Richard McCarty

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

Richard McCarty

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 […]


Janus Decision Likely to Be Good for Government Workers

By Richard McCarty For over a decade, Mark Janus has had to pay fees to a union to keep his job as a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Believing that he should not be forced to pay these fees to […]


Under Obama, union watchdog napped

By Richard McCarty Nearly six decades ago, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which requires unions to publicly disclose financial information. Two of the reasons for the disclosure requirement were to give union members the ability to properly assess the competence of their […]


How to Empower the Labor Department Office That Fights Union Corruption

By Richard McCarty For too long, many union members have been kept in the dark about their union’s finances. Some unions are run in a transparent, democratic manner, but many others are run autocratically with minimal transparency and accountability. This lack of transparency too often allows unscrupulous […]


UFCW Bosses Should Resign

By Richard McCarty From newsrooms to boardrooms, from college campuses to church campuses, and from Hollywood studios to the halls of Congress, powerful men are being called to account for alleged sexual misconduct. But somehow, Mickey Kasparian, a United Food and Commercial Workers International vice president, has […]


Restore Union Transparency

By Richard McCarty Union members deserve to know where their dues money is going. For too long, union members have been largely kept in the dark about their unions’ finances, which has allowed corrupt union bosses to line their pockets with their members’ money and get away […]


Living in the Lap of Luxury

By Richard McCarty As originally published at According to a report it filed with the US Department of Labor, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent over $2.3 million at 4- to 5-star hotels around the world in 2016. (Data for 2017 is not yet available.) With […]


Workers Defeat UFCW

By Richard McCarty As originally published at In recent years, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) has experienced a number of setbacks. Since 2001, the union has lost over 100,000 members. In addition to declining membership, the union has experienced unwanted press attention over the […]


Liberal progressivism stinks, literally, and it’s building sanctuary cities

By Richard McCarty In recent years, liberals have been advocating for a way to “help” the homeless deal with the lack of sufficient public toilets. And just what is this brilliant idea? Is it more public restrooms, or more homeless shelters? No, their radical idea is to […]


Testing and Socialized Medicine Threaten Babies with Down Syndrome

By Richard McCarty In Iceland, the widespread use of prenatal testing has led to few babies with Down syndrome being given a chance at life. Iceland, which has socialized health care, mandates that pregnant women be informed about the availability of prenatal testing, and the vast majority […]

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