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  • Monthly Archives: June 2013

    Equal Pay Act: No Need for a Next Generation

    Alison Fraser on Line Item Veto

    Today, the Equal Pay Act becomes middle aged. This law made it unlawful to pay women lower wages based on sex. It was passed in the early 1960s, a time when there were far fewer women in the workforce. Today they make up nearly half of the workforce. Given the … More

    Equal Pay Act at 50: The Myth of the Gender Wage Gap

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Signed into law by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the act ruled it unlawful to pay women lower wages based on sex. Women all across the United States have a great deal to celebrate because of what they have accomplished … More

    Stop Blaming the Victims for the Misdeeds of the IRS

    What’s more outrageous than the IRS scandal? Pointing the finger at the victims. That’s exactly what Representative Jim McDermott (D–WA) did last week. Leaders of six targeted groups testified before the House Ways and Means Committee to shine light on their interactions with the IRS. In response to testimony that … More

    How to Encourage Americans to Save Money Through Prize-Linked Savings

    Powerball tickets

    A habit of saving money is one of the keys to moving up the economic ladder, alongside stable families and communities, and getting a good education. The problem is that about a third of Americans save nothing at all, especially those near the bottom of the economic ladder – meaning … More

    Obamacare 2023: 31 Million Uninsured, $1.8 Trillion in Taxpayer Dollars Spent

    Andrew Shurtleff/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    A poll released last week by InsuranceQuotes reveals that 64 percent of the uninsured are uncertain whether they will purchase insurance coverage once Obamacare takes full effect next year. This is not surprising, as Obamacare is projected to leave more people uninsured than it actually helps gain coverage. According to … More

    Disability and Unemployment: Putting an End to Double-Dipping

    Courtney Keating/iStock

    The number of people on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reached a record high this year. But a large number of people are double-dipping from both the disability insurance (DI) and unemployment insurance (UI) programs. A bill introduced last week would put an end to these overpayments, which unnecessarily drain the … More

    No Child Left Behind: Alexander Unveils Rewrite

    James Berglie/ZUMA Press/Newscom

    Senator Lamar Alexander (R–TN), ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has just introduced a proposal to “fix” No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic law—states should be allowed to opt-out of NCLB entirely—Alexander’s Every … More

    Q&A on the NSA Leak

    PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom

    Recent reports indicate that a government contract employee leaked the details of a classified National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program to the media. We asked James Carafano, who authored a book on Washington’ s use of contractors, Private Sector, Public Wars, what to make of these recent revelations. Is it … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Trust This Administration?

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    The Obama Administration has a few problems. From Benghazi to the IRS to the phone records of journalists and everyday Americans, it’s not difficult to call up a scandal with investigations pending in Washington. So immigration reform makes for a nice distraction. In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama … More

    Syria: Obama Administration Slow-Walks Decision on Chemical Weapons

    Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom

    The Obama Administration has been moving very slowly on the Syrian chemical weapons issue. Caution is in order, because the President’s credibility is on the line. President Obama has repeatedly warned Bashar al-Assad’s regime not to use its huge chemical weapons arsenal. In a December speech he proclaimed, “The use … More