Regulation (page 297)

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    Time is still not on their side

    Last week, my Education Update outlined the debate over time.  I pointed out that students in North Carolina spend more time in the classroom than their counterparts in other nations.  This includes countries that outperform the state and nation on international assessments. If you don’t believe me (silly), perhaps…
    Terry Stoops, December 16, 2011
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    Entrepreneur battles city bureaurcacy. Let’s hope he wins!

    I received this kind note from a local entrepreneurs who wants to sell legal items to willing customers downtown but faces significant bureaucratic and political obstacles. For obvious reasons, he will remain anonymous.  It is unfortunate that in this free country citizens are fearful to express their dissatisfaction with government…
    Michael Sanera, December 15, 2011
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    Great one-liners from Geo Will

    George Will discusses the latest dust up between Romney and Gingrich. Bottom line: Gingrich was wrong to criticize Romney for “committing  acts of capitalism” while working at Bain Capital. Gingrich did so when goaded by Romney regarding his, Gingrich’s, self-described service as a “historian” for Freddie Mac, which…
    Michael Sanera, December 14, 2011
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    Surprise, surprise: States ratchet up lottery promotion when they need more bucks

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek offers us the following: In today’s bad economy lottery ticket sales have become an increasingly important source of revenue for public officials trying to plug gaps in their budgets. “You have politicians not wanting to raise taxes right now,” says David G.
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2011
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    John Stossel documents his libertarian conversion for Pope Foundation audience

    Why would a full-fledged member of the mainstream media drop his support for big-government intervention and embrace libertarian sensibilities? John Stossel of Fox News explained his conversion during featured remarks for the John W. Pope Foundation’s 25th anniversary dinner Dec. 3 in Raleigh. Click play below…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2011
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    There is no such thing as a free (school) lunch

    The News & Observer tries to do “cute” in their editorial on school lunch requirements. Well, maybe it’s no way to talk to adults. But they’ve got it coming. So to those members of Congress who want to relax sensible government requirements on school lunch regulations: shame on you.
    Terry Stoops, December 9, 2011
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    Epstein’s new book points out the perils of overregulation

    The latest National Review features Joseph Tartakovsky’s review of Richard Epstein‘s latest book, Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law. Described as “what amounts to a 200-page brief against the errors of modern American law and governance,” the book focuses special attention on…
    Mitch Kokai, December 9, 2011
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    REINS Act: Restoring Accountability to Lawmaking

    Yesterday, the United States House passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS Act, H.R. 10)) by a 241-184 vote.   No Republican voted against the bill, while only 4 democrats voted for it. Congress often delegates significant power to government agencies.  As a result,…
    Daren Bakst, December 8, 2011