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Stat of the Day: Thanksgiving Costs Up a Record 20%, but Prescription Drug Prices Decline

As we approach Thanksgiving, you may have heard (or personally experienced) that the cost of Thanksgiving dinner this year is up a record 20%.

Meanwhile, guess what's actually declined in price, according to the federal government itself.  That would be prescription drug prices, which declined 0.1% last month alone.

Perhaps the Biden Administration should focus on helping everyday Americans afford Thanksgiving, rather than artificially imposing innovation-killing government price controls on lifesaving drugs, which are actually declining in price and nowhere near the inflation rate afflicting other consumer costs.…[more]

November 17, 2022 • 11:48 AM

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On Biden’s Hypocrisy on Labor Unions:
 
 

"'I intend to be the most pro-union president leading the most pro-union administration in American history,' President Biden promised last year. At least until a rail strike threatened his poll numbers.

Biden is hammering Congress to enact legislation to effectively outlaw a strike next week by 100,000 railroad freight workers. Unions are threatening a work stoppage to compel railroad owners to provide sick leave.

Biden declared in April, 'Workers who join a union gain power -- the power over decisions that affect their lives.' But not as much power as the president has over them. And considering how disruptive a strike would be for the national economy, Biden needs to stop it.

Liberal activists are stunned at Biden's apparent betrayal of rank-and-file workers. But the Democrats' posturing is no surprise. Unions are great -- if someone else pays."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— James Bovard, New York Post
— James Bovard, New York Post
Posted November 30, 2022 • 08:01 AM
 
 
On a New Biden Administration Regulation Permitting Retirement Plan Managers to Offer Investment Options that Consider ESG Issues:
 
 

"The White House recently issued a new regulation that will allow investment fiduciaries, including 401(k) plan managers, to offer investment options that consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, such as climate change and social justice initiatives. The move could radically transform retirement investing for tens of millions of Americans nationwide.

"Until now, those managing many retirement accounts were required to prioritize the best return on investment possible. By opening the door to left-wing investment plans, the Biden administration is permitting employers and private pension fund managers to effectively politicize retirement investments.

"Under the new regulation, a retirement account fund manager or employer must continue to pledge to prioritize the interests of retirees, a longstanding requirement, but fiduciaries will now also be allowed to include factors like climate change and other ESG considerations in their analyses and decision-making processes. This will, by design, empower left-wing employers and fund managers to use retirement accounts to push leftist causes."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Justin Haskins, Executive Editor and Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute
— Justin Haskins, Executive Editor and Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute
Posted November 29, 2022 • 08:34 AM
 
 
On the Impending Rail Worker Strike:
 
 

"After all the supply chain problems the United States has suffered in the last two years, the very last thing the nation needs is a railroad strike. Unfortunately, it could happen any day now, as soon as Dec. 5. ...

Needless to say, a strike by 15,000 rail workers would create a disaster for shipping ahead of the holiday season.

Inflation is bad enough already, but if shipping problems worsen the scarcity of goods at the time of peak demand, the price of groceries, gas, and Christmas presents could go much higher than they already have. ...

The good news is that the law governing labor relations on railroads is different from the law that governs them in most other industries.

Congress, when it passed the Railway Labor Act in the 1920s, decided that railroads are just too important to be subjected to the whims of Big Labor the way other businesses are. Congress can force the striking workers back on the job by simply passing a resolution, which President Joe Biden would then have to sign.

And of course, this is exactly what Congress should do..."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted November 28, 2022 • 07:49 AM
 
 
 
 

"Happy Thanksgiving!"

 
 
— From Everyone at the Center for Individual Freedom
— From Everyone at the Center for Individual Freedom
Posted November 23, 2022 • 07:42 AM
 
 
Reporting On the Fight by Some Attorneys General Against the EPA's 'Environmental Justice' Rule:
 
 

"Twelve attorneys general have submitted comments to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan expressing concerns about a new proposed rule they argue will increase energy costs and risk Americans' safety.

At issue is the EPA's proposed rule, 'Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under Clean Air Act; Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention.' (87 Fed. Reg. 53,556), which Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues is another attempt by the Biden administration to revive an Obama-era 'ennvironmental justice' regulation. If implemented, it would far exceed the statutory authority of the EPA, the attorneys general argue, which was curtailed by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

The rule would require a range of American facilities and industries to implement costly new processes to minimize 'climate change risks,' which the EPA hasn't proved will reduce such risks, they argue. Those impacted by the regulations would include petroleum refineries, chemical manufacturers, water and wastewater treatment systems, chemical and petroleum wholesalers and terminals, food manufacturers, packing plants, cold storage facilities, agricultural chemical distributors, midstream gas plants, among others.

The proposed rule would impose 'burdensome new regulatory requirements that do not lead to improvements in preventing accidental releases or minimizing the consequences any such releases,' they write, and 'would come at the cost of a greater regulatory burden without providing sufficient corresponding benefits.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square Contributor
— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square Contributor
Posted November 22, 2022 • 08:24 AM
 
 
Reporting On the Math for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Become Speaker:
 
 

"House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has a math problem.

"He won the House GOP's nomination to be Speaker this week in a 188-31 vote.

"But far more GOP members voted against him than he can afford to lose on the floor Jan. 3 in a vote that would officially elect him Speaker. A vocal faction of Republicans who have the potential to make or break his Speakership continue to withhold support."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Emily Brooks, The Hill
— Emily Brooks, The Hill
Posted November 21, 2022 • 08:17 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Proposed New Supplemental Spending Binge:
 
 

"As if on cue, President Joe Biden asked the lame-duck Congress for yet another $47.7 billion supplemental spending package just as representatives and senators returned to Washington after the midterm elections.

"Lawmakers should reject Biden's spending binge.

"The lame-duck period is when Congress is least accountable, taking place after the American people voted out the Democratic majority in the House in favor of a slim Republican majority. Defeated and retiring lawmakers should not be adding billions to the taxpayers' tab, particularly after their reckless spending sparked inflation at a level not seen in four decades.

"This supplemental spending request for Ukraine aid and COVID-19 funding is more than an entire year's worth of regular appropriations for the departments of Agriculture and Interior combined.

"Biden's strategy is to attach these new spending requests onto a massive omnibus appropriations bill. A lame-duck omnibus would ram through a third year of liberal policy and inflationary spending agendas.

"Given our current fiscal and economic situation, every dollar of government spending -- coming on top of the $7.7 trillion spending spree since 2020 -- will add to inflationary pressures and burden American families."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Matthew Dickerson, Director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation
— Matthew Dickerson, Director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation
Posted November 18, 2022 • 07:57 AM
 
 
Reporting On Americans Being Forced to Delay Financial Milestones Because of the Economy:
 
 

"The majority of Americans are delaying financial milestones and even abandoning certain events and activities because of the current state of the economy.

"According to a new survey from Bankrate, 53% of Americans have had to delay milestones such as home improvements and renovations as well as buying or leasing a car.

"Meanwhile, 58% of Americans have had to miss out on certain activities such as postponing vacations and opting out of dinners with family or friends.

"The data revealed that 15% of respondents had to hold off on purchasing a home, while 10% have had to push off furthering their education. Nine percent have pushed off retiring, 7% pushed off career advancements and 7% even postponed getting married. Additionally, another 7% pushed off having children."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Daniella Genovese, Fox Business
— Daniella Genovese, Fox Business
Posted November 17, 2022 • 08:21 AM
 
 
On Government Spending and the Statutory Debt Ceiling:
 
 

"The federal statutory debt ceiling makes for good policy. Congressional Democrats who want to repeal it to give themselves a permanent blank check to spend American taxpayer dollars are equal parts smug elites and constitutional vandals.

"Congressional Republicans should absolutely fight to defend the statutory debt limit this year and leverage it next year to extract badly needed spending reforms from President Joe Biden and his party. ...

"Contrary to the phony narrative coming soon to an editorial page near you, the debt ceiling is not a formality. It is not an anachronism or a symbol. It is an indispensable tool, specifically designed to protect taxpayers and check the ambitions of entitled politicians. The contempt elites in both parties have for the debt ceiling is compelling evidence for its value. ...

"The Constitution and federal law are thick with restrictions on overnment's ability to spend your money. The Origination Clause. The Spending Clause. Appropriations time limits. Since our founding, Americans have always known that politicians cannot be trusted with a blank check with your name on it.

"This timeless truth takes on new urgency today, as federal overspending triggered America's worst inflation crisis in 40 years, and a new recession. For the first time in a generation, wages are not keeping up with prices. The costs of gasoline, food, and housing have exploded as Biden and congressional Democrats drowned the economy in almost $5 trillion in additional deficit spending in less than two years."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Dr. Kevin Roberts, President of the Heritage Foundation.
— Dr. Kevin Roberts, President of the Heritage Foundation.
Posted November 16, 2022 • 07:07 AM
 
 
Reporting on Congress the Government Funding Crunch:
 
 

"Lawmakers are facing a serious time crunch to hash out government funding for fiscal 2023 as they return to the Capitol with Republicans poised to take a narrow House majority. Congress has until Dec. 16 to agree on new funding levels to avert a government shutdown. And while they can punt the deadline if negotiations require more time, lawmakers on both sides have been adamant that Congress finish its work before January, when a new Congress will be sworn in.

"Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he's already begun telling colleagues to prepare for 'heavy work' and 'long hours' ahead of lawmakers' return this week. 'We'regoing to try to have as productive a lame-duck session as possible,' he said.

"His comments underline the jam-packed list of legislative tasks lawmakers have to check off in the coming weeks, all the while sorting through the nation's finances.

"As Congress holds votes for the first time in weeks on Monday, lawmakers are staring down a critical monthlong stretch until government funding is scheduled to lapse. However, none of the annual appropriations bills have made it through both chambers, as the midterm cycle has dominated much of the focus on Capitol Hill for months."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Aris Folley, The Hill
— Aris Folley, The Hill
Posted November 15, 2022 • 08:19 AM
 
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"'I intend to be the most pro-union president leading the most pro-union administration in American history,' President Biden promised last year. At least until a rail strike threatened his poll numbers.Biden is hammering Congress to enact legislation to effectively outlaw a strike next week by 100,000 railroad freight workers. Unions are threatening a work stoppage to compel railroad owners to provide…[more]
 
 
—James Bovard, New York Post
— James Bovard, New York Post
 
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