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  • New EPA rules push regulatory costs past $1 trillion, $3,080 per person

    12/01/2016 6:20:53 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/1/16 | Paul Bedard
    The new implementation of EPA rules on heavy trucks has boosted the 10-year regulatory burden on America past $1 trillion, 75 percent of which have been imposed by the Obama administration. That amounts to a one-time charge of $3,080 per person, or an annual cost of $540 ... each year every person, regardless of age, in the nation is responsible for paying roughly $540 in regulatory costs. These burdens might take the form of higher prices, fewer jobs, or reduced wages," said AAF's Sam Batkins ... The staggering amount is likely to surge even higher as President Obama scrambles to...
  • Obama legacy: Most red tape, regulations ever

    10/13/2016 9:07:24 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 12. 2016 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama has implemented more costly rules and swamped America with more federal red tape than any other administration, and now he has set another regulatory record: his team has filled 70,000 pages in the Federal Register faster than any other president. Team Obama crossed the 70,000-page mark this week and is on schedule to print seven of the fattest eight Federal Registers in history, according to a new analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Vice President of Policy Clyde Wayne Crews. "Let's put this in some perspective," said Crews in the report provided to Secrets. "The day after Columbus...
  • Bienvenue en France: France cuts red tape for UK firms

    09/28/2016 10:20:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai ^ | 28 Sep 2016 14:21 GMT+02:00
    French authorities said on Wednesday they would fast-track the process for British-based financial firms to decamp to France after Britain quits the European Union. The move by France’s banking and insurance regulators aims to enable companies currently located in Britain to go on operating freely across the European single market. […] As an EU member, British-based firms have so-called passporting rights, which allow them to do business across the 28-nation EU and the 31-strong European Economic Area, which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. But Britain’s departure from the bloc could strip companies of those rights, which are expected to be...
  • Olive Oil, Tea Kettles, and Toasters: The Untold Brexit Story

    06/27/2016 5:47:47 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 38 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 27 June 2016 | Kemberlee Kaye
    There is no single reason Britons voted to sever ties with the European Union, but for many, decentralized, unelected foreign bureaucrats with bone-headed, meddlesome ideas was all the convincing needed to call it quits. So ridiculous were some of the EU’s proposed regulations that even the wildest American legislators look somewhat sane by comparison. Forget migrant assimilation difficulties, terrorism, and financial woes. What and how people ate became a regulatory priority. Sound familiar? A handful of overly nitpicky proposals provide a glimpse into a microcosm of over-reach frustration. That time the EU tried to ban refillable olive oil jugs from...

    06/15/2016 2:19:59 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6/13/16 | Steven Hayward
    Making the rounds right now is an exchange that I certainly hope is authentic, between the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and ranchers Larry and Amanda Anderson. It seems the Oregon bureaucrats want permission to survey the AndersonsÂ’ ranch land for purposes of tracking species decline.... is the AndersonsÂ’ splendid reply... Thank you for your inquiry regarding accessing our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out with this matter. We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are...
  • 20,642 New Regulations Added in the Obama Presidency

    05/23/2016 9:55:43 AM PDT · by milton23 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/23/16 | James Gattuso & Diane Katz
    The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation study we released on Monday. More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually.
  • You Need 300 Hours Of Training And A License To Shampoo Hair?

    05/13/2016 12:24:25 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 13, 2016 | George Leef
    Occupational licensure is so damaging to the upward mobility of poor people and does so little to protect the public that even the Obama administration, with its reflexive pro-government inclinations, has criticized it. (See my February 2015 Forbes piece on that.) Unnecessary and anti-competitive licensing rules have been repeatedly challenged in court, and often struck down as a violation of either state law or the U.S. Constitution. The Institute for Justice has been particularly effective in protecting the liberty of people who just want a chance to succeed on their own, by persuading courts to invalidate ridiculous licensing regulations. A...
  • Science fairs are as flawed as my solar-powered hot dog cooker

    04/13/2016 1:12:08 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    Stat News ^ | 04.13.16 | Carl Zimmer
    Last fall, my daughter Veronica got an idea for the seventh grade science fair at her school. She’d compare different ways to clean a toothbrush. First she’d take a new toothbrush out of a package and brush her teeth, covering it with her mouth bacteria. Then, she’d clean it with one of three liquids: water, lemon juice, or vinegar. Finally, she’d wipe the brushes on Petri dishes and see how many bacteria grew on them... Veronica submitted her plan, and then reported back to me that we had to fill out some forms. These forms turned out to be an...
  • Ottawa’s red-tape cutting law gets Royal Assent

    04/24/2015 5:42:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 4-23-15 | Laura Jones
    With this being budget week, the federal government’s taxing and spending decisions are under the microscope — as they should be in a healthy democracy. But what about government’s hidden tax: regulation? With no equivalent of a federal budget day, regulatory decisions and their implications get precious little scrutiny and we are all worse for it. Thankfully, regulatory transparency got a considerable boost Thursday when the Red Tape Reduction Act (C-21) received Royal Assent and became law. Minister Tony Clement, who has championed the bill, can be proud that Canada is now the first country in the world to require that for...
  • Board overseeing Wisc's for-profit schools fights for its life [EAB looks like a shakedown outfit]

    03/29/2015 2:43:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Wisconsin Watch ^ | March 29, 2015 | Madeleine Behr and Kate Golden
    David Dies fears that if Gov. Scott Walker succeeds in eliminating the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, the for-profit schools it oversees will ramp up practices that could harm students. “If you basically throw the rule book out, I can guarantee you that they will take advantage of their ability to market and recruit as aggressively as possible,” said Dies, the board’s executive secretary. The proposal to eliminate the EAB is part of Walker’s proposed 2015-17 budget. Since its unveiling in February, Dies has been trying to persuade state lawmakers to reject the idea. Dies said his small agency is already...
  • Ted Cruz: The Bush Years-What his time at the FTC suggests about how he’d run the White House

    03/27/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Long before Ted Cruz was a big-name senator and conservative rock star, wowing the crowd at Liberty University in the early days of his presidential bid, he was just another lawyer toiling away in virtual anonymity under George W. Bush. While Cruz’s time in the Senate is best known for fiery speeches and high-profile gestures like his 21-hour filibuster, in his earlier time in Washington he demonstrated a wonkish eye for detail and an eagerness to take on powerful industry groups that he saw as stifling competition. Though his efforts ultimately succeeded on a much smaller scale than he’d initially...
  • Republicans And Democrats…A Choice Between Two Evils!

    12/15/2014 4:53:59 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/15/14 | Leigh Bravo
    When the depth of corruption, deceit and red tape bureaucracy reach such astronomical levels, it is time for a complete overhaul! Fire them all!! Both the Congress and the Senate passed a 2015 spending bill, in record time, that has been labeled a “Cromnibus.” But where was the fight? Where were our representatives who swore they would not fund amnesty, Obamacare, taxpayer-funded abortion, and more irresponsible spending? No where to be seen! About Obama’s illegal amnesty, “We are going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path. This is the wrong way to govern. This...
  • UK businesses urge government to block EU red tape

    06/22/2014 4:06:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2014 6:50 AM EDT
    A group of banking chiefs, insurance bosses and entrepreneurs are urging Prime Minister David Cameron to protect businesses from European Union bureaucracy and plans to tax financial institutions. […] Cameron is anxious to show euro-skeptics in Britain, where anti-EU sentiment is high, that he is fighting for the country’s best interests. …
  • Belmar's Sandy debris removal costs questioned by federal auditors

    05/05/2014 7:43:22 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 4 replies (True Jersey) ^ | April 30, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Federal auditors are questioning more than $500,000 in Hurricane Sandy debris removal costs in Belmar, saying the town awarded two contracts that did not comply with federal rules and lacked paperwork to support other expenses. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General today released its findings about the hard-hit Monmouth County borough, marking the third time a federal audit of a Jersey Shore town’s debris removal work following the storm has been made public. The way two contractors charged for cleanup work accounted for more than half of the expenses flagged in Belmar’s audit. Federal auditors said Belmar...
  • Plans to build Chick-fil-A in Pasadena delayed after council vote

    04/10/2014 10:27:18 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | 4-9-14 | Lauren Gold
    PASADENA >> Plans to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant across from Pasadena City College were put on hold this week after a divided council approved a request by Councilman Terry Tornek to revisit the restaurant chain’s request for building permits. The project, which calls for an expansion of the existing drive-thru as well as removal of two protected trees, among other changes at the former Burger King site, was approved by a hearing officer in December and granted a conditional use permit by the Board of Zoning Appeals by a 3-2 vote in March. However, Tornek requested the project be revisited...
  • Code Chaos Another nightmare for doctors, courtesy of the federal government

    03/07/2014 8:39:15 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 3/7/14 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley? Chances are slim. But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it. On that date, the United States is scheduled to implement a new system for recording injuries, medical diagnoses, and inpatient procedures called ICD-10​—​the 10th version of...
  • The Staggering Price of Red Tape Regulation

    12/06/2013 11:54:02 AM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 2 replies ^ | December 6, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    America is being strangled in red tape by bureaucracies. I've talked in the past about how progressive liberals are circumventing the legislative process by issuing government regulations with no oversight and no accountability. Yet us poor serfs are liable to be fined or imprisoned if we run afoul of the imperial edicts. The latest example is how the EPA is shutting down the last remaining lead smelter in the USA at the end of the year, which will have a disastrous impact upon the cost and availability of ammunition. If progressives can't pass gun control laws, then they'll go behind...
  • Why You Should Give up Your Car and Driver's License When Moving out of State - Part II

    09/27/2013 11:11:16 AM PDT · by InHisService · 56 replies
    Kirchhoff's Law ^ | 9-27-2013 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    I just knew something was going to go wrong. Even though I had my paperwork in hand, all 4,327 pieces of it – which I needed to prove that I was indeed an American, and did indeed have a driver’s license from Pennsylvania that was legit – I knew, somehow, when I got to the BMV – that being Bureau of Motor Vehicles as they call it here in Ohio – that it would not go smoothly. And I was correct. All I had to do was change my license over from PA to Ohio. That’s it. First, being the...
  • And Doggie Makes…

    09/07/2013 8:32:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | September 7, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    I recently began walking around my neighborhood carrying a bag and picking up animal waste. Which is to say, “we got a dog.” Or maybe she got us.It has been several years since we had a pet. And it’s not as easy to get, or keep, a dog as it used to be. Time was, you waited until a neighbor’s dog had puppies and you took one home. That’s how literary heroine Emily Elizabeth got Clifford the Big Red Dog, for example. Not anymore.Daisy is, of course, a “rescue dog.” Because every dog these days apparently has to be. And...
  • Regulation nation: Obama expands the regulatory state

    08/19/2013 6:37:51 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 19, 2013 | Ben Goad & Julian Hattem
    President Obama has overseen a dramatic expansion of the regulatory state that will outlast his time in the White House. The reach of the executive branch has advanced steadily on his watch, further solidifying the power of bureaucrats who churn out regulations that touch nearly every aspect of American life and business. Experts debate whether federal rulemaking has accelerated under Obama, but few dispute that Washington — for better or worse — is reaching deeper than ever before into the workings of society. “It would be difficult for anyone to pretend that this isn’t a high water mark in terms...
  • HHS on Health Insurers' Costs: 'Expenses Like Profits and Red Tape'

    06/20/2013 4:38:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/20/13 | JERYL BIER
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) put out a press release today promoting the savings to consumers from Obamacare in 2012. The department claims that the average consumer receiving a refund will get about $100 as a result of rules on how insurers must spend premium dollars. The press release contains the following curious characterization of ineligible expenses health insurers might incur: Created through the Affordable Care Act, the rule requires insurers to spend at least 80 cents of every premium dollar on patient care and quality improvement. If they spend a higher amount on other expenses like...
  • Obama’s war on red tape

    04/28/2013 8:09:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 28, 2013 | Doyle McManus
    Here are three things the Obama administration has done that you probably didn’t know about: Ever struggle with those accordion-style rubber sleeves on nozzles at the gas station? The sleeve—technically a “vapor recovery nozzle”—was required by the EPA to keep gasoline vapors from leaking into the air. But most cars and trucks now have technology that does the job better, so last year the EPA abolished the nozzle requirement. Because each sleeve-equipped nozzle can cost as much as $300, the change will save gas stations thousands of dollars. Ever apply for financial aid for a child heading for college? Until...
  • Subway 'Wouldn't Exist' If Started Today Due to Regulations: Founder Deluca

    02/27/2013 8:06:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 27, 2013 | Paul Toscano
    Fred Deluca, the founder of privately-held Subway Restaurants, said government regulations are hurting small businesses and that this environment has prevented entrepreneurs from creating value in the market. "If I started Subway today, Subway would not exist," Deluca told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" Wednesday. (VIDEO AT LINK) Deluca said the environment for entrepreneurs in the U.S. has "continuously gotten worse because there are more and more regulations. It's tough for people to get into business, especially a small business." Effects of Obamacare The Subway founder pointed to a number of government regulations that are degrading the business environment for...
  • CA Mayor Charged for Drunken Fit Over Milkshake, Report Says (Mayor Says ...'Shake Cost Too Much')

    02/08/2013 7:37:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Calif. mayor charged for drunken fit over milkshake, report says (CBS) ATWATER, Calif. - Craig Mooneyham, who was filling in as mayor of Atwater, Calif., is accused of throwing a drunken fit over a $7 milkshake, CBS Sacramento reports. According to the station, witnesses say the mayor was so mad about having to pay $7 for a banana milkshake, he started cursing and nearly got into a fight. "He was just throwing the f-bombs and pretty much everything else," Liliana Gracian, an employee of Fosters Freeze, a fast-food chain, told the station. Mooneyham reportedly swore he was overcharged for extra...
  • Aim Those Scissors Somewhere Else!

    12/14/2012 8:30:44 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 14, 2012 A.D. | By John F. Di Leo
    The nation is in recession. Home foreclosures continue to wreck lives, unemployment (when counted honestly) remains in the mid-teens, business startups are in virtual retreat. But not to worry, the president and the leaders of Congress are working on an agreement to raise real taxes and maybe, just maybe, to cut the projected increase in future spending a bit. Ooh. What a relief. Have none of this nation’s leaders, and none of the mainstream media, ever taken an econ class? Haven’t they even played back their own speeches from as recently as a year ago? What on earth are they...
  • Red Tape? Non-Union FEMA Crews, Water and Other Supplies Sit Idle Thanks To Unions & Red Tape

    11/12/2012 12:07:33 PM PST · by dirtboy · 26 replies
    Red State ^ | 11/12/2012 | LaborUnionReport
    It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy killed 113 people, wiped out portions of towns, and knocked out power to millions. It has also been two weeks since Barack Obama pledged, “No bureaucracy. No red tape.” However, according to multiple public and private sources, unions and union-related red tape are causing workers from out of state to be turned back, as well as workers contracted by FEMA, as well as tons of supplies, already in New York and New Jersey to sit idle—at a cost of millions to taxpayers. It has already been well publicized though the Daily Caller how...
  • Landlord 'nightmare' in eviction attempt (San Francisco)

    09/08/2012 1:46:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 7, 2012 | Neal J. Riley
    Janet Sluizer knew she was taking a bit of a chance when she turned to Craigslist this summer to find a tenant for her apartment in the Mission.What she didn't expect was that she'd be spending thousands of dollars in a struggle to evict a roommate who she says hasn't paid rent beyond the first month. "This is a nightmare,"Sluizer said. It's a nightmare that landlord advocates say is all too common in SanFrancisco, where 64 percent of residents rent. .....According to [Janan]New[executive director of the San Francisco Apartment Association], a combination of confusing rent ordinances and an abundance of...
  • See the Speech That Got a Standing Ovation in Congress Today (Mike Kelly delivers again)

    07/26/2012 9:15:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/26/2012 | Mytheos Holt
    Representative Mike Kelly, speaking on the House floor today, managed something very rare in the history of the institution – he got a standing ovation. Applause is usually forbidden in the house, but Kelly‘s blistering attack on regulatory red tape and Washington’s culture of control was apparently so powerful that several of his fellow house members couldn’t resist showing their support, clapping, standing up and shouting “USA! USA! USA!” Would you applaud this way? See Kelly’s speech below and decide for yourself:
  • The Last Socialist in America

    07/05/2012 4:42:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 5, 2012 | John Ransom
    History may give Obama a few different monikers, but according to a well-known report by the Heritage Foundation, he may be best known as the Red Tape President. Facing an increasingly disenchanted electorate, the president who campaigned on hope seems to be fashioning a political noose created by his own red tape. Last year Obama chief of staff Bill Daley faced an angry crowd of manufacturers who complained that the red tape imposed by Obama’s regulatory policies was killing business and jobs, especially in manufacturing. Daley called the regulatory policies “indefensible,” and implied that relief was on the way. Several...
  • Over-Regulation Is Pricey: Federal red tape has cost the U.S. nearly a million jobs.

    06/05/2012 5:55:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/05/2012 | Deroy Murdock
    Federal regulators are keeping America from moving forward. From recent news stories, my colleagues at Engage America have calculated that federal red tape has squelched at least 779,203 potential jobs. If these positions were filled, today’s unemployment rate would fall from 8.2 percent to 7.7. While some of what regulators do is vital (such as preventing Americans from being poisoned by tap water or detonated by faulty automobile gas tanks), far more is costly, duplicative, or downright destructive. At worst, regulators who could call or visit citizens to help them obey the law instead order dynamic-entry raids — complete with...
  • EU should keep out of innovation's way, Wikipedia founder says

    05/12/2012 10:37:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 08.05.12 @ 19:57 (May 8) | Philip Ebels
    To encourage innovation in Europe, policymakers should just keep out of the way, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said. "I agree with the idea of streamlining and simplification. The only thing is that I would be much more extreme," he told EUobserver on Tuesday (8 May) on the sidelines of a conference in Brussels on EU innovation policy organized by global accounting firm Ernst & Young. "The most important thing that Europe needs to do to spur innovation is to eliminate barriers," he added. "To make it easier for investors and entrepreneurs to start businesses and to make it easier...
  • The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories

    05/09/2012 7:15:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    JALOPNIK ^ | May 7, 2012 | Raphael Orlove
    The Ten Scariest DMV Horror Stories There is a dark side to driving in the US, and it is known as the DMV. Listen to these ten tales of woe from Jalopnik readers and you'll get a taste of American bureaucracy at its worst. 10.) Counterfeiters get Mustang GTs Suggested By: frankiepoops What happened: Worst experience that I ever had was when the NY DMV decided that my title for my 1996 green Mustang was counterfeit, not the first time I registered it, but when I went back to put it back on the road after parking it for a...
  • Dodd-Franks requires 24 million hours to comply

    04/19/2012 1:24:19 PM PDT · by freedombiz · 4 replies
    ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ^ | 4-19-12 | Jan Norman
    Financial businesses — from banks to investment advisers — will spend 24 million hours a year to comply with the first 185 regulations to implement the Dodd Frank Act, according to the House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee.
  • MN Entrepreneur Challenges Requirement That All Funeral Homes Must Have an Embalming Room

    01/22/2012 10:16:57 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    Institute for Justice ^ | 1-19-12 | Shira Rawlinson
    Arlington, Va.—May the government force entrepreneurs to do useless things, like build extra rooms in their stores that they do not need and will never use, just to prove they are serious about their business? That issue is at the center of a major lawsuit filed today, January 19, 2012, in Minnesota State District Court by the Institute for Justice (IJ) on behalf of Verlin Stoll, the 27-year-old owner of Crescent Tide Funeral Home in Saint Paul.
  • The Missing Reform: How one reform could change government regulations forever

    11/10/2011 1:13:20 PM PST · by inkling · 11 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Nov. 9, 2011 | Nick Dranias
    Across the country, people seeking work in harmless occupations, including barbers, cosmetologists, dental hygienists, and even frog farmers, are forced to spend thousands of dollars and otherwise productive hours complying with regulations. The cost of state-imposed regulations in California alone was recently estimated at nearly $500 billion. Federal regulations have been estimated to cost $1.75 trillion per year, which is roughly 14 percent of total national income. All of these incredibly costly regulations slow economic activity and prevent the creation of jobs and wealth. Unfortunately, efforts to rein in excessive regulations have proven inadequate. The fundamental problem is that government...
  • After Quinn's Big Tax Hike, Illinois Has Lost More Jobs Than Any Other State

    09/01/2011 6:14:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 31, 2011 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Thanks to Illinois governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois legislature Illinois Loses Most Jobs in the Nation. In a trend that continues to worsen, more Illinoisans found themselves unemployed in the month of July. Illinois lost more jobs during the month of July than any other state in the nation. ... When it comes to putting people back to work, Illinois is going backwards. Since January, Illinois has dropped 89,000 people from its employment rolls. A combination of high taxes, overspending and red tape do nothing but chase away job creators and leave too many citizens without jobs. Springfield needs...
  • Exxon Fights Regulatory Pirates

    08/19/2011 6:00:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 19, 2011 | Staff
    Oil: During the Age of Exploration, seafarers carefully guarded their maps of discovery to ward off plunderers. Incredibly, Exxon faces a similar kind of piracy against its big Gulf oil discovery, as regulators snatch at its permit. Make no mistake about it: American oil companies are operating in a great age of exploration comparable to the uncharted waters that Henry the Navigator, Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan sailed. Five hundred years after the Caribbean was explored, oil is being discovered in unheard-of quantities, 230 miles into the Gulf of Mexico in waters so deep its retrieval would have been impossible...
  • Shutdown Prevents Wis. Couple From Bringing Baby Home

    07/13/2011 12:40:29 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 14 replies
    CBS local ^ | 7-13-11 | James Schugel
    Jessica and Craig Porter of Somerset, Wis. have their newly adopted baby’s room all ready, but the shutdown is forcing their new son to sleep in a playpen across the river in Minnesota. The family is stuck at a hotel until lawmakers strike a budget deal and the state shutdown passes. “We’re just so happy to be with him. We’ll probably go through anything to bring him home,” said Jessica Porter. Her baby boy, Ezra, is only 5 days old. He and his parents are living in a Stillwater hotel room, because they can’t go home to Wisconsin until his...
  • Japan: Bureaucracy, hoarding gum up fuel delivery(can't get permits)

    03/17/2011 5:21:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yomiuri ^ | 03/18/11
    Bureaucracy, hoarding gum up fuel delivery The Yomiuri Shimbun A shortage of fuel is hampering the shipment of urgently needed disaster aid to stricken regions, and while damage from last week's earthquake and tsunami is playing a major role in the problem, rigid government regulations are also slowing down the process. Supply is not the problem, as primary oil distributors are reportedly working around the clock and the government has urged the private sector to release stockpiles. But still, many consumers even in unaffected areas have rushed to fill their gas tanks and scoop up other fuel. /snip "We have...
  • State lawmakers are being urged to scale back the number of laws they propose [CA]

    03/07/2011 9:59:25 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | 6 Mar 2011 | Michael J. Mishak
    *** Among the 2,323 bills introduced by lawmakers this year are ones to revise the definition of olive oil and enact 'Spay Day' to encourage spaying of animals. But Gov. Jerry Brown and others say that's too many as the state grapples with fiscal crisis. *** Reporting from Sacramento — In addition to addressing the state's $25-billion deficit this year, the Legislature is making time for some other less pressing matters: Caffeinated beer. Spaceships. How to properly describe a dog pound. Proposals on those subjects are among the 2,323 bills lawmakers have introduced this year. Others would revise the definition...
  • A License to Shampoo: Jobs Needing State Approval Rise

    02/07/2011 11:05:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 7, 2011 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    Amid calls for shrinking government, lawmakers across the country are vowing to cut regulations that crimp economic growth. President Barack Obama recently said it's time to root out laws that "are just plain dumb." Tell that to the cat groomers, tattoo artists, tree trimmers and about a dozen other specialists across the country who are clamoring for more rules governing small businesses. They're asking to become state-licensed professionals, which would mean anyone wanting to be, say, a music therapist or a locksmith, would have to pay fees, apply for a license and in some cases, take classes and pass exams....
  • Honeyville Foods and the USDA

    02/03/2011 3:00:39 PM PST · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    I got this e-mail today from Honeyville Farms: As many of you know we have been out of stock on our #10 cans of Powdered Whole Eggs and Egg Whites for about 3 months. This has been as a result of working with the USDA on plant and label approval with new stricter requirements with respect to eggs. We've endured numerous delays and setbacks throughout the process. About a week ago we had received approval to begin Production. We did so and even had product on UPS trailers ready to be picked up. We got a call from the USDA...
  • Suffocated By Red Tape - 12 Ridiculous Regulations That Are Almost Too Bizarre To Believe

    11/27/2010 11:49:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Economic Collapse Blog ^ | November 12, 2010
    Even with all of the massive economic problems that the United States is facing, if the government would just get off our backs most of us would do okay. In America today, it is rapidly getting to the point where it is nearly impossible to start or to operate a small business. The federal government, the state governments and local governments are cramming thousands upon thousands of new ridiculous regulations down our throats each year. It would take a full team of lawyers just to even try to stay informed about all of these new regulations. Small business in the...
  • Suffocated By Red Tape – 12 Ridiculous Regulations That Are Almost Too Bizarre To Believe

    11/14/2010 6:26:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies · 1+ views
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 11/14/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Even with all of the massive economic problems that the United States is facing, if the government would just get off our backs most of us would do okay. In America today, it is rapidly getting to the point where it is nearly impossible to start or to operate a small business. The federal government, the state governments and local governments are cramming thousands upon thousands of new ridiculous regulations down our throats each year. It would take a full team of lawyers just to even try to stay informed about all of these new regulations. Small business in the...
  • How To Make Your Local City Council or Building Deaprtment Approve ANY Application

    08/11/2010 7:38:28 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 15 replies · 4+ views
    Friends and Fiends
    I just applied for a building permit for a new house. It is going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide with 9 turrets at various heights, a huge dome, windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system. It will have parking for 200 cars and I am going to paint it snot green with pink trim. The 6500 Watt sound system will play loud screeching sounds 5 times every day, starting at dawn. The City Council told me to go to hell. So I sent in the application again, but this time I...
  • Video: City of Dallas Bans Signs for Small Business

    08/05/2010 11:30:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/5/2010 | Institute for Justice
    Under a Dallas law enacted in 2008, businesses are prohibited from putting signs in the upper two-thirds of any window or glass door, and no more than 15 percent of any window or glass door may be covered by signs. The only way to comply with the new ordinance is by putting tiny signs at peoples feet, which is not an effective way to advertise. The law also bans signs that cover more than 25 percent of a buildings facade. Failure to take down the signs means you are at risk to be hit with a fine up to $2,000....
  • The confusing truth about Coast Guard licenses

    07/05/2010 6:35:50 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 4 replies
    Northwest Herald - Crystal Lake, Illinois ^ | Monday, July 05, 2010 | Steve Sarley
    I received several e-mails from Steve Pennaz of the North American Fishing club. Pennaz is a great guy, publishes a great magazine and also serves as a great source of information on the world of the outdoors. In Pennaz’s e-mail, he explained how fishing guides operating on federally classified navigable waterways needed a Coast Guard Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel license in order to be legal. Pennaz went on to say that the Coast Guard was going to make it easy for the guides with a new program offering special limited licenses for certain bodies of water. What a great...
  • Fueling the Anger of Doctors (Third-party payers)

    05/01/2010 8:28:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,383+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 29, 2010 | PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D.
    At a recent social gathering, a doctor friend who has been in private practice for almost 15 years revealed something that caused one physician to nearly choke on her drink, another to gasp in disbelief and the rest of us to stop what we were doing and gawk as if he had committed some grave social faux pas. “I love what I do,” he announced to all of us. “I really love being a doctor.” His wife, suddenly aware of the silence that fell upon the room, inched closer to her husband. “He really does,” she said nodding to confirm...
  • Paraplegic Vet Gets Mobility Back

    04/26/2010 10:18:21 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 3 replies · 426+ views
    WRTV 6 (Indianapolis) ^ | 4.26.10 | n.a
    A Vietnam veteran who lost the wheelchair elevator that allowed him to get to the sidewalk because the project did not meet city codes now has his mobility back...
  • Canadian Family Forced to close family gas well after 78 years

    12/31/2009 1:40:58 PM PST · by starzed_ · 55 replies · 2,991+ views
    Hamilton Spectator ^ | December 31, 2009 | Dave Chidley, the Canadian Press
    Heating no longer free for couple Dave Chidley, the Canadian Press Forced to close family gas well after 78 years December 31, 2009 The Canadian Press SOUTHWEST MIDDLESEX, Ont. (Dec 31, 2009) For decades, the Murray family of southern Ontario has lived on a rare luxury -- they've heated their household for free. But a government order is now demanding that the couple in their 70s shut down a 1931 natural gas well on their property, and the two will have to cough up tens of thousands of dollars to cap the historic well. "We got something we're not paying...