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  • How Average Americans Are the Victims of Excessive Regulation

    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 … that’s what … More

    Noxious Regulations from the EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week finalized more stringent standards for automotive emissions and the sulfur level in gasoline. The agency claims that the new rules will prevent 2,000 premature deaths per year (!) and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children. Don’t believe it. As is commonly the … More

    Congress Is Actually Debating Subsidies For Beachfront Villas

    Compared to, say, the nation’s $17 trillion debt or government’s hijacking of the health care system, the vast majority of us don’t care all that much about politicians fighting over flood insurance. But the dispute is actually one of principle: Is there any entitlement demand that we will refuse in … More

    Obama's Heavy-Duty Audacity

    President Obama grabbed headlines this week for (supposedly) bypassing Congress to advance his global warming agenda. As part of what aides characterize as a “muscular and unilateral campaign” to reduce greenhouse gases, the President directed his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and his Department of Transportation (DOT) to tighten fuel-efficiency standards … More

    The 10 Worst Regulations of 2013

    There are many things 2013 will be remembered for, not least the miles of red tape that were imposed on Americans. It has been a very busy year indeed for regulators, who imposed new dictates on everything from the food we eat to the loans we obtain and the health … More

    Farm Bill Giveaways for Underwear, Flatulence, and Manure

    The House and Senate are struggling to negotiate terms of a new $1 trillion “farm” bill that would subsidize an array of commodities as well as regulate food stamps. Many of the agriculture giveaways are well known, including crop insurance, price supports, and conservation payments. But there are also some … More

    The Thanksgiving Menu: Overstuffed with Regulations

    On the fourth Thursday of November, our attention naturally turns to food and football the Pilgrims who celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving. After great privation, a bountiful harvest inspired the Plymouth colony to lay a great feast. That they survived is remarkable. After all, there was no Environmental Protection Agency to … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #42: Peeling Back Nonsense in Vehicle Regulation

    General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling 18,941 Chevy Camaros (model years 2013 and 2014) for violating Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208—Occupant Crash Protection. Defective seat belts? Air bag malfunction? Brake failure? Nope. GM is recalling 18,941 Chevy Camaros because the air bag warning label on the sun visor … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #41: The FDA's Latest Mission Creep(iness)

    Federal regulations already dictate the shape, color, size, and content of the nutrition panel on food labels. Not good enough, apparently. The diet squad at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to track eye movements to uncover the “subconscious and conscious factors” behind our grocery choices. They plan … More

    6,300 Reasons the Government Is Dead Wrong on Farm Subsidies

    Congress has been wrangling for months over how to trim the taxpayer burden of bountiful subsidies to farmers. Here’s a thought: Stop paying the dead ones. Between 2008 and 2012, we now know, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disbursed more than $36 million to some 6,300 farmers who had … More