Unintended consequences

Unintended consequences

Cry Wolf Quotes

We believe the way in which the law is currently administered conflicts with other important national goals -- the need to increase productivity levels, to create new jobs and to spur development of domestic energy sources.

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James Evans, Chairman of the Union Pacific Company, on behalf of U.S. Business Roundtable, Washington News.
11/22/1980 | Full Details | Law(s): Clean Air Act of 1977

The family-leave bill is another example of the crass hypocrisy that afflicts the leisured class on Capitol Hill. Its champions sanctimoniously call it ‘pro-family,’ but it really places a tax on mothers who work because they must work to support their families. The type of ‘family’ it would truly benefit would be two lawyers who marry each other and have their first offspring at 38 after having purchased their big house in the suburbs and the his-and-her ‘Beamers.’ If Congress wants to help families that are economically stressed, it should simply cut taxes. In the meantime, the president should not waver on his promise to veto this yuppie vacation law.

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Editorial, The Washington Times
04/11/1991 | Full Details | Law(s): Family Medical Leave Act

Minimum wage increases that even approach an average livable wage would result in significantly fewer jobs for low-wage workers. A substantial increase in the relative cost of labor will result in a reduction in the amount of labor used…

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Kavet, Thomas, Deborah Brighton, Douglas Hoffer, and Elaine McCrate. Vermont State Legislature.
11/02/1999 | Full Details | Law(s): Minimum Wage

Where we are headed for, you are not going to see those cool, little local restaurants. You are going to see a bunch of corporate restaurants, and the rest of the city is going to look like the restaurant dynamic on Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Eric Rubin, a managing partner in the restaurant Tres Agaves, The San Francisco Chronicle.