Daily Archives: March 29, 2017

Raising the minimum wage to $11/hr in St. Louis would have bad impacts

The city of St. Louis plans to raise its minimum wage to $11/hour by 2018. A new study published by the Economic Policies Institute by economists David Macpherson of Trinity University and William Even of Miami University projects several negative impacts. The city would sustain over 1,000 jobs lost, the economists find. Those job losses would fall disproportionately on:Continue Reading

House GOP Health Reform Bill Failed, But States Still Have Power To Improve Health Care Freedom

If lawmakers in Congress have a Plan B for health reform, it’s essential that they decentralize power to the states. Let states enact policies that the majority of their constituents want, not Washington. If Vermont wants to try to achieve a sustainable single-payer model again, go for it. If North Carolina wants to be first inContinue Reading

Diversity statements remind Leef of loyalty oaths

George Leef’s latest Martin Center column explains why college and university “diversity statements” remind him of a regrettable piece of American history. One of the worst features of America in the 1940s and 50s was the persistent demand for national loyalty oaths. In those days, people were expected to declare their support for the U.S.Continue Reading

Praise for the Freedom Caucus

Robert Tracinski writes at the Federalist website that the U.S. House Freedom Caucus offered a silver lining during the dark clouds of debate over the now-scuttled American Health Care Act. Their failure to pass the Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill was a disaster for House Republicans. The only way the disaster could have been worseContinue Reading

Targeting Obama’s regulatory overreach

Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner reports that President Trump’s pen has been active. President Trump signed a series of bills on Monday to reverse rules and regulations authorized by the previous administration on education, federal land use and fair pay. The stream of bills reached the Oval Office through the use of the CongressionalContinue Reading

Taxpayers funding union business

Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon documents disturbing news about federal government employees performing work for their unions while working at taxpayers’ expense. Government employees spent nearly 3.5 million hours conducting union business, costing taxpayers $162.5 million in 2014, according to a new report. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed that official timeContinue Reading

Campus intolerance and a string of straw men

David French of National Review Online probes mountains of misinformation that help inform college campus intolerance. If there is one constant in the battles over free speech on campus, it’s this: Apologists for intolerance can rarely justify censorship without making stuff up. Confronted with the difficulty of justifying the actual facts of actual disruptions (andContinue Reading

National Review editor probes the health care reform political failure

Rich Lowry‘s latest column for National Review Online focuses on last week’s political failure involving the proposed American Health Care Act. There’s stumbling out of the gate, and then there’s what Republicans just did on health care. They came up with a substantively indefensible bill, put it on an absurd fast-track to passage, didn’t seriouslyContinue Reading