Real Clear Policy: Congress Needs to Empower Gig Economy Workers

For many millions of Americans who work in the gig economy, connecting to customers through platforms like Uber and Airbnb, the COVID pandemic has brought severe financial hardship and uncertainty. On top of that, employment laws — which deter gig companies from providing hazard pay, cleaning supplies, or other benefits to their contractors — aren’t helping.  Congress […]

Hill’s Congress Blog: Are Unions Biting the Hand that Feeds Them and Us?

Last week, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick California Sen. Kamala Harris joined with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone to attack grocery retail stores across the country, demanding they reinstate hazard pay for all employees on the frontline – with no regard to the significant economic ramifications that come with such a sweeping […]

Big Tech Needs to Outline its China Strategy

Last Wednesday afternoon, the CEOs of America’s largest tech companies faced a round of questioning from lawmakers in Washington, DC. While the hearings form part of an ongoing antitrust investigation, they risk overlooking how international actors, like unscrupulous Chinese entities, take advantage of American corporations and threaten consumers’ interests. In addition to questions about the […]

The Danger for Wisconsin Consumers and the Nation of Over-Regulating Freight Rails

As the nation tries reboot portions of the economy from the coronavirus pandemic, policymakers in the nation’s capital will have to steel themselves against a natural tendency to overregulate and thus blunt any recovery. The potential economic ripple effect of federal regulation was certainly on the mind of Sen. Ron Johnson when he recently warned the leaders of a […]

North Carolina Drivers Deserve Transparency and Competitive Prices

Several years back, the American Consumer Institute conducted a survey and found that 80% of North Carolina drivers would oppose any plan that to make good drivers pay more so that risky drivers could pay less. That is not surprising, considering better drivers tend to have fewer accidents and violations, making them less risky and […]

Flavor Ban Hurts Smokers Looking for Harm Reduction

By Elizabeth Sheld The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019. We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine […]

The Necessity of Protecting End-to-End Encryption

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with so much of our daily and professional life being reliant on online connectivity, internet privacy and security are more crucial now than ever. A great deal of internet privacy currently relies on the implementation of unadulterated end-to-end encryption, a system that ensures only the sender and receiver have the capability […]

Real Clear Energy: Biden’s Clean Energy Plan Will Fix Everything and Nothing

The year 2020 has been one of upheaval and change, but the American love for the outdoors has remained constant. Unsurprisingly, climate change and protecting the environment are two key issues in this year’s election cycle. To pitch his vision for the future, former vice president Joe Biden has unveiled his revamped plan “to build a modern, sustainable infrastructure […]

Inside Sources: Study Meant to Promote Municipally Owned Broadband Actually Does the Opposite

With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the persistent “digital divide” between low-income and rural Americans and the rest of the country, Congress is poised to allocate significant funding for broadband expansion. How it does so, however, will have a big effect on consumers and taxpayers. One strategy is to encourage municipalities to build and operate their […]

Misleading E-cigarette Claims Meet Reality

Vaping is as harmful as cigarette smoking. We face a youth vaping “epidemic.” E-cigarette flavors entice adolescents but provide minimal cessation benefits to adult smokers. As many people are initiated to smoking by e-cigarettes as those who successfully quit with their help. Sound familiar? These false and misleading statements about vaping and e-cigarettes have been […]