Category Archives: Regulation

Improving disaster response by scrapping FEMA

Chris Edwards of DownsizingGovernment.org explains in a recent Daily Caller column why ridding the federal government of its emergency management agency would lead to better disaster response. In decades past, individuals, businesses, and charities took the lead on disasters. After the devastating San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, for example, the private response was huge. AidContinue Reading

How overregulation invites the Nothing

Today’s newsletter discusses the obliteration of commerce wrought by overregulation, big and small. The small include a handful of state and local regulatory actions in recent news. The big include a finding by Appalachian State’s John Dawson and N.C. State’s John Seater that “GDP at the end of 2011 would have been $53.9 trillion insteadContinue Reading

Leef critiques copyright law for Forbes readers

George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on problems created by federal copyright law. The idea behind copyright was simple – creativity would be catalyzed if individuals were given the exclusive right to profit from their works for a period of time. The law was supposed to strike a sensible balance between financial incentives for creatorsContinue Reading

A principled liberal in action

The Washington Free Beacon reports that law professor Jonathan Turley will lead the U.S. House’s legal action against the Obama administration over Obamacare’s implementation. Professor Jonathan Turley, who currently serves as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Chair of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, will be the lead counsel for the House ofContinue Reading

Stossel bemoans control freaks with power

John Stossel‘s latest column at Human Events focuses on the government officials whose primary goal is to tell you how to run your life. Control freaks want to run your life. They call themselves “public servants.” But whether student council president, environmental bureaucrat or member of Congress, most believe they know how to run yourContinue Reading

Just wait — it gets worse

Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller reminds us that some of the most substantial, and potentially damaging, elements of the Affordable Care Act have not yet taken effect. Americans clearly aren’t happy about it: approval of the health-care law has dropped to an all-time low of just 37 percent. It’s not surprising — a lotContinue Reading

Who likes those mandated healthy school lunches? Not kids

Kate Scanlon reports for the Daily Signal about schoolchildren’s reaction to new mandates for healthy school lunches. Healthier lunches have become available in schools across the nation. But students aren’t eating them. According to a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study, “Nearly 6 in 10 [students] put a vegetable on their tray,Continue Reading

More unintended consequences of San Fran’s overreaching government

The latest Bloomberg Businessweek documents an unintended consequence of San Francisco’s tightly regulated housing market, one that should surprise no one who has studied the history of the city by the bay. San Francisco is a boomtown with an unemployment rate among the lowest in the country, as Google (GOOG), Uber, Airbnb, and a seeminglyContinue Reading