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  • HHS releases 1,296 pages of regulations ahead of holiday weekend

    07/07/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama's administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay...
  • Holiday Document Dump: 1,300 Pages Of Obamacare Regs On July 4th Eve

    07/05/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/04/14 | Larry O'Connor
    The Department of Health and Human Services released nearly 1,300 pages of new regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at 4:15 Thursday, just as the nation was beginning their Independence Day holiday weekend. The regulations deal with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. How doctors get paid by HHS through the new, overreaching Obamacare guidelines has been an item of concern for the American Medical Association, a key supporter of the health care law. As Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner points out, the practice of dumping potentially controversial regulations on the eve of a major holiday has...
  • New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 38 Times as Long as Bible

    06/24/2014 3:17:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 23, 2014 - 3:27 PM | Ali Meyer
    Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words. The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words. Thus, the new EPA regulations issued by the Obama Administration contain 19 times as many pages as the Bible and 38 times as many words. The Obama EPA regulations have 22 times as many words as the entire Harry Potter series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words. They have 5,484 times as many words as the U.S....
  • Murray Energy CEO: What the president’s done is illegal, unachievable

    06/20/2014 1:14:01 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox Business Network ^ | 6-19-2014 | Cavuto
    Jun. 19, 2014 - 5:57 - Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray on the impact of regulations on the energy industry.
  • Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?

    05/20/2014 12:13:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 19, 2014 | Clara Ritger
    If the government wants to make progress in lowering obesity rates, it needs to start regulating fatty foods much the way it does tobacco. That's the recommendation from a pair of international health organizations pushing policies it says would answer the obesity epidemic. Specifically, the groups recommend that the government control the way the food and beverage industry advertises, to ensure companies aren't implying unhealthy food is good for children and adults. Additionally, they advise governments to require statements on food packaging about how high or low the content of salt, saturated fat, and sugar is in relation to dietary...
  • Measure Would Ban Enforcement Of Woodstove Emission Regulations

    05/16/2014 11:42:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation aimed at preventing enforcement of potential federal limits on woodstove emissions has been introduced in the Michigan legislature. Senate Bill 910, which was introduced on April 24 by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, would prohibit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from imposing new state regulations limiting emissions from woodstoves and heaters, or enforcing federal regulations that do so. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule changes that would dramatically tighten emissions requirements on new wood-powered heaters. Sen. Casperson "We believe environmental groups are really the ones behind those who have told the EPA they have concerns about wood...
  • EPA Proposes Changes to Refinery Emission Rules

    05/15/2014 9:45:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 15, 2014
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed changes to oil refinery rules that would compel operators to monitor benzene emissions, upgrade storage tank emission controls, ensure waste gases are properly destroyed and adopt new emission standards for delayed coking units. The move is part of a consent decree that resolved a lawsuit filed by nonprofit environmental attorneys with Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project.
  • Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

    05/12/2014 5:57:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/8/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Wall Street Journal has a good "Weekend Interview" piece with Bob Woodson, head of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. The group works in low-income areas to foster entrepreneurship, value creation and faith-based enterprises. The whole interview is interesting, but one part in particular relating to government mandates for occupational licensing stuck out: Mr. Woodson says that many poor communities don't need another government program so much as relief from current policies. 'For instance, a lot of people coming out of prison have a hard time obtaining occupational licenses,' he says. Aspiring barbers, cabdrivers, tree trimmers, locksmiths and the like,...
  • This High-Paying Job Has 235,600 Unfilled Positions Across The US

    05/11/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2014 | RICH SMITH, THE MOTLEY FOOL
    You wouldn't think that the old saw, "Good help is hard to find," had anything left to it, what with last week's unemployment report out of the U.S. Department of Labor showing unemployment in America is still 6.3%. The fact that hourly wages in America grew a measly 1.9% over the past 12 months tends to suggest there's little slack in the jobs market, too. (After all, if it was hard to find good help, wouldn't it stand to reason that employers would be paying through the nose to attract workers?) In one industry, they may have to: trucking. Help...
  • How much does it cost Americans to comply with federal regulations? Try $1.9 trillion a year

    05/08/2014 2:09:24 AM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2014 | By Jennifer Harper
    Yes, someone is actually tracking the hidden weight of all those pesky federal regulations. Here’s the startling news: it cost Americans $1.9 trillion last year to comply with myriad rules and protocols that are issued at the rate of 3,500 a year - this according to one Clyde Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The regs are, in essence, like a hidden tax, he says.
  • Take Your Stinking Paws Off My Cigars, You Dirty Bureaucrats

    05/06/2014 9:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Brandon Howell
    For reasons passing understanding, the FDA announced recently that it was moving forward with invoking its authority to regulate cigars, along with other forms of tobacco. It’s a part of the Tobacco Control Act, signed into law in 2009, which gave the agency the option of casting its net down on cigars at the time of its choosing. In other words – it was only a matter of time before bureaucrats decided to be bureaucrats. It’s not set into stone, yet. Between now and July 9 the FDA will accept comments on its proposals, at which point it will the...
  • Report: 'Urgent action' needed on climate change

    05/06/2014 6:33:36 AM PDT · by kjam22 · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-6-2014 | cnn
    Washington (CNN) -- Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more erratic weather. "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the National Climate Assessment says, adding that the evidence of man-made climate change "continues to strengthen" and that "impacts are increasing across the country." "Americans are noticing changes...
  • For Obama, a renewed focus on climate

    05/04/2014 11:25:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    He is regularly briefed on scientific reports on the issue, including a national climate assessment that he will help showcase Tuesday. He is using his executive authority to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and is moving ahead with stricter fuel-efficiency standards for the heaviest trucks. “He’s spending money, in my view, in the wrong place,” Duncan said in an interview. “He needs to be focused on the economy, and the balance has gotten out of hand.”
  • Liberal Ex-Congressman Opens Restaurant, Realizes Government Regulations Suck

    04/29/2014 8:49:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/29/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s different when you’re on the receiving end. The former Michigan Democratic congressman, liberal pit bull, academic, antiwar firebrand and labor-union BFF has undergone an epiphany, making him simpatico with businesses and the profit motive.When his family approached him more than four years ago about starting Zest, Bonior became a scrappy entrepreneur. He used his congressional access to knock on every one of 435 congressional offices, dropping off a flier for Zest. He worked the Metro stations, handing out coupons. He went door-to-door, as if he were campaigning.“We kept thinking of ways to reach out.”He knew it was risky. Most...
  • U.S. Regulatory Costs Are Now Bigger Than Canada's Entire Economy

    04/29/2014 5:27:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/29/2014 | John Merline
    After years of rapid growth during the Obama administration, the cost of federal regulations is now bigger than the entire economies of all but nine countries in the world. That's according to the latest annual report on the regulatory state issued by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, titled "Ten Thousand Commandments." Compiling reports of compliance costs from various government agencies and outside sources, author Clyde Wayne Crews found that the "regulation tax" imposed on the economy now tops $1.86 trillion. By comparison, Canada's entire GDP is $1.82 trillion. India's is $1.84 trillion. The problem, Crews notes, is that the combined...
  • Rich States, Poor States, 2014 Edition

    04/28/2014 6:01:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2014 | Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams
    Throughout the country, states are looking for ways to energize their economies and become more competitive. Each state confronts this task with a set of policy decisions unique to their own situation, but not all state policies lead to economic prosperity. Using years of economic data and empirical evidence from each state, the authors identify which policies can lead a state to economic prosperity. Rich States, Poor States not only identifies these policies but also makes sound research-based conclusions about which states are poised to achieve greater economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster...
  • Feds move to tighten efficiency rules for household lamps

    04/28/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Department of Energy is looking to regulate two types of household lamps. The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced Monday in the Federal Register it is considering new energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs). The Energy Department estimates the rules will save the public billions in energy bills over the next three decades and have substantial environmental benefits. But the agency also expects the rules will cost manufacturers more than $90 million, which could lead some to close up shop and cut jobs. It is weighing the...
  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
  • Oh, good: The EPA finally, retroactively lowers a 2013 biofuels requirement

    04/22/2014 6:34:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s an improvement, I suppose, over that one time last year when they actually tried to penalize refiners for not complying with the previous year’s standard which also vastly overestimated the amount of the required cellulosic biofuels that would exist in the real world rather than inside their self-righteous faux-green fantasies, but… that is hardly cause for celebration. Via The Hill: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday retroactively lowered the volume of cellulosic biofuel that refiners must blend into traditional fuels, aligning the 2013 mandated volume to the actual amount of fuels produced.EPA’s original mandate for 2013 was based...
  • Is the goal of our government a post industrial America

    With the exception of the IRS I think we have gotten the unwanted attention of just about every federal, state and local agency that exists. The gauntlet of regulations, fees and penalties have become so daunting that our management team just withdrew our permit application and decided not to pursue the expansion in our county or even state. The deck is so stacked against business today it is necessary to ask oneself if the goal of our government is to create a post industrial society out of America
  • Video: How removing one regulation created hundreds of jobs in Mississippi

    04/18/2014 6:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    So many businesses are just someone’s dream—to make an honest living, to serve the community something it’s missing, to use talents to their greatest potential. Every roadblock the government erects makes those dreams slightly less possible. And, those roadblocks aren’t tripping up the lavishly rich. In this case, an unnecessary regulation in Mississippi was keeping hundreds of working- and middle-class black women from making a living doing something their community wanted to pay them for— hairbraiding. One woman fought for seven years to change that. The result is pretty much the whole reason I believe what I believe.I’ve known this...
  • Regulator Without Peer: By at least one measure, Obama surpasses all of his predecessors.

    04/17/2014 6:38:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/17/2014 | The Editors
    Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can't seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation. Washington set a new record in 2013 by issuing final rules consuming 26,417 pages in the Federal Register. While plenty of government employees deserve credit for this milestone, leadership matters. And by this measure President Obama has never been surpassed in the Oval Office. The latest rule-making tally comes from the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Wayne Crews, who on April 29 will publish his annual review of federal regulation in "Ten Thousand Commandments." This is important...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) – Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • DeMint: ‘Big Business Is No Friend of Conservatism’

    04/08/2014 11:27:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 8, 2014 - 9:48 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, writes in his new book—“Falling in Love With America Again”—about the cozy relationship between big business and big government. “Almost all big corporations benefit from, advocate for, and downright like big government,” DeMint writes. […] “These big companies like to write regulations that make it harder for the smaller companies to compete with them,” DeMint said. “The large companies can deal with a regulatory maze much better than the small companies can. Like the big tobacco companies wanted the FDA to regulate cigarettes because they knew the smaller companies could...
  • How Average Americans Are the Victims of Excessive Regulation

    04/07/2014 3:21:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Heritage ^ | 4/6/2014 | James Gattuso and Diane Katz
    In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama vowed to wield his executive powers when faced with congressional resistance to his legislative agenda: “America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation … that’s what I am going to do.”This provocative declaration was startling in its bluntness, but it was hardly a new development. For the last five years, the president has aggressively exploited regulation to get his way. In fact, the Obama administration is very likely the most regulatory in history, issuing 157 new...
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

    03/28/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/14 | Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. Regulators will start by proposing new rules later this year to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas wells on public lands, one way to begin slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, said Dan Utech, Obama's top energy and climate aide. Most oil and gas production takes place on privately owned land. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Seattle Restricts Uber and Transportation Innovation

    03/19/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislative Exchange Council ^ | 3-19-14 | John Stephenson
    In a major setback for innovation in the urban transportation market, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to cap the number of cars that ride-on-demand services like Uber and Lyft may have on the road at any one time. The mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, has said he will sign it. Under a new ordinance, which is the first of its kind in the United States, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar will be limited to having 150 cars each on the road at a time. This means that ride-on-demand services will collectively have no more than 450 cars on...
  • Arizona says “Neigh” to Small Businesses

    03/14/2014 2:12:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    eleste Kelly, Grace Granatelli and Stacey Kollman discovered a profitable niche in the animal therapy market when they found they could turn their passions into successful small businesses. They spent hundred of hours learning animal massage techniques, earned private certification and began their respective animal therapy ventures. Today, they have successful businesses and loyal clients. However, according the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, Celeste, Grace, and Stacey are criminals facing jail time. A recent Arizona regulation requires these hardworking entrepreneurs to give up their professions, or pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to become licensed veterinarians (an education that...
  • Regulating America To Death

    03/13/2014 3:26:15 PM PDT · by LD Jackson
    Political Realities ^ | 03/13/14 | LD Jackson
    Via TCOT Report'Is the Prosecution of ‘Pocketknife Felon’ Jordan Wiser about Electing Harold Specht to a Judgeship?'Many have read with outrage the story of 18 year old Jordan Wiser; a young man whose car was searched without permission at his vocational school, resulting in his expulsion, arrest, felony indictment, imprisonment, and separation from his beloved, terminally ill grandfather. The prosecutor in this case, Harold E Specht, Jr. has been quoted saying the reason for Wiser’s arrest and felony prosecution centers on the discovery of a four-inch pocketknife, which was locked in the trunk, inside his EMT kit – a duffel...
  • Obama's rush to regulate [welding an anchor to the U.S. economy]

    02/24/2014 5:09:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2014 | Ben Goad
    President Obama has ordered his officials to step on the gas and clear as much of his regulatory agenda as possible during the twilight of his time in office. The clock is ticking, creating a sense of urgency in the administration to crank out his new rules without delay. Just a year into the president’s second term, experts and former administration officials say it is do-or-die time for scores of regulatory initiatives across the federal government that could shape his legacy. So Obama is spurring agencies on. “He has directed his entire administration to move as quickly as possible in...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers [Obama wages war against farmers]

    02/22/2014 6:52:06 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 22, 2014 | Evan Halper
    Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA's proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks. Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary. They're fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close. "They are...
  • Obama orders even more EPA regulations for more fuel-efficient “super trucks”

    02/18/2014 4:32:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In keeping with his trending pattern of throwing bureaucratic bones to environmentalist groups whilst doing everything he can think of to “act where Congress won’t” (like his administration’s decision last week to initiate a $1 billion “climate resilience fund” that will combat problems of the Obama administration’s own making the effects of weather around the country), President Obama announced today the latest round of fuel-efficiency regulations to be handed down on high from the ever wise and abstemious Environmental Protection Agency: Speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Maryland, Obama instructed environmental and transportation agencies to get to work on...
  • 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will

    02/14/2014 4:52:46 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 14, 2014 | Amy Payne
    President Obama—the imperial President, the “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone” President who can’t wait to show us his “year of action”—once vowed to do exactly the opposite. "The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America." That was candidate Obama back in 2008. This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced...
  • The High Cost of Fracking Regulation

    02/12/2014 1:34:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 12, 2014 | Jeffrey Folks
    In Europe, where fracking is heavily regulated or prohibited altogether, consumers pay more than twice for natural gas than what they do in America (currently $11.59 per mBtu vs $4.78). As consumers, businesses, and electric utilities pay more, the result is a stalled economy and lower standard of living. Thanks in part to its large investment in solar energy, Spain's per capita GDP in current U.S. dollars has dropped from $31,679 in 2010 to $28,624 in 2012. Based on his recent words and actions, Obama wants the same for the U.S. Over half the homes in America heat with natural...
  • State Dept. Finds No Environmental Objections Keystone XL Construction; Will Obama Approve it?

    02/07/2014 1:11:17 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-7-14 | Karla Jones
    On January 31, the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XS pipeline, concluding once again that its construction would have a net neutral effect on carbon emissions. The study also confirms that the pipeline itself would have little to no impact on Canadian oil sands extraction rates or on global oil consumption. Canada will continue to develop the oil sands and consumers will continue to buy oil for the foreseeable future with or without the Keystone XL. The relevant questions surrounding the pipeline’s construction are who will benefit from the development and transit of this...
  • Is There An ObamaCar In Your Future?

    02/07/2014 8:24:50 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Auto Safety: The Obama administration is pushing technology that will let cars "talk" to each other to avoid crashes. Sounds great. But do we really want the folks who built HealthCare.gov at the wheel of our automobiles? Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation announced plans to require all cars to come equipped with "vehicle to vehicle" communications technology it's now developing. Once in place, these V2V devices would transmit information about car speeds and locations, warning drivers of danger. The system might even take control of a car to prevent a crash. Administration officials call it "game-changing" technology that...
  • A Broadband Plan for the States

    02/05/2014 1:13:19 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    A Broadband Plan for the States ^ | 2-5-14 | John Stephenson
    Today we are pleased to release a white paper entitled The States’ Broadband Plan, a set of three suggested policies designed to promote broadband connectivity in the states. This white paper comes in response to legislators’ requests for proven ideas to foster more economic growth through technology and improve public safety in the wake of natural disasters. The best way to address the economic problems facing the country is to increase economic opportunity, investing in and fostering potential growth areas of the economy that hold real promise to create jobs and wealth. Few areas hold as much promise as broadband...
  • DOT plans to mandate ‘talking’ cars

    02/03/2014 10:49:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 80 replies
    Politico ^ | February 3, 2014 | Kevin Robillard
    The Obama administration announced Monday that it intends to require new cars to include technology enabling them to communicate with each other, a step that transportation planners have said could significantly reduce crashes. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters that he hopes to finish the mandate before President Barack Obama leaves office. That would allow time for DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to work out issues including security and privacy.
  • Obama’s power play (Deeper and broader than you think)

    01/31/2014 11:57:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 31, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    In an FDA office building in suburban Maryland, the bureaucrats gather over coffee to draft rules meant to squeeze the trans fat out of snack foods. Four blocks from the White House, in an EPA conference room: more bureaucrats, more meetings, more drafting of rules, these aimed at forcing industrialists to spend billions cutting carbon to fend off global warming. Congress? Who needs Congress? Americans heard President Barack Obama declare this week that he intends to bypass the gridlocked Hill to get things done on his own. What they didn’t hear: just how far he’s actually pushing his executive authority....
  • California Legalized Selling Food Made At Home And Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses

    02/01/2014 12:06:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 29, 2014 | Nick Sibilla
    A government official appears at a man’s door. The man has been breaking the law: He has sold bread baked at home. This isn’t a page from Kafka—it happened to Mark Stambler in Los Angeles. For decades, Stambler has followed traditional methods to bake loaves of French bread. The ingredients are simple: distilled water, sea salt, wild yeast and organic grains. Stambler even mills the grain himself. To make it easier to steam loaves, he built a wood-fired oven in his own backyard. Stambler’s loaves came in first place at the Los Angeles County Fair and the California State Fair....
  • Local Officials Shut Down 11 Year Old's Cupcake Business as a Threat to Public Health

    01/30/2014 3:56:32 AM PST · by Marcus · 49 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | January 30, 2014 | Mark R. Whittington
    11 year old Chloe Stirling got some great accolades from her local newspaper for the cupcake business she had started out of her parents' kitchen. Unfortunately the local health department took another view and shut her down. The sticking point was that not only did she lack the proper permits and licenses to run a food business, but according to local and state law she would have to either own her own bakery or have a kitchen separate from that of her parents to continue cooking cupcakes for money. Since this was clearly impossible, Stirling is no longer able to...
  • ‘Not looking good’: Coal workers see future dim amid regulation burden

    01/16/2014 8:35:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 16, 2014 | Mike Tobin
    Far below the Appalachian Mountains, in a space barely big enough to stand up straight, Bobby Combs works a job his father and his grandfather worked. Coal-mining is the highest-paying job available to him in eastern Kentucky. As he skillfully maneuvers a massive machine and rips into a seam of coal, though, Combs wonders if the family tradition ends with him. “It’s not looking good,” he says, dirt smudging his face. Coal has come under the crosshairs of the Obama administration in the push to transition to renewable energy sources. Coal mines are burdened with a never-ending stream of federal...
  • CARSON: America is dragged down by Obama regulations

    01/15/2014 9:54:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2014 | Ben S. Carson
    When government grows too large, dependency replaces achievementWhen I was in high school in Detroit, I had a job as a biology laboratory assistant. I spent a substantial amount of time in the greenhouse, preparing botany experiments. I had acquired some seeds of an interesting plant and was anxious to use them to produce my own crop of these plants. I planted the seeds in a special container and kept enriching the soil and providing plenty of moisture and sunlight to enhance and accelerate the growth. I was very disappointed with the results and eventually abandoned the project, leaving the...
  • Mike Lee photo depicts a nation of federal regulations

    01/15/2014 5:53:07 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 13 | JOEL GEHRKE
    Congress passed a historically low number of laws in 2013, but the executive branch bureaucrats who write the nation's federal regulations remained as busy as ever, as Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, demonstrated with a single picture. "Behold my display of the 2013 Federal Register," Lee wrote in a caption for a photo posted to his Facebook page on Friday. "It contains over 80,000 pages of new rules, regulations, and notices all written and passed by unelected bureaucrats. The small stack of papers on top of the display are the laws passed by elected members of Congress and signed into law...
  • America's Dwindling Economic Freedom (U.S. has dropped out of the top 10)

    01/14/2014 1:08:32 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/13/2014 | Terry Miller
    World economic freedom has reached record levels, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. But after seven straight years of decline, the U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries. For 20 years, the index has measured a nation's commitment to free enterprise on a scale of 0 to 100 by evaluating 10 categories, including fiscal soundness, government size and property rights. These commitments have powerful effects: Countries achieving higher levels of economic freedom consistently and measurably outperform others in economic growth, long-term prosperity...
  • Taming the Regulatory Tax

    01/11/2014 10:03:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    Every American knows about the income tax. But how many are aware of the regulatory tax? That’s the cost of all regulations (good, bad and indifferent) imposed on Americans by the 60 or so government agencies that contribute to the 175,000-page (and growing) Code of Federal Regulations. The fact that we don’t hear nearly as much about the regulatory tax doesn’t mean it isn’t substantial. As Heritage Foundation scholar James Gattuso notes, “While the revenues and expenditures of the government are accounted for each year, the costs of regulation are largely hidden from view, paid for indirectly via higher prices,...
  • Obama: 2014 'year of action' on jobs

    01/11/2014 5:10:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 11, 2014 | Peter Schroeder
    President Obama called on Congress to make 2014 a “year of action” for the economy – starting with extending emergency unemployment benefits. In his weekly address, the president touted the gains the economy has made in the last few years, while urging policymakers to do more to boost jobs and put people back to work. The first item on the agenda should be getting federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless back in place, he said. That program was allowed to expire at the end of 2013 when Congress failed to extend the program, cutting off benefits for 1.3 million...
  • Republicans plan push to curb governor's powers following Obamacare dispute

    01/02/2014 10:02:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jack Brammer
    FRANKFORT — A year after Gov. Steve Beshear implemented the federal health care law without legislative approval, Senate Republicans plan to push a constitutional amendment that would curb the governor's power to issue administrative regulations. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said his caucus would push for the restriction early in the 2014 General Assembly that begins Tuesday. The proposed change to the state Constitution would keep a regulation issued by the governor or executive branch from taking effect if lawmakers declare it deficient. The governor and executive agencies issue about 700 regulations each year to implement various laws approved by...
  • Happy New Year! Feds list 141 new regulations in only three days

    01/04/2014 12:02:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/3/14 | Michael Bastasch
    It’s a new year and you know what that means — new regulations. The Obama administration has wasted no time in writing them. The website Regulations.gov lists 141 regulations that have been posted by federal agencies in the last three days alone. Of these regulations, 119 are “rulemaking,” meaning they establish a new rule. Twenty-three are “non-rulemaking,” meaning the regulations does not establish a new rule. The largest group of regulations have to do with energy and environmental issues, many of them issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. One new EPA regulation is an amendment to a rule on hazardous...
  • California Officially Working To Protect Fictional Environment

    01/03/2014 12:36:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | January 3, 2013 | Mark Horne
    The fact that a state legislature would decree population density mandates to cities in the state is an intolerable tyranny. Naturally, the California legislature is doing it. But it has officially decided to worry about the environment of a fantasy world, not the real one.