Tag: "labor force participation rate"

Income Inequality from a Plain-Spoken Perspective

Earlier this week, I participated in a televised panel discussion on income inequality.  The topic has generated much discussion lately, as President Obama’s central theme has been how to fix the gap between the rich and the poor.  My general thought is it simply cannot be fixed by dragging out the usual redistribution solutions – […]

States Are Turning Their Attention to Apprenticeships

With so much federal money poured into college aid, resulting in recent graduates mired in loan debt, it is refreshing that more attention is being paid to apprenticeships.  Some states are recognizing the importance in helping businesses boost these declining opportunities.  Read the WSJ article.

Income Inequality and the Minimum Wage

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released a report that estimated the effects of an increase in the minimum wage.   There were two scenarios:  Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 and then adjusting annually for inflation, or raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour by 2016 with no adjustments for inflation. The […]

Apprenticeships May Be the Way to Go

In this morning’s NCPA Daily Policy Digest, we featured a story from the Wall Street Journal about the popularity of apprenticeship programs in Europe…offered by businesses themselves.  This contrasts sharply to the lack of involvement of American businesses in training their workers and the public policy push of “college at all costs.”  As I noted […]

Buying American

While I was skimming through my local newspaper this morning, I found an article on the op-ed page by columnist Froma Harrop.  Her question is, are we willing to pay more for clothes that are made in the United States?  While the liberal Ms. Harrop is not known for her civility towards the conservatives with […]

Is Anybody Working in Obama’s Economy?

Joblessness in Obama Nation: U-6, Participation Rate Dismal (Washington Times) For Some, Joblessness is not a Temporary Problem (New York Times) Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov’t Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers (CNS News) Female Participation in Labor Force Hits 24-Year Low (Washington Examiner) casino online U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate is at a 35-Year Low (PressTV) […]

Obama’s Short-Term Memory

As each side accuses the other of shutting down the government, President Obama said something today that some of his biggest constituents may consider a slap in the face, or at best a colossal oversight.  At an event in Maryland today during which he criticized House Speaker Boehner, he said, online prescription glasses “If you’re […]

EPI States the Obvious in a New Report About Retirement Savings

A new report by the Economic Policy Institute rehashes what many already know about retirement savers.  This is no surprise coming from an organization that has opposed self-savings initiatives and has instead supported the entitlement status quo.  The EPI’s report shocks and awes with charts and graphs showing the savings disparities between rich and poor, black […]

Paying People to Buy; Punishing Them for Saving

Today the NCPA featured a report summary in its Daily Policy Digest on how taxing capital penalizes saving.   The report, by Alan Viard of the American Enterprise Institute, provides a clear example of how even if the tax rates on labor income and saving are the same, the saver still pays a greater effective tax rate […]

College Degrees: You Read it Here First (Again)

The recently reported on the diminishing value of the bachelor”s degree compared to a two-year degree at a community college.  With the billions of dollars of federal money poured into college aid and the predicted shortages of workers in jobs that require technical training, it is no wonder that more people are questioning the value […]