Apr 22 2013

Today is Earth Day. Let’s celebrate free markets that keep things green and growing!

by Bob Adelmann

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Once again my economic friend Donald Boudreaux has simplified the complex while avoiding the sarcasm that so many are expressing over the celebration of Earth Day. 192 countries have joined in the chorus so it’s a fact of life. We can ridicule it as silliness but there it is. Instead, Boudreaux reminds us that free markets have done a heck of a lot more to make our planet a nicer place to live than any attempt at recycling or holding banners in a protest movement.

To wit:

I’m thankful for the automobile, which has cleaned our streets and highways of animal feces, which is both foul and filthy itself, and that attracts flies that spread it into our homes and workplaces.

I’m thankful for the automobile also because it allows us to travel in a cleaner environment than we had when we traveled on horseback or in buggies.  Modern automobiles cool or heat the air immediately surrounding their passengers, making these passengers comfortable and, in summer, less sweaty and stinky.

I’m thankful for air-conditioning that keeps our interior environments not only comfortable but more healthy, as it allows us to better keep insects out of our homes, shops, factories, and offices — and also, in humid places, to dramatically reduce the growth of mold and mildew in our homes.

I’m thankful for indoor plumbing.  (The anti-polluting properties here are too obvious to spell out.  Ditto for disposable diapers — yet another product for which I’m most grateful.)

He (and I) are thankful for the little things that we take for granted, like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dental floss, toilet paper, detergents, dishwashers, plastic bags, light bulbs, refrigerators, t-shirts, socks, Windex, aluminum foil, eyeglasses, and …

He concludes:

I am, in short, thankful for private-property markets that are the main driving force behind these (and many other) anti-pollutants — a force so powerful that we today enjoy the incredible luxury of being able to worry, should we so choose, about very distant and very speculative forms of [alleged and often phony] environmental problems such as species loss and global warming.

A graduate of Cornell University and a former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American magazine and blogs frequently at www.LightFromTheRight.com, primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at badelmann@thenewamerican.com.


Apr 18 2013

Unions Which Advanced ObamaCare Now Calling for its Repeal – Citing “Unintended Consequences”

by Michelle Morin

ObamaCare Exposed

Back in the day, while the rest of us were warning the world that ObamaCare was going to destroy health care as we then knew it, big labor unions were some of the staunchest supporters of the gargantuan bill.  Now, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers International is calling for the “repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act.”

Read the entire statement from Union President Kinsey M. Robinson here.

Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office.

But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored. In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.

These provisions jeopardize our multi-employer health plans, have the potential to cause a loss of work for our members, create an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers, and in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multi-employer health plans.

For decades, our multi-employer health and welfare plans have provided the necessary medical coverage for our members and their families to protect them in times of illness and medical needs.  This collaboration between labor and management has been a model of success that should be emulated rather than ignored.  I refuse to remain silent, or idly watch as the ACA destroys those protections.

I am therefore calling for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act to protect our employers, our industry, and our most important asset: our members and their families.

It’s always a beautiful moment when the left makes the case against their own freedom-choking cause.

h/t The Sacrament Bee, The Examiner

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Michelle Morin a conservative blogger and speaker for freedom and America’s founding principles. Join her for updates here.