Category Archives: Regulation

Cato’s Tanner explains corporate welfare has bipartisan backers

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute reminds us in his latest National Review Online column that both major parties have been guilty of supporting corporate welfare. The most recent example of Democratic corporate welfare involves the legislation that has dominated much of the political debate during Barack Obama’s administration. The conventional wisdom says that corporateContinue Reading

Sowell takes on ill-informed reports targeting ‘predatory lending’

Thomas Sowell‘s latest column at Human Events takes media outlets to task for continuing to misstate the case against “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinkingContinue Reading

Nursing degrees: Get ‘em while they’re hot

Becoming a nurse is probably a great idea. You can do it with minimal credentials (associate degree or less), it’s a fast-growing field, and in 2012 the median registered nurse made upwards of $65,000. It’s such a great idea that it would be a shame for special interests and policymakers to ruin it for everyone.Continue Reading

Barron’s writer labels latest Nobel economics prize a dud

Gene Epstein explains in his latest “Economic Beat” column for Barron’s why the latest Nobel Prize awarded for economics misses the mark. The 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded last Monday to French economist Jean Tirole for what the committee referred to as “his analysis of market power and regulation.” To understand why Tirole’sContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

With all of the recent debate about reducing health care costs, there’s been little discussion about opening up competition by scrapping the state’s certificate-of-need law. Katherine Restrepo analyzes North Carolina’s CON restrictions during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Sarah Curry discusses two key N.C. government revenue sources: the state lottery and local propertyContinue Reading

The legal profession is just not that into competition

George Leef explains for Forbes readers why a U.S. Supreme Court case involving North Carolina dentists and teeth whiteners is attracting attention from other fields. Competition – everyone loves it, except when it’s competition in your particular business or profession. Then it’s dangerous and must be controlled if not eliminated. Back in August, I wroteContinue Reading

You’ll be shocked to learn about the EPA’s relationship with environmental activists

Kelsey Harkness of the Daily Signal highlights the “beyond cozy” relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activists with alarming goals. Republican lawmakers say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enjoys a “beyond cozy” relationship with a liberal environmental action group that seeks to reshape national energy policies in a way that would hurtContinue Reading

CEI chief ponders regulatory overreach

Lawson Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute shares with Human Events readers some disturbing facts about the growth of federal government regulation. Over the past several decades, we have witnessed an inexorable growth in the influence of government in our lives and livelihoods—at the national, state, and local level. Politicians from both parties pay lipContinue Reading