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    WSJ: Obama 'Regulator Without Peer'

    In an editorial appearing today, The Wall Street Journal examined one of the few areas of the economy enjoying an unabated boom: federal regulation. Armed with numbers obtained from a forthcoming report by Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Journal’s editors outline the disturbing growth of the Federal … More

    Regulation A+ Proposed Rule Needs Work

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to be commended for recognizing the debilitating problems with the existing Regulation A, but unless the proposed rule is modified in substantial ways, it will be of only limited value to entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital. The SEC should: Reduce overregulation by state … More

    SEC Continues Clash with Financial Stability Oversight Council

    The 2010 Dodd–Frank Act is a colossal regulatory mess that gave us, among other things, a new set of turf battles among regulators. The latest fight is between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and, well, basically all the other financial regulators. The Wall Street Journal notes: Luis Aguilar, a … More

    The War on Cinnamon: More EU Regulatory Overreach

    The European Union (EU) is well known for its regular attempts to regulate even the smallest and most miniscule parts of life on the continent. In May 2013, the EU dropped plans to ban refillable olive oil containers and olive oil plates in restaurants when public outcry over the absurd … More

    H.R. 3766 Wrong Approach to Global Commercial Nuclear Growth

    Last week Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL) introduced H.R. 3766, resurrecting the supposed “gold standard” for commercial nuclear trade. However, the bill discourages the very behavior that could help to solve the problems it aims to address. The global expansion of commercial nuclear power does present new challenges. In response, H.R. … More

    Washington Post: Obama Administration Slowed Red Tape to Avoid 2012 Election Backlash

    Last fall, Heritage Foundation analysts noted an eerie silence coming from Obama regulatory agencies. The production of new rules, which until then had been in overdrive, slipped into a lower gear. And the regulatory agenda, which the Administration was required by law to release every spring and fall, did not … More

    Holes in Federal Cybersecurity

      Yesterday brought news that the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found gaps in DHS’s cybersecurity. Politico reports that, according to the IG: [T]he agency for months failed to patch its systems regularly against known cybersecurity threats or scan its networks consistently, in real time, … More

    The Thanksgiving Menu: Overstuffed with Regulations

    On the fourth Thursday of November, our attention naturally turns to food and football the Pilgrims who celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving. After great privation, a bountiful harvest inspired the Plymouth colony to lay a great feast. That they survived is remarkable. After all, there was no Environmental Protection Agency to … 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

    Next Fed Chairman: Independence Is Paramount

    Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration for the next chairmanship of the Federal Reserve. The office currently occupied by Ben Bernanke wields enormous power over short-run economic changes. Poor decisions at the Fed can cause recessions or boost markets briefly. For that reason, the most important feature of the … More