Illegal Immigrants $3,000 Cheaper to Hire

Combining Obamacare and “executive action” amnesty means illegal immigrants will soon be $3,000 a year cheaper to hire than a legal American worker.illegal-immigrant-sign

“President Obama’s temporary amnesty, which lasts three years, declares up to 5 million illegal immigrants to be lawfully in the country and eligible for work permits, but it still deems them ineligible for public benefits such as buying insurance on Obamacare’s health exchanges.

Under the Affordable Care Act, that means businesses who hire them won’t have to pay a penalty for not providing them health coverage — making them $3,000 more attractive than a similar native-born worker, whom the business by law would have to cover.”

The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes Big Government again. No doubt one more law will set everything right again.


Politicians Can’t Agree on Which Special Interest Gets Goodies

A veto threat from President Obama is holding up legislation on so-called “tax extenders” — or to put a fine point on it — tax breaks for a laundry list of special interests.

“At issue are dozens of expired tax breaks, known as “extenders” in Washington parlance. They are generally renewed every year or two and have broad political backing from both Democrats and Republicans. They expired last year and action now would extend them retroactively in time for individuals and businesses to claim them in the upcoming filing season.

In trade-offs that angered the administration but gave political wins to top Senate Democrats, the emerging pact would also have made permanent tax breaks for college tuition, parking and transit subsidies, and a deduction for state and local sales taxes.

Dozens of other tax perks would have been extended through the end of next year, including breaks for race horse owners, manufacturers of electric motorcycles and improvements at NASCAR tracks. Other extenders include tax credits for biodiesel, for coal produced in Indian country, and breaks for energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings.”

Whether through regulation or through generous tax breaks, government is still in the business of picking winners and losers. With their track record, perhaps it’s time to let the market make these decisions and not politicians.


EPA Proposes “Most Expensive Regulation in History”

us-epa-sinking-logoIn what is surely a coincidence, the EPA released the most expensive regulation in history the day before Thanksgiving.

This ozone rule was discussed back in 2011 but the President shelved the rule after its massive cost and dubious efficacy rendered it a difficult sell.

“The Obama administration on Wednesday issued what critics say is the “most expensive regulation” in U.S. history — new rules on ozone designed to drastically cut smog pollution from power plants and factories.

Praised by environmental and public health groups and criticized by Republicans and manufacturers, the new EPA regulations would lower the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to 65 to 70 parts per billion, the agency said in a press release.
The National Association of Manufacturers claims in a July study that the rule “would be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public.”

The report calculated the rule would reduce U.S. gross domestic product by $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040 and cut 2.9 million jobs per year on average through 2040.”

No doubt those shoveling out from 7 feet of snow in Buffalo are thrilled the Obama Administration is driving up the price of heating their houses to ensure the globe doesn’t warm a couple of degrees over the next century.

Giving thanks for property rights

givethanksforlibertyJohn Stossel is probably the most high-profile libertarian on TV. In this excellent article he gives us another great reason to thank our lucky stars we followed the English system of common law over the European model.

This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights.

People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. Things go wrong when resources are held in common.

Before the Pilgrims were able to hold the first Thanksgiving, they nearly starved. Although they had inherited ideas about individualism and property from the English and Dutch trading empires, they tried communism when they arrived in the New World. They decreed that each family would get an equal share of food, no matter how much work they did.

The results were disastrous. Gov. William Bradford wrote, “Much was stolen both by night and day.” The same plan in Jamestown contributed to starvation, cannibalism and death of half the population.

So Bradford decreed that families should instead farm private plots. That quickly ended the suffering. Bradford wrote that people now “went willingly into the field.”

Soon, there was so much food that the Pilgrims and Indians could celebrate Thanksgiving.

There’s nothing like competition and self-interest to bring out the best in people.

Read more of his defense of property rights — especially relevant under Obama and in the wake of the looting at Ferguson — here.

Obamacare Hits Movie Popcorn

If you thought Obamacare’s only effect would be higher premiums, healthcare rationing and death panels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would like to let you know Obamacare gave them the power to force movie theatres to display nutritional information about your popcorn.

The FDA published its mandatory menu labeling rule yesterday and as to be expected, it goes well beyond the statutory language Congress wrote.

“The mandatory menu labeling requirement comes courtesy of Obamacare. Under the statute, “a restaurant or similar retail food establishment that is part of a chain with 20 or more locations” must provide nutritional information for standard menu items.

In April 2011, the FDA issued its proposed rule implementing the Obamacare menu labeling requirement. The agency decided that it was going to grab far more power than the plain language of the law even allowed.

Instead of covering just restaurants and businesses that are “similar retail food establishments,” the FDA decided to ignore the word “similar.” Under the proposed rule, grocery stores and convenience stores were also covered under the rule. For example, a convenience store whose floor space is 99 percent devoted to packaged goods would still be included if it sells prepared hot dogs. That 1 percent makes the entire business operation similar to a restaurant, at least from the FDA’s perspective.

No reasonable person would confuse such a business with a restaurant or similar retail food establishment. If Congress wanted to cover such businesses, they could have just covered all retail food establishments that sell prepared foods.

The final rule has taken this FDA power grab to a whole new level. The FDA is now requiring more businesses to comply with the law, such as movie theaters and bowling alleys.”

So, not only have the busybody bureaucrats at the FDA heaped a massive new regulatory requirement on every Mom-and-Pop convenience store in America (without any legal standing) but they have basically told you and every other American that you are too stupid to make dietary choices yourself and need hand-holding from the nanny state.

Federal bureaucrats won’t be satisfied until everyone in America is reduced to Michelle Obama’s school lunches.