“We doubt that the Congress that enacted (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) — or, for that matter, (the Affordable Care Act) — would have believed it a tolerable result to put family-run businesses to the choice of violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or making all of their employees lose their existing healthcare plans.”
— Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
“The First Amendment prohibits the collection of an agency fee from personal assistants in the Rehabilitation Program who do not want to join or support the union.”
— Mr. Justice Alito, writing for the majority in Harris v. Quinn.
“(D)espite Mr. Obama's lofty claims, the economy has done — nothing. In fact, it's all getting worse — and Americans know it.”
— former Washington Times White House correspondent Joseph Curl, on President Obama's claim that “By every economic measure, we are better off now than we were when I took office.”
“(T)hese services allow ordinary people to generate revenue by making the most out of otherwise underutilized assets, a possibility that is of non-trivial concern as participation in the work force plunges.”
— Kevin D. Williamson, writing in National Review Online, on government attempts to stuff upstart ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft in preservation of government-sanctioned taxi monopolies.
“Why has the labor market contracted so much and why does it remain depressed? Major subsidies and regulations intended to help the poor and unemployed were changed in more than a dozen ways — and although these policies were advertised as employment-expanding, the fact is that they reduced incentives for people to work and for businesses to hire.”
— University of Chicago economics professor Casey B. Mulligan, accepting the Hayek Prize from the Manhattan Institute, for his book “The Redistribution Recession.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Lure of tuition aid, gifts draw college students to ‘sugar daddy’ sites
- Crosby, Malkin dazzle fellow All-Stars
- Starkey: Rinaldo doesn’t belong in NHL
- Woman killed in Washington Township crash
- Long-term solution for wastewater disposal eludes shale gas industry
- Tough times are in past for Pitt senior guard Kiesel
- Former athletes open businesses
- Suburban Catholic schools grow in Western Pennsylvania
- Power 5 conferences’ paying cost of attendance worries schools large and small
- ‘Line is definitely blurry,’ state police say of dating websites and prostitution
- State’s no-bid contracts with private law firms prompt scrutiny