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    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

    Taming the Regulatory Tax Monster

    Every American knows about the income tax, but how many are aware of the regulatory tax? That’s the cost of all regulations (good, bad and indifferent) imposed on Americans by the 60 or so government agencies that contribute to the 175,000-page (and growing) Code of Federal Regulations. The fact that … 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

    "Buy American" Laws: An Illusion of Patriotism

    Who could oppose “Buy American” measures that appear to support American manufacturing and create jobs? On the surface, that’s what the All-American Flag Act seems to do. But on closer examination, such laws do not benefit “All Americans” but rather just a narrow group of producers. A recent proposal from … 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

    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

    Advancing Economic Freedom: Leading from Behind Doesn’t Work

    Advancing economic freedom around the world has markedly stagnated in recent years, particularly due to the lack of America’s leadership, says Terry Miller, chief editor of The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, in a recent interview with the Langley Intelligence Group Network. According to Miller: Historically, the United States … 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

    Chart of the Week: Winter Gas Prices Reach All-Time High

    The cost of gasoline today is at its highest point ever during winter, an ominous sign of what might be on the horizon in the months to come. According to government data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price of regular unleaded is $3.34 over the three-month period … More

    The Cuban Way: More Government, Less Food

    When was the last time you wondered if you would be able to feed your family? Fortunately, for the majority of Americans, that thought never occurs, or is rarely a problem. If mom can’t cook the meal, there is always the local grocery store, fast food joint, or sit-down restaurant. … More