California Killing Its Gig Economy

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

The brainchild of the state’s politically muscular unions, Assembly Bill 5 (bans companies from relying on independent contractors to serve as their main workers) will turn the gig economy on its head by destroying the employment model that’s fundamental to these entrepreneurial businesses. If California voters don’t reverse AB 5, then the state might really learn what life is like without such a boisterous gig economy. AB 5 sends a clear message to entrepreneurs with other innovative ideas that circumvent the state’s innovation-crushing array of labor regulations: “Don’t bother. Your ideas and businesses aren’t wanted here.”

The Party Of Free Stuff And Illegal Aliens Is Not The Workingman’s Friend

This Labor Day as pundits cast about for heroes of the American labor movement to honor they should forget Samuel Gompers, John L. Lewis, Walter Reuther or Eugene V. Debs and honor President Donald J. Trump for putting Americans back to work.

Why Not Celebrate the Gulags, Too?

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

Those of us accustomed to California’s wacky brand of liberal politics often roll our eyes at some of the lefties who run the state Legislature. Nevertheless, I always figured there was a limit to how far left legislators would go. That’s why recent legislation to create a new holiday was a shocker, even for me. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, introduced a bill authorizing school districts to combine the Lincoln and Washington days into a single day, and turning May 1 into “International Workers’ Day.” Districts would then be required to “teach” kids about the glories of the labor movement.

Remember freedom of association? Union membership should not be forced

Editors, Washington Examiner

Just as a favorable ruling in the Janus case could free all government workers from compulsory union membership, the Employee Rights Act would give private-sector employees a realistic chance of getting rid of unwanted, inefficient, or poor union representation. Labor unions played a large role in creating the modern workplace. But having decades ago fought for and obtained a regulatory structure that makes modern workplaces safe and humane, unions have become a lot less necessary to today's workers.

Newton’s Third Law of Physics is Alive and Operating in the Political Arena

Our opponents are raising hundreds of millions of dollars and growing their organizations. The good news is, the voters and donors of Donald Trump's new conservative -- populist coalition are more engaged and outraged than ever. If there was ever a time to start or grow your conservative organization that time is now.

Why Trump's Education Pick Scares Unions

Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal

Mr. Trump clearly has tapped a fighter, and education reformers are thrilled. Mr. Obama and his Education Department supported charter schools but not vouchers. Ms. DeVos embraces school choice writ large, and states interested in expanding educational options for low-income families will proceed knowing that Washington has their back.

Every policy that has failed Forgotten America is a policy supported by Hillary Clinton

In his remarks to the Economic Club of Detroit Donald Trump has it exactly right – the current economic disaster visited on America’s working families isn’t some natural disaster, it’s a political and politician-made disaster, and Hillary Clinton supported every bit of it.

Dems, Unions Target Scott Walker

Dan Riehl, Breitbart

When one talks Repub. policy and politics, from the size and cost of government to the role of some notoriously out-sized GOP enemies such as public sector unions, including in education, there may not be a more critical battle space nationally-speaking, than Wis. this year.

Importance of Scott Walker Race Equals Any Senate Matchup

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Polls show the WI governor race essentially tied. Republicans are right to be nervous. Yet, Scott Walker has prevailed before. The GOP needs him to do it again. If he pulls off a 3rd red win in a blue state he'll be a strong contender for the White House in 2016.

Tea Party Keeps Winning In Wis.

Matt Batzel, Red State

The Tea Party in Wis. is increasingly focusing on finding and running candidates for local office to build a farm team of conservatives who are poised to run for office in the future. In this election cycle, 2 Tea Party leaders won County Board Supervisor races.

IRS Union Runs On Taxpayer Subsidies

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, calls the National Treasury Employees Union activity “a huge overreach of what the IRS should be doing. This is a waste of taxpayer dollars. It’s shameful that Congress and the Obama administration allow this to happen.”

Cesar Chavez: Anti-Immigration to His Union Core

Jeffery Lord, American Spectator

Cesar Chavez believed ferociously in the border of the U.S. because that border protected his union. The union Chavez founded, the United Farm Workers, set up a 100 mile “wet line” to keep “wetbacks” & “illegals” — yes, all of those are Chavez’s words — out of the U.S.

NY Teachers' Union: Common Core Failed

Stephanie Simon, Politico

The board of the NY state teachers union unanimously withdrew its support for the Common Core standards — a major blow for CCore advocates who have been touting support from teachers as proof that the standards will succeed nationwide.

Unions back Super-PAC Supporting Repub. Centrists

Kevin Bogardus, The Hill

Former establishment GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette has kept unions close since leaving the Hill. Unions have contributed about $765,000 so far to LaTourette's Defending Main Street Super-PAC.

Unions Funding GOP Super PAC Targeting TeaParty

Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart

Documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the Int'l Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers' Int'l Union of N. America, directed $400,000 to the Repub. group, the Defending Main Street super PAC in Sept.