Richard McCarty

Richard McCarty is the Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government Foundation and can be reached at

Richard McCarty

Democrats face rocky road ahead as Trump demands wall funding

By Richard McCarty House Democrats should enjoy their newfound power while they can, because the road ahead looks rocky. They just reelected an unpopular House Speaker, and now they have to find a way to reopen the government without angering their base too much. Building the wall could […]


Big Labor’s 2019 agenda will ignore rank-and-file’s interests

By Richard McCarty Because President Donald Trump’s economic policies are helping to bring down unemployment rates to levels not seen in decades and wages are finally starting to rise appreciably plus new trade deals that put America first, one might expect that Big Labor might be inclined […]


The midterms were not the sweeping victory Democrats were hoping for

By Richard McCarty With nearly all of the dust settled from the midterm elections, now is a good time to assess where we stand. The results were not as good as conservatives had hoped; but by any objective measure, the Republican Party is in good shape. The […]


Trump’s energy policies are paying off for workers and consumers

By Richard McCarty With the liberal media busy looking for excuses to attack President Trump and his administration, you might have missed some good news on the energy front. American energy jobs are being created, gas prices are dropping, energy imports are dropping and energy exports are […]


Unions disrespected GOP members and heavily funded Democrats in midterms

By Richard McCarty Labor unions once again spent heavily during the 2018 election cycle, contributing nearly $135 million; unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of union political spending was to help Democrats, liberal causes, and liberal organizations. In other words, many unions again ignored the fact that about 40 […]


Waters Is Unfit to Serve as Banking Chair

By Richard McCarty Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) represents all that is wrong with Washington, D.C., yet she is next in line to chair the House Financial Services Committee should Democrats seize control of the House. It should be noted that the Financial Services Committee has broad authority […]


Public sector unions must be reined in

By Richard McCarty Public sector unions have long exploited taxpayers by pushing for higher taxes, higher spending, and generous benefits and extravagant pensions for government workers while opposing measures to hold bureaucrats accountable. Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which gave government workers a choice of […]


Democrat Unhappy Her Past Was Revealed

By Richard McCarty Abigail Spanberger is mad. Real mad – and threatening legal action against the Congressional Leadership Fund. Spanberger is the Democrat candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 7thDistrict. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC, recently obtained a document showing that Spanberger worked at the controversial […]


Solar Power Harms Taxpayers and Consumers and Endangers the Reliability of the Grid

By Richard McCarty The appeal of solar energy is understandable. Who would not want clean, domestic electricity provided for free by the sun? Who would not want high-paying, high-tech jobs producing, installing, and maintaining solar panels? Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that solar energy is […]


Home Care Workers Support Trump Regulation

By Richard McCarty For years, some blue states have been automatically deducting union dues from the checks of Medicaid caregivers. Many of these caregivers are relatives or friends of the person they care for and did not wish to join a union. The main beneficiary of this […]


Storm Clouds Gather Over Nation’s Largest Union

By Richard McCarty The nation’s largest union had a run of good luck during the Obama years, but the last couple of years have been rough for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). For those not familiar with the union, SEIU claims 2 million members and is composed of […]


Solar Power Is Harming Taxpayers & Consumers

Cartoon C/O American Energy Alliance By Richard McCarty Thanks to politicians, environmentalists, and the solar industry, taxpayers and consumers are being fleeced. The federal government heavily subsidizes the solar industry, and a number of state governments have policies encouraging solar and green energy production. The federal government subsidizes solar energy much more […]


Embattled UFCW Boss Faces Setbacks

By Richard McCarty Mickey Kasparian, a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) local president in Southern California, has been embroiled in scandal for the past year and a half as a result of four Latina women accusing him of mistreating them. For those not familiar with the […]


Trump moves to protect home care workers from union shakedown

By Richard McCarty The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has proposed rolling back an Obama-Era regulation that allowed union dues to be deducted from Medicaid checks. If the proposed regulation takes effect, only deductions specifically […]


Janus Decision Is a Victory for Government Workers — and Likely Taxpayers

By Richard McCarty By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled in the Janus case that government workers cannot be forced to pay unions just to keep their jobs. This is a huge victory for public employees – and likely for taxpayers as well. Functionally, the Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees decision […]

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