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  • Trump Adopts one of Barack Obama’s Better Ideas: The Payroll Tax Cut

    August 10, 2020
    Trump’s decision to Institute a payroll tax holiday via an executive order over the weekend is a good idea even if its effectiveness as an aid to workers and the economy is somewhat limited. It is the area where he is on the strongest legal footing regarding the executive orders he signed over the weekend.
  • Californians: Educate Your Children at Your Own Risk

    August 6, 2020
    Activist Carl DeMaio caused a stir this week by holding a press conference in which he declared that hiring tutors could be could result in people getting fines under California’s AB5 law. The author of the law, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has disputed that claim, but her own office has indicated that there are potential circumstances where it could happen.
  • Voodoo Economics—Congress pushes for COVID-19 relief for the deceased

    August 6, 2020
    Senate Republicans are attempting to ensure that not only are dead people entitled to the next round of COVID-19 relief funds but those deceased individuals can retroactively claim payments from prior rounds of relief that they weren’t eligible for at the time because they were dead.
  • R.I.P. Herman Cain (1945-2020)

    July 30, 2020
    Herman Cain was an American original and everything good and bad about politics in one package. A self-made man of ambition and drive who learned how to play game of business and rose to the top level of that world, then set his sights on politics. He was less successful in the latter field due to personal flaws and some skeletons in his closet, but no one can say he didn’t give it his all.
  • If You Can’t Convince Them, Confuse Them: California Political Establishment Doubles Down on AB5

    July 27, 2020
    Progressives are fond of saying that authority never gives up power easily. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is demonstrating that by rewriting the ballot language for Proposition 22, which covers rideshare drivers, in order to frame the issue in the most negative way he can.
  • Reversing Opening Comes at a Price

    July 24, 2020
    This is one of those things that is kind of obvious but needs to be pointed out anyway: Reversing opening your state’s economy due to fears of a COVID-19 resurgence is something that comes at an economic price. The Labor Department’s most recent report on unemployment insurance claims bears out.
  • Electronic Union Elections: A Permanent “Temporary” Solution?

    July 24, 2020
    Some lawmakers and their union allies want to use the COVID-19 crisis to institute a radical change to union elections allow them to be held electronically.Critics argue it would open the system to fraud and other shenanigans.
  • Chamber of Commerce to Congress: You're Killing the Economy with Kindness

    July 17, 2020
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce begged Congress on Thursday to scale back the $600 weekly unemployment benefit bonus it has been giving to U.S. workers. The nation’s top business trade association said the benefits included in the CARES Act were undermining the economic recovery by discouraging people from seeking work.  
  • A Massbackwards Approach to Helping Rideshare Drivers

    July 15, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy on Tuesday jumped on the bandwagon that California Governor Gavin Newsom started by suing rideshare companies Uber and Lyft in her state for the crime of “misclassifying their drivers as independent contractors.” Healy is accusing them of skirting their responsibility to abide by state and federal employment regulations like minimum wage and overtime.
  • Unions Say They Shouldn’t Be Burdened with Complex Process They Created

    July 10, 2020
    A favorite tactic used by unions to prevent membership losses, and the accompanying loss of dues money, is making the process of opting out of as difficult and confusing as possible. Government employee unions may now get a taste of their own medicine thanks to a federal rule announced Thursday that puts the burden on unions, not workers, to deal with the process.


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