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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
    Platts.com ^ | 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>