A New Jobs Agenda
In which the government can play an active but limited role




A conservative program to help the unemployed should also include a push for more states to adopt right-to-work laws. These weaken the power of labor unions by eliminating the requirement that workers pay fees to a union as a condition of employment. If the power of unions is restricted, firms may hire more workers; the economics literature suggests that by increasing the cost of wages and benefits for workers, unions reduce employment growth.

Obamacare’s requirement that firms with 50 or more full-time workers provide their employees with health insurance should be delayed until the labor market is much closer to its pre-crisis state. This requirement provides an incentive for firms to keep their payrolls at 49 or fewer employees. At a time of extremely low employment, encouraging firms not to hire is unwise.

June 3, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 10

Books, Arts & Manners
  • John O’Sullivan reviews Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution, by Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick.
  • Michael Knox Beran reviews The Savior Generals: How Five Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost -- From Ancient Greece to Iraq, by Victor Davis Hanson.
  • Catesby Leigh compares the work of Michelangelo Buonarroti and Albrecht Dürer.
  • Rachel DiCarlo Currie discusses the success in the United States of the British series Downton Abbey.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
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