This month marks the third anniversary of FreedomWorks’ endorsement
of Rep. Renee Ellmers during her very first campaign for the U.S. House.
Ironically, Rep. Ellmers decided to commemorate the anniversary by
putting a knife in the back of the conservatives who support defunding
In response to a question she received at a town hall this past week, Rep. Ellmers
tried to explain that her low ratings from conservative organizations
had nothing to do with her voting with Democrats to expand the size of
government, but suggested that she was being unfairly singled out by
groups like the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks.
A cloud of photochemical smog from China drifted into Japan this week. The story highlights the fact that air pollution in China is getting worse—despite lamentations that the “world is passing us by” in clean energy.
That quote came from Steven Chu, President Obama’s then-Secretary of Energy, in 2009. Chu tendered his resignation last Friday in a letter suggesting that those who disagreed with him were living in the “Stone Age.”
Should government agencies use the best information possible? For
more than 80 years, the Labor Department has answered that question in
The Davis–Bacon Act (DBA) of 1931 requires federal construction
contractors to pay their workers at least the “prevailing wage” in their
locality. The Act charges the Labor Department with estimating these
prevailing wage rates. Fortunately, the Labor Department has a dedicated
agency that specializes in calculating such labor statistics.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned on January 22. It would be
beneficial if President Obama’s next Labor Secretary would do more to
protect workers from union corruption. An Office of Inspector General
(OIG) audit released last year finds that the Office of Labor Management
Standards (OLMS) is missing most violations of union financial disclosure requirements.
Then-Senator John F. Kennedy (D–MA) helped write the Labor-Management
Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) in the wake of major union
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) stirred controversy last year when
it released a study claiming that tax rates do not influence economic growth.
Predictably, those who favor higher taxes used the flimsy report to bolster
their backward argument that raising tax rates, as Congress and President Obama
did with the fiscal cliff deal, would not further slow our economy.
The CRS report was not based on robust statistical analysis, but on simple
correlations that reveal little about the impact of tax rates on the economy.