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  • Government Meddling Won’t Create Jobs

    November 23, 2011
    The Hill recently ran my letter to the editor responding to Sen. Tom Harkin's column, "Republican attacks on workers’ rights won’t create jobs." I make the case against the NLRBs overreach of power in the workplace:
    A recent op-ed in The Hill by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) (“Attacks on workers’ rights won’t create jobs,” Nov. 15) highlights the need to scale back government intervention. Sen. Harkin’s grievance against Republicans unveils his paternalistic view of government, insisting Congress will find solutions, decide the haves and have-nots and get Americans back to work. The only impediment is Republicans attacking the National Labor Relations Board and...
  • CEI Podcast for November 23, 2011: The Most Expensive Regulation of All Time?

    November 23, 2011
    What is the single most expensive regulation of all time? Energy Policy Analyst William Yeatman has one candidate: the EPA’s proposal to regulate mercury emissions from coal-powered plants.
  • Some updates

    November 23, 2011
  • Government meddling won’t create jobs

    November 22, 2011
    The Hill A recent op-ed in The Hill by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) (“Attacks on workers’ rights won’t create jobs,” Nov. 15) highlights the need to scale back government intervention. Sen. Harkin’s grievance against Republicans unveils his paternalistic view of government, insisting Congress will find solutions, decide the haves and have-nots and get Americans back to work. The only impediment is Republicans attacking the National Labor Relations Board and not signing President Obama’s jobs bill. Government would fix the economy if Republicans let it. Foregoing Sen. Harkin’s fallacy that congressional action will move America forward, he narrowly focuses on moving special-interest groups in America forward. Republican labor policies have focused on providing all employers and employees rights. The NLRB’s regulations and court decisions have stacked the deck in favor of...
  • Amtrak Bans 12-Year-Old Unaccompanied Child Riders

    November 22, 2011
    In Japan, 6-year-old children are not only allowed to ride the train by themselves, but are eligible for a special fare. Not so in America, where Amtrak has now raised the age that children can ride the train by themselves from age 8 to age 13, effectively barring many working-class children from seeing their father (or non-custodial parent) after a divorce or parental break-up (or visiting their grandma). In America, unlike Japan, children are expected to be chained to their parents to prevent the one-in-a-million chance that something bad will happen to them if they are allowed a little freedom. Could the greater Japanese belief in children's individual responsibility have something to do with how much better Japanese kids do on tests? Amtrak admits that it had no experiences with anything...
  • Longshoremen's Union Rejects Occupy Oakland's Call for "Solidarity" West Coast Port Shutdown

    November 22, 2011
    After briefly shutting down their [adopted] city's port earlier this month, Occupy Oakland is calling for a December 12 shutdown of all West Coast U.S. seaports. From the Occupiers:
    We call on each West Coast occupation to organize a mass mobilization to shut down its local port.  Our eyes are on the continued union-busting and attacks on organized labor, in particular the rupture of Longshoremen jurisdiction in Longview Washington by the EGT.   Already, Occupy Los Angeles has passed a resolution to carry out a port action on the Port Of Los Angeles on December 12th, to shut down SSA terminals, which are owned by Goldman Sachs. Occupy Oakland expands...
  • Hank Greenberg Rises Again -- Takes on Treasury, NY Fed in "Takings" Lawsuit

    November 22, 2011
    Feisty 86-year-old Hank Greenberg, long-time chief executive of AIG, is suing the Treasury Department and the New York Federal Reserve Bank charging that its 80 percent takeover of AIG in 2008 was unconstitutional. The suits, brought by Starr International and other AIG shareholders, say that the takeover violated the Fifth Amendment by taking property from those shareholders and using the company to transfer federal monies provided to AIG to banks that were trading partners of the insurer. The lawsuits seek damages of at least $25 billion. The “takings clause,” widely used to defend against eminent domain appropriation, reads “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation...
  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Orders Unionization of Child Care Providers

    November 22, 2011
    Openmarket.org The NLRB’s pro-union bias and penchant for overstepping legal precedent has spread to Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) issued an executive order calling for a vote to unionize child care providers. The move is an unapologetic sop to Big Labor. As reported by ChildCareFreedom.com, “Governor Dayton reportedly made a promise to union leaders to sign the executive order in exchange for their support in the last election.” Gov. Dayton’s E.O. is legally tenuous and excludes a majority of child care providers from the voting process. First and foremost, Gov. Dayton’s executive powers do not extend to mandating union elections. Considering that child care providers are independent small business owners, they are...
  • What Decline and Fall?

    November 22, 2011
    Classical references aside, Cohen seems to be innocent of historical knowledge.
  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Orders Unionization of Child Care Providers

    November 22, 2011
    The NLRB’s pro-union bias and penchant for overstepping legal precedent has spread to Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton (DFL) issued an executive order calling for a vote to unionize child care providers. The move is an unapologetic sop to Big Labor. As reported by ChildCareFreedom.com, “Governor Dayton reportedly made a promise to union leaders to sign the executive order in exchange for their support in the last election.” Gov. Dayton’s E.O. is legally tenuous and excludes a majority of child care providers from the voting process. First and foremost, Gov. Dayton’s executive powers do not extend to mandating union elections. Considering that child care providers are independent small business owners, they are not even subject to collective...

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