Richard McCarty

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

Richard McCarty

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 […]


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 […]

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