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  • Wisconsin Judge to Voters: “Drop Dead”

    September 17, 2012
    Openmarket.org Who needs elections when you have judges? In Wisconsin, the voters have decided to reform their state’s collective bargaining laws. They did so by, 1) electing a governor, Scott Walker, who promised to do just that, 2) electing representatives to the state legislature who approved and passed the governor’s reforms, and 3) ratifying those reform by re-electing Walker in a union-initiated recall election in June 2012. Case closed, right? Wrong. On Friday, September 14, Dane County...
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation

    September 17, 2012
    76 new regulations, from DEA property seizures to place-of-origin requirements for wine.
  • EPA Celebrates Mass Murderer Che Guevara For Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 17, 2012
    "The EPA honored Hispanic Heritage Month by promoting a Marxist mass murderer," Che Guevara, who killed many Hispanics. Che Guevara was the Cuban “revolutionary” and henchman of Fidel Castro. Guevara murdered children and liberal dissidents and imprisoned suspected homosexuals in labor camps, and called himself “Stalin II” (after Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator who tortured, murdered and starved to death more than 20 million people, especially ethnic minorities, like Ukrainians, Kazakhs, and Crimean Tatars). What's next? Will the Education Department celebrate the...
  • Wisconsin Judge To Voters: "Drop Dead"

    September 17, 2012
    Who needs elections when you have judges? In Wisconsin, the voters have decided to reform their state's collective bargaining laws. They did so by, 1) electing a governor, Scott Walker, who promised to do just that, 2) electing representatives to the state legislature who approved and passed the governor's reforms, and 3) ratifying those reform by re-electing Walker in a union-initiated recall election in June 2012. Case closed, right? Wrong. On Friday, September 14, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas, in his infinite wisdom, struck down Walker's reform law in response to a legal challenge brought by a union representing Madison teachers and city employees from Milwaukee. Reuters reports:
    Colas ruled that eliminating collective bargaining rights for municipal...
  • Rules Are For The Little People, Not Cabinet Secretaries

    September 17, 2012
    Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health & Human Services, violated the Hatch Act by engaging in partisan politics at a "taxpayer-funded public event." But this political appointee is not getting punished, much less receiving the "statutory minimum penalty" for violations of the Act, namely "30 days’ suspension without pay." (Generally, a greater penalty than that is required; firing is required unless "the Merit System Protection Board finds by unanimous vote that the violation does not warrant removal.")  Ordinary civil servants have been terminated, or received...
  • Today's Links: September 17, 2012

    September 17, 2012
    OPINION THE ECONOMIST: "The Tyranny of Choice" "Wheel a trolley down the aisle of any modern Western hypermarket, and the choice of all sorts is dazzling. The average American supermarket now carries 48,750 items, according to the Food Marketing Institute, more than five times the number in 1975. [...] Many of these options have improved life immeasurably in the rich world, and to a lesser extent in poorer parts. They are testimony to human ingenuity and innovation. Free choice is the basis on which markets work, driving competition and generating economic growth. It is the cornerstone of liberal democracy. The 20th century bears the scars of too many failed experiments in which people had no choice. But amid all the...
  • The Teachers' Union Strikes Back

    September 16, 2012
    American Thinker A short time ago, in a city not so very far away, an insidious organization hijacked an entire school system, putting the education of hundreds of thousands of children at risk and demanding a king's ransom that would destroy the city's budget as surely as any Death Star super-ray. The galaxy: Chicago. The Empire: The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). The Emperor: CTU president Karen Lewis. Yes, it all sounds like harmless science fiction, but you really couldn't make this stuff up. On Monday September 10, the unionized teachers of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) -- 26,000 strong -- walked ...
  • Chicago Teachers Strike: A Lesson Of “Excessive Zeal And No Brains”

    September 14, 2012
    On September 10, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) walked out of the city’s public schools after negotiations fell through with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the school district. The issues surrounding the negotiations between the city and the teachers involved reforms to pay increases and teacher evaluations. As of now, no contract agreement has been finalized, but recent developments have showed signs of an impending end to the strike. If lessons can be learned from history, then the 1987 Chicago Teachers Strike provides a good example as what to expect from the aftermath...
  • Alcohol Regulation Roundup: Back To School Edition

    September 14, 2012
    Alabama: Up until last year brewpubs were illegal in Alabama due to a law that prevented beer being sold on the same site where it was brewed. Since the change, thanks to the efforts of the grassroots group Free The Hops, the state has seen about a dozen brewpubs open for business. Also in Alabama: The liquor control board reversed its earlier ban on beer with “bastard” in the name thanks in part to those diligent ‘Bama beer fans who cried foul when ABC rejected the labels for use of “rough” language. Stay up to date with changes in Alabama beer laws by following...
  • Chicago Teachers Union: Overpaid Babysitters?

    September 13, 2012
    Openmarket.org The grand themes of the current Chicago teacher’s strike opera are broadly similar to other union-agitated public work stoppages. The union makes demands (more money, etc.) the city/company balks (“We can’t afford that!”) and then makes overly generous counteroffers that the union still manages to find repugnant. Ad infinitum, ad nauseum. However, this particular teachers’ strike has a particularly vile motif lurking beneath its the already dis-harmonic melodies. The unionized ...

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