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    Fueling Cronyism

    No one knows how much ethanol Americans would use if the fuel didn’t receive preferential treatment. Would we use any at all? We do know it has drawbacks as compared to gasoline. Ethanol has less energy, so it reduces fuel efficiency and increases costs. It can damage small engines such … 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

    America Needs a New Balanced Tariff Structure

    Where does America get its shoes? Today, 99 percent of shoes sold in America come from overseas. Imported shoes are taxed at an average rate of 10 percent, with some tariffs as high as 67.5 percent. Inexpensive shoes are taxed at higher rates, a burden for low-income Americans. New Balance … More

    The Next Threat to Your Privacy

    Who has access to your Social Security number, your bank information, and your tax records? When Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges open, your data could be exposed to shysters and hackers, thanks to serious vulnerabilities in the system. The exchanges are scheduled to open on October 1 (just 53 days away). … More

    Federal Appeals Court Chafes at Diaper Rash Class Action

    Class-action lawsuits can be a useful tool for consumers. They can also be abused by unscrupulous lawyers acting in concert with companies they are supposedly suing. Last Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that a lower court abused its discretion in certifying a class … More

    Expiration of Trade Preference Program Means Higher Prices

    On July 31, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) expired. GSP is a program that waives tariffs on thousands of products that Americans import from developing countries. In 2012, the program reduced tariffs by $742 million. As House Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp (R–MI) observed, “GSP provides important benefits … More

    NYC Soda Ban Shot Down Again: Bad Day for the Food Police

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other self-appointed nutrition czars are probably very upset. The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision that the New York City soda ban is unconstitutional. The Ban In the words of the court, “The Sugary Drinks … More

    Imports: Let’s Hear More Economic Sense Like This from the President

    As President Obama heads to Chattanooga, Tennessee, today to give a speech at an Amazon.com fulfillment facility, he finally seems to be coming around on the positive effects that imports have on the economy. For a long time, the President failed to acknowledge that both exports and imports create jobs … More

    “Everyday High Prices” Should Not Be Trade Agency’s Slogan

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations are taking place this week in Malaysia. Here’s a modest suggestion to help new U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman bring the TPP to a successful conclusion: eliminate the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, a job that places the welfare of one special … More

    Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore: Internet Sales Tax Hurts Small Businesses

    The misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), commonly called the Internet sales tax, recently passed the Senate and awaits action in the House. If it becomes law, it would force online retailers to collect sales taxes from residents in states in which the businesses have no attachment. It would overturn the … More