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  • Tales of the Red Tape #40: The USDA Rabbit Police

    There’s no good way to deliver this disturbing bit of news except to come right out with it: Marty the Magician and others in the business of pulling a rabbit from a hat are under strict orders from the federal government to develop a “contingency plan” for handling their critters … More

    Speaker Boehner: What’s “Free Market” About the Farm Bill?

    The latest House action on the $1 trillion farm bill comes straight from the playbook “Do as I Say, Not as I Do.” House Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) says: “I am a proud advocate for free markets and fair trade.” Representative Frank Lucas (R–OK), chairman of the House Committee on … More

    20 Completely Unjustified Programs in the House Farm Bill

    The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a $1 trillion package of agriculture subsidies and welfare benefits that exemplifies warped federal policy. Within its 575 pages, the proposed Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act includes massive spending on food stamps, a bumper crop of insurance subsidies, and … More

    Consumer "Watchdog" Tailing Consumers

    Many Americans are understandably unsettled by news reports about the National Security Agency’s widespread monitoring of telephone and Internet traffic. Attracting far less attention is the rampant snooping of a more personalized nature carried out daily by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The two-year-old agency created by the Dodd–Frank … More

    Farm Bill Rock 'n' Roll

    What you are about to read is not satire or parody. The farm bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives authorizes a new tax on rocks. Seriously. The House Agriculture Committee, in its infinite wisdom, has actually approved an amendment to the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act … More

    The Rich and Famous at the Farm Bill Trough

    Congress is considering the renewal of massive agriculture subsidies that proponents characterize as a crucial “safety net” for struggling family farms. In fact, most of the taxpayer support is actually pocketed by the well-to-do, including former President Jimmy Carter, the current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and … More

    INFOGRAPHIC: Obama's Red Tape Rising

    Regulatory costs skyrocketed in the first term of the Obama Administration, which added nearly $70 billion to the already excessive annual burden of government do’s and don’ts. Virtually every aspect of Americans’ lives is controlled to a varying extent by regulation, including how we light our homes, wash our clothes, … More

    Another Subprime Idea from Obama

    The Obama Administration is reportedly pushing banks to increase mortgage lending to people with relatively weak credit in hopes of boosting home sales. But the very same policy under Presidents Clinton and Bush contributed mightily to the housing bubble that ultimately devastated millions of families in mortgage default. Credit is … More

    Bloomberg Soda Ban Fizzles

    New York City Mayor Nanny Michael Bloomberg got a well-deserved legal spanking of his own today from a state court judge ruling against his imperial ban on the sale of large-size sodas and other sweetened drinks. The prohibition was due to take effect on Tuesday. New York Supreme Court Judge Milton … More

    Feds Foreclose on $2 Billion Consultants’ Bill

    President Obama assured the nation in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday that the housing market is “healing,” although mortgage credit remains extremely tight. But that’s not too surprising considering that banks have been forced to shell out $2 billion for a government-mandated paper chase. The case in … More