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  • Monthly Archives: July 2013

    Cantor: Immigration Legislation Isn’t Written Yet

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Credit: Chas Geer)

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R–VA) and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) have not yet written bill text for their plan addressing children of illegal immigrants. Heritage’s David Addington, group vice president of research, wrote yesterday that Cantor and Goodlatte should reveal the text of their much-publicized plan “so … More

    Detroit Bankruptcy Is No Time for Federal Bailouts

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    The city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection yesterday with some $18 billion in debt, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in the United States. There will inevitably be calls for the federal government to bail out Detroit. Washington should set a firm precedent now that it will … More

    “Everyday High Prices” Should Not Be Trade Agency’s Slogan

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    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations are taking place this week in Malaysia. Here’s a modest suggestion to help new U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman bring the TPP to a successful conclusion: eliminate the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, a job that places the welfare of one special … More

    Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Passes House

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    The House has just passed the Student Success Act (SSA), a proposal sponsored by Representatives John Kline (R–MN) and Todd Rokita (R–IN) to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The proposal aims to fix some of NCLB’s most egregious policy flaws. Importantly, the proposal would eliminate Adequate … More

    Footnote Failure: Gap Between Productivity and Pay Is Overstated

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      Paul Krugman and many others argue that compensation has not grown as fast as productivity. However, most of the apparent gap between the growth of pay and the growth of productivity is a statistical illusion. On the surface, the numbers appear to show pay and productivity diverging. Hourly wages … More

    Egypt: The Arab Spring 2.0

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    The foundation for democratic governance is slowly, but steadily, starting to form in Egypt. The interim government was sworn in on July 16 and the constitutional review process has been announced, yet the Muslim Brotherhood continues to undermine stability and security in the country by inciting Egyptians to rise up … More

    This Just In: Obamacare Distorts Markets

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    A working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) evaluated the effect of a large disenrollment in the Medicaid population in Tennessee. The results of this paper are not unexpected: People who value health care will find a way to obtain it. In the case of … More

    Third Time’s a Charm? Another Federal Appellate Court Smacks Down Obama Recess Appointments

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    This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit invalidated the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) unfair labor practice decisions against two companies based on President Obama’s illegal recess appointments in violation of the Recess Appointments Clause. This is the third appellate court to consider the issue—and President … More

    Arrested for a Life Vest: When Good Intentions Make Bad Law

    Erika and Elaina Doring (Used with Permission)

    Erika Doring has devoted her life and career to children. She was a counselor with child protective services for 10 years and now owns Cutie Pie Consignment, a consignment store in Hood River, Oregon, that sells children’s goods. She has a daughter of her own named Elaina, whom she dotes … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare, Simplified

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    With open enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges set to start in fewer than three months, the law’s supporters are attempting to change the subject from Obamacare’s many delays and glitches. Instead, they’re mounting a campaign to sell the unpopular measure to the public. President Obama yesterday gave a speech on Obamacare, … More