Category Archives: Regulation

Scientific ignorance loves regulation

Here’s a human tendency it’s important to be mindful of when news media trumpet that some large supermajority of people polled want a restrictive safety regulation. (It’s also important to be mindful that answering poll questions tend not to include actual costs to people, and that stated preference shorn of an actual cost-informed decision isContinue Reading

Here’s a shocker: A sclerotic federal agency

The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek recounts the most recent woes of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC chair Mary Jo White‘s “two-year tenure heading the securities regulator has been marked largely by discord and paralysis rather than accomplishments.” Expectations were high for White, who came to the job with a reputation as a toughContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man describes fight involving Big Insurance, Big Government, and bad regulations

Jim McTague of Barron’s uses his latest “D.C. Current” column to detail insurance companies’ concerns about an unanticipated consequence of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations. U.S. insurance companies are engaged in an intense rumble with the Federal Reserve and regulators from the European Union over higher global capital standards. A loss could result in lower profitsContinue Reading

Alternate headline: Crony defends cronyism

This morning’s News & Observer features an article headlined “Ex-CEO defends green energy,” in which former Duke Energy top dog Jim Rogers bemoans legislation to cap North Carolina’s mandate for Duke to use high-cost energy sources. Anyone who has followed Rogers’ exploits over the years should not be surprised.

EPA might back away from mandating use of technology that’s unavailable

Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller reports on a move that might save the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from a fresh round of ridicule. The EPA may be trying to avoid a political disaster before the rollout of major regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants. Sources say the agency has dropped a keyContinue Reading

Stossel’s brother encounters big government

John Stossel documents for Human Events readers his brother’s reaction to government encroachment on the medical research field. For years, my scientist brother Tom was the nonpolitical Stossel. I defended free markets on TV, and he studied blood at Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Mom asked me when I’d get a “real job” likeContinue Reading

The Texas way of providing emergency treatment

The latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features Lauren Etter’s article on the impact of Texas’ decision to loosen rules linked to emergency rooms. Holly Westerby was sitting on the sidelines of a YMCA field in Houston watching her 9-year-old son play flag football one Friday night in March when she noticed he kept shaking hisContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor touts benefits of free trade

Thomas Donlan of Barron’s devotes his latest editorial commentary to describing the role of politics in limiting the unquestionable benefits of free trade. Trade is a voluntary act of exchange between independent actors seeking mutual profit. But governments negotiate trade deals for reasons that go beyond the needs of business. Each country’s government has vestedContinue Reading