Right-leaning? The states as laboratories of democracy?

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I laughed a bit when I heard a local radio reporter refer to the “right-leaning” Pioneer Institute in her story about suggestions the organization made to the Massachusetts legislature during the current debate between the Senate and the House on their dueling bills.  I laughed because that same station never refers to liberal advocacy groups as “left-leaning.”  Only in the “people’s republic of Massachusetts” could one get away with applying an exclusive modifier like that and believe it to be journalistically correct.

As I mentioned before, the Pioneer Institute offers excellent analytical work in this arena and, indeed, is one of few places to employ sufficient rigor that, even if you disagree with them, you are left respecting how they get to their views.  In light of that, look at this new piece in The Daily Caller, entitled, “What Romney should do on health care.”  Careful, though.  You might find right-leaning predispositions in an article that says:

Encourage individuals to become active participants in the health care they receive.

Cover Americans with pre-existing conditions who may be denied affordable insurance when between jobs.

Convert Medicaid into a per capita block grant.

Heed the lessons from the last major entitlement fix,  [Clinton’s] welfare reform, which demonstrated that political settlements require  respect for the states.

Also seen in Running a Hospital and Chronicles of a Medical Mad House.