Regulation (page 293)

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    Why do Progressives want to destroy the Constitution?

    In his latest column,  George Will explains why the Progressives want to destroy the Constitution. Yearnings for a command society were common and respectable then [1930s]. Commonweal, a magazine for liberal Catholics, said that Roosevelt should have “the powers of a virtual dictatorship to reorganize the government.” Walter Lippmann,…
    Michael Sanera, January 30, 2012
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    What’s at stake with the Supreme Court review of ObamaCare?

    Tevi Troy‘s latest Commentary article offers a good overview of the decision the U.S. Supreme Court will have to make in reference to ObamaCare. Troy identifies four possible outcomes: Justices will uphold the law, strike down the law, invalidate the individual mandate and/or the Medicaid expansion while leaving…
    Mitch Kokai, January 30, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Roy Cordato about North Carolina’s outdated certificate-of-need law. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines Gov. Beverly Perdue’s surprise announcement that she will not run for re-election.
    Mitch Kokai, January 27, 2012
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    My letter to German Life Magazine

    Dear German Life Editor, Your article about solar and wind energy in Germany (February/March 2012) misinforms your readers because it leaves out important information. Like the United States, the German government is forcing taxpayers and electricity ratepayers to subsidize this industry. Der Spiegel recently reported that solar subsidies have topped…
    Michael Sanera, January 25, 2012
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    Surprise: federal farm subsidies discriminate against organic agriculture

    Federal farm subsidies cost $14 billion each year, and they represent one of the many counterproductive expenses that ought to be cut sooner rather than later. From one of my FFF commentaries: The subsidies, broadly defined, go predominantly for products with established industries with abundant supplies: …
    Fergus Hodgson, January 24, 2012
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    Because you just can’t trust those unlicensed photocopiers

    Leave it to National Review‘s James Lileks to find and document in his “Athwart” column another example of monumental government overregulation in California. [N]othing really compares to this: The county clerk shall maintain a register of professional photocopiers, assign a number to each professional…
    Mitch Kokai, January 24, 2012
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    Romney, the last partician, replaced by a new secular clergy

    This is an interesting article by Joel Kotkin.  He argues that Romney is the last patrician and he is being replaced by the a new power elite more akin to a secular congregation. Like the old patricians, this new group shares a basic ideology. Indeed they can be seen…
    Michael Sanera, January 23, 2012
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    Kodak, Creative Destruction and Crony Capitalism

    This article by AEI’s John Steele Gordon documents the rise and fall of Kodak and the near demise of Xerox and IBM.  Unfortunately for us now large companies have learned to avoid Schumpeter’s creative destruction by turning to government and engaging in crony capitalism. It is likely that Kodak…
    Michael Sanera, January 23, 2012