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Pope Stumps for Environment, Using Poor as the Excuse

PopeFrancisWarming I tried to like this pope when he was selected. I think most of the world wanted to love or at least respect him. But his American tour has shown beyond any doubt that instead of a man of God, he is a man of the Left. And while he uses the poor continually as a prop in his speeches, a la "do this because the poor are suffering," he is pushing the same tired leftist rhetoric about economic equality, social justice and environmental welfare that you can get from your run-of-the-mill Marxist college Read more [...] Continue reading →

More Propaganda for Working Shorter Hours with No Consequences

men at work Everyone wants to work shorter hours; the trick is to convince people that they won’t lose income. I saw this Guardian story being trumpeted over the internet this weekend: “Efficiency up, turnover down: Sweden experiments with six-hour working day.” A Swedish retirement home may seem an unlikely setting for an experiment about the future of work, but a small group of elderly-care nurses in Sweden have made radical changes to their daily lives in an effort to improve quality and efficiency. In Read more [...] Continue reading →

300,000 Federal Contractors Just Became More Expensive for Taxpayers

obamaPen Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring Federal contractors to get paid sick leave. I know the Associated Press is biased, but their description of President Obama as “showing solidarity with workers on Labor Day” by signing the executive order was more sickening than usual. The President didn’t give up one of his family’s lavish vacations to help any workers. The president simply ordered contractors to spend more money on each employee, money that will ultimately come from Federal Read more [...] Continue reading →

Welfare Is the Highest Paying Entry-Level Job in 38 States

Welfare states How many people have been diverted from the workforce thanks to our welfare system? There are obvious problems with giving people “free” money. We could list the fact that the money is taken from the people who earned it, or that the debt pyramid that funds the “free” money is unsustainable and will end in crisis. We could point out that people drop out of the labor market because the free money makes it possible, thus lowering productivity at the same time that we are increasing obligations. Read more [...] Continue reading →

Fast Food Business Owners and Employees Are in a Mutual Relationship

chickfilacombo A recent Chick-fil-A decision demonstrates that business owners are not opposed to their employees. The basic stance in the media and in politics has been that fast food business owners are the enemies and exploiters of their employees. Just like telling one lie demands a person make up other lies, so this myth creates others. If fast food business owners are exploiting their workers, this means that a free society is a place where mutually agreed upon payments are detrimental to one class of Read more [...] Continue reading →

Clean Energy Jobs Act: Take the Money and Run

sowell understand politics Taxes were raised on the promise that the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create jobs. Didn’t happen. No one in government cares. While crime is almost always an application of laziness, people who commit crimes for their primary or secondary income do often learn to work. They try not to get caught. They know it is possible that they might get caught. They have every incentive to be careful and cautious. People who work scams will try to avoid running into their earlier victims. They will move Read more [...] Continue reading →

The Reason Politicians Hate Uber: Bernie Sanders Explains

uber_logo Bernie Sanders articulates what every politician feels about ridesharing operations: they are free and therefore wrong. Remember when we were told that the terrorists from the Middle East hate us for our freedoms? It was half true. There are people who hate us for our freedoms. But they are from the United States. They are politicians. Bernie Sanders was recently interviewed at He mentioned Uber, the rideshare company. Asked about his proposal to phase out the “tip credit,” Read more [...] Continue reading →

All Women's Employment Gains Were from Foreigners since 2007

War on Women Badge Women's employment has fallen much worse than people realize since the recession but immigrant women are gaining jobs. We have reported before on this blog about how women have been especially suffering in the Obama economy. If one blames George Bush for the 2007 recession (which I believe is a completely legitimate verdict) then we can allow him to share some responsibility for the problem. But it is indisputable that labor participation for women has been a disaster since 2007, which is why Read more [...] Continue reading →

Food Stamps and the Low Labor Participation Rate

Food Stamps Why wouldn’t labor participation be low if people get free food but don’t have to look for work? Here is a really interesting headline from Fox News: “Most states waiving work requirements for food stamps, despite improving job market.” Most states still are waiving work requirements for those on food stamps, raising concerns that despite an improving job market the Obama administration is feeding government dependency -- and all at the expense of taxpayers. Forty-four of the 50 states Read more [...] Continue reading →

McDonald’s Still Declining because Food Overpriced: Raise Minimum Wage?

ronald mcdonald sad McDonald’s tried to ditch their dollar menu but customers are finding the food overpriced. Mark Horne has written about the problem facing McDonald’s before. It is also a problem for advocates of raising the minimum wage. A recent report shows the problem is still weighing McDonald’s down. According to CNBC, “McDonald's is losing fierce fast-food fight.” Last week, McDonald's reported its global comparable sales fell again, dropping 0.7 percent in the second quarter. Meanwhile, Read more [...] Continue reading →

Raise Minimum Wage and Workers Cut Hours to Keep Welfare

ronald mcdonald sad Reportedly, Seattle’s law to raise minimum wage is running into a conflict with the welfare state. As Mark reported back in 2013, one attempt to propagandize for a higher minimum wage was to accuse large companies using unskilled labor of being “welfare queens.” McDonald’s and Walmart were smeared with this term because anyone who was trying to live on a single income as one of their employees would need government assistance to live. The idea was pushed that McDonald’s and Walmart are Read more [...] Continue reading →

Limo Rider Hillary Clinton Lectures Us on Evils of Uber

uber_logo Uber is bad because consumers aren’t paying more to crony taxi cab companies. When a politician is described as “boosting labor” that means he or she wants to force consumers to pay more and get fewer options.  Thus the U.S. News and World Report headline: “Hillary Clinton Boosts Workers, Blasts Uber.” Hillary Clinton is out to boost labor rights at companies like Uber, a move that may resonate with some voters but could alienate small-business owners. The leading Democratic presidential Read more [...] Continue reading →