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  • Unions Keep Losing Members -- Can They Reinvent Themselves?

    01/29/2015 9:23:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 29, 2015 | George Leef
    The latest figures on union membership from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the long decline has continued to the point where the percentage of Americans in unions is lower now than at any point in the last century. That decline has not been arrested even by the extraordinarily pro-union actions of the National Labor Relations Board (such as this Arkansas case where two-third of the workers have petitioned for an election to decertify an unwanted union, but the NLRB has gone to court to block that) and union efforts at greasing the rails for election victories, as occurred...
  • Obama to Drop Proposal to End ‘529’ College Savings Plans

    01/27/2015 3:10:11 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON — President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of his college access plan, the White House said Tuesday. The decision came just hours after House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio demanded the proposal be withdrawn from the president’s budget, due out Monday, “for the sake of middle-class families.” But the call for the White House to relent also came from top Democrats, including Representatives Nancy Pelosi of...
  • Study: Poor Boys Are More Likely to Fight, Lie, and Steal If They Live in Mixed-Income Housing

    01/26/2015 10:15:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 22, 2015 | Alice Robb
    Local governments are increasingly promoting mixed-income housing as a tool for fighting poverty, on the assumption that economic integration gives low-income children a better chance at overcoming poverty. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, for instance, has set a target of building 200,000 affordable housing units in the city, and he wants them to be distributed throughout mixed-income and more affluent neighborhoods. “Our goal is really to foster more economically diverse neighborhoods,” Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, told the New York Times. These programs rest on the assumption that mixed-income communities benefit low-income residents. Poorer...
  • Uncle Sam Is Coming After Your Savings

    01/26/2015 7:35:15 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    Bloomberg | January 23, 2015 | Megan Mcardle
    No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg, column here.
  • The Most Insidious Line In The State Of The Union Address?

    01/23/2015 5:46:33 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 22, 2015 | George Leef
    President Obama’s penultimate SOTU was notable for its audacity in demanding an even more expansive role for the federal government. Although trust in government has plummeted during his relentlessly statist administration, the president wants Americans to rally behind his belief that more federal mandates and spending will “turn the page” and make the country great. I would like to single out one especially wrong-headed idea – that Congress should amend the Fair Labor Standards Act, requiring employers to pay many workers more. Obama supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. In his speech, he argued for it...
  • Now He’s After Middle-Class Savers

    01/22/2015 10:18:13 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 21, 2015
    President Obama is pitching his new tax plan as a way to help the middle class at the expense of the rich. But middle-class savers are bound to notice if he achieves two of the White House’s stated goals—to “roll back” tax benefits of 529 college savings plans and “repeal tax incentives going forward” for Coverdell Education Savings Accounts. Both plans allow parents, grandparents or anyone looking to help fund a kid’s education to contribute after-tax dollars into accounts that grow tax-free. There is also no tax when the money is withdrawn, provided it is used for qualified educational expenses...
  • Nullification, Now Coming to the Supreme Court?

    01/22/2015 6:10:45 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 21, 2015 | DAVID A. GRAHAM
    When the Tea Party wave arrived in 2010, it swept away much of the Republican Party's existing structure, and instituted a more populist approach. But as waves tend to do, it left some even older debris in its wake. "Nullification," the theory that states can invalidate federal laws that they deem unconstitutional, had its heyday in the slavery debate that preceded the Civil War, but it has found new currency since 2010. The theory has never been validated by a federal court, yet some Republican officeholders have suggested states can nullify laws, including Senator Joni Ernst, who gave the GOP...
  • White House: Boehner Invite to Netanyahu Breach of Protocol

    01/21/2015 9:21:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 21, 2015
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House says House Speaker John Boehner's invitation for Israel's prime minister to come to Washington is a breach of normal diplomatic protocol. President Barack Obama's press secretary, Josh Earnest, says the White House has not heard from Israelis about whether Benjamin Netanyahu plans to speak to Congress Feb. 11. Earnest says they are reserving judgment about the invitation until they've had a chance to speak to the Israelis about what Netanyahu might say.
  • Say It Like It Is (NYT columnist criticizes Obama over Islamic terrorism)

    01/21/2015 8:18:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 20, 2015 | Thomas L. Friedman
    I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, in response to the Paris killings, I had a visceral reaction: Is there a box on my tax returns that I can check so my tax dollars won’t go to pay for this? When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. And this administration, so fearful of being accused of Islamophobia, is refusing to make any link to radical Islam from the recent explosions...
  • How Regulation Leads To Low Literacy Among Teachers, Then Students

    01/20/2015 10:05:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 19, 2015 | George Leef
    New York recently administered a test to 11,371 people who want to become public school teachers, a new requirement mandated by the State Board of Regents. Keep in mind that these are college graduates who have been through education schools. Surely they all possess enough knowledge of English to pass the basic Academic Literacy Skills test – right? Not even close. Only 68 percent achieved the passing score of 520 points out of 600. Graduates of colleges in New York City did even worse. At many schools, the pass rate was under 50 percent and at one, not a single...
  • Let's Pay for 'Free' Community College by Taxing College Savings!

    01/19/2015 10:51:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 49 replies
    Reason ^ | January 19, 2015 | Scott Shackford
    President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address tomorrow proposes $320 billion in taxes over the next 10 years. Pretty much every new story is presenting it as "increasing taxes on the wealthiest" to pay for programs to help the middle class. That's bad enough. It's not like he's proposing increasing taxes to pay for fundamental government operations. It's just a wealth transfer to cover the "costs" of offering up tax credits to famillies with two working parents (screw you, stay-at-home moms and dads!). But beyond that, Americans for Tax Reform looked at the package and point out several ways...
  • First Comes the ‘Marriage Gap,’ Then Comes the ‘Baby Gap’

    01/15/2015 10:25:30 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2015 | NEIL SHAH
    There’s a widening gap between the baby-having of married women, who tend to be more educated and more affluent, and their less-educated, less-financially-secure, unmarried peers. A growing body of research, including work by Johns Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin, raises the possibility that because people like to feel financially secure before taking the marriage plunge, the rise of income inequality has divided Americans into those who marry and those who don’t. Now this could be playing out with childbearing, too. America’s recessionary “baby bust” has clearly leveled off now, but we’ve yet to see the birth recovery one would expect...
  • Buckley's 'Modest Proposal' Would Erase 18 Percent Of The Federal Budget

    01/12/2015 1:13:43 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 12, 2015 | George Leef
    Roughly one-sixth of the federal budget goes for nothing that’s a matter of national concern, but for grants to state and local governments. Those grants fund a vast array of programs and projects, such as: $65 million so New York and New Jersey can promote themselves as “good places to do business.” $3.9 million for the airport in St. Cloud, MN, which has no daily commuter flights. $532,000 to beautify one block on Main Street in Rossville, KS (pop. 1,150). As Senator Everett Dirksen used to say, “A million here, a million there and pretty soon we’re talking real money.”...
  • Is It Child Abuse to Make a Trans Child ‘Change’? (NYT alert)

    01/09/2015 5:55:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2015
    The suicide of the transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn rattled the L.G.B.T. community at a time when many celebrate the progress that’s been made in gaining acceptance and respect. In a note posted online, Leelah spoke in anger of her parents’ rejection of her identity for religious reasons and their efforts to take her to so-called conversion therapy. Do parents commit child abuse by refusing to accept their transgender children’s sexual identity?
  • Campaign Finance Laws Don't Clean Up Politics, But Do Erode Our Freedom

    01/08/2015 11:10:47 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 7, 2015 | George Leef
    When Congress opened Pandora’s Box with the Campaign Finance Act in 1974, it created the worst sort of growth industry. That is, an industry that does nothing except produce lots of regulations that get in the way of actions Americans have a perfect right to take. People now have to comply with a universe of rules that get in the way of free speech, but that hasn’t made politics one bit “cleaner.” Fortunately, the First Amendment hasn’t been completely extinguished, so when people challenge campaign finance laws, they can win. Here is a case to consider. In 2011, the Phoenix...
  • Dear Politicians: Resolve To Make 2015 The Year Of Repealing Bad Laws

    12/30/2014 7:18:02 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 30, 2014 | George Leef
    ... Instead of talking about new laws to enact and regulations to impose, it’s time to start talking about old ones that should be repealed. Your predecessors in office – and quite possibly you – have done grave damage to America with swarms of laws and regulations that take liberty and property away from the people, waste resources, enrich and empower special interest groups, and undermine the rule of law. The very best, most public-spirited thing you could do would be to repeal them. Here is a starter list. The Davis-Bacon Act. This law is a relic of the Depression,...
  • Once Upon A Time, Free Speech And Association Were Sacred To Liberals

    12/23/2014 12:55:59 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 22, 2014 | George Leef
    The old, classical idea of liberalism embraced freedom of speech. A commitment to liberty meant respecting the right of every person to speak, and it equally meant opposing the use of state power to censor or in any way “chill” freedom of speech. By the same token, all people were free to associate for the purpose of advancing their peaceful interests and government had no right to interfere either directly or indirectly, such as by compelling the release of membership information. The leading case in this regard is NAACP v. Alabama. Alabama’s segregationist officials, irked that the NAACP was working...
  • The U.S. Government Should Stop Discriminating Against Gay Blood Donors (New Republic)

    12/23/2014 12:16:17 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 16, 2014 | Elaine Teng
    ... Currently, the FDA bans men who have had sex with other men “at any time since 1977 (the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States)” from giving blood based on their heightened risk for HIV. Because it still takes about two weeks after exposure to detect HIV—and up to several months in rare cases—the HHS recommends the one-year deferral period to be safe, following in the footsteps of the U.K., Sweden, Australia, and Japan. The new rule would be a step in the right direction from a government that has long clung to outdated conceptions of HIV...
  • F.D.A. Lifting Ban on Gay Blood Donors

    12/23/2014 11:05:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 254 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2014 | SABRINA TAVERNISE
    The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would scrap a decades-old lifetime prohibition on blood donation by gay and bisexual men, a change that experts said was long overdue and could lift the annual blood supply by as much as 4 percent. The F.D.A. enacted the ban in 1983, early in the AIDS epidemic. At the time, little was known about the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes the disease, and there was no quick test to determine whether somebody had it. But science — and the understanding of H.I.V. in particular — has advanced in the intervening...
  • California schools step up efforts to help 'long-term English learners'

    12/23/2014 9:42:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | TERESA WATANABE
    After more than 11 years in Los Angeles public schools, Dasha Cifuentes still isn't speaking or writing English at grade level. The U.S. native, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, was raised in a Spanish-speaking household and she acknowledges that the two languages get confused in her mind. "I should be more confident in English because I was born here, but I'm embarrassed that I haven't improved myself," said Dasha, a junior at Fairfax High. Now, however, she and other students like her are receiving more attention under a new state law and initiatives by L.A. Unified and other school districts....
  • Hate Speech Leads to Hate Crimes

    12/22/2014 11:03:06 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | December 22, 2014 | Ira Straus
    America and the West are subjected nonstop to a barrage of hate speech from the intelligentsia. Hate speech leads to hate crimes, here as everywhere. Few people have faced up to the extent of the hate crimes and hate speech against the West. The murder of the two New York City policemen Saturday is only the tip of the iceberg. Literally thousands of inciters have propagated a dishonest storyline of widespread police violence against blacks. And what we’ve seen in recent months is only the current instance in a long history of incitement against the West. A view of the...
  • That time Obama called on only women at a press conference

    12/21/2014 5:10:51 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 19, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    President Obama did something remarkable on Friday. He held his last press conference of the year, and the only people in the entire press corps who were called on to ask questions were women. Yes, this was on purpose; it had to be.
  • Top 10 feminist fiascoes of 2014

    12/21/2014 4:53:11 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Charlotte Allen
    Since a delicious feminist folly occurs nearly every day, I had a hard time picking the sweetest of the cherries off the cupcakes. But here goes, more or less in descending order of absurdity: The “gang rape” hoax at UVA ... Wendy Davis ... Rotherham ... #Shirtstorm ... Hobby Lobby ... The Nine West shoe ad ragefest ... The Great Spider-Woman Sexist Derriere Scandal ... F-Bombs for Feminism ... Amanda Marcotte ... “Ban Bossy”
  • Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas

    12/18/2014 5:41:27 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Pope Center for Higher Education Policy ^ | December 17, 2014 | W. Lee Hansen
    In July, I wrote about the pressure that University of Wisconsin officials have been exerting on the faculty for greater “equity” on campus. My “Madness in Madison” essay pointed out that university administrators are so caught up in egalitarian groupthink that they want to reduce or eliminate differences in students’ choice of majors and in the distribution of grades. That essay elicited a defensive reaction from the university. Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims stated in a July 22, 2014 press release that UW’s diversity plan does not entail “a quota system for apportioning grades by race.” Bringing up quotas, however,...
  • Could Compact For America's Constitutional Amendment Stop The Federal Juggernaut?

    12/16/2014 11:45:54 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 16, 2014 | George Leef
    ... The Compact for a Balanced Budget is a well-conceived idea that would give the nation a new amendment putting a limit on the amount the federal government can borrow, a maximum of 105 percent of the current debt. Nick Dranias, who is spearheading the compact, argues in this Freeman interview, “Using an interstate compact to coordinate the amending of the Constitution from the states, which represents perhaps the ultimate problem of collective action in politics, is just a natural solution.” I suspect that it’s the only solution. What makes the state compact approach both appealing and practical is that...
  • Mobs of New York (condoned by Obama)

    12/11/2014 7:18:42 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 10, 2014 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    ... In Berkeley, Calif., a mob protesting the grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases broke the window of a Trader Joe ’s supermarket. They wrecked a RadioShack store and smashed ATM machines. That still wasn’t enough. This Monday, some two dozen New York City Council members went into the street in front of city hall and disrupted traffic. For the people gridlocked in their cars, taxis and delivery trucks, Councilman Andy King explained: “We have a responsibility to wake you up, and the only way people get woken up is if you disrupt their everyday...
  • A Very Scary Situation (race relations)

    12/10/2014 10:10:52 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 99 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ben Stein
    A disturbing conversation with one of my smartest, most astute friends who is from a border state but has been observing race relations for a long time now. He is white. He is definitely idiosyncratic. This, in paraphrase, is what he said: “I keep reading in the newspapers and seeing in the mainstream media how angry blacks are at whites over the Trayvon Martin case, the Ferguson case and the Staten Island case. And what the media is missing is that as angry as the blacks are at the whites, that’s how angry many — not all — whites are...
  • Protecting Us From A 'Terrorist' Who Made Pure Silver Coins: The Bernard von NotHaus Case

    12/09/2014 9:50:47 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 9, 2014 | George Leef
    Our Constitution sets forth –- and limits — the government’s powers. Under Article I, Section 8, Congress is authorized to “coin money and regulate the value thereof” and also to “provide for the punishment of counterfeiting of the securities and current coin of the United States.” Notice that no power is given for Congress to confer upon the government a monopoly in the creation of money. That matters because, prior to the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, private coinage was known and accepted, as we learn in this instructive Freeman article, “Private Coinage in America” by Brian Summers. If...
  • Federal Regs Push Minneapolis Into Illegal School Discipline Quotas

    12/02/2014 9:48:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 2, 2014 | George Leef
    Combine an administration that disdains the idea that it has any legal boundaries with the “liberal” penchant for coerced equality and you get some amazingly absurd results. A case in point is the recent cave-in by public school officials in Minneapolis to the Department of Education regulations I wrote about here, regulations that threaten schools with loss of federal funds if they punish “disproportionate” numbers of students from certain groups. The “proportional discipline” rules are beginning to bite. After all, bureaucrats don’t just make rules for the sake of keeping busy – they demand obedience. Public school officials in Minneapolis...
  • The New G.O.P. Showdown Threat (NYT editorial)

    11/28/2014 5:24:12 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2014
    Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama announced with great gravity the other day that Republicans had decided not to impeach President Obama over his plan to allow millions of immigrants to remain in this country without fear of deportation through his executive authority. But that concession is not the end of the matter. He is planning much more serious mischief: using Congress’s power of the purse to pressure the White House into backing off. Condemning the immigration action as “unlawful,” Mr. Sessions says he and other Republicans may filibuster any attempt to pay for government operations through the full fiscal year,...
  • Liberals Willing To Fight To The Last Drop Of Black Blood

    11/27/2014 2:29:54 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 27, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot. Every other riot I’ve ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long before any media trucks arrived. This time, the networks gave us a countdown to the riot, as if it were a Super Bowl kickoff. From the beginning, Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t reported like news. It was reported like a cause. The media are in a...
  • The Next Amnesty

    11/26/2014 10:09:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 26, 2014 | David Frum
    President Obama’s executive action last week is only an interim step. More amnesty is coming, much more. It must. More amnesty is coming, first, because the president’s action creates an unsustainable status quo. Millions of people are about to obtain work permits and Social Security numbers—but not (or so the president says) any right to health coverage or other social benefits. What happens if they get sick? What if they lose their jobs? Suffer a debilitating injury at work? According to Obama, these people are “as American as Sasha and Malia” except for the small technical complication of lacking “the...
  • EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone Air Pollution Standard

    11/26/2014 6:53:24 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 26, 2014 | AMY HARDER
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far reaching federal pollution restrictions. The EPA proposed limiting ozone between 65 and 70 parts per billion in the air and sought comment on a standard as strict as 60 parts per billion, all which is in line with what an independent scientific advisory panel had recommended earlier this year. The current level, established in 2008 by the George W. Bush administration, is set at 75 parts per billion. The agency also said...
  • Study Finds Most With H.I.V. Don’t Take Medicine

    11/26/2014 6:43:23 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 25, 2014
    Just 30 percent of Americans with H.I.V. have the virus in check, putting others at risk of infection, health officials said Tuesday. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 840,000 of the 1.2 million people infected with H.I.V. in 2011 were not consistently taking drugs that suppress the virus. Of that number, 66 percent had been given an H.I.V. diagnosis but were not getting regular care; 20 percent did not know they were infected; 10 percent were prescribed antiretroviral medicines but were still not able to get the virus under control; and 4 percent were...
  • Loretta Lynch Has No Problem With Civil Asset Forfeiture -- And That's A Problem

    11/25/2014 1:06:43 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2014 | George Leef
    After the tumultuous Attorney Generalship of Eric Holder, what the country badly needs is a replacement who will uphold the law fairly and guard against injustices perpetrated by the government. President Obama’s nominee to replace him, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch is questionable in that regard because of her enthusiastic embrace of civil asset forfeiture, which often deprives perfectly innocent people of their property. In an editorial published November 22, “Loretta Lynch’s Money Pot,” the Wall Street Journal revealed that during her tenure as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch has used civil asset forfeiture in...
  • Education Department's "Gainful Employment" Rule: Futile Tinkering That Misses Root Problems

    11/21/2014 7:28:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 21, 2014 | George Leef
    At the end of October, the Department of Education released its much-awaited “gainful employment” rule. It is supposed to fix (or at least improve) the problem that many students who pursue vocational training with federal student aid money wind up without a job that pays well enough for them to meet their student loan payments. As I’ll explain, the rule won’t solve that problem, but only limit the range of choice for students. The Higher Education Act of 1965 allows students to use federal grants and loans to enroll in programs that are supposed to prepare them “for gainful employment...
  • Congress should not invite Obama to give the State of the Union Address

    11/20/2014 9:15:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    November 20, 2014 | me
    During much of American history, the President informed Congress of the State of the Union in writing. The Constitution does not mandate that the President give a State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress. Even under a normal president, the SOTU is a spectacle that elevates the President above Congress and the Supreme Court, which should not be done. Some Supreme Court justices no longer attend the SOTU, partly for this reason. We don't have a normal president but one who acts like he is king. Congress should simply not invite Obama to give the SOTU...
  • Copyright Law Is Creating An Information Oligarchy, Not An Information Democracy

    11/18/2014 2:24:35 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 75 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 18, 2014 | George Leef
    The idea behind copyright was simple – creativity would be catalyzed if individuals were given the exclusive right to profit from their works for a period of time. The law was supposed to strike a sensible balance between financial incentives for creators and social benefits. Early on, that may have been the case, but the law has changed greatly since the first Copyright Act was passed in 1790. Today, copyright does far more to create an information oligarchy than the robust information democracy the drafters of the Constitution and the first act had in mind.
  • Questions About Sharpton’s Finances Accompany His Rise in Influence

    11/18/2014 9:27:46 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 18, 2014 | RUSS BUETTNER
    The Rev. Al Sharpton, who came to prominence as an imposing figure in a track suit, shouting indignantly at the powerful, stood quietly on a stage last month at the Four Seasons restaurant, his now slender frame wrapped in a finely tailored suit, as men in power lined up to exclaim their admiration for him. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hailed him as a civil rights icon. President Obama sent an aide to read a message commending Mr. Sharpton’s “dedication to the righteous cause of perfecting our union.” Major corporations sponsored the lavish affair. It was...
  • Using Executive Order on Immigration, Obama Would Reverse Long-Held Stance

    11/17/2014 3:12:09 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama is poised to ignore stark warnings that executive action on immigration would amount to “violating our laws” and would be “very difficult to defend legally.” Those warnings came not from Republican lawmakers but from Mr. Obama himself. For years, the president has repeatedly waved aside the demands of Latino activists and Democratic allies who begged him to take action on his own, and he insisted publicly that a decision to shield millions of immigrants from deportation without an act of Congress would amount to nothing less than the dictates of a king, not a president. In a Telemundo...
  • The Great Immigration Betrayal

    11/16/2014 1:52:46 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 15, 2014 | Ross Douthat
    IN the months since President Obama first seem poised — as he now seems poised again — to issue a sweeping executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, we’ve learned two important things about how this administration approaches its constitutional obligations. First, we now have a clear sense of the legal arguments that will be used to justify the kind of move Obama himself previously described as a betrayal of our political order. They are, as expected, lawyerly in the worst sense, persuasive only if abstracted from any sense of precedent or proportion or political normality. Second, we now have...
  • Buffett Set to Save More Than $1 Billion in Taxes With Duracell Stock Swap

    11/13/2014 11:56:25 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Bloomberg | November 13, 2014 | Noah Buhayar, Richard Rubin and Zachary Tracer
    No excerpt allowed from Bloomberg, story here
  • The Federal Raisin Ripoff -- Will The Court Or Congress Revoke This License To Steal?

    11/11/2014 10:11:23 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 10, 2014 | George Leef
    Americans are still yoked to many policies that go back to the New Deal era, when it was the intellectual fashion to “fix” the economy’s ailments by substituting bureaucratic coercion for property rights and market competition. It didn’t work then and is just as bad today. In agriculture, the New Dealers’ idea was that prices were too low, but if the government could raise them, prosperity would return to the farming sector, which would then revitalize the rest of the country. That was the origin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) numerous “marketing orders” and production quotas, some of...
  • U.S. to Focus on Equity in Assigning of Teachers

    11/11/2014 5:37:40 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 88 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 10, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    The Obama administration is directing states to show how they will ensure that all students have equal access to high-quality teachers, with a sharp focus on schools with a high proportion of the poor and racial minorities. In a letter to state superintendents released Monday, Deborah S. Delisle, an assistant secretary at the Department of Education, said states must develop plans by next June that make sure that public schools comply with existing federal law requiring that “poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers.” States last submitted plans...
  • Appeals Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    11/06/2014 2:03:29 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 6, 2014 | ERIK ECKHOLM
    By a two-to-one vote, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage, overturning lower court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions to be unconstitutional.
  • Thank (Or Blame) The Supreme Court For Credential Inflation

    11/06/2014 5:47:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 6, 2014 | George Leef
    Perhaps you have noticed that many jobs that require only basic skills and a cooperative attitude are now walled off to Americans who don’t possess a college degree. A recent study entitled Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree is Reshaping the Workforce contains a lot of evidence on that. For example, for sales representatives and retail supervisors, 56 percent of recent job postings specify that having a college degree is a requirement. This doesn’t mean that those jobs have such high intellectual demands that no one without a college degree could possibly do them. What it means...
  • Underwriting the Next Housing Crisis

    11/02/2014 1:27:31 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 31, 2014 | PETER J. WALLISON
    WASHINGTON — SEVEN years after the housing bubble burst, federal regulators backed away this month from the tougher mortgage-underwriting standards that the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 had directed them to develop. New standards were supposed to raise the quality of the “prime” mortgages that get packaged and sold to investors; instead, they will have the opposite effect. Responding to the law, federal regulators proposed tough new standards in 2011, but after bipartisan outcries from Congress and fierce lobbying by interested parties, including community activists, the Obama administration and the real estate and banking industries — all eager to increase home...
  • States Should Change Their Election Laws To Permit Negative Voting

    10/28/2014 1:13:59 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 28, 2014 | George Leef
    I live in North Carolina where, for months now, the airwaves have been filled with attack ads. If you believe Kay Hagan’s ads, victory for her Republican opponent, Thom Tillis, would be disastrous for the people of the state. And if you believe the Tillis ads, keeping Hagan in the Senate would be equally horrible. Each candidate assumes that persuading the voter that the other is a terrible choice should translate into a vote for him or her. That is largely how our electoral system works – voters are mainly dragooned into casting their ballots for the lesser of two...
  • 3 New York Colleges to Drop Crime Queries for Applicants

    10/27/2014 7:10:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | ARIEL KAMINER
    The application for admission to St. John’s University takes 12 pages to get to the question, but when it arises, it is hard to miss. Set off by a border of bold red, as if to warn of dangerous contents, it asks, “Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a felony?” On paper, the inquiry seems straightforward enough. But critics, noting the racial imbalances in how some crimes are processed, have argued that asking it can amount to a form of unintended discrimination. Responding to those concerns, as raised by the advocacy group Center for Community Alternatives, New York...
  • FORE! An Analysis of CEO Shirking

    10/27/2014 6:52:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    Social Science Research Network ^ | August 2014 | Lee Biggerstaff, David C. Cicero, Andy Puckett
    Abstract: Using CEO golf play as a measure of leisure, we document that there is significant variation in the amount of leisure that CEOs consume. We find that they consume more leisure when they have lower equity-based incentives. CEOs that golf frequently (i.e., those in the top quartile of golf play, who play at least 22 rounds per year) are associated with firms that have lower operating performance and firm values. Numerous tests accounting for the possible endogenous nature of these relations support a conclusion that CEO shirking causes lower firm performance. We find that boards are more likely to...