How to Liberate America from the Poverty Trap that Is Enslaving Us

By |2014-04-15T10:25:01-04:00April 15th, 2014|

This column by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara was published on April 13, 2014 on Forbes.com.

In the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report, for March, the Obama economy finally reached a long overdue milestone. More than six years after the latest recession began, in December, 2007, the economy has finally at long last recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession.

The gross failure is that in the 11 previous recessions since the Great Depression, the economy recovered all jobs lost during the recession after an average of 25 months after the prior jobs peak (when the recession began). So the job […]

ACRU: Leave Clergy Housing Allowance Alone

By |2020-04-23T21:52:38-04:00April 14th, 2014|

Freedom from Religion Foundation is “trying to use the federal courts to destroy religious freedom and independence from government control,” said American Civil Rights Union Chairman Susan A. Carleson.

Washington, D.C. (April 14, 2014) — An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule allowing clergy to have a tax-exempt housing allowance is a reasonable accommodation of religion, not an unconstitutional establishment of religion, the ACRU argued in a federal court brief filed on April 9.

The brief, filed by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Kenneth A. Klukowski on behalf of the Liberty Institute, asks the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling by Senior U.S. […]

How to Assist Evil

By |2014-04-09T15:05:24-04:00April 9th, 2014|

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams was published April 9, 2014 on Townhall.com.

Engineering Evil” is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It’s a story of Nazi Germany’s murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.

Though the Holocaust ranks high among the great human tragedies, most people never consider the most important question: How did Adolf Hitler and the Nazis gain the power that they needed to commit such horror? Focusing solely on the evil of […]

Obamacare Shows America Suffers from a President Dangerously Disconnected from Reality

By |2014-04-04T12:00:21-04:00April 4th, 2014|

This column by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara was published on April 4, 2014 on Forbes.com.

The population of the U.S. is 314 million. On the day Obamacare was passed, the estimate of the uninsured was 60 million. So in this context, the supposed 7 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare Exchanges, even if that is a valid number, and all of those have actually started paying premiums, both of which are highly dubious, does not mean any significant success for Obamacare.

That is especially so since at least 6 million Americans have lost their health insurance due to Obamacare, so far, […]

The ACLU's Warped View of Puppy Mills and Abortion Clinics

By |2014-03-28T11:09:31-04:00March 28th, 2014|

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published March 27, 2014 on The Washington Times website.

When it comes to free speech, the American Civil Liberties Union has a soft spot for animal rights protesters, but not necessarily people who advocate for human life.

In Michigan, the ACLU is fighting tooth and claw for the right of an animal rights group to protest outside a pet store. The store, you see, sells puppies.

Members of Puppy Mill Awareness (PMA) of Southeast Michigan have been picketing the Woof Woof Puppies & Boutique store in Southfield since 2011. They think […]

Obamacare Abortion Mandate on the Ropes at Supreme Court

By |2020-04-23T21:52:39-04:00March 26th, 2014|

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published March 25, 2014 on Breitbart.com.

In one sentence, Justice Anthony Kennedy signaled he may vote to strike down Obamacare’s so-called “abortion mandate,” suggesting he may form the crucial swing vote in delivering a body blow to the president’s signature legislative achievement.

“What kind of a constitutional structure do we have if Congress can give an agency the power to grant or not grant a religious exemption based on what the agency determined?” Kennedy asked.

It’s a question that cuts to the core of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga […]

Supreme Court Hears Cases on Conscience Objections to Obamacare This Tuesday

By |2020-04-23T21:52:39-04:00March 24th, 2014|

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published March 24, 2014 on Breitbart.com.

On Tuesday, Mar. 25, the Supreme Court will hear its next cases on President Obama’s controversial signature law. These two cases involve whether it violates either federal law or the U.S. Constitution to compel Christian business owners to provide abortion-related drugs that can destroy human embryos after conception, which those owners regard as immorally destroying human life. The cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. They are challenges to Obamacare’s HHS abortion/contraception mandate.

Breitbart News has already reported extensively on the details of these […]

ACRU Applauds Ruling on Citizenship for Voting

By |2020-04-23T21:59:45-04:00March 21st, 2014|

“It’s refreshing when a federal judge cites the Constitution as it was written, not in a way that distorts it to create an opposite meaning,” says ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2014) — In a victory for election integrity, a federal judge has ruled that Arizona and Kansas can require people registering to vote to prove their U.S. citizenship, and the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) cannot block them.

The two states had asked the EAC to include the citizenship proof requirement on federal registration forms in those states to make them consistent. The EAC declined to approve the request and […]

Is There Wage Stagnation?

By |2014-03-21T12:22:19-04:00March 21st, 2014|

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams was published March 19, 2014 on Townhall.com.

Many economists, politicians and pundits assert that median wages have stagnated since the 1970s. That’s a call for government to do something about it. But before we look at the error in their assertion, let’s work through an example that might shed a bit of light on the issue.

Suppose that you paid me a straight $20 an hour in 2004. Ten years later, I’m still earning $20 an hour, but in addition, now I’m receiving job perks such […]

American Prosperity Stems from More, Full Time, Middle Class Jobs and Wages, Not from Higher Minimum Wages

By |2014-03-21T12:03:16-04:00March 21st, 2014|

This column by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara was published on March 19, 2014 on Forbes.com.

Like all of President Obama’s ideas and enthusiasms, the minimum wage law is not a new idea. It was first adopted in 1938. It never has been the foundation of American prosperity, or even a good way to fight poverty. Indeed, it does more to increase poverty than reduce it.

Less than 3% of American workers are paid the minimum wage. These are not breadwinners supporting a family. Over half are between the ages of 16 and 24. Two-thirds (67%) of minimum wage earners work […]

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