Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jon gets into the weeds in all kinds of policy areas, including electricity, occupational licensing, hydraulic fracturing, the minimum wage, poverty and opportunity, state rulemaking, film and other incentives programs, certificates of need, and cronyism.
The real "Resistance" Movement this country needs is one that resists the dedicated effort by a few to cram our political differences into everything, especially nice things that healthy societies keep free and clear from tawdry politics.
Not only does Amazon require tax incentives beyond anything North Carolina currently offers — 25 years' of tax refunds is insufficient! — but also it wants a much greater mass transit system than ours, or Atlanta's for that matter.
This great news. It also removes any justification to kill off entire industries, throw thousands of people out of work, and hide the enormous costs to people to make a symbolic stand against energy emissions.
Economists are puzzled by price gouging laws because they reduce economic welfare without even benefiting some special interest group. Blue Laws prevent people from entering into agreements or transactions that lawmakers find objectionable.