Articles By: Nathan Mehrens

Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Ed Brown)

Obama Seeks to Shame Business

The Obama Administration just finalized another regulation that adds an estimated $454 million to the cost of doing business, will cost much to enforce, and the Labor Department admits it is basically unnecessary. What is going on?

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The OSHA War on Business Franchises

The OSHA War on Business Franchises

Newly-released records from the Obama Administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that they have been right in the middle of this and that they have conducted a large-scale, coordinated effort to expand franchisors’ liabilities.

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Absence of Clinton Indictment Guts Freedom of Information Act

Absence of Clinton Indictment Guts Freedom of Information Act

When FBI director James Comey announced this week that that Hillary Clinton’s actions regarding her official email were not worthy of prosecution, his decision had ramifications far beyond the national security context and how officials handle classified material.

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Why Are Taxpayers Paying for Union Activity?

Why Are Taxpayers Paying for Union Activity?

If the National Rifle Association or the Sierra Club want to raise money to fund their operations that is their prerogative. It is not, however, the proper place of the federal government to be funding them, or unions, using your hard-earned tax dollars.

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Front of EPA Headquarters in Washington D.C.

You’re Paying for Environmentalist Propaganda

In general, an attempt by a federal agency to convince the public to engage in lobbying is an activity that is prohibited by law. Thus, the conclusion from the GAO stating, “We conclude that EPA violated the anti-lobbying provisions contained in appropriations acts for FY2015 when it obligated and expended funds in connection with establishing the hyperlinks to the webpages of environmental action groups.”

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Forced Unionism of Public Employees on the Way Out?

Forced Unionism of Public Employees on the Way Out?

Is the practice of forcing public sector employees to pay agency fees to unions on the way out? Based on my observation of the oral arguments in the Supreme Court on Monday in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, I think the answer may be yes.

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IRS Calling for Donors to Collect Donor SSN

IRS Calling for Donors to Collect Donor SSN

The problems with the proposed regulation are many. The IRS has proven time and time again that they are incapable of protecting taxpayer information that is provided to them.

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Creating Ignorance of the Law

Creating Ignorance of the Law

One of the worst ideas that the Obama administration has proposed, making it harder for employers to obtain legal advice, is apparently moving forward. On Dec. 7, the U.S. Department of Labor submitted a draft final regulation to the White House for review which would do exactly that, assuming that the draft contains the provisions found in the proposed rule.

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Chinese Versus American Open Government

Chinese Versus American Open Government

For a demonstration on how words can sound great, but have no effect without action, read the platitudes given by President Obama regarding government transparency and the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA is designed to give citizens a window into the federal government’s inner workings.

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EPA Headquarters

EPA Regulation Process Not So Transparent

After the release of the Obama Administration’s much-publicized “Clean Power Plan” regulations, reports have indicated that the regulatory process that went into developing this “Plan” may not have been as transparent as touted.

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