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    Could New EPA Requirements Cause Headaches for Automakers?

    The taxpayer-funded auto bailout was largely the result of a number of poor decisions made by General Motors and Chrysler. Along with the excessively high labor and legacy costs, Detroit’s dependence on big, non-fuel-efficient vehicles was its own doing and at one time, was a very profitable strategy. Detroit struggled … More

    FCC Net Neutrality Smackdown a Win for Free Market, Limited Government

    In a huge win for the free market and limited government, a federal appeals court today put a halt to the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to exert its authority over the Internet and its power play to regulate the companies who provide access to it. The decision, issued by the … More

    Red Tape Rising: Regulation in the Obama Era

    Americans are endlessly paying taxes–on their income, on their property, on almost anything they purchase. But the heavy burden that the U.S. government places on its citizens does not stop there. It continues with a slew of hidden taxes imposed by an ever-larger number of government regulations. These regulatory taxes … More

    Missing the Important Issues on Derivatives Reform

    Senator Chris Dodd’s monstrous 1336-page financial reform draft includes a whopping 217 pages devoted to “improving” over-the-counter derivatives markets. Dodd the derivatives section may be replaced by a yet-to-be-released bipartisan compromise from Senators Jack Reed and Judd Gregg. But the Dodd draft suggests that legislators are focused on bureaucratic imperatives … More

    Consumer Financial Protection: Thinking Outside the Boxes

    Is a congressional compromise on financial services regulation in the works? Steven Pearlstein of the Washington Post today reports the answer is “yes,” citing progress in negotiations between Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee. Specifically, Pearlstein points to a breakthrough on one of … More

    Rising Red Tape Erodes Economic Freedom in United States

    Red tape – rules, regulations, restrictions and mandates imposed on America – rose alarmingly in 2009, mirroring the overall decline in economic freedom in the United States, as reported in this year’s Index of Economic Freedom. That’s the conclusion of an upcoming Heritage Foundation report detailing trends in federal regulation. … More

    Diversity v. Neutrality: Minority Groups Make Case Against Regulation

    Fostering diversity in, and minority access to, channels of communication has long been a key goal of the Federal Communications Commission. In practice, this all too often has been interpreted to mean ownership limits, set-asides, preferences and other mandates imposed by the agency. Usually lost in the heated debates is … More

    Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and the FCC: Will the Courts Ground Internet Regulation?

    A funny thing happened to the FCC Friday on its way to regulating the Internet, as a federal appeals court panel questioned the agency’s authority to regulate the web. There’s no final decision yet, but an adverse ruling could stop the agency’s Internet regulation plans in their tracks. And for … More

    Barney Frank: "We Are Trying on Every Front to Increase the Role of Government in the Area of Regulation"

    Last night on The Ed Show, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) debated Ralph Nader. Honesty ensued. Watch: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXPwr-MxvDQ[/youtube]

    In the Green Room: FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell on Neutering the Net

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DhabZ2N8U8[/youtube] FCC Commissioner McDowell recently spoke at Heritage’s Blogger Briefing and then sat down with the Foundry to discuss the ongoing process to add unnecessary regulation across the entire internet. The complicated proposed rules for the new medium are an old story of regulation: It does put government in the … More