock up federal lands from productive use.

“He took credit for his ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, which he claims has ‘moved America closer to energy independence than we have been in decades.’ And, regarding natural gas, Obama said he’ll ‘cut red tape to help states get those factories built and put folks to work.’ He also proclaimed: ‘I’ll act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.’ Yet, the Department of Energy has dozens of permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities languishing on some bureaucrat’s desk. One of the few approved terminals – Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Terminal Project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana – created more than 2,000 jobs in 2013 and looks to create another 2,000 jobs in 2014. Let’s get those permits issued.

“On one hand, the president says he wants to help. On the other hand, everything he does hinders.”

Marita Noon

Executive Director

Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy

marita(at)responsiblenergy(dot)org

505/239-8998

“In his State of the Union Address, President Obama asked whether we will leave our children’s children with a safer, more stable world with respect to the ‘settled’ issue of climate change. Why doesn’t Obama apply the same standard when it comes to government spending?

“Reckless overspending in Washington is creating an unsustainable mountain of debt that will be passed on to our children’s children. Yet throughout his speech, Obama outlined additional spending initiatives with no consideration of how they will be paid for. One such proposal would create a new ‘minimum wage’ for federal contractors. This gimmicky proposal will have little impact other than to force the federal government to pay more for goods and services – additional costs that will no doubt be passed on to future generations.

“If Obama is truly concerned about leaving our children’s children with a safer, more stable world, he should start by cutting government spending and reducing the tax burden on American workers so that the economy will finally begin to grow and the private sector will create jobs.”

Jonathan Steitz

Policy Advisor, Budgets and Taxes

The Heartland Institute

jonathan.steitz(at)gmail(dot)com

262/308-8885

“President Obama seems hell-bent on dismantling America and its system of government one day at a time. He continues, in my opinion, to cavalierly jettison the constitutional system of checks and balances which was the genius of the Founding Fathers. First came the unauthorized czars, and now we have the proclamation of anticipatory end runs around the legislative branch through executive fiat using the moniker of executive orders.

“These unilateral acts are those of a man who would be king, which he is not. As I recall we fired the king more than 200 years ago. Jefferson, Madison, and the legions who staked and gave their lives on creating this republic to operate as a democracy are surely turning in their graves.”

Kurtis B. Reeg

President/Managing Partner

Reeg Lawyers, LLC

Policy Advisor, Legal Affairs

The Heartland Institute

kreeg(at)reeglawyers(dot)com

314/446-3350

“Apart from throwing a few crumbs to his base, President Obama produced nothing novel or interesting in his speech. But he did sadly reaffirm his commitment to a virtually Utopian society in which government takes the initiative on nearly all fronts. And that is plainly not in the spirit of what is distinctively American or just.

“I had hoped for some learning from the president – to the effect that the private sector is where solutions lie to nearly all our real problems. Government’s only role must be, as Jefferson said, to ‘secure [our] rights’ – not to train Americans for anything other than, perhaps, defending the country from potential aggressors. It is not the job of government to ‘give us a chance,’ since our form of government doesn’t include some monarch handing out favors to subjects.”

Tibor R. Machan

Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Auburn University

R. C. Hoiles Endowed Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise

Argyros School of Business & Economics

Chapman University

tmachan(at)gmail(dot)com

312/377-4000

“From the SOTU, you’d never guess that we have a record low in number of people employed, record levels of debt, abysmal international standing in education, chaos in the Middle East, and millions losing their health insurance. But we’re going to the Olympics, finding natural gas (on private lands only), and planning (still) to close Gitmo (thereby upholding our constitutional ideals). Amanda in Arizona got health coverage, a small business opened in Detroit, and carbon emissions are way down (no attribution given to our dismal economy). All we need to do now is extend unemployment insurance, raise the minimum wage, and end gun violence. That last bit is one of a number of things Obama promises to do single handedly if Congress won’t cooperate.

“Now that ObamaCare has fixed health care, and reduced al Qaeda to a mere remnant, we can move on to fixing education.

“From the enthusiastic applause, it would appear that Congress is persuaded by this fantasy, though a few audience shots showed some dour-looking Republicans. They’re the ones getting blamed for ‘creating crises.’ Otherwise, all is well, and God bless America.

“How can anyone take this charade seriously?”

Jane M. Orient, M.D.

Executive Director

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons

janeorientmd(at)gmail(dot)com

520/323-3110

“What Obama delivered was a list of the same policies that have ill-served the nation. After five years, we know that what he cannot do is provide leadership sufficient to govern America. Foreign or domestic, his policies have been marked by failure.

“On the long roster of issues he addressed, he placed an emphasis on putting Americans to work again, but that remains a difficult goal to achieve when his administration is scaling new heights in the production of regulations that choke the nation’s business community, from large corporations to small businesses. There was no mention of the Keystone XL pipeline, which his own State Department estimated could produce 42,000 jobs.

“He advocated raising the minimum wage when all that will accomplish will be to reduce jobs and drive up costs to consumers.

“He dramatized Obamacare by using examples of people he said benefitted from it, but made no mention of the millions who have or will lose their health care plans and even their choice of a personal physician.”

Alan Caruba

Founder, The National Anxiety Center

Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute

acaruba(at)aol(dot)com

312/377-4000

“President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night was all about ‘micro-management.’ It was micro-management at one level since he realizes that a divided Congress will not pass any ‘grand’ legislation that he might try to submit. Thus, he proposed a series of small changes that he hopes that either Congress would go along with, or that he can try to impose through ‘executive order’ without Congressional approval.

“But the other level of his focus on micro-management highlights the inescapable political paternalistic mindset in which he thinks:

He knows what wage government contractors should pay their workers;

He knows how pre-kindergarten children should be taught;

He knows how businesses should organize their use of energy in their manufacturing of products;

He knows how long people should be financially able to be unemployed between jobs while looking for employment;

He knows how divergent income inequalities should or should not be in America;

He knows how to create career opportunities for young people and the type of education they should have available;

He knows the type and quality of health insurance and medical care people should receive.

“This is why he has faced much of the congressional opposition, over which he is clearly frustrated. Many people in the United States, and their elected representatives, believe that these are not matters for the government. These are matters that should be left up to the judgment, planning, and decisions of individuals, families, and voluntary agreements among people themselves in their communities and in the workplace.

“The president’s government-imposed ‘one-size-fits-all’ solutions to what he considers to be America’s ‘problems’ are in stark contrast to the diversity of America, and the more reasonable and common-sensical view that people in their own circumstances and with their own knowledge can far better handle their own problems than someone in a far-away national capital with none of the real micro-knowledge of people’s lives. This partly explains the president’s low poll ratings. People come to resent the arrogant ‘do-gooder’ who presumes to know better how people should live than those people themselves.”

Dr. Richard Ebeling

Professor of Economics

Northwood University

ebelingr(at)northwood(dot)edu

914/ 564-7030

“President Obama mentioned his desire to see election reforms, including ‘reforms so that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote.’ For all its conveniences, early voting threatens the basic nature of citizen choice in democratic, republican government.

“In elections, candidates make competing appeals to the people and provide them with the information necessary to be able to make a choice. Citizens also engage with one another, debating and deliberating about the best options for the country. Especially in an age of so many nonpolitical distractions, it is important to preserve the space of a general election campaign — from the early kickoff rallies to the last debates in October — to allow voters to think through, together, the serious issues that face the nation.

“The integrity of that space is broken when some citizens cast their ballots as early as 46 days before the election, as some states allow. A lot can happen in those 46 days. Early voters are, in essence, asked a different set of questions from later ones; they are voting with a different set of facts.”

Eugene Kontorovich

Professor of Law, Northwestern University

Policy Advisor, Legal Affairs

The Heartland Institute

e-kontorovich(at)law.northwestern(dot)edu

312/377-4000

“President Obama does not seem to grasp the fact that in a free-market economy an employee gets a raise by showing his or her employer that their value has increased through more training, skill acquisition, education, or productivity gains. Workers who are currently paid less than $ 10.10 are so because their contribution to total revenue is less than $ 10.10 per hour.”

Jack A. Chambless

Economics Professor

Valencia College

jchambless(at)valenciacollege(dot)edu

312/377-4000

“I fully support the president’s proposal to increase the minimum wage. However, if this will work as the president believes to increase employment and reduce income inequality in America, would it not do the same for other countries as well? Therefore, America should eliminate foreign aid and tell our former aid recipients to simply raise their minimum wage. If it works for us, it will work for them as well.

“Our aid recipients are likely more savvy than our president and I would expect few to accept the advice.”

Barry Keating

Professor, Mendoza College of Business

University of Notre Dame

barry.p.keating.1(at)nd(dot)edu

574/631-9127

The Heartland Institute is a 30-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.







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