The Thursday wrap
The latest economy-stunting “gift” from President Obama’s grab bag of government goodies is a new executive order requiring federal contractors to provide their employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave each year. Even if the rule applies only to new federal contracts beginning in 2017, according to The New York Times, the upshot is clear: “For workers whose employers can’t absorb the cost, it’s an arbitrary expense that will ultimately result in shorter hours, lower pay or disappearing jobs,” says Jack Mozloom, media director of the National Federation of Independent Business. … Among stops on Obama’s jet-setting climate-change tour was Exit Glacier in Alaska, where the president blamed mankind’s use of fossil fuels for the glacier’s steady melting. But the glacier has been shrinking since 1815, long before mankind’s industrialization, writes Betsy McCaughey for the New York Post. And according to the Alaska Climate Research Center, there’s been almost no evidence of warming trends in Alaska since 1977, Ms. McCaughey reports — that is, aside from climate cluckers’ incessant hot air. … Scientists at Colorado State University have released a new, albeit controversial, study that questions whether the Atlantic could be entering a quieter cycle of hurricane activity, similar to the 1970s and ’80s. They cite a drop in localized cooling and salinity levels in the North Atlantic near Greenland. A cyclical weather pattern? Why, that’s heresy to the Church of Global Warming.