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Why This Senator Wants to Extend the Ban on Earmarks

Posted: January 9, 2017 at 3:07 pm   /   Friends

The Senate’s temporary moratorium on earmarks in the federal budget is about to expire, but one senator says he wants to make sure earmarks don’t make a comeback. “You can’t drain the swamp by feeding pork to the alligators.”—@JeffFlake Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he will propose Tuesday to extend the moratorium on earmark spending […]

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Kentucky’s Right-to-Work Earthquake Reverberates Across State Lines

Posted: January 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm   /   Friends

Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, has now officially signed right-to-work legislation–along with other jobs legislation–into law. Yet the impact of Kentucky’s right-to-work legislation could move beyond the state’s borders. Right-to-work laws prohibit employers from entering into agreements that make union membership and the payment of union dues a condition of employment. Additionally, Bevin is […]

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How Trump’s Presidency Could Retool the Auto Industry

Posted: January 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm   /   Friends

President-elect Donald Trump’s public campaign to push U.S. companies to make their products in America is already having an impact, especially on one of his favorite targets: the auto industry. On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co., the nation’s second-largest automaker, said it will cancel a plan to build a small-car assembly plant in Mexico that Trump […]

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Election Ushers in Batch of States Preparing for Right-to-Work Laws

Posted: December 30, 2016 at 12:09 pm   /   Friends

Not only did the 2016 election bring the country a new president, but Nov. 8 also ushered the right political environment for a batch of states to pass right-to-work bills. Twenty-six states have right-to-work laws on the books, and labor experts are expecting lawmakers in at least three more—Kentucky, Missouri, and New Hampshire—to pass bills […]

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Wealth, Poverty and Politics

Posted: December 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm   /   Friends

Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of his classic “Wealth, Poverty and Politics.” At the very beginning, he quotes Alexander Hamilton, who said, “The wealth of nations depends upon an infinite variety of causes.” The book’s 16 chapters apply Hamilton’s notion to domestic, as well as international, differences in wealth. In […]

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WILLIAMS: Wealth, Poverty and Politics

Posted: December 28, 2016 at 6:00 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of his classic “Wealth, Poverty and Politics.” At the very beginning, he quotes Alexander Hamilton, who said, “The wealth of nations depends upon an infinite variety of causes.” The book’s 16 chapters apply Hamilton’s notion to domestic, as well as international, differences in wealth. In […]

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What Government Does, Markets Do Better (Almost Always)

Posted: December 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Dear Friend:   Can markets really deliver this better than government? Roads Water and Sewer Electricity Transmission and Generation Fire and emergency services Refuse collection Education Dr. Byron Schlomach, one of the nation’s leading experts in competitive outsourcing and public-private partnerships, resoundingly declares, YES! in Compact for America Policy Brief No. 16, Yield to the […]

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Here’s How Low-Income Americans Feel About the Obama Administration’s New Lending Regulations

Posted: December 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm   /   Friends

In order to crack down on what’s known as “predatory lenders,” the Obama administration proposed new rules that require short-term lenders to ensure customers have the ability to repay their loans. In requiring lenders to assess their financial background, including their monthly income, cost of living, and other major expenses, the Obama administration says it […]

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What to Know About the Fiscal Hawk Trump Chose as Budget Director

Posted: December 18, 2016 at 1:57 pm   /   Friends

President-elect Donald Trump chose one of the most outspoken fiscal conservatives in Congress, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, to be director of the Office of Management and Budget. Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative group in Congress. He has pushed to cut both domestic and defense […]

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