Regulation

‘Ten Thousand Commandments’ for 2014 released

Ten Thousand Commandments 2014 By Clyde Wayne Crews Full Report Available Here Ten Thousand Commandments is the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual survey of the federal regulatory state. Authored by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne Crews, it shines a light on the large, growing, and hidden costs of America’s regulatory state. The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering, but federal regulations cost hundreds of billions – perhaps trillions – of dollars annually. Unfortunately, they get little attention in policy debates. Regulatory costs are difficult to quantify because, unlike taxes, they are unbudgeted and often indirect. Ten Thousand Commandments…
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Kansas advanced biofuels plant subject of New York Times story

The New York Times has provided a story on the future of advanced biofuels, using a plant under construction in Kansas as the centerpiece. The plant, near the western Kansas town of Hugoton, produces cellulosic ethanol. Instead of using kernels of corn as input, the plant uses material like corn stalks and wheat straw. When the Hugoton plant starts operations in May, it will be twice as large as the largest plant currently in operation. A few notes: The lede of the story: "There is an old joke in the energy business that advanced biofuels are the fuel of the…
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Gosnell movie smashes through crowdfunding record

Gosnell movie smashes through crowdfunding record

Following is a message from Ann & Phelim Media on the continuing success of the crowdfunding campaign for the Gosnell Movie. I've made a contribution, and I hope you do too, as the goal is not yet met. The movie on Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has just become the most successful film ever on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. Gosnell, a made for TV project on the doctor who is America's most prolific serial killer, has just smashed through the $900,000 mark -- overtaking the previous record holder which had raised $898,000. Gosnell was convicted of the murder of several…
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Regulation failure leads to tragedy in Wichita

Regulation failure leads to tragedy in Wichita

When the Wichita City Council passed new taxicab regulations in 2012, the focus was on dirty cabs and slovenly drivers who were not acting as goodwill ambassadors for the city. Mayor Carl Brewer said he was "tired" of hearing complaints about drivers. So the council passed new regulations regarding taxicabs, including the requirement that drivers attend customer service training provided by Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other regulations determine taxicab office staffing levels and level of supervision. But something very important slipped through the cracks. The Wichita Eagle has reported the city didn't competently enforce regulations designed to protect…
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Exchange data security breaches don’t require notification

The breach of consumer data at Target has brought the issue of data security in focus. Yesterday a senator called for more protection and accountability for consumers and retailers. The following story from Watchdog.org tells us that government does not want to hold itself to the standards it wants the private sector to observe. There has been legislation proposed. Rep. Diane Black [R-TN6] has introduced H.R. 3731: Federal Exchange Data Breach Notification Act of 2013, whose title is "To require an Exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to notify individuals in the case that personal information…
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USA versus You: The problem of overcriminalization

Events in recent months have justifiably caused Americans to ask whether a powerful, activist, and interventionist government and bureaucracy is good to have. Those who have been looking at overcriminalization, however, have known that government and regulatory agencies have been targeting and oppressing Americans for a long time. And it's getting worse. The new website USAvsYOU.com holds useful information for Americans to know about how law has changed in recent years, compared to how it operated for centuries before. The booklet available for reading is titled USA vs. You: The flood of criminal laws threatening your liberty. As an example,…
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We could use the shutdown as a teachable moment

The United States government is in the third day of a partial shutdown. It’s quite a coincidence that Chapter 9 of Henry Hazlitt's book "Economics in One Lesson" talks about government employees right at the time we’re in a government shutdown. Here, Amanda BillyRock illustrates this chapter of "Economics in One Lesson." (Click here to view at YouTube.) You know how on a day when it has snowed or there’s been an ice storm, you hear on the news that “only essential government employees should report to work today.” When I hear that, I've wondered “Why do we have non-essential…
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Regulations, even well-intentioned, may be dangerous

A regulation intended to save children resulted in many more deaths. The reason is the lulling effect. Do well-intentioned regulations ever produce the opposite effect? In 1972 the Food and Drug Administration introduced regulations requiring child-resistant bottlecaps for aspirin and some other medications. The goal was to reduce aspirin poisonings among children. Surely this is a laudable goal. If government has the capability to reduce these tragedies, why wouldn't we implement laws or regulations? When W. Kip Viscusi looked at data, he found something striking and very sad: After the implementation of the regulations, there was no significant impact on…
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USA vs. You: The problem of overcriminalization

Events in recent months have justifiably caused Americans to ask whether a powerful, activist, and interventionist government and bureaucracy is good to have. Those who have been looking at overcriminalization, however, have known that government and regulatory agencies have been targeting and oppressing Americans for a long time. And it's getting worse. The new website USAvsYOU.com holds useful information for Americans to know about how law has changed in recent years, compared to how it operated for centuries before. The booklet available for reading is titled USA vs. You: The flood of criminal laws threatening your liberty. As an example,…
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REAP: We’ll plan for you, like it or not

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. -- H.L. Mencken We've learned that the government planners will plan for you, whether or not you want it. Despite having voted against participation, two Kansas counties are still included in a regional planning consortium. The new website thinktomorrowtoday.org promotes and supports the sustainable communities government planning process in South-Central Kansas. The planning effort has been rebranded as "South Central Kansas Prosperity." In the logo, on a map, and in narrative, Butler and Sumner counties are listed as participants. But…
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