Michigan: Union Tactics Delay Right-To-Work For Up to a Decade
School districts and universities in Michigan rushed to sign last-minute contract extensions that effectively bypass the new right-to-work law. The right-to-work law went into effect last Thursday, but prior to the law going into effect at least 41 school districts and five colleges had approved contracts that circumvent the new law, for a few years. There may be a price to pay, however; Republicans in | Read More »
Calculating The ‘Prevailing Wage’ Costs Of A Bad Immigration Compromise
On Friday, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber head Thomas Donahue reached a “compromise” that would allow up to 200,000 immigrant workers (the numbers dependent on the industry) work visas, so long as a government-imposed wage rate is applied.
Aside from the basic problem of the government dictating artificially high wage (and benefit) rates–known as prevailing wages–the problem is that most do not know what constitutes a “prevailing wage rate.”
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In search of equality equality
Last week, Rush Limbaugh said he thought the battle over marriage was lost as soon as rhetorical concessions such as “same-sex marriage” versus “traditional marriage” were made: The language game, the left really excels at changing the language to benefit them politically, and they do it in such a way that a lot of people on our side have no idea what’s happened until it’s too | Read More »
No, This Isn’t an April Fool’s Joke…
I have to admit: I am a little skeptical of some major news stories on April 1st. After all, there’s always the chance that it could be an April Fool’s joke, like this story from April 1st of last year that ran on the BBC announcing that the world had exploded. So, it was with this in mind that I did something of a double | Read More »
Is Piers Morgan For The Children Or For Ratings? *UPDATE: MORGAN INTERVIEW AUDIO
This past Good Friday Piers Morgan’s producers asked if I would appear on his program again today as Morgan evidently wants a rematch. I replied that while I enjoy our discussions, I’d prefer for him to take a turn on my program before I appear again. My program airs Monday – Friday from noon to 3pm central. It’s a favor Bill Maher returned after I | Read More »
University Compares Pro-Life Students to White Supremacists
The Student Government Association at Johns Hopkins University compared pro-life students to white supremacists and denied them official club status at the school. “They were denied status because the students on the student council felt being pro-life violates their harassment policy,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.” Hawkins told Fox News the student group, called Voice for Life, is searching for | Read More »
Is Bitcoin the Future of Money?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Bitcoin, how it has been used in Cyprus and if it may be the future of money.
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War on Science Update: Greenies attack White House over farmers’ rights.
Here’s the background: the continuing resolution that’s keeping the government (and that passed last week) included a rider that, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute put it, “codifies existing USDA practices and elements of a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that lower courts should not automatically prohibit the planting of biotech crop varieties, or the harvest and sale of biotech crops already planted, when their commercial approval | Read More »
Live Free or Die: When it comes to freedom, how does your state rank?
Last week, George Mason University’s Mercatus Center released the third edition of Freedom in the 50 States.
Not surprisingly, the states that suck the most in terms of freedom are heavily unionized (and taxed) states of Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey, California and, in last place, New York.
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Truth be told, I think the world is billions of years old, but I have no doubt God created it. I believe the same word that many interpret as “days” in Genesis can also honestly be interpreted as “phases,” which I do, i.e. a day at the beginning was not a day as we know it now. But I don’t doubt there were six phases | Read More »
The Third Day: Easter 2013
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they | Read More »
St. Louis Anti-Gun Rally Becomes Rally To Cede US Sovereignty
Earlier today a bunch of well-heeled progressive women from the nice, safe part of Missouri rolled into crime-ridden St. Louis city to condescend to city residents and hold signs proclaiming “Moms Demand Action! For Gun Sense In America!” Because what mom doesn’t demand action for things, gun sense especially? These moms aren’t like those pro-Second Amendment moms, who apparently do not demand gun sense, whatever that’s | Read More »
The Slipperiest of Slopes: Immigration ‘Compromise,’ A Really Bad Deal In Any Economy
Although details are still somewhat sketchy at this point, based on press reports, it appears that AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce head Thomas Donahue reached a deal Friday night on immigration reform.
If, by what is being reported, the deal reached on low-wage immigrants is true, the impact on the private sector–and, thus, the economy–may be profoundly and negatively impacted for years to come as the deal reportedly establishes premium wage prices for those employers who traditionally employ low-wage immigrants.
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Energy Week in Review
Dispatch from the Oil Patch for the week ending March 29, 2013
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Grace, Redemption, and Politics
During the 2012 GOP primary I brought up a theme that I believed Newt Gingrich had tapped into, a theme that I proposed was responsible for his win in South Carolina. That theme was redemption. After Gingrich’s win in South Carolina I laid out my theory of Newt’s redemption theme: “I think much of Newt’s appeal is that he is on a journey of redemption, | Read More »