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ALG's Daily Grind - Has the Boomer retirement wave finally hit? 


Oct. 7, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Has the Boomer retirement wave finally hit?
Everybody knows that when the Boomers retire, federal Social Security and Medicare budgets are set to explode. Have we finally reached that tipping point?

Cartoon: Mission demolished
Obama pulls the pin.

Is the NLRB the most anti-labor Agency under Obama?
The National Labor Relations Board, an agency whose reason for being is to ensure that the nation's labor laws are properly enforced, had four times as many hours spent on union representatives than the average federal agency.


Franklin Center - Big Labor bosses and so-called “solidarity”  

Big Labor bosses and so-called "solidarity"

Did you know that almost 500 union officers and employees made more than a quarter of a million dollars last year? For many Americans, such payouts fly in the face of the “solidarity” rhetoric that union leaders frequently use. That's why reporters have been hard at work owning this story and asking the tough questions about Big Labor's salaries.

How much do labor union leaders in your state make?


A Note >From Our President

Dear Reader,

At their best, labor unions can be a strong advocate for employees, but often union leaders stop effectively representing their members and focus rather on personal gain. recently found that hundreds of union officers and employees made more than a quarter of a million dollars last year - and all of it came straight out of the pockets of hardworking Americans.

Many employees have little choice in how their dues are spent, so we want to make sure they're informed about the inner workings of the labor groups that are supposed to represent their interests. Holding government accountable means holding influential interest groups accountable too.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity




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ALG - Obama's Labor fundraising scandal cover-up denounced 


September 15, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement demanding the resignation or firing of White House General Counsel Lamar Baker, Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Harnett, and Deputy Solicitor of Labor Deborah Greenfield for conspiring to conceal documents legitimately requested under the Freedom of Information Act:


"It is appalling that a simple request for the schedule of then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was elevated to the highest levels of the White House in an attempt to conceal her activities. White House General Counsel Lamar Baker even went so far as to demand our identity clearly to determine whether or not to release the information under the Freedom of Information Act.


"FOIA was never supposed to be give information to your friends and withhold it from your critics. In fact, it is intended just for the opposite purpose. The cavalier abuse of this fundamental government transparency tool should result in the resignations or firing of White House General Counsel Lamar Baker, Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Harnett, and Deputy Solicitor of Labor Deborah Greenfield."


Documents show that ALG's FOIA appeal was delayed by over two years:


Sept. 1, 2010:  In response to a Jan. 14, 2010 FOIA request from ALG, DOL withheld a calendar entry showing that Solis met with Cecilia Munoz from White House on April 7, 2009.


Oct. 26, 2010:  ALG files FOIA appeal, challenging redactions.


Approx. March 2012: Solis makes a fundraising call to a DOL employee during business hours in order to aid the President's reelection campaign.


Apr. 8, 2013 to May 6, 2013:  DOL finally consults with White House Counsel's Office about releasing the calendar entry; White House agrees to release.


May 20, 2013: DOL issues final response to ALG which includes the production of the calendar with the calendar entry.


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CEI Today: UN climate change accord, CDC sodium study, Ex-Im Bank, and CEI's newest labor score card 

Monday, September 15, 2014
In the News Today




CNSNews: Plans to Turn ‘Politically Binding’ UN Climate Change Accord Into Federal Law

Obama administration officials who say they intend to sign a “politically binding” agreement to drastically reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations’ (UN) climate change conference in Paris next year already have a legal strategy to turn any non-binding accord into federal law, warns Christopher Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
> Read more

> Interview Chris Horner



CDC Study: Kids Eat Same Amount of Sodium as Worldwide Average

It’s not exactly a blood-pressure raising headline, which is probably why the new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is actually bears the alarming titled, High Sodium Intake in Children and Adolescents: Cause for Concern.

However, the report’s findings, when put into context of 50 years’ worth of research on global salt consumption aren’t alarming at all.The global rate of sodium is consistent—eerily consistent—across cultures and time, something the CDC doesn’t like to talk about.
  > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton


Ex-Im Bank is pro-business, but not pro-markets

A vote on the Continuing Resolution, which includes the controversial Export-Import Bank reauthorization was originally scheduled for last week but was pushed back to this week. > Read more


> Interview Ryan Young



CEI Honors 29 House Lawmakers with “Champion of the Worker” Awards

Thursday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) announced 29 current House lawmakers earned its distinguished “Champion of the Worker” award for perfect voting records on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress. > Read more

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