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  • Vote 'Aye' and It's Bye-Bye, Netanyahu Tells Ministers

    06/05/2012 11:58:42 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    The Prime Minister's Bureau has contacted all ministers and deputy ministers and made clear that the government opposes the proposed Regulation Law that will come up for a vote Wednesday. The law would make it possible to compensate land owners who were wronged in construction of communities in Judea and Samaria, without having to hand over the land or tear down homes built upon it. Channel 2 News reported that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's men made clear to the ministers and deputies that if any of them vote in favor of the Regulation Law, they will be fired from the...
  • Over-Regulation Is Pricey: Federal red tape has cost the U.S. nearly a million jobs.

    06/05/2012 5:55:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/05/2012 | Deroy Murdock
    Federal regulators are keeping America from moving forward. From recent news stories, my colleagues at Engage America have calculated that federal red tape has squelched at least 779,203 potential jobs. If these positions were filled, today’s unemployment rate would fall from 8.2 percent to 7.7. While some of what regulators do is vital (such as preventing Americans from being poisoned by tap water or detonated by faulty automobile gas tanks), far more is costly, duplicative, or downright destructive. At worst, regulators who could call or visit citizens to help them obey the law instead order dynamic-entry raids — complete with...
  • Bloomberg’s Soda Ban,

    06/05/2012 4:48:02 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 6, 2012 | John Lott
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban sugary soft drinks larger than 16 ounces. He believes that by this measure he can reduce obesity. But plenty of evidence indicates that he will fail. The ban will inconvenience people and waste their time, but it will not make them thinner. Bloomberg didn’t originate this type of idea. Public schools, which hold their students captive for much of their day, have tried a similar approach to making students lose weight. And some have gone further than Bloomberg’s limit on cup size and have banned such drinks completely. But even complete bans haven’t worked....
  • Animal Rights Legislation Would Make Eggs a Luxury Food

    06/01/2012 11:36:37 AM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/1/12 | Mindy Patterson
    One day soon, America could wake up to a dozen eggs costing $8 or more. And unless you are involved in some aspect of farming or agriculture, you would never know that egg prices are about to skyrocket or the reason why. With food prices already increasing due to high grain and fuel costs, extraneous so-called animal welfare regulations are being imposed on U.S. food producers, large and small, by the animal rights powerhouse known as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
  • California-based Apple to build $210-million new manufacturing plant. In China

    05/21/2012 11:42:44 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 63 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democratic Party-controlled state Legislature and the army of bureaucrats and tax collectors doing their bidding have triumphed again. California-based Apple Computer will build a spanking new, $210-million manufacturing plant. In China. Is anyone surprised? The corporate tax rate in California is horrendous, the workforce is taxed worse than the corporations, the cost of living is off the charts thanks in large part to the costly burdens added by government regulations and housing, well, you know how that compares for California versus the rest of the world...
  • The Fairy's Mistake's Mistake

    05/20/2012 12:39:03 PM PDT · by zantus · 5 replies
    zPatriot ^ | May 18, 2012 | Andrea Clark
    Today, I’m going to use economics to dissect “The Fairy’s Mistake” by Gail Carson Levine: 87 short pages that can be read in an hour. Levine writes charming fairy tales. “Ella Enchanted”, probably her most famous, is about how the use of power leads to unintended consequences, and why liberty is to be desired above all else but requires hard work and bravery to attain. (That’s the book. I haven’t seen the movie and can’t vouch for it.) “The Fairy’s Mistake” is also about unintended consequences. In the classic fairy tale, the naturally good, sweet young maiden freely provides some...
  • Key Republican: JPMorgan $2B loss raises questions

    05/16/2012 11:33:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 16, 2012 5:48 PM ET | Marcy Gordon
    A key House Republican says the $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase raises critical questions about how banks control their risks. But Republican lawmakers rejected calls from Democrats for stricter regulation. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Republican chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee, noted the loss during a hearing about how best to regulate banks big enough to bring down the broader financial system. Lawmakers said a firm's character should count when regulators determine if they are "systemically important financial institutions." Such a designation would subject them to a stricter level of oversight. The panel's hearing on a key...
  • Green groups decry 'depressing' EU farm reform deal

    05/16/2012 11:23:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 16 May 2012
    Conservation groups have condemned a move by European agricultural ministers to tone down some of the most controversial environmental proposals in the next phase of the EU's farm support program. Agricultural and fisheries ministers from the 27 EU countries called yesterday (15 May) for replacing conservation measures recommended by the European Commission with a more flexible system. The decision was not a surprise—ministers have indicated in the past that there was little political appetite for creating requirements in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that tie direct payments to farmers to measures aimed at cutting carbon emissions and reducing other pollutants....
  • CEOs rate California dead last for business, again

    05/10/2012 12:14:05 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5-10-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    It was alarming the first three or four times California was ranked last among 50 states for business environment. Now, Chief Executive magazine's annual ranking, based on a survey of 650 chief executives on taxation, regulation, workforce quality and living environment, again places California dead last, 50th of 50 – for the eighth year in a row. Eight years in a row ceases to be alarming. It now is a defining status. ...In magazine’s CEO survey, state “appears to slip deeper into the ninth circle of business hell.” ...
  • New Federal Regulations Call For Healthier School Lunches

    05/05/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Mike DeNardo
    PHILADELPHIA - New federal regulations require healthier lunches in schools next year. USDA undersecretary Audrey Rowe lunched on chicken salad yesterday with kids at the Roberto Clemente Middle School. Rowe was in town to highlight new school lunch nutrition standards that take effect in the fall. “We will be expanding on the amount of fruits and vegetables offered to the children. Obviously, even though the products are going to be prepackaged, they’re going to be healthier.” With the new requirements, comes a modest 6-cent-per meal increase in federal reimbursements.
  • Child-proof the Internet or face regulation, warns EU Commission

    05/05/2012 1:59:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 03.05.12 @ 17:52 (May 3) | Benjamin Fox
    The European Commission has threatened to table a comprehensive set of child internet safety rules if the software industry fails to self-regulate to protect children online. Unveiling its "European strategy for a better internet for children' on Wednesday (2 May), the Commission said that with 75% of children regularly accessing the web, targeted measures were needed to protect them online and improve digital literacy. Among its proposals, the EU executive has called on the IT industry to draw-up an EU-wide mechanism allowing children to report harmful content, age-appropriate privacy settings, and make stricter use of age rating to prevent children...
  • Who should decide who’s fit to publish? Government? Politicians?

    05/03/2012 11:25:23 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    We’re never more than a step or two from tyranny. And the inclination to be tyrannical is buried not so deep beneath the surface even in the best of us. Who hasn’t longed to shut someone else up because the other’s message is so, take your pick, offensive, stupid, wrong, different, harmful, or even, correct? There’s much that’s wrong with journalism, and we spend a good bit of our day saying so, and pointing out its failings, particularly when those failing originate from the other end of the ideological spectrum. But what’s worse . . .
  • EPA boss who wanted to crucify them has resigned

    05/01/2012 10:56:36 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 8 replies
    Remember the EPA regional boss who revealed his motivation as government regulator? He’s the one who said: “…my philosophy of enforcement… kind of like how the Romans used to … conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. It’s a deterrent factor.” First he apologized. Then he said that doesn’t really reflect his approach in his job. Then we asked if he shouldn’t lose his job. And...
  • Department of Labor Backs Down

    04/28/2012 1:51:47 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 23 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 April 2012 | John Semmens
    The Department of Labor announced that it was withdrawing its proposed rule banning the employment of persons younger than 16 years of age on farms. “There are many hazards in agricultural work,” observed Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. “Dangerous machines, sharp tools, and large animals pose a threat to those working in this environment. Our aim was to protect children from being injured or worse. We had no idea that farm families routinely call upon their minor children to participate in undertaking the tasks of running the family business.” An outpouring of opposition to the proposed new rule from the...
  • EPA, staffed with public servants or crucifiers?

    04/26/2012 4:49:40 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 11 replies
    Does anyone know who Al Armendariz is? Funny you should ask. He’s a public servant paid with your money to serve you, the public. How does Al do that? . . . It seems that Armendarizan, EPA regional administrator, described his approach to regulating America’s oil and natural gas companies: “I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement… I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said: It was kind of like how the Romans used to … conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little...
  • Can we get back to the basic question? What should government do?

    04/18/2012 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    The Tea Party movement did the nation a great service in 2010 by focusing on the problem behind much of what’s gone wrong in America: government, and too much of it. It’s refreshing to see that the sentiment lingers about this nation under God dedicated to preserving our God-given rights. “Voters believe too much government power is a dangerous thing and put a very high value on protecting the rights of the individual,” says ...
  • Hotels, rec centers try to slow pool access regs

    04/18/2012 8:55:42 AM PDT · by B Knotts · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2012 | Russ Bynum
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers. Some hotels fear the cost of the equipment or fines for noncompliance could put them out of business, and an industry lobbyist says others may close their pools this summer if they can't upgrade in time, though the government can offer more time to those having trouble paying for it. Swimmers with disabilities say the changes are overdue. "I couldn't...
  • Executive Order -- Supporting Safe & Responsible Development of Unconventional Domestic Natural Gas

    04/16/2012 11:11:52 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 22 replies
    The White House Press Office ^ | 04/13/2012 | President B.H.Obama II
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to coordinate the efforts of Federal agencies responsible for overseeing the safe and responsible development of unconventional domestic natural gas resources and associated infrastructure and to help reduce our dependence on oil, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. In 2011, natural gas provided 25 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Its production creates jobs and provides economic benefits to the entire domestic production supply chain, as well as to chemical and...
  • APPA sues EPA over mercury rule, saying deadlines 'unachievable'

    04/16/2012 4:27:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies ^ | April 16, 2012 | by Cathy Cash
    Washington - The American Public Power Association, in a rare move, is suing the US Environmental Protection Agency over its new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and urging the agency to reconsider the national mandate's deadlines. It said the deadlines are "unachievable" for public power utilities that face state and municipal legal requirements. This is the first time the trade association for state and local governments that own and operate electric power has filed suit against EPA over regulations. The rule takes effect Monday.
  • Power Grab for Natural Gas – New Executive Order

    04/16/2012 7:41:18 AM PDT · by yoe · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 14, 2012 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    <p>The order states, “While natural gas production is carried out by private firms, and States are the primary regulators of onshore oil and gas activities, the Federal Government has an important role to play by regulating oil and gas activities on public and Indian trust lands, encouraging greater use of natural gas in transportation, supporting research and development aimed at improving the safety of natural gas development and transportation activities, and setting sensible, cost-effective public health and environmental standards to implement Federal law and augment State safeguards.”</p>
  • Obama regs to cut 7 mil car buyers out of market

    04/13/2012 7:23:53 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 31 replies
    The Examiner - Beltway Confidential ^ | April 12, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations that President Obama announced last summer will make it impossible for 7 million lower income consumers to buy a new car according to a National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) study released today. “While you can mandate what automakers must build, you can’t dictate what customers will buy, nor can you dictate if a bank will make a loan,” New Mexico Ford dealer Don Chalmers said today.
  • EU to ban hairdressers from wearing high-heeled shoes or jewellery

    04/11/2012 5:48:41 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    EU to ban hairdressers from wearing high-heeled shoes or jewellery Daily Mail April 11, 201212:00AM hairdressers in Europe. Photo: Joel Christie Source: National Features Hairdressers will be banned from wearing high heels and jewellery under proposals being drawn up in Brussels. A health and safety directive orders stylists to wear ‘non-slip soles’ when they are cutting hair and bans wedding rings and watches as unhygienic. The plans will see hairdressers told not to let staff do too many haircuts in one day to prevent ‘emotional collapses’. And the bizarre rules will tell salon workers to have a regular ‘social dialogue’...
  • What we can learn from Thomas Jefferson and Star Trek… a recipe for limited government

    03/28/2012 4:41:54 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-28-12 | Vince
    How many people marry the first person they ever kiss or date or even have sex with? Not that many. The average age an American loses their virginity is 17 while the average age they get married is 27. Nonetheless, despite a decade in the dating pool, experiencing everything from one night stands to years of living with someone, when people finally take the plunge, half of all marriages end up in divorce. There are lots of things that one might take from that observation, but the thing that is most compelling is that despite their best efforts, people are...
  • 254 more companies leave California

    03/05/2012 7:08:26 AM PST · by freedombiz · 14 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 3-5-12 | Jan Norman
    In 2011, 254 California companies moved some or all of their work and jobs out of state, 26% more than in 2010, according to Irvine business consultant Joe Vranich who has been tracking these departures since 2009.
  • Banks' fees pay off — for credit unions

    03/02/2012 10:38:18 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 2, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
    Consumers fed up with the rising tide of bank fees helped the nation's credit unions more than double their number of new customers last year, new figures show. More than 1.3 million Americans opened new credit union accounts last year, up from less than 600,000 in 2010, the National Credit Union Administration reported. That brings the number of credit union members to a record 91.8 million. "Big banks need to pick their poison," said banking attorney Jeremy T. Rosenblum, a consumer finance expert at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia. "They can passively accept government-mandated revenue losses, or they can charge new...
  • Self-driving cars don’t need human drivers, but apparently need government

    03/01/2012 11:24:20 AM PST · by landsbaum · 9 replies
    This is a new one on us: there’s something called “autonomous vehicles” inching off the drawing board and onto the freeways. These self-driving cars apparently are spawned by techies at Google, Caltech and other places. According to the L.A. Times, the cars “use radar, video cameras and lasers to navigate roads and stay safe in traffic without human assistance.” Seems interesting. It couldn’t but help that mad rush on the 57 we navigate every morning and evening. But wait...
  • Santorum: Freedoms are at stake in presidential election

    02/17/2012 7:48:38 PM PST · by FresnoRobert · 90 replies
    The Middletown Journal ^ | 2/17/2012 | Justin McClelland
    “We have to look at the root cause of why the economy is struggling as much as it is,” Santorum said. “Government intervention. Government regulation. Government taxation. Government is crushing and destroying the American spirit and the American free enterprise system.” Santorum said that government spending was impinging on personal freedoms and ultimately chipping away at what made the country great. “When the government gets as big as it’s gotten and starts to take over more of your life, then you get smaller as the individual, you get weaker, you lose control over your lives. You lose the rights that...
  • EPA looking into Navistar diesel-engine production

    02/16/2012 1:46:50 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 16, 2012
    Navistar International Corp on Thursday confirmed that it has received notice from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of an investigation into diesel-engine production that could lead to as much as $285 million in fines. In a letter dated Jan. 30, the EPA informed the Lisle, Illinois truck and engine maker that it is investigating whether 7,600 engines built in 2009 were properly certified under the Clean Air Act. Each violation carries a fine of up to $37,500. The engines in question were so-called transition engines, or engines built at a time when the company was preparing to launch a new...
  • Salazar says fracking rules coming in ‘a few weeks’

    02/14/2012 5:54:08 PM PST · by thackney · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 14, 2012 | Puneet Kollipara
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday his department would formally unveil its highly anticipated rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in “a few weeks.” The Interior Department has worked on a trio of rules that would require companies operating on federal lands to disclose the chemicals in their fracturing fluids (with a trade-secret exemption), impose standards meant to ensure wells can withstand fracturing and require companies to explain how they plan to dispose of flowback water. “If we are going to be successful, the public needs to have confidence that fracking operations are being conducted safely, and that drinking...
  • IRS regulation dump: Obamacare’s job-killing medical device tax

    02/03/2012 2:47:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 2/3/12 | Michelle Malkin
    Your Friday IRS regulation dump: Obamacare’s job-killing medical device tax Share By Michelle Malkin • February 3, 2012 04:21 PM If it’s Friday, it’s another White House dump day. Cue the dump truck horn: Doot! Doot! Doot! While Obama sycophants are busy trumpeting deceptive jobs numbers, the administration is quietly moving forward with job-killing Obamacare regs and taxes. The IRS today released rules to impose the $20 billion Obamacare medical device tax scheduled to take effect next year. At a time when the White House is touting its government initiatives to champion “innovation,” the Obamacare innovation tax on medical device/diagnostic...
  • Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol

    02/02/2012 7:02:33 AM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2012 | Laura Schmidt
    I am a medical sociologist, which means I study the health of whole societies. I've spent more than 20 years studying the best possible ways to address alcohol problems in societies -- what works and what doesn't to protect people from harm. I work as a professor in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This allows me to connect with other scientists who come from very different backgrounds but who want to work together on big problems -- think of a Manhattan Project, only one focused on protecting...
  • Commissioners visit New Mexico for natural gas conference

    01/30/2012 8:59:55 AM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies
    THe Daily Review ^ | 01/21/12 | JAMES LOEWENSTEIN
    TOWANDA - While Bradford County has experienced extensive gas drilling for a few years, what will it be like after the drilling has gone on for decades? The three Bradford County commissioners and other local officials had a chance to get a sense of what could happen when they traveled last week to participate in a two-day conference in Lea County, N.M.
  • Misguided FDA Food Regulations Will Hike Costs, Not Safety

    01/30/2012 10:31:50 AM PST · by Sopater · 14 replies
    Quality Digest ^ | 01/25/2012 | Julie Gunlock
    This year will mark another push for aggressive food regulation at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On tap, salt regulations and industrywide regulations dictating which foods can be advertised on television. In October 2011, the FDA announced in the Federal Register that it would begin accepting comments on “approaches to reducing sodium consumption.” The announcement cited 2005 medical studies’ findings that excess sodium consumption is a contributory factor in the development of hypertension. Yet studies conducted subsequent to that 2005 study came to different conclusions. For instance, in 2006, the American Journal of Medicine published a study of 78...
  • State OKs sweeping auto emission standards.......

    01/27/2012 4:59:45 PM PST · by umgud · 26 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Seeking to influence other states and Washington, California air regulators passed sweeping auto emission standards Friday that include a mandate to have 1.4 million electric and hybrid vehicles on state roads by 2025.
  • Age of environmental fear

    01/25/2012 12:37:54 PM PST · by Hegewisch Dupa · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan 24, 2012 (Mary Lou Retton B-Day) | Rich Trzupek
    Government regulators, environmental groups and the news media tell us that the air we breathe is polluted, the water we drink is tainted, our orange juice contains a fungicide, and evil corporations are hoping to make a profit at Mother Earth’s expense. They also remind us that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies are protecting us by fighting the greedy capitalists who seek our destruction. Don’t believe it. The United States is among the cleanest nations on the planet.
  • First lady unveils [still more] tougher nutrition standards for school meals

    01/25/2012 11:06:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2012 | Julian Pecquet
    First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday unveiled tougher nutrition standards that school meals will have to meet starting this year. The new standards were required by the 2010 school nutrition bill that increased funding for school meals. The new regulations, according to the Department of Agriculture, will: Ensure that students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; Substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and Increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated...
  • Dems propose 'Reasonable Profits Board' to regulate oil company profits

    01/20/2012 2:23:36 PM PST · by tom h · 80 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/19/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Six House Democrats, led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), want to set up a "Reasonable Profits Board" to control gas profits. The Democrats, worried about higher gas prices, want to set up a board that would apply a "windfall profit tax" as high as 100 percent on the sale of oil and gas, according to their legislation. The bill provides no specific guidance for how the board would determine what constitutes a reasonable profit. The Gas Price Spike Act, H.R. 3784, would apply a windfall tax on the sale of oil and gas that ranges from 50 percent to 100...
  • Pepsi Pays Fine for Not Hiring Criminals

    01/16/2012 11:04:37 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    The Pepsi Beverages Co. paid a $3.1 million fine to settle federal charges of racial discrimination in its hiring. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) assessed the fine, declaring that “screening job applicants for prior criminal records disproportionately affects blacks and Hispanics.” “Everyone knows that minorities are more likely to be criminals than whites are,” said EEOC spokesman Clem Clodpate. “Consequently, screening for previous criminal history is, ipso facto, discriminatory.” “Besides, Pepsi failed to demonstrate a business need for excluding criminals from being hired,” Clodpate added. “Who’s to say that a person with a criminal record couldn’t adequately perform the...
  • Hong Kong retains top spot of world's freest economy

    01/12/2012 2:27:54 AM PST · by Zajko · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th January 2012 | BBC
    Hong Kong has retained its position as the world's freest economy, according to a ranking compiled by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Singapore ranked second, followed by Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. The index evaluates economic freedom by looking at the rule of law, regulatory efficiency, the size of government and open markets. The 2012 report said that economic freedom for the world as a whole had declined over the past year. "Most of that decline is due to a large increase in government spending worldwide," said Edwin Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation. "Governments have justified this...
  • Energy Conference Focuses On Shale Gas Hot-Button Issues

    01/10/2012 9:19:37 PM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies · 2+ views
    New Mexico Tech ^ | 01/10/2012 | Thomas Guengerich/
    SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 – As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative “shale gas” deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related to the latest bonanza in domestic natural gas production.
  • Rick Santorum Answers Question On SOPA: ‘There Are Limits To Freedom On The Internet’

    01/09/2012 10:12:29 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 79 replies ^ | 01/08/2012 | Josh Feldman
    In the midst of all this talk of jobs and wars and families, one of the issues the Republican presidential candidates have not addressed that much is the internet. Specifically, their positions on regulating the internet. Over the weekend, Rick Santorum was asked by a New Hampshire resident during a campaign stop if he supported or opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which would give the government more authority to regulate the internet and crack down harder on piracy. Considering how much the Republican party of late has been concerned with government overreach, Santorum has been a surprisingly strong...
  • Agency Says High School Diploma May Not Be Used as Hiring Requirement

    01/08/2012 11:11:41 AM PST · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is warning employers that requiring new hires to have a high school diploma violates federal law. “The deplorable performance and almost total lack of standards exhibited by the nation’s public schools cast a pall of considerable doubt over the equity and utility of using high school graduation as a criteria for employing a person,” declared Daniel Blunt, spokesman for the EEOC. “Supposing a person has a diploma, what does this signify?” Blunt asked. “Standardized tests reveal that a remarkably large percentage of high school graduates are distressingly stupid. Even if graduates are less stupid...
  • The Democratic Party's War on Transportation

    01/08/2012 10:40:38 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 8, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The new "Hours of Service" Rules are a drop in the bucket. We think of the world of transportation -- especially trucking and automobile manufacturing -- as being one of the most fundamental of Democratic Party constituencies. Detroit has long been a party stronghold, with the UAW and Teamsters among Democrats' most powerful union supporters. From the worker at the DMV to the driver he licenses, this is one solid chain of Democrats. But is this political loyalty deserved today, if indeed it ever was? Since the Democratic Party was taken over by environmental extremists a generation ago, there has...
  • The return of Newt Skywalker

    12/31/2011 1:36:04 PM PST · by JediJones · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/2011 | Michelle Quinn
    Twenty years ago, Gingrich’s appreciation of technology was more novel among Republicans, showing that there was a conservative libertarian interest in preserving the burgeoning Internet from efforts to regulate it. At the time, Gingrich talked up the transformative power of the Internet and a world where schools and hospitals would be wired. In 1996, Gingrich — then the speaker of the House — resisted an attempt to fight porn on the Internet. When the Senate began to push for the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Gingrich put up a roadblock that helped undermine the act, which was later struck down...
  • Expert warns: EPA regulation could lead to blackouts in ’12 (election backlash?)

    12/31/2011 2:40:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Times Leader ^ | 12/27/11 | JOSELYN KING
    Expert warns: EPA regulation could lead to blackouts in ’12By JOSELYN KING - For The Times Leader December 27, 2011 WHEELING - The leader of a think tank on energy policy sees electrical blackouts in America's future if the Environmental Protection Agency continues plans to phase out coal-fired electric plants. Thomas Borelli, director of the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research, also believes there could be backlash in the 2012 elections if voters find themselves without electricity in the coming months. New EPA rules were issued last week and will allow companies three years to...
  • Obama's Very Visible Hand Strangles Business

    12/14/2011 4:21:46 AM PST · by billflax · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12/13/2011 | Bill Flax
    Per a recent Chamber of Commerce survey, 89 percent of respondents believe Washington charts the wrong economic course; blaming stagnation largely on taxes and regulatory burdens. America has seemingly forgotten the wellsprings for her vast wealth. Historically, Americans generally enjoyed a stable dollar, relatively low taxes, sacrosanct contracts and respect for property. Free from government interference and confident our rights would be upheld, the pursuit of profit propelled Americans to unprecedented living standards. Affluence comes by aligning talent to capital without having to appease those in authority. In pursuing self-interest, we garner profit through efficiently satisfying customers in manners which...
  • Entrepreneur providing in-home service to elderly fights unconstitutional regulations

    12/13/2011 12:00:10 PM PST · by inkling · 12 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Goldwater Institute
    PHOENIX — A cancer survivor and former hospice nurse’s assistant is suing the Arizona Board of Cosmetology over rules she says unconstitutionally deny her the right to earn an honest living – while at the same time needlessly denying services to homebound, elderly and bedridden individuals across the state. Lauren Boice opened Angels on Earth Home Beauty, which connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill with licensed cosmetologists. Homebound individuals desiring a haircut, manicure, or massage call Lauren, who matches them with a cosmetologist who will visit the client’s home or assisted living center. But while Lauren’s clients see her...
  • President Blames Efficiency for Poor Economy

    12/10/2011 1:27:07 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    President Barack Obama launched his reelection campaign with a firm slap at efficiency as the cause of the nation’s economic doldrums. “While the pursuit of efficiency may serve selfish interests it is a body blow to the nation’s collective well-being,” the President asserted. “Saving time or money may help the individual, but it hurts the opportunity of others who need to make a living.” “Automated systems that save a person time also eliminate job opportunities for others,” Obama pointed out. “If you go online to book a trip you are costing a travel agent a job. If you use e-mail...
  • California ranks 46th in business friendliness

    12/01/2011 7:10:45 AM PST · by freedombiz · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 12-1-11 | Jan Norman
    California ranks 46th in business friendliness as measured by 44 different tax and public policy issues, according to a new study from the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, a Virginia-based advocacy group. Still, California ranks at or near the bottom in such categories as personal income tax, personal capital gains tax, gasoline and diesel taxes, per capita state and local government expenditures, per capital state and local government debt and highway cost effectiveness.
  • Washington Offers Lessons for Michigan Alcohol Law Reform

    11/28/2011 7:54:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/28/2011 | Michelle Minton
    Imagine walking into your local wine, liquor or beer shop and finding all of your favorite brands on sale — permanently. This could be the reality for Washington liquor consumers as the state transitions from a government-run distribution system to a private one as a result of the state’s successful privatization initiative, which voters approved this month. The new system permits liquor producers to sell directly to retailers; something that is generally prohibited under the three-tier distribution system which separates producers from retailers by forcing them to sell their product to a wholesaler who then sells to stores. Freeing the...