The Corner

Prevailing Wages for Everyone!

Mickey makes a good point:

According to National Review’s impressive indictment, the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill has this payoff for organized labor:

Projects receiving grants and financing under Waxman-Markey provisions will be required to implement Davis-Bacon union-wage rules, making it hard for non-union firms to compete – and ensuring that these “investments” pay out inflated union wages. And it’s not just the big research-and-development contracts, since Waxman-Markey forces union-wage rules all the way down to the plumbing-repair and light-bulb-changing level.

Stick the equivalent provision in a health care bill–requiring government-administered union wages for hospital janitors and uniform-launderers as well as nurses–and you can kiss Obama’s curve-bending health-care cost-savings goodbye. …

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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