Top-eds will be a recurring feature in which I highlight some of the better opinion pieces and editorials for the day/week. Hence, "Top-eds." Get it? Oh, shut up.
Labor's Day is Over - Dan Griswold, Orange County Register
-Excellent analysis of the welcome decline of organized labor in the United States. And he didn't even mention this great new Gallup poll showing American's increasing disapproval with Big Labor.
Main Street Should Embrace Globalization - Daniel Griswold, San Francisco Examiner.
-Nice summary of why most Americans should love free trade. Great stat: "A 2004 study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the real incomes of American families are about 3 percent higher because of the greater variety that imports bring. That translates to a real gain of $1,300 per person or more than $5,000 for a family of four just from the expanding varieties that trade has brought to the marketplace." Indeed.
Congressional Conflict of Interest - Chris Edwards, Cato@Liberty
-Edwards explains that with subsidy-loving Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) now in charge of the Senate Agriculture Committee, any hope for farm subsidy reform just went out the window. Of course, with an Ag Secretary who gets over $42,000 in subsidy payments each year, it's not like a major overhaul was ever in the cards.
Obama, The Mortal - Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post
-I know this is old, but it's still an important read - particularly after last night's address to congress.