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  • 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 youre still earning minimum wage at 30, youve probably failed at life. Its 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 administrations 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 Wednesdays 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 ones 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 its 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 Americas 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
    America’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 salesa mainstay of school fundraisersare 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 EPAs jurisdiction. They dont 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 Dakotas 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....
  • Murray Energy CEO: What the presidents done is illegal, unachievable

    06/20/2014 1:14:01 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox Business Network ^ | 6-19-2014 | Cavuto
    Jun. 19, 2014 - 5:57 - Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray on the impact of regulations on the energy industry.
  • Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?

    05/20/2014 12:13:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 19, 2014 | Clara Ritger
    If the government wants to make progress in lowering obesity rates, it needs to start regulating fatty foods much the way it does tobacco. That's the recommendation from a pair of international health organizations pushing policies it says would answer the obesity epidemic. Specifically, the groups recommend that the government control the way the food and beverage industry advertises, to ensure companies aren't implying unhealthy food is good for children and adults. Additionally, they advise governments to require statements on food packaging about how high or low the content of salt, saturated fat, and sugar is in relation to dietary...
  • Measure Would Ban Enforcement Of Woodstove Emission Regulations

    05/16/2014 11:42:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation aimed at preventing enforcement of potential federal limits on woodstove emissions has been introduced in the Michigan legislature. Senate Bill 910, which was introduced on April 24 by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, would prohibit the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from imposing new state regulations limiting emissions from woodstoves and heaters, or enforcing federal regulations that do so. In January, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule changes that would dramatically tighten emissions requirements on new wood-powered heaters. Sen. Casperson "We believe environmental groups are really the ones behind those who have told the EPA they have concerns about wood...
  • EPA Proposes Changes to Refinery Emission Rules

    05/15/2014 9:45:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 15, 2014
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed changes to oil refinery rules that would compel operators to monitor benzene emissions, upgrade storage tank emission controls, ensure waste gases are properly destroyed and adopt new emission standards for delayed coking units. The move is part of a consent decree that resolved a lawsuit filed by nonprofit environmental attorneys with Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project.
  • Everyone Should Have an Opportunity to Prosper

    05/12/2014 5:57:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/8/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The Wall Street Journal has a good "Weekend Interview" piece with Bob Woodson, head of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. The group works in low-income areas to foster entrepreneurship, value creation and faith-based enterprises. The whole interview is interesting, but one part in particular relating to government mandates for occupational licensing stuck out: Mr. Woodson says that many poor communities don't need another government program so much as relief from current policies. 'For instance, a lot of people coming out of prison have a hard time obtaining occupational licenses,' he says. Aspiring barbers, cabdrivers, tree trimmers, locksmiths and the like,...
  • This High-Paying Job Has 235,600 Unfilled Positions Across The US

    05/11/2014 7:19:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/11/2014 | RICH SMITH, THE MOTLEY FOOL
    You wouldn't think that the old saw, "Good help is hard to find," had anything left to it, what with last week's unemployment report out of the U.S. Department of Labor showing unemployment in America is still 6.3%. The fact that hourly wages in America grew a measly 1.9% over the past 12 months tends to suggest there's little slack in the jobs market, too. (After all, if it was hard to find good help, wouldn't it stand to reason that employers would be paying through the nose to attract workers?) In one industry, they may have to: trucking. Help...
  • How much does it cost Americans to comply with federal regulations? Try $1.9 trillion a year

    05/08/2014 2:09:24 AM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 2, 2014 | By Jennifer Harper
    Yes, someone is actually tracking the hidden weight of all those pesky federal regulations. Heres the startling news: it cost Americans $1.9 trillion last year to comply with myriad rules and protocols that are issued at the rate of 3,500 a year - this according to one Clyde Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The regs are, in essence, like a hidden tax, he says.
  • Take Your Stinking Paws Off My Cigars, You Dirty Bureaucrats

    05/06/2014 9:03:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | Brandon Howell
    For reasons passing understanding, the FDA announced recently that it was moving forward with invoking its authority to regulate cigars, along with other forms of tobacco. Its a part of the Tobacco Control Act, signed into law in 2009, which gave the agency the option of casting its net down on cigars at the time of its choosing. In other words it was only a matter of time before bureaucrats decided to be bureaucrats. Its not set into stone, yet. Between now and July 9 the FDA will accept comments on its proposals, at which point it will the...
  • Report: 'Urgent action' needed on climate change

    05/06/2014 6:33:36 AM PDT · by kjam22 · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | 5-6-2014 | cnn
    Washington (CNN) -- Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more erratic weather. "Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," the National Climate Assessment says, adding that the evidence of man-made climate change "continues to strengthen" and that "impacts are increasing across the country." "Americans are noticing changes...
  • For Obama, a renewed focus on climate

    05/04/2014 11:25:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2014 | Juliet Eilperin
    He is regularly briefed on scientific reports on the issue, including a national climate assessment that he will help showcase Tuesday. He is using his executive authority to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and is moving ahead with stricter fuel-efficiency standards for the heaviest trucks. Hes spending money, in my view, in the wrong place, Duncan said in an interview. He needs to be focused on the economy, and the balance has gotten out of hand.
  • Liberal Ex-Congressman Opens Restaurant, Realizes Government Regulations Suck

    04/29/2014 8:49:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/29/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s different when you’re on the receiving end. The former Michigan Democratic congressman, liberal pit bull, academic, antiwar firebrand and labor-union BFF has undergone an epiphany, making him simpatico with businesses and the profit motive.When his family approached him more than four years ago about starting Zest, Bonior became a scrappy entrepreneur. He used his congressional access to knock on every one of 435 congressional offices, dropping off a flier for Zest. He worked the Metro stations, handing out coupons. He went door-to-door, as if he were campaigning.“We kept thinking of ways to reach out.”He knew it was risky. Most...
  • U.S. Regulatory Costs Are Now Bigger Than Canada's Entire Economy

    04/29/2014 5:27:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/29/2014 | John Merline
    After years of rapid growth during the Obama administration, the cost of federal regulations is now bigger than the entire economies of all but nine countries in the world. That's according to the latest annual report on the regulatory state issued by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, titled "Ten Thousand Commandments." Compiling reports of compliance costs from various government agencies and outside sources, author Clyde Wayne Crews found that the "regulation tax" imposed on the economy now tops $1.86 trillion. By comparison, Canada's entire GDP is $1.82 trillion. India's is $1.84 trillion. The problem, Crews notes, is that the combined...
  • Rich States, Poor States, 2014 Edition

    04/28/2014 6:01:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2014 | Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams
    Throughout the country, states are looking for ways to energize their economies and become more competitive. Each state confronts this task with a set of policy decisions unique to their own situation, but not all state policies lead to economic prosperity. Using years of economic data and empirical evidence from each state, the authors identify which policies can lead a state to economic prosperity. Rich States, Poor States not only identifies these policies but also makes sound research-based conclusions about which states are poised to achieve greater economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster...
  • Feds move to tighten efficiency rules for household lamps

    04/28/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 28, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Department of Energy is looking to regulate two types of household lamps. The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced Monday in the Federal Register it is considering new energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs). The Energy Department estimates the rules will save the public billions in energy bills over the next three decades and have substantial environmental benefits. But the agency also expects the rules will cost manufacturers more than $90 million, which could lead some to close up shop and cut jobs. It is weighing the...
  • FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors

    04/24/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 24, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
  • Oh, good: The EPA finally, retroactively lowers a 2013 biofuels requirement

    04/22/2014 6:34:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    It’s an improvement, I suppose, over that one time last year when they actually tried to penalize refiners for not complying with the previous year’s standard which also vastly overestimated the amount of the required cellulosic biofuels that would exist in the real world rather than inside their self-righteous faux-green fantasies, but… that is hardly cause for celebration. Via The Hill: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday retroactively lowered the volume of cellulosic biofuel that refiners must blend into traditional fuels, aligning the 2013 mandated volume to the actual amount of fuels produced.EPA’s original mandate for 2013 was based...
  • Is the goal of our government a post industrial America

    With the exception of the IRS I think we have gotten the unwanted attention of just about every federal, state and local agency that exists. The gauntlet of regulations, fees and penalties have become so daunting that our management team just withdrew our permit application and decided not to pursue the expansion in our county or even state. The deck is so stacked against business today it is necessary to ask oneself if the goal of our government is to create a post industrial society out of America
  • Video: How removing one regulation created hundreds of jobs in Mississippi

    04/18/2014 6:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/18/2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    So many businesses are just someone’s dream—to make an honest living, to serve the community something it’s missing, to use talents to their greatest potential. Every roadblock the government erects makes those dreams slightly less possible. And, those roadblocks aren’t tripping up the lavishly rich. In this case, an unnecessary regulation in Mississippi was keeping hundreds of working- and middle-class black women from making a living doing something their community wanted to pay them for— hairbraiding. One woman fought for seven years to change that. The result is pretty much the whole reason I believe what I believe.I’ve known this...
  • Regulator Without Peer: By at least one measure, Obama surpasses all of his predecessors.

    04/17/2014 6:38:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/17/2014 | The Editors
    Anyone wondering why the U.S. economy can't seem to grow at its usual pace should examine one product category where production is booming: federal regulation. Washington set a new record in 2013 by issuing final rules consuming 26,417 pages in the Federal Register. While plenty of government employees deserve credit for this milestone, leadership matters. And by this measure President Obama has never been surpassed in the Oval Office. The latest rule-making tally comes from the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Wayne Crews, who on April 29 will publish his annual review of federal regulation in "Ten Thousand Commandments." This is important...
  • Obama, Biden to announce millions for job training

    04/16/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) Hoping to help close the gap between workers' skills and the needs of businesses, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce he's putting hundreds of millions toward job training programs that produce highly skilled workers. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will head to a community college in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to make the announcement. The funding will come in two parts: $500 million toward a new job training competition that pairs community colleges with businesses, and $100 million for new apprenticeship programs to train workers. The White House says the new initiatives are meant to combat a...
  • DeMint: Big Business Is No Friend of Conservatism

    04/08/2014 11:27:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 8, 2014 - 9:48 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Former Sen. Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, writes in his new bookFalling in Love With America Againabout the cozy relationship between big business and big government. Almost all big corporations benefit from, advocate for, and downright like big government, DeMint writes. [] These big companies like to write regulations that make it harder for the smaller companies to compete with them, DeMint said. The large companies can deal with a regulatory maze much better than the small companies can. Like the big tobacco companies wanted the FDA to regulate cigarettes because they knew the smaller companies could...
  • How Average Americans Are the Victims of Excessive Regulation

    04/07/2014 3:21:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Heritage ^ | 4/6/2014 | James Gattuso and Diane Katz
    In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama vowed to wield his executive powers when faced with congressional resistance to his legislative agenda: America does not stand still and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation thats what I am going to do.This provocative declaration was startling in its bluntness, but it was hardly a new development. For the last five years, the president has aggressively exploited regulation to get his way. In fact, the Obama administration is very likely the most regulatory in history, issuing 157 new...
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

    03/28/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/14 | Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. Regulators will start by proposing new rules later this year to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas wells on public lands, one way to begin slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, said Dan Utech, Obama's top energy and climate aide. Most oil and gas production takes place on privately owned land. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • Seattle Restricts Uber and Transportation Innovation

    03/19/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislative Exchange Council ^ | 3-19-14 | John Stephenson
    In a major setback for innovation in the urban transportation market, the Seattle City Council voted Monday to cap the number of cars that ride-on-demand services like Uber and Lyft may have on the road at any one time. The mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, has said he will sign it. Under a new ordinance, which is the first of its kind in the United States, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar will be limited to having 150 cars each on the road at a time. This means that ride-on-demand services will collectively have no more than 450 cars on...
  • Arizona says Neigh to Small Businesses

    03/14/2014 2:12:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    eleste Kelly, Grace Granatelli and Stacey Kollman discovered a profitable niche in the animal therapy market when they found they could turn their passions into successful small businesses. They spent hundred of hours learning animal massage techniques, earned private certification and began their respective animal therapy ventures. Today, they have successful businesses and loyal clients. However, according the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, Celeste, Grace, and Stacey are criminals facing jail time. A recent Arizona regulation requires these hardworking entrepreneurs to give up their professions, or pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to become licensed veterinarians (an education that...
  • Regulating America To Death

    03/13/2014 3:26:15 PM PDT · by LD Jackson
    Political Realities ^ | 03/13/14 | LD Jackson
    Via TCOT Report'Is the Prosecution of Pocketknife Felon Jordan Wiser about Electing Harold Specht to a Judgeship?'Many have read with outrage the story of 18 year old Jordan Wiser; a young man whose car was searched without permission at his vocational school, resulting in his expulsion, arrest, felony indictment, imprisonment, and separation from his beloved, terminally ill grandfather. The prosecutor in this case, Harold E Specht, Jr. has been quoted saying the reason for Wisers arrest and felony prosecution centers on the discovery of a four-inch pocketknife, which was locked in the trunk, inside his EMT kit a duffel...
  • Obama's rush to regulate [welding an anchor to the U.S. economy]

    02/24/2014 5:09:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2014 | Ben Goad
    President Obama has ordered his officials to step on the gas and clear as much of his regulatory agenda as possible during the twilight of his time in office. The clock is ticking, creating a sense of urgency in the administration to crank out his new rules without delay. Just a year into the presidents second term, experts and former administration officials say it is do-or-die time for scores of regulatory initiatives across the federal government that could shape his legacy. So Obama is spurring agencies on. He has directed his entire administration to move as quickly as possible in...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers [Obama wages war against farmers]

    02/22/2014 6:52:06 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 22, 2014 | Evan Halper
    Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA's proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks. Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary. They're fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close. "They are...
  • Obama orders even more EPA regulations for more fuel-efficient super trucks

    02/18/2014 4:32:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/18/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    In keeping with his trending pattern of throwing bureaucratic bones to environmentalist groups whilst doing everything he can think of to “act where Congress won’t” (like his administration’s decision last week to initiate a $1 billion “climate resilience fund” that will combat problems of the Obama administration’s own making the effects of weather around the country), President Obama announced today the latest round of fuel-efficiency regulations to be handed down on high from the ever wise and abstemious Environmental Protection Agency: Speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Maryland, Obama instructed environmental and transportation agencies to get to work on...
  • 7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will

    02/14/2014 4:52:46 AM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 14, 2014 | Amy Payne
    President Obamathe imperial President, the Ive got a pen and Ive got a phone President who cant wait to show us his year of actiononce vowed to do exactly the opposite. "The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And thats what I intend to reverse when Im President of the United States of America." That was candidate Obama back in 2008. This comment somehow slipped under the radar for the past few years and resurfaced...
  • The High Cost of Fracking Regulation

    02/12/2014 1:34:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 12, 2014 | Jeffrey Folks
    In Europe, where fracking is heavily regulated or prohibited altogether, consumers pay more than twice for natural gas than what they do in America (currently $11.59 per mBtu vs $4.78). As consumers, businesses, and electric utilities pay more, the result is a stalled economy and lower standard of living. Thanks in part to its large investment in solar energy, Spain's per capita GDP in current U.S. dollars has dropped from $31,679 in 2010 to $28,624 in 2012. Based on his recent words and actions, Obama wants the same for the U.S. Over half the homes in America heat with natural...
  • State Dept. Finds No Environmental Objections Keystone XL Construction; Will Obama Approve it?

    02/07/2014 1:11:17 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-7-14 | Karla Jones
    On January 31, the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XS pipeline, concluding once again that its construction would have a net neutral effect on carbon emissions. The study also confirms that the pipeline itself would have little to no impact on Canadian oil sands extraction rates or on global oil consumption. Canada will continue to develop the oil sands and consumers will continue to buy oil for the foreseeable future with or without the Keystone XL. The relevant questions surrounding the pipelines construction are who will benefit from the development and transit of this...