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    PODCAST: Red Tape Rising

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, expert James Gattuso discusses the punishing increase in government regulations in 2011. Click here to listen. How far above trend was last year’s increase in the regulatory burden? How can Congress put a stop to agencies that are effectively legislating regulatory rules? And where … More

    Red Tape and the Onerous Effects of Overregulation

    We keep hearing that the economy is in a “jobless recovery.” What’s holding American companies back? Why aren’t they hiring more people? High taxes draw a lot of attention, and rightly so. They depress investment and discourage innovation. But escalating regulatory costs also undermine our economy. And small businesses, which … More

    The United States of America: Land of Overregulation?

    Echoing the findings of The Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, the latest edition of The Economist sums up well the current status of America’s business environment: The home of laissez-faire is being suffocated by excessive and badly written regulation.… The problem is not the rules that are self-evidently … More

    Obama's Nominee for Safety Agency Would Ensure Pro-Regulatory Majority

    President Obama’s choice of a Michigan trial lawyer to serve on the Consumer Product Safety Commission would shift the balance of power at the agency and ensure a pro-regulatory majority through most of 2013, regardless of who is in the White House next year. Last week Obama nominated Marietta S. … More

    No Dessert for Jay Leno?

    Should the government regulate sugar so that Americans consume less of it? Does Jay Leno need to eat more fruits and vegetables? According to the calorie nannies, both are good ideas – regardless of whether or not we the people – or Leno – want the government dictating our diet. … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #26: Taxpayers Finance Rat Condos

    Millions of American homeowners face foreclosure, but at least one sort of housing crisis has been remedied: No longer will research rats suffer the indignities of crowded cages. That is to say that the federal government has ordered labs to provide precisely measured living quarters for all rodents used in … More

    GOP Candidates Unanimously Denounce Anti-Internet Piracy Bills

    During a presidential debate on Thursday night, all four Republican candidates denounced pending legislation aimed at combating online piracy. Their responses came in the midst of mass congressional defections, especially among Republicans, as major websites protest the bills. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate companion, the PROTECT … More

    Have You Been Negatively Affected by Regulatory Overreach? Tell Us About It

    Stories are powerful. They help us relate to other individuals and communicate complex issues. They are an essential ingredient to making policy change in Washington. That’s why we’re asking for your help. The Heritage Foundation is seeking examples of individuals, entrepreneurs and business owners who have been negatively affected by … More

    Scribecast: Patrick Ruffini Explains SOPA's Unintended Consequences

    Few issues before Congress have united online activists like the current debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. House and its Senate companion, the PROTECT IP Act. Both bills attempt to address the theft of intellectual property. But critics say the legislation would do more harm than … More

    Senate Conservatives Warn Reid Against PROTECT IP Blitz

    Six conservative U.S. senators voiced concerns Friday over the substance and procedural context of controversial legislation to block Internet piracy, noting potential economic damages and free speech restrictions the legislation might impose. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Tom … More