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  • U.S. considering speed-limit device rule for trucks, buses

    08/26/2016 12:56:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 26, 2016 | Staff
    Trucks and buses in the United States may have to be equipped with devices to limit their speed under a proposed rule issued on Friday by the U.S. Transportation Department which said the move could save both lives and fuel. The department will weigh setting speed limits at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour for heavy commercial vehicles, but said it will consider other speeds based on comments from the public.
  • Portland ENDS its pilot program allowing homeless to sleep on streets undisturbed by police [tr]

    08/03/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AP ^ | August 3, 2016 | Staff
    Portland has announced the end of a pilot program that allowed homeless people to sleep on the streets undisturbed by law enforcement, saying it created confusion because some believed it legalized public camping. The so-called 'Safe Sleeping Guidelines' policy will end immediately, but several other pilot programs that also were rolled out in February in the famously liberal City of Roses will continue or even expand, the mayor said.
  • Federal Register Tops 50,000 Pages, Yet Obama's Report to Congress Is MIA

    07/29/2016 9:21:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | July 29, 2016 | Clyde Wayne Crews
    The annual Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations and Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Entities is quite overdue. It is the federal government’s only report disclosing overall costs and benefits of federal regulations. How is it that the federal government meanwhile has no trouble issuing new regulations? Today the Federal Register topped 50,000 pages for 2016. That is a record pace. Last year’s 2015 Draft, appearing on October 16, was the latest ever […] The Final 2015 report didn’t appear until March 10, 2016. This is 2016, and Monday it will be August....
  • US Homeownership Rate Crashes To Lowest Since 1965

    07/28/2016 9:00:33 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 27 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 28 July 2016 | Tyler Durden
    In hopes of promoting the narrative of a US housing recovery, one recurring thesis has been that as Millennials get older and start families, they will eventually leave their parents' basement and buy a house or shift from renting to owning. So far the facts have refused to corroborate this, and according to the latest "Housing Vacancies and Homeownership" report released on Thursday, the dream of owning a home just became even more distant. The reason: after staging a feeble rebound in late 2015, the US homeownership rate just tumbled from 63.5% to 62.9%, tied for the lowest print going...
  • Occupational Licensing Costs Hurt the Working Class

    07/21/2016 5:02:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/18/2016 | Josh Paladino
    Which profession requires upwards of $10,000 in education costs, over $200 in state fees, and 1,800 hours of training to enter: emergency medical technician (EMT) or barber? The correct answer is barber. In terms of time and cost, a prospective EMT can obtain an occupational license, required by the state of Michigan, much more easily than a prospective barber. For example, Baker College’s EMT certification program costs $6,600 and takes six months to complete. Completing a barber certification program in Michigan takes two years. This example is not to criticize EMTs or question their ability to do their job but...
  • The Thin Red Line Against A Regulatory Onslaught

    07/21/2016 3:51:24 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/20/2016 | John Merline
    CLEVELAND -- Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made news early on at the Republican Convention when he threw his credentials down on the floor of the convention hall to protest a decision that blocked a roll-call vote. But later on outside the convention hall, he was talking about a subject that had more import to businesses and state and local government -- the regulatory onslaught being unleashed from Washington today, and how to stop it.
  • Mormon Tycoon Wants to Build Joseph Smith’s Mega-Utopia in Vermont

    07/20/2016 12:44:26 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 25 replies
    Green Mountain Daily ^ | 06/15/2016 | David R. Hall
    David R. Hall | - Green Mountain Daily www.greenmountaindaily.com/tag/david-r-hall/ Jun 15, 2016 ... Hall is the Utah-based engineer/developer and Mormon (member of the utopian community in Sharon (the birthplace of LDS founder Joseph Smith). Hall plans on plunking down New Vista and its 20,000 inhabitants in rural Vermont and other developments across the nation.
  • Olive Oil, Tea Kettles, and Toasters: The Untold Brexit Story

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

    06/24/2016 1:13:38 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/24/20116 | Byron York
    Most coverage of Donald Trump's speech in New York Wednesday has focused on his attacks on Hillary Clinton. Or the fact that he read the speech from a teleprompter. Or the fact that it came amid a period of disorder and change in his campaign. But Trump included actual substance in the speech — new policy proposals and promises — that escaped many observers. In a series of pledges to take action in his first 100 days as president, Trump said he would move on trade, business regulation, energy, and several other topics. One area in which Trump promised to...
  • The president just signed a law that affects nearly every product you use

    06/22/2016 12:01:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2016 | By Darryl Fears
    President Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that places stronger regulations on chemicals present in nearly every product Americans use, including detergents, clothing, paint thinners, cleansers and automobiles. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed by Congress early this month in a rare bipartisan vote. It updates the Toxic Substances Control Act, which had not been reauthorized since the Ford administration in the mid-1970s. The new law gives the Environmental Protection Agency more oversight and stronger tools to monitor chemicals that in some cases could cause cancer and other health problems in adults and...
  • Donald Trump Rolls Out Winning Platform: Cut Taxes, Save Social Security and Medicare

    06/19/2016 9:30:19 PM PDT · by detective · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Jun 2016 | Patrick Howley
    Republican candidate Donald Trump focused this weekend on his economic platform: Cut taxes and regulations across the board while also saving Social Security, Medicare, and other government safety-net programs. Trump’s platform is nearly invincible in the general election if he stresses it enough, polling shows. Trump’s plan will also have a transformational effect on how people view his party. But he still needs to make the accounting work to ensure that his Third Way platform is feasible.
  • Ministering to the Poor

    06/19/2016 7:56:42 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    Grace to You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, 'You sit here in a good place,' and you say to the poor man, 'You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,' have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?" (James 2:2-4). You must show equal respect to poor and rich alike. Partiality is an age-old problem that exists in...
  • About 92K Coloradans to lose Obamacare coverage as insurers drop out, cut back, raise rates

    06/06/2016 2:44:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    More than 92,000 Coloradans will lose their Obamacare health care coverage in 2017 as four leading insurance companies scale back or eliminate their plans while others propose rate hikes of as much as 40 percent. Insurance holders with individual plans through Anthem, UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will need to find new coverage for the 2017 coverage year, according to a Monday statement from the Colorado Division of Insurance. ... the news came as a devastating blow to the state’s already-shaky insurance market. Colorado is one of 14 states that opted to launch its own Obamacare exchange instead...
  • Obama’s Paris Agreement: A Precursor To Increased Government Control And Regulation

    06/03/2016 7:24:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2016 | Justin Sykes
    June marks just the second month since President Obama committed the U.S. to the Paris Climate Agreement, but already concerns over the potential for success are starting to pile up. Government reports and policy experts increasingly point to mounting evidence that Obama’s pledge under the Paris Agreement is simply unachievable, leading to the conclusion that the Agreement could be the precursor for even more job killing and economically disastrous regulations. Pursuant to the Paris Climate Agreement, President Obama pledged that the U.S. would reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Aside from...
  • Report: Obama administration installs ‘new regulation every two hours and 24 minutes’

    06/01/2016 11:53:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Economic Collapse News ^ | 31 May 2016 | Andrew Moran
    The United States federal government loves a few things: war, taxes and regulations. For the last few decades, Washington, whether it’s controlled by Republicans or Democrats, has expanded the tax code and the book of regulations. But it has really amplified under the current regime. According to a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), the federal government has implemented more than 2,000 regulations in the last week. These regulations cover nearly every single issue, from energy standards to nutrition labeling, from avocadoe imports to cable TV disclosure requirements. It’s part of an effort by the Obama administration to...
  • A very bad sign for all but America’s biggest cities

    05/31/2016 6:54:10 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 May 2016 | Jim Tankersley
    Americans in small counties are much less likely to start new businesses, a trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country. ___ Americans in small towns and rural communities are dramatically less likely to start new businesses than they have been in the past, an unprecedented trend that jeopardizes the economic future of vast swaths of the country. The recovery from the Great Recession has seen a nationwide slowdown in the creation of new businesses, or start-ups. What growth has occurred has been largely confined to a handful of large and innovative areas, including Silicon Valley...
  • It’s Boomtime For Regulators Under Obama, While Economy Flatlines

    05/31/2016 6:10:57 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/27/2016 | Staff
    Regulations: The economy might be tepid under President Obama, but there is one part that has been thriving. Since Obama took office, the federal regulatory economy has never been better, with solid growth in spending and employment.
  • Uber Drivers Tell Their Stories

    05/27/2016 12:27:58 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/26/2016 | Geneva Ruppert
    Ridesharing companies operate in six cities in Michigan and have provided job opportunities and rides to thousands of Michiganders. But they currently operate in a legal gray area, putting drivers at risk. We recently spoke to a handful of drivers for Uber about their experiences and why it is important to establish statewide regulations to protect the service. “Uber saves lives,” said Rebecca and Babacar. Both drive in Grand Rapids and discussed how the ease and convenience of ridesharing apps provide an attractive alternative to driving drunk. But Larry, who drives on the other side of the state, recalled a...
  • FDA regulations could kill the vaping industry

    05/26/2016 1:18:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    WVLT - CBS Local ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Lauren Davis
    Knoxville vape companies are fuming mad after the FDA passed new regulations this month. They say this new law will put an end to the vaping industry. They are shocked at how far reaching the regulations are, and now they're afraid the new restrictions will destroy the industry. Hunter Allison with Tri State Vape Company will have to submit an application for each new product. He says that would come with a hefty price tag. Allison says, "The absolutely lowest price I've seen is $300,000 per product and that's $4.5 million for me and there's no possible way. He's already...
  • How the Deep State’s Cronies Steal From You

    05/24/2016 7:37:33 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Contra Corner ^ | 20 May 2016 | Bill Bonner
    Now, back to the Deep State. Much of its growth is recorded in the pages of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This tracks all the laws laid down by successive governments. A privilege, a special tax break, a rule, a prohibition, a piece of meat here, a piece of meat there… and soon the foxes are eating high on the hog. But what’s meat for the foxes is poison for the economy. snip The relentless growth of Leviathan: total pages in the Code of Federal Regulations, 1950-2013 (it has continued to grow since then…). No wonder the economy is...
  • Obama rushes out rules to guarantee legacy

    05/18/2016 11:44:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2016 | TIMOTHY NOAH
    The Obama administration is shoveling out regulations nearly one-third faster in its final year than during the previous three — all to beat a May 23 deadline to prevent a President Donald Trump from overturning them. A total of 195 regulations have been pushed through since Jan. 1 at an estimated cost of $69.5 billion to the nation’s businesses, according to the conservative American Action Forum. One of the most significant — a sweeping rule that will extend overtime pay to more than 4 million people without any input from Congress — was released Tuesday night. “This regulatory onslaught has...
  • Will Gov’t Regulation Kill The Housing Market — Again?

    05/20/2016 4:55:40 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5/19/2016 | Editorial
    Housing: Seemingly everyone applauds the recent surge in home prices as a positive sign for the economy. But, in fact, it isn’t. If anything, it’s a sign the federal government still hasn’t learned its lesson about excessive regulation. While prices for homes have surged in recent years, they’ve done so thanks mainly to federal regulations put in place after the financial crisis. Low interest rates engineered by the Fed to stimulate the economy have fueled a surge in demand, driving prices up sharply. And federal regulations continue to require mortgage lenders to make risky home loans based on race and...
  • Could Uber Drive Young People Into The Arms Of The GOP?

    05/24/2016 5:07:52 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/23/2016 | Staff
    Free Markets: When conservative activist Grover Norquist started arguing a couple years ago that Web-based sharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb create “an opportunity for Republicans to make a comeback in cities,” the idea seemed a bit far-fetched. A new survey shows that he was on to something.
  • Federal Red Tape Costing Michigan Families and Businesses Billions

    05/23/2016 12:06:45 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/21/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    Federal regulations are costing Americans about $4 trillion in lost economic output every year, and Michigan is one of the states hardest hit by the mandates and impositions. That’s the conclusion of a new study from the Mercatus Center, a think tank based at George Mason University, which looked at the cumulative growth of federal regulations from 1977 to 2012. The researchers estimated that if regulations had been held in check since 1980, the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be 25 percent larger today: $20 trillion instead of $16 trillion. That $4 trillion in lost output amounts to $13,000...
  • 20,642 New Regulations Added in the Obama Presidency

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

    05/20/2016 11:47:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2016 | SARAH MAX
    With a broad new class of workers becoming eligible for overtime, many small businesses are scrambling to figure out how to factor the regulations into their bottom line. The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the final details of new labor rules to increase the salary cutoff for overtime pay. Although the plan was outlined a year ago and employers have several months to comply, many say the change will be a challenge to small businesses that pride themselves on a scrappy, entrepreneurial culture. “We are pretty flexible,” said Kelli Glasser, who is president and chief executive of Exhibit Concepts, a...
  • German Army Hampered by Overtime Rules [semi-satire]

    05/09/2016 10:55:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 May 2016 | John Semmens
    The German Army had to shorten its participation in recent NATO war-game exercises because the government's labor regulations restrict the number of continuous hours troops can be on duty. Minister of Defense Rinehart Schwachkopf defended the move asserting that "preserving the rights of the worker against exploitation is an essential function of the German government. If we start discarding rights on the pretext that 'defense is too important' to have to comply with regulations intended to protect these rights we raise the question of what are we fighting for if not to protect Germans' rights?" Schwachkopf acknowledged that "enemies of...
  • Obama’s War on America and Property

    04/16/2016 6:33:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/16 | Timothy Birdnow
    Obama and his Democratic allies are busily breaking the bonds of property ownership with the complicity of a Republican Party that prefers to stand silent Recently Baltimore County came to a settlement with the City over a scheme to colonize affluent County neighborhoods with HUD housing. According to Fox News: “With crime in the inner city soaring and many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods plagued by gang violence, there was a push to integrate those communities into neighborhoods in the surrounding county. The NAACP and others sued Baltimore County over alleged housing segregation – and the county has now settled, agreeing to...
  • The Insane Hidden Tax Burden Quietly Eating Up Your Paycheck

    05/06/2016 9:34:25 AM PDT · by sally234 · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-6-16 | John Gray
    There are few things I dislike more than paying taxes. As Americans, a third of all your hard earned dollars is confiscated by the U.S. government. Most of us get to determine what we do with our money – but not when it comes to taxes. However, there is the argument that taxes are a function of our democratic system. Those taxes are the result of laws implemented by freely elected representatives. If anything, we — the voters — are as much to blame for the muddied tax codes as are the nitwit politicians we elect.
  • Why Regulations Are Fueling Corporate Activism in America

    05/05/2016 2:33:40 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 04, 2016 | James M. Roberts
    It is no surprise that “lawfare” attacks by the left on traditional American values have ramped up since President Barack Obama took office. What has been surprising, though, is how swiftly many major U.S. corporations have acted to support its radical agenda. Why has this happened? Is it simply a case of corporate cronyism? Or have these companies been drafted into the social justice army against their better judgement?
  • Trump wants to get rid of regulations to help U.S. businesses: CNBC

    05/05/2016 5:15:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 5, 2016 | by Megan Cassella
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday he would scrap a slew of federal regulations that he said are even more of a burden on American business owners than high taxes. "We're lowering taxes very substantially and we're going to be getting rid of a tremendous amount of regulations," Trump said in an interview with CNBC.
  • Federal Regulations Now Cost Almost $1.9 Trillion, Study Finds

    05/04/2016 7:07:28 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/4/2016 | John Merline
    Do we live in a democracy, or a regulatory dictatorship? It’s hard to tell sometimes, especially after reading the latest annual report on the regulatory state issued by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
  • Universities Against Regulation… Of Themselves

    05/03/2016 9:18:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 29, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academics found something they don't want the government to regulate when they looked in the mirror. "Last year, for example, the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education—formed in 2013 at the behest of a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and comprised of top university officials from around the country—released a stunning indictment of what it called the 'jungle of red tape' produced by the Education Department," Jenna Ashley Robinson and Jesse Saffron reported on The Pope Center's web site. "The report cited analysis from George Mason's Mercatus Center that showed federal higher education mandates increased by 56 percent...
  • The Future Of America? – More Than Half Of All U.S. Adults Under Age 30 Now Reject Capitalism

    05/01/2016 8:05:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/30/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A shocking new survey has found that support for capitalism is dying in America. In fact, more than half of all adults in the United States under the age of 30 say that they do not support capitalism at this point. You might be tempted to dismiss them as “foolish young people”, but the truth is that they are the future of America. As older generations die off, they will eventually become the leaders of this country. And of course our nation has not resembled anything close to a capitalist society for quite some time now. In a recent article,...
  • Study: GDP Would Be 25% Bigger If Government Regulations Had Been Capped In 1980

    04/27/2016 3:52:11 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/26/2016 | Staff
    Red Tape: Economists scratch their heads when asked to explain the economy’s tepid growth over the past several years. A new study gives a possible answer: the growing, cumulative burden of federal regulations.
  • [AP/GfK] Poll: Americans prefer low prices to items 'Made in the USA'

    04/14/2016 10:23:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2016 12:39 PM EDT | Josh Boak and Emily Swanson
    The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled “Made in the U.S.A.,” even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. While presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are vowing to bring back millions of American jobs lost to China and other foreign competitors, public sentiment reflects core challenges confronting the U.S. economy. Incomes have barely improved, forcing many households to look for the most convenient bargains instead of goods made in America. Employers now seek workers with college degrees, leaving...
  • The Government Wants to Regulate Your Portable Air Conditioner

    04/12/2016 4:45:24 PM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | April 12, 2016 | Nicolas Loris
    Congratulations portable air conditioner buyers and sellers. This product now qualifies for… government regulation! The Department of Energy (DOE) recently determined that portable air conditioners meet the criteria set under the Energy Policy Conservation Act (as amended) for efficiency mandates. Like all other efficiency regulations, mandated appliance standards removes choices from individuals and empowers Washington to override personal preferences. DOE concluded that the average household use of electricity for portable air conditioners exceeds the limit to trigger consideration for regulation. The energy-use threshold for DOE bureaucrats to begin inspecting and testing an appliance is low.
  • Michigan Pushes Back Against Feds on Labor Regulations

    04/12/2016 10:40:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Last fall Michigan lawmakers passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills aimed at protecting franchise businesses from a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board. The ruling was unprecedented, with the American Bar Association saying that it would mean “an end to franchising as we know it.” Franchises – McDonald’s restaurants are the best-known examples – involve a local business, a “franchisee,” that licenses brands and trademarks from another company, called a ‘franchiser.” Trade association experts say this popular business model accounts for nearly 500,000 Michigan jobs. Earlier last year the NLRB ruled that franchisers like McDonald's...
  • Sound the Alarm: New Obama Regulations Will Push Private Retirement Savings Into Government Accounts

    04/09/2016 5:29:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 104 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/08/16 | Katie Pavlich
    If you thought Obamacare was terrifying, just wait until you read about what President Obama's regulatory agencies are planning to do with your retirement savings. According to an alarming report in the Wall Street Journal, government regulators at the Labor Department will be implementing new rules at the end of the year that will eventually force private retirement investments into government accounts. How? By making private investment options, specifically IRAs, too burdensome, a liability and expensive. Bolding is mine.
  • Administration Efforts to Eliminate “Red Tape” Costly [semi-satire]

    04/03/2016 11:04:22 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Apr 2016 | John Semmens
    President Obama’s touted plan to reduce government red tape appears to have both increased the cost of government AND the time and effort required to comply with regulations. According to the American Action Forum, measures put into place by the Administration have added a net $23 billion in costs and nearly nine million hours of extra paperwork on businesses, individuals, and government to comply with the “reforms.” Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the Administration’s efforts, saying that “a simplistic calculation of the costs and burdens unfairly muddles the distinction between eliminating bad regulations and replacing them with good regulations. The...
  • It's snow wonder why people are leaving Chicago faster than any U.S. city

    03/25/2016 12:38:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Redeye Chicago ^ | March 24, 2016 | Rianne Coale
    When "polar vortex," "below zero" and "rapid weather change" have become integrated into the vocabulary of every Chicagoan, it's snow wonder why: In 2015, the Chicago region saw its first population decline in more than two decades, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. The Windy City's drop-off also was higher than any metropolitan area in the U.S. People are giving Chicago and Illinois the cold shoulder and migrating to states such as Florida, Arizona and Nevada, where they can enjoy warmer and much less moody climates. Can you blame them? Imagine lying poolside in the sunshine and not...
  • Washington's Joke War On Tanning Salons Has Gone Too Far

    03/21/2016 10:57:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Nicole Neily
    During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill conspired to slip in a tax on tanning salons, widely derided as a useless gesture meant to poke fun at the perpetually-tan John Boehner, who at the time was Minority Leader of the House and the leader of the anti-Obamacare opposition on Capitol Hill. In the Affordable Care Act, a massive piece of legislation that carried a $900 billion price tag, there was a small provision projected to raise "only" $2.7 billion: a tax on tanning salons. The biggest reason that the provision got...
  • Lawmaker to Senate: REIN in government regulations, pass REINS Act (WI)

    03/04/2016 6:47:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 3-4-16 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. - Less than two weeks before the Senate holds its final floor day of the shortened late-winter session, the battle is heating up - among conservatives - over a bill aimed at holding government bureaucrats accountable. Whether the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act gets to the Senate floor remains uncertain at this point. On Thursday, State. Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, issued a statement calling for Senate leadership to bring the proposal he cosponsored up for a full vote on the Senate’s final session day, on March 15. The bill would require any...
  • REPORT: Feds Are Destroying Free Choice In The Retirement System

    03/01/2016 10:33:14 PM PST · by Mr Apple · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 2, 2016 | Connor D. Wolf
    Federal labor officials may soon destroy free choice in the retirement system by overhauling investment regulations, according to a report Wednesday. The Department of Labor (DOL) has argued people are just not knowledgeable enough to plan for their own retirement. It has proposed a rule to categorize more people...
  • EPA forcing towns to clean up Charles River

    02/22/2016 8:12:14 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | February 22, 2016 | By David Abel
    Nearly every summer over the past decade, toxic algae blooms, fueled by warm weather and contaminated runoff, have coated parts of the Charles River. Now the federal government is poised to issue sweeping regulations ordering a cleanup, a move expected to cost some river municipalities tens of millions of dollars. The regulations have sparked a range of concerns in cities and towns near the river. In Franklin, for example, local officials estimated the regulations would cost residents an average of $300 a month, and at least $62 million over 20 years, to do things like capture and treat more water.
  • SAD TROMBONE. Democrat Shill In Favor Of Big Government Will Not Support Ted Cruz

    02/06/2016 3:47:00 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 10 replies
    Redstate ^ | 2/6/2016 | Streiff
    Last evening, Ted Cruz was at a town hall meeting in Salem, NH, when he was hit with a question about drug abuse. If you’ve followed Cruz’s campaign, you know that his own family has experience loss due to drug abuse. His older sister, Miriam became addicted to pain pills following and accident and slid into a life of drug abuse. Because it is a campaign season, the left used the town hall as an excuse for some low-level street theater. Not a day goes by on the New Hampshire campaign trail without residents grilling the men and women running...
  • The Problem With Obama's Trickle Down Regulations

    01/28/2016 9:18:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2016 | Ken Blackwell
    resident Obama's legacy is sadly clear. Eight years of this administration's disastrous environmental policies and unwarranted regulations are not only creating havoc in Washington, DC, they are trickling down into individual states, increasing costs for businesses and potentially stalling much needed economic development in areas starving for prosperity and growth. Even worse is emerging evidence of state regulators tearing pages out of the EPA's playbook and piling on with additional environmental rules and penalties that only add to the confusion and costs for businesses around the country. The EPA in Washington, DC is the best example of a national agency...
  • EPA's 2016 Resolutions: Acquire More Power, Increase Regulations

    01/09/2016 11:44:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2016 | Edwin Portugal
    With the start of a new year, President Obama and his army of unelected bureaucrats are resolving to acquire more power and increase regulations. Throughout his tenure, President Obama has shown that he will do anything to achieve his personal policy agenda. Whether by passing new regulations through federal agencies or issuing executive orders, the Obama Administration has repeatedly bypassed Congress and the will of the American people. In the realm of energy policy, Obama has made it clear that nothing will stand in the way of his so-called climate "legacy," not the economy, not the livelihood of millions of...
  • Do You Feel Endangered When You Travel Out of State?

    01/07/2016 3:07:41 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/4/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    USA Today reports on the growing consensus across the political spectrum — from the Obama administration to the Koch brothers — that many occupational licensing laws are unnecessary obstacles to employment and do not provide any real benefit to public safety. The article featured a chart based on survey data showing the share of state workforces that are licensed. Michigan borders three states that all have a lower portion of their population licensed. So the question is: Do you feel endangered when visiting Indiana, Ohio or Wisconsin? Each state has fewer licensing requirements than Michigan, so if licensing laws really...
  • Humane Society: Obama has effectively ended canned African lion hunts, Americans kill 90%

    12/31/2015 12:34:52 PM PST · by presidio9 · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/31/15 12:50 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama's mid-December move to protect African lions as endangered species will effectively end "canned" hunts for the king of the forest since nearly nine of every 10 killed is taken by an American, according to new data released by the Humane Society of the United States. The analysis found the trophies of 719 African lions were imported into the United States in 2014. Of those, 620 came from South Africa, and of those, well more than half, 366, were killed in captive hunts. Overall, HSUS said, 425 trophies from captive hunts were taken in 2014, meaning nearly 90 percent...