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    Top 10 Reads: June 29, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. First Amendment Wins in Arizona Campaign Finance Case – Hans von Spakovsky On nukes, Obama ‘leads’ & the world laughs – Peter Brookes Bureaucratic Insanity: Wasting money while undermining public health … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #14: Old MacDonald’s Commodity Cartel

    Growing an herb (the legal kind) might seem pretty straightforward. Clear soil; plant seeds; water, fertilize, and harvest. Until the government gets involved, that is. Then we have the likes of Marketing Order No. 985 (7 CFR part 985), as amended. Just as with almonds, apricots, avocados, cherries (both sweet … More

    Federal Reserve Bank Presidents: Washington is Killing Business

    Want to know why the economy is still dragging along with stagnant growth and 9.1 percent unemployment? Travel back in time over the past 18 months and listen to what some Federal Reserve Bank presidents predicted would result from the Obama Administration’s public policy path. In short, they come to … More

    100,000 Cribs Face Disposal After Safety Commission Refuses to Extend Deadline

    Retailers have 11 days to sell any cribs that don’t meet the government’s new safety standard. Anything that’s left in stores on June 28 must be trashed. At least 100,000 cribs — a figure significantly larger than first anticipated — could be destined for the garbage dump, according to new … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #13: An “F” for Train Regulation

    Most folks would reasonably think that a railroad engineer or conductor would be able to distinguish the front of a train from the back of it. Not so the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). To ensure against any possible confusion, the agency requires the letter F to be displayed on the … More

    Celebrate Small Businesses – They Do an Economy Good

    This week is U.S. Small Business Week, and it’s important to take a moment to recognize those companies that have done so much for the country. It’s especially important because so many of these businesses are being threatened by regulatory burdens imposed by Obamacare and a slew of other economic … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #8: How Many Hazmat Suits Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

    Lest anyone tell you that the phase-out of (non-toxic) incandescent light bulbs will be hassle-free (other than hugely expensive), here is the directive from the Environmental Protection Agency for ridding your home of toxic vapor in the event you or a loved one (or relative) breaks the mercury-laden compact fluorescent … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #7: Energy Department Plumbing for More Regulatory Powers

    Not satisfied with just regulating the design of air conditioners, battery chargers, boilers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, dryers, freezers, furnaces, heat pumps, light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, and washers, the U.S. Department of Energy is cracking down on shower heads. In the words of the federal plumbing police: “It has always … More

    Drivers Don’t Need a Mandate for Choice

    If a mandate for choice sounds oxymoronic, it’s because it is.  But that’s what policymakers want for our vehicle fleet.  Policymakers will convince you what they’re doing will promote markets and competition and that it will benefit the consumers.  You won’t be paying $4 per gallon and we won’t be … More

    Morning Bell: Big Government Vs. the Internet

    Following his party’s devastating losses last November, President Barack Obama made clear that where his party could no longer legislate, it will regulate. Just a month later, America saw his words become action when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to issue new rules regulating the Internet, even though courts … More