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    Lack of Resources Is Not the Reason for SEC Tardiness

    During a recent House Financial Services Committee mark-up, a number of members complained that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was “slow walking” the regulations necessary to implement the very positive and bipartisan Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act enacted in 2012. The SEC opposed most provisions in the JOBS … More

    Volcker Rule Gets Stuck on Reality

    Slate seems to have picked up on a classic regulatory problem that relates to the (still being finalized) version of the new Volcker Rule. The problem? Regulations often sound reasonable but are practically impossible to implement. Officially, the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (known as Dodd–Frank) required … More

    EPA Increasingly Neglects States’ Concerns with Regulations

    A new report from the Republican Environmental and Public Works staff details how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is damaging the relationship and effectiveness of state and federal government cooperation when administering and implementing regulations. Similar to what The Heritage Foundation espouses in its American Conservation Ethic report, the report … More

    Has Your Health Insurance Plan Been Canceled?

    They liked their health care plans—but they couldn’t keep them. That’s the situation facing nearly 1.5 million Americans right now under Obamacare, although that’s far from a final tally. White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted yesterday that some Americans will not be able to keep their health care plans under … More

    JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Moves Forward

    The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, passed in April 2012 with huge bipartisan majorities, was designed to substantially reduce the regulatory burden on entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital to start and grow their businesses. But now some in Washington are trying to reverse its momentum. Title III of the … More

    Obamacare's Secret Is Out

    Timing is everything. And just as Congress’s focus seems to be drifting from Obamacare’s ravages on the economy, Americans are learning the reason this law’s implementation was postponed until after the presidential election. That reason is becoming clear as person after person opens the mail. Insurance costs are going up. … More

    Why DOE Is Wasting $45 Million of Your Money

    Last week we wrote about the Department of Energy (DOE) wastefully spending $45 million in taxpayer dollars on advanced transportation technologies. The federal government spending taxpayer dollars on activities the private sector should be financing is nothing new, but another big part of the problem is that these investments stem … More

    Congressional Recess: The Battle of Ideas

    All the political action this month will take place outside Washington, D.C. And that’s as it should be. In a healthy republic, lawmakers hear from their constituents and then attempt to do what’s best for them and for the country. This August recess will be an especially busy one for … More

    Another Flawed Executive Order: Chemical Security and Government Overreach

    President Obama issued his latest in a long line of executive orders yesterday. The order, titled “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security,” is rather inaptly named. Rather than improving upon existing chemical security programs, like the often criticized Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), the order simply throws layers of federal … More

    Bunny Disaster Plans: Unveiling the Magic Behind Regulations

    Cartoon star Bullwinkle the Moose had a running gag in which he tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat and ended up facing a tiger, rhino, lion, or a bear. It’s a good thing he’s not working the nightclub circuit today. The permitting process would be a nightmare. … More