Chris Talgo

Chris Talgo ( is an editorial assistant at The Heartland Institute and writer for Heartland’s American Exceptionalism website.

Uneducated: Why American Education Is Fundamentally Flawed


The United States is in the midst of an educational crisis. Test scores are plummeting, education spending is unsustainable, and the vast majority of American students are ill-prepared to thrive in the high-tech workplace of the future. Given this sorry state of affairs, the question arises: How did the American education system, once the envy […]

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Taxpayers Strike Out When Forced to Pay for Billionaires’ New Stadiums


Billionaire sports team owners are increasingly strong-arming local, city, and state governments into financing extravagant (and exorbitant) new stadiums. For example, in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Tampa Bay Rays, a Major League Baseball franchise, plans to build a pricey new stadium — one that many experts now think will only be built if taxpayers provide […]

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Should Americans Give Mainstream Media the Silent Treatment?


Once upon a time, the American people trusted the mainstream media, and vice-versa. Back when Walter Cronkite was the “nation’s newsman,” most Americans felt confident that networks and newspapers reported “the facts” — at least most of the time. Even 20 years ago, a majority of Americans had trust and confidence in the mass media “to report […]

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The Ash Heap of History Awaits


An examination of human migration patterns over the past several thousand years demonstrates one fundamental truth: People seek places where they can be free and can pursue prosperity. This simple premise explains why the United States, the world’s beacon of liberty for more than two centuries, has been a magnet for immigrants fleeing political oppression […]

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Hard Truths About School Shootings and Gun Violence


In response to the tragic shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas high school earlier in May, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tweeted, “What if no children went to school until gun laws changed to keep them safe? My family is all in if we can do this at scale. Parents, will you please join […]

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