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    Don't Forget the Benefits of Capitalism

    In his classic baseball book “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton writes that as a child he longed to be able to run, just once, across the beautiful outfield grass. Yet as an adult and a major league ballplayer, he takes being on the field for granted. “Sometimes I forget to tingle,” … More

    Research on Salt Shakes Its Bad Image

    Looks like we’ll have to take those warnings about sodium in our diet from First Lady Michelle Obama, bureaucrats, and assorted food police with, well, a grain of salt. The latest research indicates that most folks can stay healthy without cutting back on how much sodium they consume, Rebecca Voelker … More

    Ashton Kutcher and the Regulatory Burden

    Ashton Kutcher, an entrepreneur and popular actor, denounced heavy-handed regulation in a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kutcher is a managing partner of the investment fund A-Grade Investments. One company his fund has invested in is Uber, the app-based service that connects drivers with passengers. Uber is rapidly expanding … More

    What Does a "Free Market" in Health Care Look Like? Here's an Example

    Conservatives often talk about the importance of a free market to improve health care quality and lower costs. What would it look like? An example could be found in the development of LASIK surgery. Dr. Craig Beyer, a practicing ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, was part of the team that performed … More

    Cybersecurity: Government Regulations Can’t Keep Up

    For the first time since 2005, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has revised the federal cybersecurity standards. Since the last update, flash memory, Wi-Fi, smartphones, microchips, and social media have burst onto the scene. Why has NIST not updated the federal cybersecurity standards much sooner? Because … More

    VIDEO: Government Red Tape Leaves Illinois Man on Verge of Bankruptcy

    Government regulations cost Steven Lathrop decades of his life and pushed him into financial ruin, according to a new video released by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI). Lathrop’s home of Granite City, Illinois, regularly suffered from storm flooding that damaged his neighbor’s homes, and even cost the taxpayers money in federal … More

    From Chemical Security to Cyber: Regulation Still Not the Answer

    The House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on Thursday on the progress made in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program over the past six months. CFATS was once considered a great success in security and government regulations. In late 2011, however, a leaked Department of … More

    Morning Bell: The 10 Worst Regulations of 2012

    It seems that no aspect of American life can escape government regulation. In the past year, regulators drafted rules that addressed everything from caloric intake to dishwasher efficiency. Most of these rules increase the cost of living, others hinder job creation, and many erode freedom. Not all regulations are unwarranted, … More

    Economically Significant Regulations On the Rise Under Obama

    President Obama claims he’s overseen the creation fewer regulations than his predecessors. But his administration has actually issued far more expensive and economically costly regulations, adding billions of dollars in compliance costs for businesses and job creators. The red tape is documented in a new report by the House Oversight … More

    Chart of the Week: Obama Tops Bush With More, Costlier Major Regulations

    President Obama famously declared in this year’s State of the Union: “I’ve approved fewer regulations in the first three years of my presidency than my Republican predecessor did in his.” Heritage’s James Gattuso and Diane Katz have run the numbers. And Obama shouldn’t be bragging. Obama’s comparison encompassed all regulations, including … More