The Edward H. Arnold Institute for Policy Studies

Another Look at Downsizing the State Legislature

In our form of democracy, good ideas are discussed over and over across the years with little evidence of progress. Over the last two legislative sessions, measures to reduce the size of the General Assembly passed the House but died due to inaction in the State Senate. Perhaps this will be the year that change […]

What Would Nixon Do?

What Would Nixon Do? Think he’d for a moment allow a terrorist state to build a nuclear weapon? Your humble servant had the great privilege of being a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon in the last year of his presidency, 1973-74. I am well aware that he was forced from office and that the […]

Say Thanks to Your Township Supervisor!

You may read about them in the newspaper or see them along local roads, plowing snow in the winter or patching potholes in the spring. They’re your township supervisors and staff, and while you may not know them personally, these public servants show up each and every day with one goal in mind: to build […]

The Knights Templar Shows How to Fight ISIS and Win

701 years ago, on March 18th, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar was burned at the stake in France. As he died, Jacques de Molay cursed the French king who had betrayed him, and whose own dynasty collapsed fourteen years later. That didn’t help de Molay, whose order was exterminated as a road […]

Should Congress Pass the ‘Authorization to Use Military Force’ as Proposed by President Obama?

America’s 44th president, Barack Obama, has asked Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State—ISIS. The Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is a distinctive variety of Islam with strong beliefs about mankind’s path to the Day of Judgment. In his State of the Union address, […]

Pipelines Will Help Lead to America’s Energy Independence

A pipeline company has proposed to build a north-south natural gas pipeline through Lancaster County, and while opposition to the pipeline has been raised, it is important to realize how infrastructure investment in domestic sources of energy would help our nation by keeping energy prices low, reducing pollution, and ending a major cause of foreign […]

Municipal Pensions: The Rest of the (Untold) Story

Make no mistake: Pennsylvania is in the midst of a public pension crisis. The headlines, including those generated by recent comments by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, indicate that the predicament is deep-rooted and widespread. But do the news reports tell the whole story? Clearly, the commonwealth is facing a snowballing pension bill, expected to mushroom […]

New Report Shows PA Hospitals Are Saving More Lives Than Ever

Mortality Rates Decline Significantly For Eight Common Medical Conditions, Readmissions Also Down HARRISBURG, PA (December 17)—A new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) shows that, during 2013, hospitals saved lives that might have been lost just five years prior. Hospitals also reduced readmission rates, preventing unnecessary hospitalizations and their associated costs. […]

Obama is Risking A U.S. Ebola Outbreak For His Own Ambitions

Nearly 60 percent of Americans want the government to shut down flights to the U.S. from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, sources of the Ebola virus. Why isn’t the White House playing ball? One theory: because once again, President Barack Obama is serving his legacy at the expense of the country. Six years ago he […]

Six False Claims the EPA is Making to Hide Its Attempt to Control America’s Water

Obama Administration’s Proposed Water Regulation Also Would Make the Environmental Protection Agency the “Lord and Master of Private Land,” New Analysis Says Landowners, homeowners, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers, fruit growers, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activities in the United States are in the crosshairs of […]