• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • regulation

    Obama's Hijacking the American Dream

    President Obama last night continued his hijacking of the American Dream. Using language long accepted as part of the American tradition, he struck a pose as a defender of hard work, responsibility, and other traditional values. We should not be fooled. His vision of the American Dream is not the … More

    Morning Bell: Getting a Meddling Government Out of Our Lives

    The next time a cashier asks “paper or plastic?” think of Abbie Schoenwetter. He spent more than six years in federal confinement for shipping lobster in plastic instead of cardboard. There’s no American law against doing so. But thanks to a vague, overly broad, and otherwise unjust federal criminal law, … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #39: Swapping Wealth Creation for Regulatory Claptrap

    Not many people know the meaning of “swap” (as in a financial hedge, not flea market). Only the most sophisticated investors actually understand the complexities of buffering risk by exchanging cash flows. Under Dodd–Frank, however, federal regulators have been tasked with assuming control of this market, in which hundreds of … More

    Obamacare Hassle: A 127-Million-Hour Paperwork Burden

    Three House committees have added up the total hours of burden that Obamacare’s regulations will cost Americans: over 127 million hours per year of paperwork. Federal law requires agencies to estimate the paperwork burden created by rules and regulations, so the estimates for hours of burden come from the Obama … More

    Morning Bell: Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda

    Would you like a raise? For some workers, cronyism prevents receiving raises in pay. In early 2011, a Giant Eagle supermarket in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, wanted to give wage increases and higher starting wages to 25 employees. But a union wouldn’t let it do so. Why would a union object to … More

    Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

    The story of the late Dr. Peter Gleason, a Maryland psychiatrist who devoted much of his practice to serving the poor and underserved populations, is a tragic reminder of the real-life impact that overcriminalization can have on individuals. Before a drug can be sold in the United States, it must … More

    Morning Bell: A Blow to Obama's Imperial Presidency

    President Obama has gone around Congress in as many ways as he can find. One way is by abusing the presidential power to make appointments to government positions during a supposed Senate recess—in an attempt to avoid having the Senate confirm the nominees. Last week, a three-judge panel of the … More

    CFPB Servicing Rules Are Excessive and Unauthorized

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has imposed yet more regulation on the mortgage market, as required by the Dodd–Frank statute. The latest set of requirements and restrictions focuses on mortgage servicers, those who are hired by lenders to collect payments and manage other administrative aspects of home loans. Bureau … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated

    Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to … More

    How a FOIA Request Brought Down EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

    Author Christopher Horner joined the Bloggers Briefing this week to discuss his new book, The Liberal War on Transparency, and how citizen journalists can use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to hold the government accountable. “You’ve got Issa oversight, and you’ve got you oversight—FOIA and state open records laws,” … More