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  • Licensing restricts the right to work in NH

    03/22/2017 4:26:12 PM PDT · by 198ml · 8 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 3/21/17 | Grant Bosse
    Rest assured, Granite Staters. Your state government is hard at work protecting you from violent crime, dirty water and bad hair days. The state Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics regulates who can cut hair professionally in New Hampshire. In order to obtain a barber’s license, you need to have a high school degree, 800 hours of instruction at a state-approved barbering school, 1,600 hours apprenticing under an already licensed barber, pass a test and pay a fee. There are even steeper requirements for cosmetology, defined as “arranging, dressing, curling, waving, cleansing, cutting, bleaching, coloring or similarly treating the hair...
  • It Takes 300 Hours to Become a Shampooer in Tennessee

    05/06/2016 10:29:39 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    daily signal ^ | 2 May 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Natural hair braiders like Nutall had excelled in their craft for years, learning braiding from their mothers and grandmothers. But now, the state was telling them they had to log more than 1,500 hours of education through an eight-week course with costs topping $12,000,
  • The 2016 election will be decided by seven states — and Florida is an absolute must-win

    05/07/2015 7:58:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 5/6/2015 | Allahpundit
    Just something I’ve been thinking about, sitting here playing with the RSLC’s new 2016 electoral map widget and drinking heavily. “Create Your Own Path to 270 Map,” the widget beckons. Yeah, go ahead. You go find yourself a path to 270. Here’s what I’ve got.(see graphic) Each blue state you see there has been blue in every presidential election since 1992, with the sole exception of New Mexico — which has been blue in every election since 1992 except for 2004. Obama won the state by 10 points three years ago against Romney and by 15 points seven years ago...
  • Massachusetts Town Mulls Nation's First Total Tobacco Ban

    11/16/2014 2:48:56 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 50 replies
    PBS News Hour ^ | November 16, 2014 | William Brangham
    TRANSCRIPT: WILLIAM BRANGHAM: The town of Westminster, Massachusetts — population 7,300 — is a small, quiet community about an hour west of Boston. When the local health board holds meetings, it usually happens here in this room, where you can get advice about things like septic tanks and mosquito control. But not on this day. This meeting Wednesday night had to be moved to the local elementary school because the town is up in arms. MAN: You people make me sick! WILLIAM BRANGHAM: Why so mad? That Board of Health is proposing to make Westminster the first town in the...
  • The Hill: The rise of ‘Obama Inc.’

    08/24/2014 6:46:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 24, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    How’s this for a depressing passage: “There’s just a lot more regulation going on,” Zelizer said. “There’s a lot of intersection between the economy and Washington.” “There’s just a lot more regulation going on.” My liberal friends, “regulation” is the mother’s milk of the crony capitalist state, the “fascist light” state. Our system of “regulation” is in most regards now just a vehicle for rent seeking. Blindly defending regulations in 2014 because liberals are supposed to be for regulation, is to give power to a vested corporate oligarchy. Am I saying that all regs are bad? No. Am I saying...
  • You cannot rewrite laws to achieve your political agenda

    07/14/2014 7:57:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 7/14/2014 | Marita Noon
    Within the cases the Supreme Court heard, one had to do with energy—and it, too, offered a rebuke. You likely haven’t heard about Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—and may think you don’t care. But with the session over, UARG v. EPA makes clear the Court’s trend to trim overreach. The UARG v. EPA decision came down on June 23. None of the major news networks covered it. Reviews of the 2014 cases, since the end of the session, haven’t mentioned it either. The decision was mixed—with both sides claiming victory. Looking closely, there is cause...
  • Government Agency Scraps Employee Ratings To Avoid ‘Discrimination’

    05/26/2014 4:34:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/25/14 | Scott Greer
    One government agency has decided that the results of employee ratings are too discriminatory, and eliminated the process entirely. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Monday that it will now award all employees the highest rating regardless of performance reviews. The CFPB, which oversees transactions in the financial sector for the federal government, decided to no longer conduct employee reviews because there were just too many apparent “significant disparities” between the races, ages, and locations of its employees. According to American Banker, this new policy is set to cost over $5 million dollars, as it will now pay employees...
  • Downsizing Australia’s Government and Repealing Green Laws

    05/09/2014 7:23:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    canada free press ^ | 5/9/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Try to imagine a commission of the U.S. government recommending that it get rid of the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, countless agencies, and, for good measure, restructure Medicare so it doesn’t go broke. There are few Americans who will argue that our federal government isn’t big enough and many who trace our present problems to Big Government. That is why what has been occurring in Australia caught my attention because its voters rid themselves of a political party that imposed both a carbon tax and renewable energy tax on them. The purpose of the...
  • Free The American People And Land From Overregulation

    04/26/2014 6:59:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 4/25/2014 | LEWIS K. UHLER AND PETER FERRARA
    Regardless of the outcome of the federal government's confrontation with Nevada citizen Cliven Bundy, some important lessons have already been learned. We have seen our federal government (Bureau of Land Management) with arms and military vehicles confronting American citizens, not unlike Russian troops confronting Ukrainians, or Syrian troops facing off against rebels. It is scary. We have seen a newly appointed director of the BLM, who used to work for Sen. Harry Reid, selectively enforce the "Endangered Species Act" regarding a species, the desert tortoise, never contemplated to be within the act's protection when passed in 1973 to protect the...
  • U.S. Government Reporting Requirements For Coin And Bullion Dealers

    02/28/2014 8:42:57 AM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 6 replies
    PT Shamrock's March 2014 Newsletter ^ | March 2012 | PT Shamrock
    U.S. Government Reporting Requirements For Coin And Bullion Dealers There is much confusion and disinformation about the extent to which coin dealers are required to obtain customer information to keep on file and use in submitting reports to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or other government agencies. In some cases the confusion may be used to steer customers away from lower-margin bullion sales and towards the higher-margin coin sales, even though such items may be less suitable for the customer's purposes. I'll attempt to summarize some of the reporting topics herein, but for more helpful information, you can visit the...
  • EPA's 'unprecedented' power grab for private property

    10/19/2013 9:20:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2013 | Rick Moran
    Two Republican House members have sent a letter to the EPA questioning new rules being formulated that would give the EPA sweeping authority over streams and wetlands on private property. The EPA is justifying the rules by saying it's part of its mandate to enforce the Clean Water Act. But Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah), both ranking members of the Science and Technology Committee, doubt the EPA's science in justifying the regulations and want the agency to slow down and get other opinions.
  • Gingrich Adviser: Romney Should Quit Race, Leave It To Conservatives

    03/07/2012 10:56:22 AM PST · by VinL · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3-7-12 | Weil
    Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign has an interesting response to a call from the super PAC supporting Rick Santorum for the former House speaker to exit the race. It’s front-runner Mitt Romney who should say sayonara, says Gingrich policy adviser Vince Haley, Politico reports. The pro-Santorum Red, White and Blue Fund put out a statement Wednesday urging Gingrich to stand aside, so that the former Pennsylvania senator can stand as the former Massachusetts governor’s sole conservative challenger. Haley, appearing on Geraldo Rivera’s radio program, would have none of it. But his first response was to take on Romney rather than Santorum....
  • Vanity: National Agricultural Classification Survey - WTF?!

    01/10/2012 7:54:43 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 39 replies
    1/10/12 | dagogo redux
    Well, here’s the totalitarian state, right before my eyes! Today in the mail came a largish envelop for me from The “National Agricultural Statistics Service”, postage and fees paid by USDA Permit No. G-38. A prominant blocked off area on the envelop front stated in large bold letters, “YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW.” Also on the envelop and several places inside I find Obama-style logos for the USDA, and one with “AGRICULTURE COUNTS” around the outside, and at the base of the rolling landscape “NASS,” which stands for National Agricultural Statistics Service. That’s right: now we have a National...
  • DC Pols As Crash Dummies (Bad polls for big gov)

    09/26/2011 2:11:53 PM PDT · by no-llmd · 1 replies
    Strata Sphere ^ | 9-26-11 | AJ Strata
    Our supposed “Hope & Change”, post-partisan President who was elected in 2008 has now morphed into a far left zealot who has gone into ‘divide America and win at all costs’ manic overdrive. Hate the rich, hate the middle class, hate Christians/Catholics, hate business, hate profits, hate success, hate Israel … The White House has become a pathetic distillation of the worst of the left – and somehow expects this to win them votes in 2012. It is stupendously stupid as well as tone deaf political move.
  • In India, Dynamism Wrestles With Dysfunction

    06/08/2011 11:17:24 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8 Jun 2011 | Jim Yardley
    With its shiny buildings and galloping economy, Gurgaon is often portrayed as a symbol of a rising “new” India, yet it also represents a riddle at the heart of India’s rapid growth: how can a new city become an international economic engine without basic public services? How can a huge country flirt with double-digit growth despite widespread corruption, inefficiency and governmental dysfunction?...In Gurgaon and elsewhere in India, the answer is that growth usually occurs despite the government rather than because of it. India and China are often considered to be the world’s rising economic powers, yet if China’s growth has...
  • The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse

    05/28/2011 6:47:53 PM PDT · by 4buttons · 201 replies
    Businessweek ^ | May 26, 2011 | Devin Leonard
    He is struck by how many USPS executives started out as letter carriers or clerks. He finds them so consumed with delivering mail that they have been slow to grasp how swiftly the service's financial condition is deteriorating. "We said, 'What's your 10-year plan?' " Herr recalls. "They didn't have one."
  • Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo

    03/15/2011 4:57:17 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 26 replies
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | March 15, 2011 | Jeffry Tucker
    The state makes a mess of everything it touches, argues Jeffrey Tucker in "Bourbon for Breakfast." Perhaps the biggest mess it makes is in our minds. Its pervasive interventions in every sector affect the functioning of society in so many ways, we are likely to intellectually adapt rather than fight. Tucker proposes another path: see how the state has distorted daily life, rethink how things would work without the state, and fight against the intervention in every way that is permitted. Whether that means hacking your showerhead, rejecting prohibitionism, searching for large-tank toilets, declining to use government courts, homeschooling, embracing...
  • More Future Tax Dollars Will Go to Pay Off Old Bills and Promises

    04/13/2010 7:44:46 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 9 replies · 361+ views ^ | April 13, 2010 | Jim Angle
    Taxpayers have a nasty surprise coming. More and more future tax dollars will go to pay off old bills and old promises the federal government made, but couldn’t pay. The money borrowed by the federal government will result in a national debt of some $20 trillion by the end of this decade and taxpayers will have to pay almost $1 trillion a year, just in interest. The chaos and danger of such a predicament is evident in Greece, which is so deep in debt - its economy is in chaos with national strikes, violent street protests and pensions on the...
  • American's Two Poor Classes - Victicrats and Indigent

    12/22/2009 2:25:56 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 1 replies · 262+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 10/1/09 | DJP I.F.
    Today in America we have two different classes of poor: 1) the American Indigent Poor; and 2) the Capable Poor or the “New American Poor” (i.e., “The Subjective Socially Dependent”). The American Indigent Poor are those individuals who are truly helpless and indigent. These were born with physical infirmities and birth defects who suffer physical traumas or mental issues and are unable to survive through this life without help from society. Some are our valiant veterans of foreign wars and others are rejected outcasts of society. These individuals need and deserve our charity and help, and most of all we...
  • Hope & Fear: Democratic dominance is not the end of the world.

    12/01/2009 3:07:41 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 7 replies · 603+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 12/01/2009 | W. James Antle III
    By the end of the year, the federal government may have totally restructured the American healthcare system. This health-insurance industry takeover may lead to widespread taxpayer subsidies for elective abortion. A new national energy tax may be imposed to reduce carbon emissions. The secret ballot for union organization may be effectively eliminated, swelling Big Labor’s ranks and coffers. Or maybe none of these things will have happened. Hard as it may be to believe, that last prospect looks most likely. It is a real possibility that none of these major legislative items—all considered inevitable after the Democratic victories of 2006...