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  • Feds to Michigan: End Anti-Competition 'Tesla Ban'

    05/29/2015 10:49:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/27/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan law is tilted so much in favor of traditional auto dealers that the staff of the Federal Trade Commission considers it anti-competitive, and has now said so in writing. Earlier this year, Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, introduced Senate Bill 268, which would slightly dent a state-imposed prohibition against direct-to-consumer sales of motor vehicles by allowing autocycle manufacturers to sell new vehicles directly to consumers. Seeking input on the measure, Booher contacted the FTC and asked for comment. In response, the staff of the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Competition, and Bureau of Economics, said that Senate Bill...
  • Worldwide Survey Of Litigation Trends Reveals Grim News For America

    05/24/2015 8:14:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | Bob Jones
    Companies in the United States are now facing more than twice as much litigation as companies in other countries. That’s the disturbing finding of a survey recently conducted by the third-largest law firm in the world. The firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, which happens to be the largest law firm in the world based outside the US, conducted a poll of more than 800 corporate counsel representing companies across 26 countries, and the results are not good for American companies or the job seekers who would like to work for them. While the survey is performed to identify litigation trends across...
  • New regs for Monday: School meals, executive compensation, acquisitions

    05/15/2015 5:29:40 PM PDT · by anymouse · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/08/15 | Tim Devaney
    Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for government-sponsored school meal programs, disclosing the compensation of senior executives at certain banks, and acquisitions regulations for government agencies. Here's what is happening: Global warming: The Obama administration is proposing new acquisitions regulations for the Department of Defense, General Services Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These federal agencies will try to procure materials that do not contain high global warming potential hydrofluorocarbons. "This will allow agencies to better meet the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and reporting requirements," the agencies wrote. The public has 60 days to comment....
  • A Government That Breeds Contempt

    05/15/2015 2:23:54 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 11 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 05/15/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “The rights of private persons amongst democratic nations are commonly of small importance…the consequence is, that they are often sacrificed without regret, and almost always violated without remorse. But it happens that, at the same period and amongst the same nations in which men conceive a natural contempt for the rights of private persons, the rights of society at large are naturally extended and consolidated”, wrote Alexis De Tocqueville in Democracy In America. “In other words”, writes Tocqueville, “men become less attached to private rights just when it is most necessary to retain and defend what little remains of them.”...
  • Charles Murray says the political process is hopeless. Here's his radical alternative for liberty.

    05/15/2015 7:01:46 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 15 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-05-15 | Benjamin Weingarten
    I used to think if we had five Nino [Antonin] Scalias or five Clarence Thomases on the [Supreme] Court that we could make a lot of progress. And I have been disabused of that notion for the following reason: There were a series of four or five Supreme Court decisions from 1937 to 1943 which changed — well, changed isn’t the right word — unleashed the government from the constrictions of the Constitution. It unleashed them from being stuck with the enumerated powers, it redefined the Commerce Clause to mean manufacturing and agriculture even if it only has indirect effects...
  • Regulators Thrive While Economy Struggles Under Obama

    05/13/2015 5:04:19 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 05/11/2015 | Staff
    Government: The private economy might be moribund, but the regulatory economy is doing quite well, thank you very much. Could it be that the two are somehow related?
  • Cost of Federal Regulation Reached $1.88 Trillion in 2014-Debt Exceeds China's Economy

    05/12/2015 7:26:18 AM PDT · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | May 12, 2015 | Elizabeth Harington
    Original headline-Report: Cost of Federal Regulation Reached $1.88 Trillion in 2014 U.S. debt exceeds the size of China’s economy The cost of federal regulation neared $2 trillion in 2014, according to a new report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, a report by Clyde Wayne Crews, CEI’s vice president for policy, also reveals that the U.S. debt now exceeds the size of China’s economy. “Federal regulation and intervention cost American consumers and businesses an estimated $1.88 trillion in 2014 in lost economic productivity and higher prices,” amounting to roughly...
  • Obama’s Energy Regulations To Cost Americans $460.5 Billion

    05/12/2015 8:38:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/12/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Energy and environmental regulations finalized by the Obama administration in the past five years come with a hefty price tag of $460.5 billion, according to data compiled by a center-right think tank. The American Action Forum’s Regulation Rodeo database shows that the Obama administration finalized 275 energy and environment regulations between 2009 and 2014, with the price tag of each regulation averaging $1.75 billion. And that doesn’t even consider the paperwork companies will have to complete. AAF data shows that Obama’s energy regulations have burdened Americans with 24.3 million paperwork hours. That means every year, Americans have to complete an...
  • Obama’s Hidden Taxes Crushing Economic Growth

    05/12/2015 5:37:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Brian Darling
    When I came to Washington years ago, I had a revolutionary glimmer in my eye. I hated big government and I wanted to join a political movement to dismantle it. That was a long time ago, yet sometimes that rage kicks in when I read about the creeping socialism that is slowly destroying America.The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) put out a study today titled “Ten Thousand Commandments – An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.” The results will make you spitting mad.The author Wayne Crews, Vice President for Policy at CEI, found that federal regulation cost $1.88 trillion in...
  • Review: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young

    05/12/2015 6:47:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Matthew Sabas
    resident Obama’s promise “to rescue the economy” and “[lay] a new foundation for lasting economic growth” in 2009 has rung hollow for the millions of young Americans still struggling five years into the economic recovery. Millennials are the first modern generation to have their potential for success obstructed by government policies, a little-discussed topic analyzed in “Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young,” a forthcoming book by the Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Jared Meyer. The authors credit the bleak prospects of millennials to the decades-long trend in Washington of expanding regulations and benefits that favor older generations while disregarding...
  • Regulation Run Amok—And How to Fight Back

    05/11/2015 6:03:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    wsj ^ | Charles Murray
    At the end of the process, we will have a large number of regulations that meet the criteria for being pointless, stupid or tyrannical. Let’s just ignore them and go on about our lives as if they didn’t exist. I propose two frameworks for implementing this strategy. The first would be a legal foundation functioning much as the Legal Services Corporation does for the poor, except that its money will come from private donors, not the government. ... The other framework would be occupational defense funds. Let’s take advantage of professional expertise and pride of vocation to drive standards of...
  • Massachusetts Governor Sets the Bar for Regulatory Reform

    05/04/2015 2:08:18 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-4-15 | Cara Sullivan
    In late March, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued Executive Order NO.562 to enforce regulatory pause and review by the Executive Department in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a result, Massachusetts will benefit from greater government accountability and a more business friendly environment. Executive Order NO.562 implements a one-year review of state regulations in an effort to eliminate those that are overly complex, costly and burdensome. The order declares that no state regulation may exceed federal requirements and only regulations essential for the public health, safety, environment or welfare may be left in place. Furthermore, the executive order states that agencies...
  • Lawmakers want FDA to crack down on soap makers

    04/30/2015 2:29:20 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 26 replies
    Simpleunhookedliving | April 26, 2015 | wordpress.com Blog member
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. Many soap makers are rural “kitchen table” operations that rely on the income to fund their simple living lifestyle. Some use milk from goats they raise and ingredients they harvest from the land. The Handmade Cosmetic Alliance posted this form on its website that can be used to reach out...
  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite (also “Don’t leave EU!”)

    04/25/2015 8:46:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:34pm BST | Steve Slater and Sinéad Cruise
    HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London’s reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC, founded in Asia but a key part of the British establishment, prompted a warm response from Hong Kong, where it is revered as “The Bank”, and silence from the British government. The commitment to the review comes less than two weeks before British parliamentary elections on May 7 and poses challenges for both Prime Minister David Cameron...
  • When the FCC came knocking ...

    04/23/2015 7:42:19 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-21-15 | Eric Cope
    The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted a plan to regulate the Internet like the phone companies of the 1930s. The decision is wrong for countless reasons, including an imminent reduction in investment and innovation. To undo these burdensome regulations, Congress should work together in the coming months to pass a law that both ensures the desired consumer protections everyone favors but forgoes the antiquated 1930s-style public-utility regulations. Let's take a step back. The FCC initially proposed last year to adopt a simpler set of rules guaranteeing that the Internet remains open and available to all users. This type of regulation...
  • Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty

    04/19/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4-19-15 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In an economic depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “brains trust”...
  • FDA: Kind bars not so kind to your health

    04/15/2015 8:01:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 15, 2015 | Robert King
    The Food and Drug Administration is tearing into several Kind fruit and nut bars, blasting the company's claims they are healthy.Apparently there is a federal criterion for what is considered healthy, and Kind doesn't meet it, according to a recent FDA warning letter to the company.The agency singled out the labels for four Kind bars: almond and apricot, almond and coconut, peanut butter-dark chocolate and protein, and dark chocolate-cherry cashew and antioxidants.The agency took aim at several claims that the bars were "healthy," including that they were low in sodium and were a good source of fiber.
  • 7 Things Every American Needs To Know About Taxes

    04/15/2015 1:13:16 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-15 | Will Freeland
    Today is tax day in America. As always, it features a lot of confusion with tax forms, some rushed trips to the post office and a whole lot of heartburn as taxpayers are reminded just how much they paid in taxes over the previous year. Despite the fact that every American constantly is affected by local, state and federal taxes, there is still a large number of Americans who don’t know about taxes. Here are seven things many every American should know about taxes. 1. Taxes Cost a Whole Lot Taxes on all levels consume over a quarter of gross...
  • Hooray for Michigan Governor on Occupational Licensure

    04/15/2015 12:33:06 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Gov. Snyder recently sent a letter to Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof explaining some of the problems of occupational licensure. The governor summarizes some of the good work the Legislature has done, and outlines the principles he'll use in "determining whether to support any legislation providing for additional occupation regulation.” Below are these principles: There must be a substantial harm or danger to the public health, safety, or welfare as a result of unregulated practice, which will be abated through licensure. The practice of the occupation must require highly specialized education or training. The...
  • Florida Gov. in Calif. to Poach Jobs

    04/13/2015 11:53:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 25 replies
    www.kmjnow.com ^ | April 13, 2015 | Unknown
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest state leader on a jobs-poaching trip to California. Scott will visit a jobs forum in Los Angeles on Monday, where he will discuss why California businesses should move their operations to Florida.
  • West Virginia and Arkansas Engage on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

    03/30/2015 2:08:47 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-30-15 | John Eick
    The Clean Air Act notably identifies states as being first among equals to the federal government when implementing environmental regulations. Indeed, the preamble of the Clean Air Act states that “air pollution…at its source is the primary responsibility of States and local governments.” Since state legislatures gaveled into session earlier this year, many have explored ways in which they may be able to mitigate some of the burdens of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. After much discussion and debate, members of the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force adopted the model Act Requiring Approval of State Plan to Implement EPA’s...
  • 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...
  • EPA ‘showers’ the people with unwanted regulations

    03/22/2015 7:00:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2015 | Ernest Istook
    If you like your shower, you probably can’t keep it once the Obama administration bureaucrats are done. Nobody can altogether escape regulations, not even when bathing in the altogether. The Environmental Protection Agency denies wanting to compel us to shorten our showers, but that’s like President Obama denying you will lose your current doctor under Obamacare. EPA is funding research to create hotel guest monitoring systems so the front desk can track your shower time and water usage. It’s the scariest thing since Hitchcock staged the deadly shower scene in “Psycho.” The next step could be a water-use surcharge on...
  • Obama Administration Unveils Federal Fracking Regulations

    03/20/2015 11:55:34 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | March 20, 2015 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday unveiled the nation’s first major federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial technique for oil and gas drilling that has led to a dramatic increase in American energy production but has also raised concerns about health and safety risks. The Interior Department began drafting the rules in Mr. Obama’s first term after breakthroughs in the technology, also known as fracking, led to a surge in the production of oil and gas. The fracking boom has put the United States on track to soon become the world’s largest oil and gas producer. But environmentalists...
  • The EPA Planning To Crack Down On Backyard Barbecues, Too?

    03/20/2015 10:00:10 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2015 | John Merline
    Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton's EPA was pushing stricter air pollution rules, then-EPA administrator Carol Browner scoffed at complaints that the new rules would be so strict as to eventually ban backyard barbecues.
  • White House Move To Exempt Itself From FOIA Regs Raises Eyebrows

    03/17/2015 12:50:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 3-17-2015
    The White House’s new rules exempting an administrative office from being subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have raised eyebrows among transparency advocates. The FOIA allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies. In a Federal Register notice scheduled to publish on Tuesday morning, the action to exempt the Office of Administration is listed as a final rule, implying there will be no opportunity for public comment. The notice highlights that the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created and...
  • "Most Transparent Administration Ever" Is No More: White House To Delete Its FOIA Regulations

    03/17/2015 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/15
    Lies, lies, and nothing but lies. The lies end now. As reported moments ago, the White House is voiding a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA (incidentally the same act that discovered none of Hillary Clinton's "personal" government-business emails since they were not even stored on government property!) which as USA Today explains, makes "official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office." And just like that the lie of Obama's transparency is over, and it couldn't come at a worse time for...
  • White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

    03/16/2015 3:01:27 PM PDT · by upchuck · 59 replies
    USA Today-Link only | Mar 16, 2015 | Gregory Korte
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/16/white-house-foia-regulations-deleted/24844253/
  • U.S. Steel shutting down Keetac plant on Iron Range

    03/14/2015 7:31:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-14-15 | John Myers
    U.S. Steel announced Thursday that it will idle its Keetac taconite iron ore operations starting May 13, another victim of the huge glut of global iron ore and steel that's far outpacing demand. The company said up to 412 workers at the facility will be affected and that they are being notified. Some employees will be kept on to maintain the operations, so the exact number of layoffs hasn't yet been determined, the company said. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel said the Keewatin, Minn., plant will be idled indefinitely "due to the company's current inventory levels and ongoing adjustment of its steelmaking...
  • MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND OBAMA'S PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 13 replies
    americancommitment.org ^ | 2/25/15 | americancommitment
    MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND OBAMA'S PLAN TO REGULATE THE INTERNET In the Wall Street Journal's stunning expose of how political operatives at the White House overruled the FCC's own experts to pave the way for this week's upcoming vote to regulate the Internet, we learned that the key link between a small group of liberal tech executives and President Obama was David Karp, the president of Tumblr. Specifically, the Journal reported:
  • Obama Exploits the Ignorance of Young People to Seize Control of the Internet

    02/24/2015 12:20:44 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 14 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 2/24/15 | Rush Limbaugh
    Obama Exploits the Ignorance of Young People to Seize Control of the Internet BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: On Thursday the FCC is gonna vote on net neutrality. I have some people sending me e-mail, asking me what it is. I'll sum it up as best I can for you, but what is going to happen Thursday is a direct result of Obama hijacking the effort -- essentially, let me just put it to you this way. Do you own a website, do you operate a website? If Obama gets his way, you're gonna have to get a license for it just...
  • If the ‘Reformicons’ want to ‘reform,’ they can start by cutting regulations

    02/18/2015 1:30:16 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 3 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/18/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Reform conservatives – “reformicons,” as columnist E.J. Dionne has labeled them – are out to change the Republican Party in a way that frees it from the the “nostalgia” of Ronald Reagan. The message of these young, “big” thinkers is simply that today’s GOP ought not be your daddy’s Republican Party. No. It must “evolve” into something else in these modern times, something far less as extreme as Reaganism.
  • Economists Need Field Trip

    02/18/2015 8:38:21 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 14, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    At least one economist gets off campus frequently enough to see what the real economy looks like and, naturally, he’s a free market type. Perhaps he should take his colleagues on a field trip. “American businesses spend almost $2 trillion per year (or roughly another 10 percent of GDP [Gross Domestic Product]) complying with regulations, including the 79,311 pages of the 2013 Federal Register,” Nikolai G. Wenzel, a visiting assistant professor of economics at Florida Gulf Coast University, said at a Fund for American Studies conference last November. “Think for a moment that the Declaration of Independence adds up to...
  • Arizona Education Chief Nullifies Federal Food Fundraising Rules

    02/16/2015 6:12:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | February 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    A state-level bureaucrat is standing up to the the central government planners is a most unusual way. Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas, has informed all school districts in the Grand Canyon State that they have blanket authority to ignore all federal nutrition mandates regulating school fundraisers. "Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fundraisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control," Douglas said in a statement. "I have ordered effective immediately, that the ADE Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for...
  • FEC Discussing Plans to Block Political Speech Published via YouTube, Blogs, Drudge Report, etc.

    02/12/2015 7:29:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Liberty News ^ | February 11, 2015 | Eric Odom
    The federal government, taking pages from the playbooks of Communist nations like China, is preparing regulations that will have profound impacts on free speech online. If the regulations succeed via the Federal Elections Committee, any posts, videos or news stories posted in support or opposition of a candidate will be considered a political contribution. The FEC closely regulates contribution limits, meaning that blogs and Youtubers would have their free speech capped once their content value surpasses the spending limit. In other words, your posts, comments or videos supporting or opposing a candidate will be treated like donations or campaign independent...
  • Electing people to office really doesn't matter, and here's why

    02/11/2015 6:00:50 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/11/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    It’s a cornerstone of our democratic republic: The right to choose those we want to represent us in government, and the right to choose which issues we support or oppose. But how much power do Americans really wield at the ballot box? Every two years we elect our representatives and a group of senators, and like clockwork, they return either to statehouses or to Washington, D.C., ostensibly to do the people’s bidding. The reality is, however, that so much of what emanates from the nation’s capital in terms of public policy has little to do with the passage of laws...
  • FCC Pushes Net Neutrality Regulations In Secrecy

    02/10/2015 4:54:17 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 9 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | February 10, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The FCC has attempted to regulate the internet twice in the past. On both occasions Federal courts ruled that the FCC didn’t have the authority to regulate the internet. That of course won’t stop the Obama administration from attempting to do just that via so-called net neutrality regulations. The FCC is considering a 332 page plan to regulate the internet. They’re expected to vote on it later this month. Only after the vote will they release to the public their plans to regulate the internet. The most open and transparent administration in history is set to regulate the internet without...
  • The "Brilliance" of the Obama Budget's "Climate Resilience Toolkit"

    02/07/2015 8:30:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    I'm sure, as all good Americans, you too have been pouring over every little detail of the President's latest budget proposal. I’ve basically been doing nothing but that for 4 straight days. Unfortunately, given the current Congressional makeup of selfish bigoted haters Republicans, it has very little chance of becoming law like every other budget he's proposed. Even so, there's one thing that stands out: Climate Resilience Toolkits.. I did a little video to emphasize its most important points. It was originally over three hours long as I found it impossible to winnow the important points down to less than...
  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry — trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called “green” companies — the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • NJ teens find out it's illegal to offer to shovel neighbors' driveways during blizzard

    02/01/2015 6:57:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | January 29, 2015 | Ben Axelson
    Two New Jersey teens got a lesson in government regulations this week then they decided to go door to door offering snow shoveling services ahead of the Blizzard of 2015. The blizzard ended up being a bit underwhelming in N.J., but forecasts ahead of time predicted it would be a whopper. High school seniors Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, decided to go door to door Monday evening handing out flyers offering snow shoveling services for the next morning, NJ.com reported. Unfortunately they didn't know about their town's ordinance related to soliciting, which prohibits people from selling services door-to-door...
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 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...