John Carlisle

John Carlisle is director of policy at the National Legal and Policy Center, a nonprofit foundation based in Falls Church, Virginia.

Markey’s Moment

 

Congressional advocates of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill that narrowly passed the House by a vote of 219-212 on June 26 employed bribery to build support for this legislation when they co-opted several corporations by giving them free carbon dioxide emission credits. However, many businesses still balked at lending support to a bill that will impose […]

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Corporate Sellouts

 

Communist Godfather Vladimir Lenin is alleged to have famously said, “The capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.” Nowhere is that observation more relevant than in the sorry spectacle taking place in Congress as corporations, in exchange for short-term government handouts, fall over themselves to endorse a carbon dioxide regulation […]

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Legal Services Unleashed

 

The Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress may soon gain another valuable ally in their effort to radically expand government. On March 26, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced legislation that ends the restrictions on the ability of legal services organizations, funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), to file ideologically motivated lawsuits. In addition, Harkin’s […]

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Free Market Muckraking

 

The long-term decline in newspaper circulation presents the conservative movement with an excellent opportunity to increase its influence with the media. Falling readership and tighter budgets are forcing newspapers to dedicate fewer staff to investigative reporting. As a result, they are increasingly relying upon nonprofit organizations to fill the gap. A 2005 Arizona State University […]

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The Greening of Wal-Mart America

 

Wal-Mart’s support for the anti-free market agenda of the environmental movement is not silencing its liberal critics and may be undermining the company’s financial future. Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott began pushing a so-called sustainability campaign in October 2005 as part of an ill-conceived attempt to deflect union criticism of its business practices. The campaign […]

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AARP on Life Support

 

President Bush’s bold attempt to reform the financially strapped Social Security program through a system of private retirement accounts has sadly ended with a whimper and not a bang. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) recently told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he’s “very pessimistic” that Congress will address Social Security reform during […]

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Corporate Cowardice Backfires

 

Wachovia Corporation’s ridiculous apology for its alleged ties to slavery has backfired. Chicago City Council aldermen are vowing to strip from Wachovia a $9.4 million loan to build affordable housing units as punishment for the bank’s supposed failure to disclose that its predecessor banks were involved in slave-related business deals. This serves as a warning […]

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Double Crossers

 

Organized labor claims that its campaign to pressure corporations to stop supporting President Bush’s Social Security plan is necessary to protect retirees from corporate greed. This is hypocrisy of the worst sort. Given their sordid history of raiding union pensions for personal gain, labor bosses are in no position to offer advice about ethical management […]

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Slave Disclosure Shakedowns

 

As if it doesn’t have more important things to do, the New York City Council is considering legislation that advances the ridiculous agenda of the slave reparations movement. The measure, sponsored by Councilman Charles Barron, would require that companies doing business with the city disclose whether they profited from slavery over 140 years ago. Like […]

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Shrinking Union Labels

 

Organized labor, still smarting from its multi-million-dollar failure to defeat George Bush, got another dose of bad news recently when the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the percentage of Americans belonging to labor unions fell last year to an all-time low. These figures show that only 12.5 percent of workers, including both the private […]

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