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    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

    Is Our Government Still "Of the People"?

    Seven score and 10 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the greatest speech in American history. Standing on the bloodied battlefield of Gettysburg, Lincoln urged the fractured nation to dedicate itself to the “unfinished work” of the battle. In only 10 sentences—272 words in all—he made clear the far-reaching implications of … More

    Bunny Disaster Plans: Unveiling the Magic Behind Regulations

    Cartoon star Bullwinkle the Moose had a running gag in which he tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat and ended up facing a tiger, rhino, lion, or a bear. It’s a good thing he’s not working the nightclub circuit today. The permitting process would be a nightmare. … More

    Washington Bureaucrats Unconstitutionally Making Public Policy

    Washington, D.C., is the country’s last “company town,” and the big industry is the federal government. So it isn’t received well here when someone dares to question the size or scope of government. Recently, law professor Jonathan Turley took to the pages of The Washington Post to warn about the … More

    Morning Bell: Getting a Meddling Government Out of Our Lives

    The next time a cashier asks “paper or plastic?” think of Abbie Schoenwetter. He spent more than six years in federal confinement for shipping lobster in plastic instead of cardboard. There’s no American law against doing so. But thanks to a vague, overly broad, and otherwise unjust federal criminal law, … More

    Beware! Regulations Incoming!

    Buckle up, job-creators: The administrative state is set to grow steadily larger in 2013 with a slew of new regulations. “For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street,” … More

    McConnell Describes Political Left's Efforts to Restrict Free Speech

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Friday that the Obama administration is pursuing restrictions on political speech through whatever means possible, including bypassing Congress and the federal judiciary. “What they haven’t been able to achieve through the courts or Congress, they’re already attempting to achieve through regulations,” McConnell said in a … More

    Paring Back the Regulatory State

    Here’s a question that will be important throughout 2012 and probably for many years beyond: What did the Dodd–Frank financial regulation accomplish? The best answer is: “We don’t know.” Because in a very real way most of this law, passed almost two years ago, hasn’t been written yet. How’s that … More

    New York Times Finally Notices Obama's Unilateral Abuse of Power

    Today’s New York Times offers a stunning revelation for anyone who hasn’t been following the news out of Washington for the past three years: President Barack Obama is bypassing Congress and using his executive authority to unilaterally implement his policies of choice, irrespective of the will of the people. The … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's New Regulations Cost Billions

    If you fly across the country, it’s easy to see signs of America’s ingenuity and productivity — skyscrapers in New York City, steel mills in Pennsylvania, factories in Chicago, farmland in the Great Plains, and the glittering technology of Silicon Valley. But what you can’t see, though it’s very real, … More