Regulation (page 300)

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    Supply-side historian blames government currency mismanagement for our economic woes

    Economic history professor Brian Domitrovic, author of a recent history of supply-side economics, takes to the pages of the latest Forbes to assign blame for the Great Recession. To mistake credit default swaps, subprime mortgages, easy loan approvals, and all the rest with the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 24, 2012
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    Businessweek editorial writer needs an economics lesson

    The opening editorial in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek tells us the federal minimum wage — “the current wage floor” — is far too low. It seems the editorial writer needs to review his basic economics. Then he would learn that the minimum wage is a “…
    Mitch Kokai, April 23, 2012
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    Austrian economists and libertarians aren’t the only ones angry at the Fed

    A portion of the business community has filed suit against the Federal Reserve, as Jim McTague documents in the latest Barron’s: The Federal Reserve Board is the defendant in one of the most closely-watched lawsuits, which was brought by retailers, restaurateurs, supermarkets, department stores,…
    Mitch Kokai, April 23, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online that a state board is threatening legal action against a blogger who has shared details of his fight against diabetes. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina Democrats can’t pin their electoral woes on embattled state party chairman…
    Mitch Kokai, April 23, 2012
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    Some interesting choices among the TIME 100

    The annual list of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people includes some obvious choices — Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, the entertainment world’s flavors of the month — and some truly dreadful ones — Iran’s supreme leader — but some of the choices are worthy of note. One is…
    Mitch Kokai, April 20, 2012
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    Heritage report questions N.C. congressional delegation’s support of free trade

    A new report from Bryan Riley at The Heritage Foundation suggests that North Carolina’s congressional delegation “seems to be rejecting its free-trade heritage.” In 2011, Congress overwhelmingly approved free-trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. On average, the FTAs received support from 76 percent…
    Mitch Kokai, April 18, 2012
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen McMahan reports for Carolina Journal Online that Chapel Hill’s new cell phone ban for drivers is drawing fire from some local business owners. John Hood’s Daily Journal delves into the meaning of “republic” and “democracy.”…
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2012
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    A banking expert pans Dodd-Frank

    The latest Barron’s offers us another example of the ills of misguided federal regulation, as Columbia University financial institutions professor Charles Calomiris discusses the Dodd-Frank law: Barrons: When President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank bill into law on July 21, 2010, he was photographed embracing…
    Mitch Kokai, April 16, 2012