Regulation (page 359)

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    Wingate, Helms scholar sees a crossroads for markets and government policies

    The economic crisis has left the United States at a crossroads between policies that favor increased government intervention and those that allow for increased market freedom. That’s the theme Peter Frank pursued today during his presentation to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. Frank is the Jesse Helms Center’s Free…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2011
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    Businessweek editorials strike the right notes

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek features two good editorials on a single page. Those who’ve read Roy Cordato’s work on price controls will appreciate the first piece, which pans proposals to regulate the amount of money banks can charge for processing debit-card transactions. Shenanigans aside,…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2011
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    Too many stop signs

    Those who remember Duke professor John Staddon’s 2007 presentation on the overabundance of stop signs, speed limits, and traffic controls on American roads might appreciate this excerpt from the final paragraph of Mark Steyn’s latest “Happy Warrior” column in National Review: Crossing the border…
    Mitch Kokai, June 14, 2011
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    Another warning about overregulation

    As N.C. lawmakers address regulatory reform, a new column from Iain Murray posted at Human Events reminds us of the negative impacts linked to regulatory overreach at the federal level: The main reason for the stalled economy is overregulation. Today, it is incredibly hard…
    Mitch Kokai, June 9, 2011
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    New at CJO: North Carolina drops in Mercatus Center’s freedom ranking

    David Bass’ latest Carolina Journal Online article details a new report from the libertarian Mercatus Center that says North Carolina ranks No. 18 among the 50 states in freedom, a decline from a No. 14 ranking in 2006.
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
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    Freedom in the States

    Live Blog North Carolina ranks 18th in overall freedom for its citizens in a new Mercatus Center publication. Some highlights from my perspective North Carolina has the best asset-forfeiture laws in the land. It could improve them by putting the burden of proof on the government. spirits…
    Joseph Coletti, June 8, 2011
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    Stossel compares regulation to cancer

    John Stossel‘s latest column offers the following observation: “Politicians care about poor people. I know because they always say that. But then why do they make it so hard for the poor to escape poverty?” Outside my office in New York City, I see…
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2011
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    A Proposed Ballot Nudge

    Today the Senate Judiciary Committee heard a proposed bill entitled the Vote for the Person, Not the Party Act. This bill would eliminate the straight Democrat or Republican ballot option. One of the bill’s sponsors, Senator Newton, said there is “too much interest along party lines” during election…
    Jonathan W. Martin, June 7, 2011