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High gas prices could be the new normal

Ortiz: Don’t Blame Trump for $3 Gas

Alfredo Ortiz writes in The Hill that, for lack of anything else to pin on Trump, perennially disgruntled Democrats are blaming the 50 cent rise in gas prices on the president’s “reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal.”

Pelosi, Schumer, Sanders, Warren hate tax cuts

Ortiz: Success of Tax Cuts Exposes Hypocrisy of the Democrats

What a difference a couple of months make. The early returns are in and tax cuts are an unqualified success. Hundreds of major American companies, which collectively employ millions of Americans, have directed part of their tax savings to significantly raising worker pay.

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(Relative) Freedom Allows Americans Many Reasons to Give Thanks

Those who drove long distances to arrive at the dinner table and are criticizing current proposals to raise the gasoline tax, which already adds about 50 cents per gallon to our fill-ups, should also give thanks that we pay significantly less than our developed-world peers.

Iowa voters listen as Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks while campaigning at the IAFF Local 809 Union Hall August 16, 2015 in Clinton, Iowa. Sanders was scheduled for a full day of campaigning in eastern Iowa today.

The Endless Election vs. the Quickie-Election

While presidential campaigns keep getting longer, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made union election campaigns shorter. Known as the “quickie-election rule,” the NLRB has reduced the length of union election campaigns from 38 days to as few as 11 or 12 days. The NLRB’s rule change is already having its intended outcome.

A measuring hose for emissions inspections in diesel engines sticks in the exhaust tube of a Volkswagen (VW) Golf 2,0 TDI diesel car at a garage in Frankfurt an der Oder, eastern Germany, on October 1, 2015. Volkswagen has admitted that up to 11 million diesel cars worldwide are fitted …

EPA Ozone Rule Hits Job Creators

Crafting sensible, realistic environmental regulations requires the consideration of more than simply slashing pollutants in the name of public health—a fact lost on the current EPA.

A help wanted sign is seen in the window of the Unika store on September 4, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the August jobs report that shows that the economy created just 173,000 new jobs last month. But the unemployment rate dipped to 5.1%, …

Ortiz: First Jobs Form Careers

In order to acquire the skills to earn a fair day’s pay, employees first have to start their career at an entry-level wage. Here, they learn basic skills like time management, a sense of urgency, and customer service that allow them to quickly climb the career ladder so that they can earn a career wage. Economists find that learning these soft skills allows two-thirds of entry-level wage employees to get a raise within their first one to eleven months on the job.

Actors Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Carice van Houten, writer David Benioff, actor Peter Dinklage, Conleth Hill, writer D. B. Weiss, Lena Headey, director David Nutter and actors John Bradley-West and Alfie Allen, winners of Outstanding Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones', pose in the press room …

Business Isn’t A Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones wins the Emmy award for outstanding drama, and its popularity is bordering on phenomenon status. While that’s good news for fans of high-quality entertainment, it’s bad news for supporters of free-enterprise. Game of Thrones falls into the all-too-familiar Hollywood trap of demonizing business.

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Cronyism and Washington’s Revolving Door

One of the most glaring examples of the NLRB’s revolving door and cronyism problem is Craig Becker. Before serving on the NLRB, he worked for two of the nation’s largest unions, the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union. After his tenure on the NLRB, he returned to the AFL-CIO as the union’s general counsel.

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Politicians Take Note: Entrepreneurs, Not Governments, Create Jobs

Rather than taking credit for a manufactured unemployment rate, then, governments should be taking responsibility for a labor market that by many indicators is still at recession levels. The speech did acknowledge the problem of stagnant wages, but the proposed solution – a $15 minimum wage – would do more harm than good. You can’t legislate prosperity or jobs.


Ortiz: The Cadillac Tax on Buick Health Care Plans

A good place to start reforming health care is by eliminating the so-called Cadillac tax, one of about 20 new taxes associated with the ACA. Starting in 2018, this tax imposes a 40 percent surcharge on health plans that cost more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for a family. Repealing this tax enjoys bipartisan support — with unions, which traditionally have very generous health care plans, being among the tax’s fiercest opponents.

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Ortiz: NLRB Redefines Employer

Who is your employer? Most of us can answer that question fairly easily. But the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) wants to confuse this question to advance Big Labor’s agenda.


Ortiz: Sesame Street Shows Free Market Superiority

HBO will air 35 Sesame Street episodes each year and bring much-needed modernization to the franchise. PBS will air them on a 9-month delay. In other words, the move will improve access to the show for everyone – something that the free market has an unparalleled record in doing.


Ortiz: Uber Teaches Importance of Pricing

The lack of prices – and the signals that they convey – is essentially why socialism and government-run programs fail. Without a robust price system, shortages, famines, and waste inevitably occur because resources can’t be allocated effectively. (Despite what they might lead you to believe, no politician or bureaucrat is smart enough to know how many bagels and boats an economy needs – let alone the millions of other goods and services in an economy.)

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How Subsidies Are Draining Your Wallet

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding how federal subsidies impact the price of goods in the marketplace. While subsidies are often seen as a mechanism to make products cheaper, the reality is, government subsidies do the exact opposite.