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  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • The myth of the methane menace

    01/19/2015 8:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced major new regulations on the emissions of methane into the air from oil and gas production. It calls methane a “potent” pollutant and its new rules would require a 45 percent reduction by 2025 from 2012 levels. Most Americans support these new rules, according to polling from environmental groups. This isn’t surprising. Methane sounds like a dirty and dangerous pollutant and even deadly if leaked into water or the air. However, methane is just another term for the main component of natural gas. Drillers have a powerful motive to stop leakage on...
  • Crocus Hill neighbors split on plan to raze 1902 home

    01/13/2015 8:04:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-13-15 | Frederick Melo
    The house at 27 Crocus Place is listed on property tax statements for $1.06 million, but neighbors consider it priceless. Built in 1902, the yellow, two-story Victorian sits on a bluff, overlooking Pleasant Avenue and Interstate 35E. In November, trial attorney Fred Pritzker and his wife, Renee, bought the 4,200-square-foot home from his brother and sister-in-law with a singular goal: to tear it down and replace it with one that is more accessible to the disabled. At 64, Pritzker said he is slowly losing function on the left side of his body; at some point soon, he'll need a walker...
  • Here’s what the GOP and Obama can do together to improve the bureaucracy – but will they?

    01/13/2015 7:59:38 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 4 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/13/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    It’s not commonly known because it is rarely covered in the media, but each year, there are literally thousands of suggestions made to the various agencies of the massive federal bureaucracy – the Administrative Branch, if you will – to improve efficiency, cut down on waste, fraud and abuse, and generally become better stewards of the taxpayer’s money while bolstering faith in government. If President Obama and the new Republican majority really wanted to “work together” to “get things done,” they could start by requiring the various Executive Branch bureaucracies to act on them.
  • In Greek tragedy, entrepreneurs triumph

    01/06/2015 5:27:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washingtont Times ^ | January 5, 2015 | Polyxeni Athanasoulia and Nikolia Apostolou
    ATHENS, Greece — In these disastrous economic times, opening a store on tony Voukourestiou Street next to global luxury brands such as Dior and Prada is a goal many Greek fashion designers can only dream about. But despite the crippling financial crisis that has been plaguing Greece for the past six years, 35-year-old Penny Vomva opened a storefront for her designer clothing and accessories company, RIEN, on the boutique-lined thoroughfare last month. Ms. Vomva is delighted, but she also is concerned about the shifting fortunes of the Greek economy. “My line of handmade leather bags costs 180 euros to 450...
  • America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil

    01/04/2015 10:32:16 AM PST · by PROCON · 14 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Jan. 3, 2015 | Andrew Thomas
    Our dishwasher broke just after Christmas. The timer stopped working, and a new one costs about $100. My wife suggested that since the dishwasher is nineteen years old, we should buy a new one. Up until now it was working very quietly and efficiently, washing and drying a full load in about an hour. We visited the appliance shop where we had recently purchased a new clothes washing machine a few months earlier. I mentioned to the salesman that our new washer was very slow, taking nearly two hours to finish a large load compared to our old one, which...
  • America Is Being Transformed Into Brazil

    01/03/2015 5:02:11 AM PST · by rktman · 39 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 1/3/2014 | Andrew Thomas
    21,000 new regulations have been enacted under Obama, and 2,375 are scheduled so far for 2015. Congress does not have the power to stop this avalanche, and can do very little to slow it down. The sad and frustrating part of this “government gone wild” scenario is that it is highly doubtful any of these regulations can be rescinded or fixed before they potentially cause significant permanent damage to our individual freedoms, to say nothing of how they will negatively impact our day-to-day lives. This is how Obama’s “fundamental change” of America is accomplished.
  • Regulations to watch in 2015 (Hussein unleashed)

    01/03/2015 5:19:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/02/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    With President Obama determined to leave his mark through regulations, administration officials are trying to finalize as many health and consumer safety protections as possible before his term runs out. Agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration have a host of final rules on deck for what could be a burst of rulemaking in Obama’s final two years in office. Rules that agencies are expected to finalize in the next year include safety standards for ATVs and electronic reporting of workplace injuries. Here's a look at what the...
  • Tobacco and Firearms. Gifts that keep on giving to the left. (Vanity/Opinion)

    01/02/2015 4:46:16 AM PST · by Enterprise · 4 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/2/2015 | Enterprise
    Tobacco and Firearms. Gifts that keep on giving to the left. (Vanity/Opinion) Let’s use the historic fight against Big Tobacco as a backdrop for the Eric Garner case. Many of us are familiar with the history of the left’s crusade against Big Tobacco. There were epic Congressional and Judicial battles to prove that Big Tobacco lied about the effects of cigarettes. Then followed lawsuits against Big Tobacco which extorted vast transfers of wealth from Big Tobacco to the Government. The hatred of the left to Big Tobacco compared only to the hatred of Kahn to Captain Kirk.
  • Report: 21,000 regulations so far under Obama, 2,375 set for 2015

    01/01/2015 2:28:45 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 31, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The pace of agencies issuing new rules and regulations has hit a record high under resident Obama, whose administration’s rules have filled 468,500 pages in the Federal Register. And, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the president is poised to unleash another 2,375 new rules on American businesses without first giving Congress an up or down vote. ... Crews put the incoming Congress on notice about Obama’s pending 2,375 proposed rules were issued in 2014 and are under consideration. He pointed out a report that said the administration isn’t supplying the required reports on new rules and said that Congress...
  • Bureaucrat Scrooge’s Seek to Wrap Christmas Season in Red Tape

    12/23/2014 7:18:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    Hide your Santa’s, hide your reindeer, and take down your wreaths …because big government is regulating everything! That’s right, the government is now turning all its nanny state hate towards the holiday season – and in a move that would make even the Grinch blush, President Obama’s bureaucracy is proposing new regulations on the use of traditional Christmas lights and other holiday decorations. This month the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) un-wrapped new proposed federal regulations that if enacted, would categorize certain Christmas lights and other “seasonal decorative lighting products” as posing a “substantial product hazard” to the public at...
  • Pro-choice advocate ‘aghast’ at bad conditions in clinic, but still opposes regulations

    12/21/2014 6:34:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 20, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    An article in the book The Abortion Controversy has a disturbing quote by a pro-choice activist: In 1989, the Miami Herald ran a story about a local abortion clinic whose conditions were so heinous that one woman died and another was maimed. Abortion proponents admitted that they had known about the clinic conditions but had remained silent for political reasons. According to pro-choice advocate Janis Compton–Carr: “In my gut, I am completely aghast at what goes on at that place. But I staunchly oppose anything that would correct this situation in law.” — Misty Mealey “Abortion Is a Social Failure”...
  • Feds release anti-rape rules for illegal immigrant children housing

    12/19/2014 1:13:55 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Stephan Dinan
    Say transgender kids should choose which sex to live with Health and Human Services released long overdue guidelines Friday ordering facilities that house illegal immigrant children to set up sexual abuse prevention programs, and to be prepared to deal with tricky cases such as transgender or intersex children. The rules, which congressional Democrats had demanded earlier this week, govern everything from pat-downs to evaluating each child for their likely risk of being targeted for sexual abuse or harassment, and govern how the children should be housed while at the private facilities, which operate under a government contract.
  • EPA uses Jonathan Gruber tactic to impose harmful regulations

    12/12/2014 5:35:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 11, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    “Lack of transparency was really critical to getting it passed,” former Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explained. The Democrats cleverly exploited the American voters’ “lack of economic understanding.” Now President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is using secretive, duplicitous science, and exploiting people’s lack of scientific understanding, to impose punitive regulations cleverly labeled the “clean power plan.” The agency claims the clean power plan will prevent “dangerous manmade climate change” by reducing carbon dioxide and “encouraging” greater use of renewable energy. Its real goal is forcing coal-fired power plants to reduce operations significantly or shut down entirely. The EPA also claims that...
  • Larry Hogan vows fight against Martin O’Malley anti-farm regulations

    12/09/2014 6:28:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    After weeks of promising bipartisanship and refusing to make policy announcements that might rile Democratic lawmakers, Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked his first political fight, coming out swinging against environmentalists and their powerful allies in the General Assembly. Mr. Hogan vowed Monday to roll back proposed new regulations that would limit phosphorus runoff from farms, siding with Eastern Shore farmers who rely on phosphorus-rich chicken manure for fertilizer and against environmentalists who blame it for choking the life out of the Chesapeake Bay. The regulation, known as the “phosphorus management tool,” or PMT, has been hotly debated in the...
  • Will State And Local Governments Shutdown The New Generation Of Small Business Owners?

    12/07/2014 10:37:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/14 | Austin Hill
    AirBnB.Com, Uber.Com: If you own a house or car, should you be free to do what you want with it? If your plans for your personal property include making money, then you may find out the hard way that, no, you can’t do as you wish. That’s the harsh lesson being learned by many Americans as they participate in the new, burgeoning freelance services industries. Consider Raleigh, North Carolina resident Gregg Stebben. He and his wife Jodi are registered as service providers with AirBnB.Com, the new online venture that matches travelers in search of lodging with private homes, extra bedrooms...
  • AirBnB.Com, Uber.Com:

    12/07/2014 4:09:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2014 | Austin Hill
    If you own a house or car, should you be free to do what you want with it? If your plans for your personal property include making money, then you may find out the hard way that, no, you can't do as you wish. That's the harsh lesson being learned by many Americans as they participate in the new, burgeoning freelance services industries. Consider Raleigh, North Carolina resident Gregg Stebben. He and his wife Jodi are registered as service providers with AirBnB.Com, the new online venture that matches travelers in search of lodging with private homes, extra bedrooms and couches...
  • The president rewrites the ObamaCare law — again

    12/03/2014 4:26:51 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    Betsy McCaughey ^ | 12/3/2014 | Betsty McCaughey
    On Thanksgiving eve, the Obama administration dumped reams of mind-numbing ObamaCare regulations into the Federal Register — including yet more unilateral rewrites of the Affordable Care Act. Dropping the rules as most Americans were busy preparing for the holiday made a mockery (again) of President Obama’s promise to have “the most transparent administration in history.” The stunt has even worked to keep most of the media from reporting on the rules. Yet the changes these regulations make in the health-care law are substantial. For one, the president is redefining what health plans are “adequate” for larger employers (100-plus workers) to...
  • The Republicans' strategy to block Obama’s regulations

    11/30/2014 5:19:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 30, 2014 | Tim Devaney and Lydia Wheeler
    The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn. As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rulemaking efforts now under way is limited. But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation. “So long as we have this president the federal agencies can go around Congress," said Sen. Jim Inhofe...
  • Berkeley prepares new cell phone radiation safety law

    11/26/2014 3:25:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Emilie Raguso
    The city of Berkeley is considering whether to require local retailers to give out radiation-related safety sheets to cell phone customers who make a purchase. Customers could be advised not to hold or carry the phone near the body while using the device, and directed to consult the manual to learn the “recommended separation distance” between the phone and one’s body.
  • Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions

    11/26/2014 6:55:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 25, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death. The sweeping regulation, which would aim at smog from power plants and factories across the country, particularly in the Midwest, would be the latest in a series of Environmental Protection Agency controls on air pollution that wafts from smokestacks and tailpipes. Such regulations, released under the authority of the Clean Air Act, have become a hallmark of President Obama’s administration. Environmentalists and public health advocates have praised the E.P.A....
  • White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

    11/24/2014 7:36:29 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 46 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/24/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    While Americans are focused on what delicious foods they’re going to eat for Thanksgiving, the White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda– marking the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday. The federal Unified Agenda is the Obama administration’s regulatory road map, and it lays out thousands of regulations being finalized in the coming months. Under President Barack Obama, there has been a tradition of releasing the agenda late on Friday– and right before a major holiday. “It’s become an unfortunate tradition of this administration and...
  • Business boiled over EPA’s water rule

    11/18/2014 4:36:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Business groups are joining with local government representatives and conservative lawmakers to criticize the Environmental Protection Agency’s water jurisdiction proposal, imploring the Obama administration to rescind it. Opponents of the proposed rule say the EPA’s effort to redefine its authority over creeks, ponds and wetlands is written so broadly that it could put millions of new miles of rivers and streams under federal control, along with ditches, puddles and dry creek beds. Such a change would be a major impediment to commerce, as businesses could suddenly need permits for all manner of routine activities like building fences or digging ditches,...
  • White House taunts GOP on climate change: ‘I don’t believe they can stop us’

    11/17/2014 12:37:17 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    The White House on Monday essentially dared Republicans to try and stop President Obama’s climate-change agenda, with officials bragging that even after the GOP takes control of the Senate in January, there is nothing that can be done to stop a host of controversial new actions. On a conference call with reporters, White House counselor John Podesta said the administration will move ahead on the issue despite Republican efforts to stand in the way. He even called out incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by name, saying the Kentucky Republican will not succeed in trying to slow executive action on...
  • EPA’s Next Regulatory Tsunami

    11/15/2014 8:07:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Looming Environmental Protection Agency ozone regulations personify the Obama administration’s secrecy, collusion, fraud, and disdain for concerns about the effects that its tsunami of regulations is having on the livelihoods, living standards, health and welfare of millions of American families. Virtually every EPA announcement of new regulations asserts that they will improve human health. Draconian carbon dioxide standards, for example, won’t just prevent climate change, even if rapidly developing countries continue emitting vast volumes of this plant-fertilizing gas. The rules will somehow reduce the spread of ticks and Lyme disease, and protect “our most vulnerable citizens.” It’s hogwash. But Americans...
  • Sen.-Elect Capito: Will Be 'Extremely Aggressive' in Trying to Rollback EPA Regulations [W.Va]

    11/10/2014 1:17:52 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) pledged on “Fox News Sunday” to be “extremely aggressive” in trying to rollback some regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Extremely aggressive,” she said when asked how aggressive she would be in the Senate in trying to rollback some of the EPA regulations. “That is my promise to West Virginia. We have lost over the last two years, 5,000 jobs. Those are just coal jobs. “We had several thousand other miners who are what are called a warn notice, meaning they're potentially going to be losing their jobs. That doesn't even count the transportation job,...
  • Criminalizing America – How Big Government Makes a Criminal Out of Everyone

    10/27/2014 5:33:31 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 33 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-27-14 | Cara Sullivan
    Hear the story of George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, was convicted and sent to prison for failure to comply with obscure laws involving his small business – selling orchids from his backyard. George Norris, a 67-year old hobbyist, developed a small business selling imported orchids out of his backyard greenhouse. Norris did his best to make sure he was in compliance with laws and regulations regarding his hobby. That’s why he was surprised to come home one day to find his house being raided by armed federal agents. After spending his life savings and borrowing what he could to...
  • The “undue burden” of a regulated abortion clinic

    10/06/2014 2:48:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    JILL STANEK ^ | Jill Stanek
    ~ RH Reality Check’s Andrea Grimes, itemizing the “undue burden” placed on pregnant mothers who have to travel further to get an abortion at a regulated abortion clinic in Texas, as opposed to a closer unregulated clinic. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of these regulations on October 2, effectively shuttering 13 unstandardized abortion clinics around the state.
  • U.S. top court rejects challenge to ozone regulations

    10/06/2014 8:48:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/06/2014 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an industry challenge to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations issued by Republican former President George W. Bush's administration that set standards for ozone pollution. By declining to hear the case, the court left in place the so-called primary air quality standards designed to protect public health, which Democratic President Barack Obama's administration defended. Those rules, which set air quality standards that U.S. states and the federal government must implement through regulations, had been challenged by the Utility Air Regulatory Group, which represents electricity-generating companies.
  • Kaplan University Takes On Obama

    10/06/2014 7:21:22 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 28 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 3, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The U.S. Department of Education’s latest rule, the “gainful employment” or GE rule, mandates that for-profit colleges cannot saddle students with debt at an arbitrary rate. However, it affects only for-profit colleges such as Kaplan, DeVry and University of Phoenix, representatives of Kaplan claimed during a Washington, D.C. briefing recently. At the meeting organized by the Independent Women’s Forum, former Dallas mayor Thomas Leppert, now the CEO of Kaplan, explained how the rule itself is not fair to for-profit colleges. “A regulation should apply to any institution,” said Leppert, who noted “it only applies and targets the for-profit sector.” He...
  • Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas

    09/23/2014 9:28:34 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 69 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 23, 2014 | Rob Davis
    The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country's wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation's 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone. Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don't get a permit could...
  • Does Regulation = Unemployment?

    09/23/2014 6:31:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 21, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Contrary to what public administration profs tell you, everybody pays the cost of regulation and the unemployed may pay most heavily in lost jobs in exchange for rather murky benefits. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a report, “The Cost of Federal Regulation to the U.S. Economy, Manufacturing and Small Business,” slamming the Obama administration for burdensome regulations imposed by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal regulatory agencies In his foreword, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said that the average American company pays $9,991 per employee to comply with federal rules and regulations and the average...
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats — in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...
  • The Minimum Wage, and the Question of Failing at Life

    09/09/2014 10:45:21 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 9, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized a fast food protest, demanding that their prospective members all price themselves out of a job. So, understandably unable to resist a straight line while filling in as a talk show guest host, pundit Erick Erickson said that if you’re still earning minimum wage at 30, you’ve probably failed at life. It’s easy to blast Mr. Erickson for the tone-deafness of his comment. While certainly true of some, his quip is hardly true of most minimum wage employees. But is that fair? Is it reasonable, or helpful to the national economic and social...
  • U.S. is Losing Economic Freedom

    09/08/2014 8:05:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 6, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, released its annual index of economic freedom for the year 2013, using data from the year 2011. The results are not encouraging for Americans. US flag The U.S., which ranked third in economic freedom behind Hong Kong and Singapore from 1980 to 2000, has fallen to 17thout of the 152 countries the Fraser Institute surveyed. What are the contributing factors to this decline? The authors suggested that the U.S. legal system, protection of property rights, international trade freedom, and increasing regulations are stifling economic freedom in the U.S. Moreover, the U.S. has tied...
  • U.S. Job Growth Slips in August After Months of Bigger Gains

    09/05/2014 6:31:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 5, 2014 | By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    American employers hired at a surprisingly weak pace in August, even as the unemployment rate fell slightly, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists, along with politicians, have been hoping to see a significant rebound in the participation rate as unemployment drops and hiring picks up, but progress on this front has failed to materialize.
  • Feds relax oversight on highway, bridge projects

    09/05/2014 4:49:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/04/14 03:31 PM EDT | Tim Devaney
    States will have more leeway to build highways and bridges without oversight from Uncle Sam under new rules from the Obama administration. […] Since the 1990s, the FHWA has required states to conduct a cost-benefit analysis known as value engineering on any highway improvement project that costs more than $25 million or any bridge project that costs more than $20 million. […] But the FHWA is loosening the requirements so that states do not have to go through the value engineering process unless they plan on spending more than $50 million for a highway project or more than $40 million...
  • Having solved all other problems, Obama to fix your dishwasher

    08/31/2014 6:56:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I guess he really was multitasking out on the golf course. The President’s team has been hard at work behind the scenes, coming up with a strategy … well, maybe we should say plan, to address the nation’s many challenges. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.The administration says the standards will not only help the planet but also stimulate the economy by saving consumers money on their energy bills that they can spend...
  • Good-Bye, Treaty - a non-binding climate-change accord

    08/29/2014 7:15:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rupert Darwall
    I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot,” Abigail Borah, a youth delegate to the 2011 Durban climate negotiations, yelled from the conference floor. “I am scared for my future,” she cried, silencing Todd Stern, the Obama administration’s chief climate negotiator. “We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious, and legally binding treaty.” Now the Obama administration is signaling that there will be not be a new climate treaty. According to a report in Wednesday’s New York Times, the path to a treaty has come to an end, 14 months before the...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • Regulatory Regime Tries to Put the Brakes on Competition

    08/19/2014 11:11:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2014 | Michael Reitz
    Have you ever given a friend, co-worker or babysitter a ride in your car? You could be a criminal. Car service apps such as Uber and Lyft allow a user to request a car, pay the driver and provide feedback about the ride — all using one’s smartphone. Drivers for these car services commonly use their own vehicles and users can specify their preferred vehicle type. Ride-sharing apps have exploded in popularity in recent years. Uber, for example, now operates in 70 cities since its 2009 launch. Whether it’s the novelty of hailing a ride via smartphone, or the responsive...
  • The EPA's Latest Threat to Economic Growth

    08/13/2014 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 13, 2014 | By JAY TIMMONS
    The agency's needless new ozone standard could cost Americans $270 billion annually. In a town famous for inaction, Washington is gearing up to take action on a major policy issue. But there's a hitch: The outcome could be the most expensive regulation in the nation's history, possibly tanking the economy and costing jobs at a time when businesses, manufacturers and families are making a comeback. Later this year, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether it should tighten the air-quality standard for ground-level ozone. There are several things about this possible new standard that are alarming. No single regulation has...
  • The Latest Case Of An Interest Group Using Regulation To Stifle Competition: Teeth Whitening

    08/13/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 13, 2014 | George Leef
    Conspiracies to stifle competition never work very well or for long in the absence of government power. Besides, such conspiracies are illegal under the federal antitrust laws. Therefore, special interest groups desiring to minimize or eliminate competition usually look for ways of using government regulation for their purposes. It is not only far more effective, but also largely immune for antitrust attack. A case the Supreme Court will hear in October, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC perfectly illustrates the way this nasty little game is played. Among the many cosmetic services Americans enjoy is teeth whitening....
  • Obama tells America’s CEOs to quit complaining about those stifling regulations

    08/04/2014 12:06:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/04/2014 | Noah Rothman
    AmericaÂ’s corporate officers and CEOs are deeply concerned about a variety of new financial and industrial regulations imposed on them by the administration. In a recent interview with The Economist, President Barack Obama addressed the concerns of American corporate officers and others in a compelling and comprehensive fashion when he told them, essentially, to shut up. From new regulatory regimes imposed by legislation, like the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank financial reforms, to executive actions like those which recently allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions, many are sounding the alarm. The president, however, does not...
  • Put Down the Cupcake: New Ban Hits School Bake Sales (Federal Law)

    08/03/2014 9:34:08 AM PDT · by Innovative · 81 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Stephanie Armour
    But the sales won't be so sweet starting this fall. Campus bake sales—a mainstay of school fundraisers—are going on a diet. A federal law that aims to curb childhood obesity means that, in dozens of states, bake sales must adhere to nutrition requirements that could replace cupcakes and brownies with fruit cups and granola bars. The restrictions that took effect in July stem from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by first lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move!" campaign. The law overhauled nutrition standards affecting more than 30 million children. The law also required the U.S. Department of...
  • Tom Campbell: New EPA water rules could drive property rights into a ditch

    08/03/2014 7:51:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | August 3, 2014 | by Tom Campbell
    The 1972 Clean Water Act requires anyone putting anything into a navigable or interstate watercourse or wetland to get a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. Tributaries to such watercourses are covered, but the word “tributary” was not defined. Now, for the first time, in pending regulations, the EPA proposes to do so. A ditch can be a tributary. They are mentioned explicitly in the rule. They are excluded only if they “do not contribute flow, either directly or through another water, to” a watercourse already reached by the EPA’s jurisdiction. They don’t have...
  • Huge North Dakota Wastewater Spill Prompts Calls For Fracking Regulations

    07/15/2014 2:04:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    OIL PRICE ^ | 07/15/2014 | By Andy Tully
    Beaver dams have so far prevented about 1 million gallons of fracking wastewater discovered spilled July 8 from a rural North Dakota pipeline from spreading too far. But area residents, environmentalists and even a Republican state legislator all want more reliable measures. The spill of the toxic saltwater, a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, came from gas extraction operations at the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and occurred days before it was discovered. The federal Environmental Protection Agency said the underground pipeline spilled about 24,000 barrels, or 1 million gallon, in North Dakota’s thriving oil and gas region. The water, which can...
  • HHS releases 1,296 pages of regulations ahead of holiday weekend

    07/07/2014 7:16:28 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    As Americans scrambled ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend on Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services released 1,296 pages of new regulations dealing with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. The timing of the news release is part of a long pattern for President Obama's administration, which has often used holidays as an opportunity to dump dense regulatory changes when most reporters and Americans are focused on their holiday plans. The release came at 4:15 p.m. Last year, the Obama administration used the days surrounding the July 4th holiday as an opening to announce a delay...
  • Holiday Document Dump: 1,300 Pages Of Obamacare Regs On July 4th Eve

    07/05/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/04/14 | Larry O'Connor
    The Department of Health and Human Services released nearly 1,300 pages of new regulations related to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at 4:15 Thursday, just as the nation was beginning their Independence Day holiday weekend. The regulations deal with payment rates to doctors and hospitals. How doctors get paid by HHS through the new, overreaching Obamacare guidelines has been an item of concern for the American Medical Association, a key supporter of the health care law. As Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner points out, the practice of dumping potentially controversial regulations on the eve of a major holiday has...
  • New EPA Regs Issued Under Obama Are 38 Times as Long as Bible

    06/24/2014 3:17:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 23, 2014 - 3:27 PM | Ali Meyer
    Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued 2,827 new final regulations, equaling 24,915 pages in the Federal Register, totaling approximately 24,915,000 words. The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words. Thus, the new EPA regulations issued by the Obama Administration contain 19 times as many pages as the Bible and 38 times as many words. The Obama EPA regulations have 22 times as many words as the entire Harry Potter series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words. They have 5,484 times as many words as the U.S....