Regulation (page 343)

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    What’s the Biggest Problem for Small Businesses?

    According to a new Gallup Poll, “Small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations (22%) is the most important problem facing them today, followed by consumer confidence in the economy (15%) and lack of consumer demand (12%).” That’s surprising even to me…
    Daren Bakst, October 25, 2011
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    You might be a progressive if…

    …you read this letter to the editor by economist Steve Horwitz–republished on the Cafe Hayek blog–and continue to argue that the financial and housing market meltdowns were due to deregulation. Here’s a snippet: Congress has passed four new sets of regulations for every one deregulatory act, and between 2001…
    Roy Cordato, October 24, 2011
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    In case you missed him …

    Daren Bakst discussed the future of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for natural gas in North Carolina during an interview for News 14 Carolina’s “Political Connections.”…
    Mitch Kokai, October 24, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Michael Sanera about North Carolina’s future water needs. Daren Bakst’s guest Daily Journal explores the morality of capitalism.
    Mitch Kokai, October 21, 2011
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    More to follow after CLASS Act failure

    Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner warns today that news about the failure of ObamaCare’s CLASS Act for long-term care represents just the first of many such revelations we can expect in the coming weeks and months. The CLASS Act’s flawed design is just…
    Mitch Kokai, October 20, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Karen McMahan reports for Carolina Journal Online about an insurance agent’s claim that the N.C. Insurance Department is mandating “cybersnooping” in connection with online continuing education courses. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes that people tied to the Occupy movement don’t understand basic rules of civil society…
    Mitch Kokai, October 20, 2011
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    When the absurd becomes the ho-hum

    James Lileks‘ latest National Review column warns Americans not to respond “that wouldn’t happen here” when they read stories about the negative impact of years of socialistic paternalism in Europe. [W]e steel ourselves: We’ll fight back before it gets that bad. Wait until 2012! The forces…
    Mitch Kokai, October 18, 2011
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    Free Speech is Super

    The News & Observer, in an editorial entitled “Not so super,” once again criticizes the Citizens United case.  In that U.S. Supreme Court case, the Court held that corporations and unions can use their own treasury funds to support or oppose candidates in federal elections. The hysteria over…
    Daren Bakst, October 14, 2011