Regulations Articles

Against Leviathan

Book Review: 'By The People,' by Charles Murray.
9:24 AM, Nov 07, 2015

To the eye of Charles Murray, the situation is grimgrimmer than you realize. Our government is increasingly corrupt. The legal system is lawless. The regulatory agencies possess tyrannical levels of power.

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An Unenviable Job

The next president’s daunting to-do list.
Nov 02, 2015

As we approach the third Republican presidential debate, conservatives should consider what they expect the next president to accomplish.

We certainly want the next president to repeal and replace Obamacare, undo the disastrous Iran nuclear agreement, and finally address the problem of illegal immigration. But after eight years of a president who promised to “transform” America, the “to-do” list is actually much larger.

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Jobberwocky Lives

You can’t keep regulating the workplace without killing jobs.
Sep 07, 2015

Twenty-one years ago, Fortune boldly declared “The End of the JOB.” Thanks to rapid advances in technology, people had been freed from the tyranny of the nine-to-five workplace. Now they could set their own hours and schedules, do without constant oversight and supervision, and concentrate on a more powerful objective: not just “doing their jobs,” but finding better and more innovative ways of “doing what needs to be done.”

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Congress Should Vote to Override Obama’s Latest Veto

1:07 PM, Apr 13, 2015

Congress returns from its two week break on Monday. If it has any respect for itself, it will promptly schedule a vote on President Obama’s most recent veto.

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Federal Regs Making it Difficult for Members of Military to Borrow Money

12:20 PM, Jan 14, 2015

Ever since the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, proponents of robust economic growth and sensible regulation have been trying to rein it in.

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Warning: Approach 2015 With Caution

9:00 AM, Jan 03, 2015

Had enough good economic news to see you through the holidays? Good. But if you plan to ask, “Please, sir, I want some more” you might be in store for your own Oliver Twist moment. Here’s why:

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Europe Battles American Disruptors

12:00 AM, Dec 06, 2014

The European Parliament has called for the dismemberment of Google, the French want  “les Gafa,” as they call Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, reined in, EU regulators are under pressure to get tough with the Americans. And the leaders of Silicon Valley’s non-tax-paying, privacy-invading, dominant tech firms, to use EU descriptives, are surprised.  They shouldn’t be.

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New York City's Hotel War Heats Up

2:16 PM, Oct 24, 2014

As any visitor to New York City discovers, the Big Apple isn’t the best place to get a hotel room. Rates top $300 per night, the highest in the country, and supply is quite limited.

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Neo-Victorianism on Campus

Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal?
Oct 20, 2014

Sexual liberation is having a nervous breakdown on college campuses. Conservatives should be cheering on its collapse; instead they sometimes sound as if they want to administer the victim smelling salts. 

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Man Complains to Biden: 'It's Real Hard for the Small Businesses'

4:47 PM, Oct 06, 2014

A Nevada man complained to Vice President Joe Biden that it's hard for small businesses to operate these days:

"It's real hard for the small businesses," said the Nevada man. "It's not so easy."

He added, "Right now it's very hard for a small business to make it--and everybody."

"Yeah," said Biden, seemingly in agreement.

"It is very hard," the man said.

The vice president is in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

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Cashing In

3:42 PM, Aug 22, 2014

The great Washington insider scam rolls on.  As Peter Schroeder of The Hill reports:

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Food Fight

On catfish, farmed and wild.
Aug 11, 2014

There isn’t much left in life that is unregulated and without some degree of government supervision or protection. You get used to it, I suppose. And, anyway, you don’t have much choice. But you do need to pay attention because nothing is off limits.

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Fixing the DOT's Air-Brained Scheme

12:16 PM, Jul 30, 2014

Casual dining establishment TGI Fridays, you may have heard, is advertising what it bills as “endless” appetizers for a mere $10. Yet if you dine at Fridays here in the District of Columbia, you can expect to spend $11, not $10, on the “endless apps,” once DC’s 10 percent dining tax is included.

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More Businesses Shutting Down than Starting Up

'Business deaths now exceed business births for the first time' in decades.
6:28 AM, May 08, 2014

A new Brookings Institution report indicates that businesses are shuttering their doors more quickly than new ones are popping up.

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Weiner Meets His Muse

11:01 AM, Mar 30, 2014

His promising career in politics having come to an inglorious – and no doubt temporary – end, Anthony Weiner has turned to punditry.

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Three Month Grace Period Mandated for Delinquent Consumers Who Receive Obamacare Subsidies

1:09 PM, Nov 22, 2013

Though the Obama administration has been promoting the benefits of Obamacare for several years now, one perk of coverage through the exchanges that has gone largely unnoticed is a mandated three-month grace period for unpaid premiums.  The rule, however, only applies to those receiving subsidies via tax credits advanced to the insurers by the government (§155.430 and §156.270 of the Code of Federal Regulations).

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Close Enough For Government Work

9:01 AM, Nov 13, 2013

Sam Baker of the National Journal writes that:

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Vape ’em If You Got ’em

Oct 21, 2013

Last week in these pages, Ike Brannon noted that Europe is outstripping the United States in reducing the role of government in the economy (“Europe Leads the Way?” October 14). Now it seems that our European brethren are also taking a more sensible view of the regulatory state. The European parliament surprised observers by refusing to regulate electronic cigarettes as medical devices, which would have subjected them to onerous regulations. 

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The Regulatory Court

The D.C. Circuit takes center stage, one more time
Aug 26, 2013

The Supreme Court closed shop weeks ago, not to return until October. And for the third summer in a row, no Supreme Court confirmation fight occupies headlines. But in its absence, President Obama has thrust another court—often called the “second-highest” court in the land—into the spotlight. 

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The D.C. Circuit Goes Nuclear

9:01 AM, Aug 23, 2013

To write about the D.C. Circuit this week is to join a much broader discussion about the court's role in American law and policy.

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Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On

The folly of OMB’s annual cost-benefit report.
Aug 19, 2013

Every spring the Office of Management and Budget releases the president’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. While Congress invites senior administration figures to testify before various committees, and the media pore through the document to elucidate the administration’s priorities, by the end of a week everyone agrees that most of what’s in the budget has little chance of becoming enacted. Afterwards, Congress goes through the motions of passing a budget of its own, with scant regard to what the White House has proposed.

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Obamacare Forces Employee Hours to Be Cut at Indiana Schools

11:02 AM, Jun 10, 2013

Obamacare regulations are forcing employers to cut employee hours at Indiana schools, according to the 

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Are Universities Above the Law?

The great unscrutinized institutions of our time.
May 20, 2013

Corporate governance is a much-discussed topic, and the operation of corporations has proven a fertile field for investigative journalism. But even though many colleges and universities are multibillion-dollar-a-year operations, the subject of university governance has been largely neglected. This is unfortunate because university governance raises fascinating questions of great public interest involving the complex intersection of law, morals, and education. Nasar v. Columbia is a case in point.

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Small Business Hates Obama's Washington

5:15 PM, Jan 15, 2013

President Obama, take note.  Small business owners think Washington has become increasingly hostile in recent years to free enterprise and thus to job creation, a survey conducted last week found.  And his policies are part of the problem.

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Feds Raise Hackles Over 5-Hour Energy Drink

12:55 PM, Dec 13, 2012

The FDA is raising hackles over the equivalent of an espresso shot in a bottle: the popular 5-Hour Energy drink that has billions of dollars in sales over the past decade.

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Obama's Small Business Chief Has Not Heard One Case of Obamacare Hurting Small Business

10:39 AM, Nov 21, 2012

Karen Mills, President Obama's Small Business Administration chief, claimed this morning on MSNBC that she has not heard one case of Obamacare hurting small business:

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Cost of Regulations Under Obama: $488 Billion

9:03 AM, Sep 19, 2012

The American Action Forum has released new analysis of the burden of new regulations under President Obama. It's most striking finding? The cost of added regulations under President Obama is now estimated to be $488 billion.

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Warren Agreed with Brown's Approach to Financial Regulatory Reform Before Opposing it

"We're very much like-minded on this," Warren told Brown's aide.
4:27 PM, Jun 04, 2012

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has been hammering her Republican opponent, incumbent Scott Brown of Massachusetts, for "undermining" the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill Brown helped pass, even though Warren expressed agreement with Brown's proposed changes to the bill during the debate in 2010.

In a campaign statement Monday, Warren blasted Brown for his behind-the-scenes maneuvering to loosen the banking regulations in Dodd-Frank, after the financial regulatory bill passed. 

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Portland Pounces On Groupon

Oregon city stopping citizens from saving money in tough times.
2:40 PM, Apr 26, 2012

As Ronald Reagan famously quipped, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I'm here to help.’” Portland, Oregon, though, really is here to help. The problem is that the city hasn’t created laws to benefit Portlanders—it’s created them to benefit one specific industry, at the expense of every consumer in the area.


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