Browsing All posts tagged under »Government Regulations«

Small Fish Could Mean Big Trouble For Feds

May 18, 2023 by


By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~ In agreeing to review a far-reaching legal precedent laid down in 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court May 2 opened the door to curtailing federal regulatory agencies’ power to decide for themselves what Congress intended when passing vaguely worded legislation. For nearly four decades, federal agencies have seen their power grow […]

Consumer Victory: Trump Pulls Plug On Plans To Kill The Lightbulb

January 1, 2020 by


By Bonner Cohen, Ph.D. ~ As the year came to a close, the nanny state took it in the chin. Plans by the usual suspects – environmentalists, Capitol Hill know-it-alls, and other assorted busybodies — to regulate the incandescent lightbulb out of existence were tossed aside by the Trump Energy Department (DOE). In 2007, the […]

EPA’s Reversal On Alaska’s Pebble Mine A Victory For Regulatory Process

August 12, 2019 by


By Nicolas Loris and Patricia Patnode ~ For more than a decade, the owners of Alaska’s Pebble Mine just wanted a shot at going through the permitting phase of the project. But before the mine’s owners could even submit a permit application, the federal government in effect said, “Don’t bother.” The Environmental Protection Agency, however, announced […]

Trump Deregulation Will Boost Household Income By $3,100, Report Finds

June 29, 2019 by


By Fred Lucas ~ The Trump administration deregulation efforts will raise incomes by about $3,100 per household over the next five to 10 years, and sharply reduce prices for consumers, according to a report released Friday by the White House Council of Economic Advisers. “The deregulatory efforts of the Trump administration have also removed mandates […]

Democrats’ Newest Line: Break Up Or Regulate Facebook

May 15, 2019 by


By Julia A Seymour ~ In order to win the hearts and votes of liberals everywhere, Democratic presidential candidates are now saying that they will break up or regulate Facebook. After Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote an May 9 op-ed calling for Facebook to be broken up and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to be removed, Democrats started […]

Net Neutrality Is Gone, But The Internet Is Fine

January 2, 2019 by


By Jeff Jacoby ~ Here’s a piece of news you may have missed: The internet is getting faster. The technology news website Recode reported this month that “US internet speeds rose nearly 40 percent this year,” with broadband download velocity now averaging as much as 159 megabits per second in some cities. The United States […]

Family Farm Could Face Prison For Calling Skim Milk By Its Name

April 14, 2018 by


By John-Michael Seibler ~ Forget narcotics. Uncle Sam has a new substance to crack down on: all-natural skim milk. Food and Drug Administration regulations make it a federal crime for dairy farmers to call all-natural skim milk exactly what it is—skim milk. Instead, the FDA demands that farmers label additive-free skim milk as “imitation milk […]

This Bill Won’t Help Coal Communities, But Rolling Back Regulations Will

March 2, 2018 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Congress is getting ready to load up a “Christmas tree bill” through a massive omnibus spending package. One potential ornament for the tree is legislation with the appealing name of the RECLAIM Act, which stands for a real mouthful: the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and […]

This Bird Regulation Might Have Made You A Criminal. Not Anymore.

January 19, 2018 by


By John-Michael Seibler ~ If you live someplace with a window, own a cat, or drive a car, then a recent change to a federal regulatory policy should come as a welcome relief. On Dec. 22, the Interior Department’s Office of the Solicitor published a memorandum (Memorandum M-37050) stating that it interprets a federal criminal […]

After Brexit, U.S. Should ‘Amerexit’ From D.C.’s Death Grip

July 9, 2016 by


By Deroy Murdock ~ The morning after Great Britain’s June 23 Brexit referendum, a leader of the Leave campaign, former London mayor Boris Johnson, said that British voters “decided that it is time to take back control from a European Union that has become too remote, too opaque, and not accountable enough to the people […]

The Feds Dawdle While Patients Die Needlessly

April 13, 2016 by


By Betsy McCaughey, PhD ~ Our dysfunctional federal government’s bungling is killing people. Example: Every year, more than half a million patients undergoing a common medical procedure risk getting a superbug infection because their doctor is using a contaminated instrument. A doctor inserts a thin, tubular scope down your throat and into your digestive system […]

5 Reasons Why Senate Energy Modernization Bill Is Anything But Modern

January 21, 2016 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ Several senators want to advance a massive energy bill called the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. But there’s nothing modern about the legislation. The bill is an extension of the same, tired “politicians-know-best mentality” that siphons taxpayer dollars and hands them to special interests. The policy provisions of bills like […]

Nearly Half Of Millennials Say The American Dream Is Dead. Here’s Why.

January 15, 2016 by


By Natalie Johnson ~ Belief in the American Dream among millennials is dimming as the nation’s largest generation continues to face steep socioeconomic barriers despite overall economic recovery, according to a new report. Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit organization advocating limited government to spur opportunity for young Americans, reported Tuesday that for the first time in U.S. […]

We Need Some Regulatory Patriotism!

October 12, 2014 by


President Obama condemns tax inversions, but pillages America with his regulatory agenda. “My policies are on the ballot, every single one of them,” he reminded voters on October 2. By Paul Driessen ~ It’s no mystery why American companies have stockpiled over $2 trillion of overseas earnings in foreign bank accounts. If they bring it […]

Time To Stock Up On Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently

December 27, 2013 by


By Nicolas Loris ~ If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help. Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against […]

CEI Experts: New EPA Rule Could Mean End Of Coal Fired Power Plants In The U.S.

September 21, 2013 by


Reg’s Legal Deficiencies Will Lead To Years of Inaction and Disinvestment In Key Fuel Source By Brian McNicoll ~ WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 20, 2013 – If the carbon dioxide emissions standard for power plants proposed by the EPA today is enacted, the United States will have built its final coal-fired power plant, say experts at […]

Quite A Fix

August 25, 2013 by


By Tom McLaughlin ~ “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a Yankee proverb. “If it ain’t broke, keep fixing it ’til it is broke,” is a government proverb. A hundred years ago, the federal government “fixed” the mouth of the Saco River in Maine by building a jetty. They started the project around […]

When Nudge Comes To Shove

August 21, 2013 by


By Edward Cline ~ In my past column, “Nudging Us to Serfdom,” I wrote that on January 30th, Maxim Lott of Fox News reported: The federal government is hiring what it calls a “Behavioral Insights Team” that will look for ways to subtly influence people’s behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by […]

Drowning In Government

June 12, 2013 by


By Tom McLaughlin ~ The underground economy operates smoothly because government isn’t involved. How many of you have hired the kid next door to mow your lawn? You need a baby sitter? That works the same way and we don’t need government to regulate it, right? Most of us have friends and relatives who work […]

The Growing Threat Of Smart Meters

May 31, 2013 by


By Tom DeWeese ~ Sustainable Development is code for a policy designed to transform human society, essentially eliminating individual life decisions and replacing them with top – down, one-size-fits-all government control. In steady fashion, the agenda for this new policy, designed at the international level, is put into place piece by piece with a new […]

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion: Error and Terror Are Two Different Things

May 11, 2013 by


By Jessica Zuckerman ~ On April 17, a West Texas fertilizer plant exploded, leaving 14 dead and approximately 200 injured. Investigators continue to look into exactly what caused the explosion that left an estimated $100 million in damages in its wake. Yet, while investigators are still looking to determine if the blast was due to […]

Tier 3 Rules Are Unnecessary, Costly

May 4, 2013 by


And designed solely to provide EPA with more jobs and more power over people’s lives. By Paul Driessen ~ 1,920 and counting! That’s how many regulations President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated since his 2009 inauguration. Many, if not most, will bring few health or environmental benefits – but will impose high economic and […]

Stupid Food And Drink Bans

March 13, 2013 by


By Alan Caruba ~ Anyone, any city, and any governing body that passes laws to ban what you eat and drink has not read the U.S. Constitution. There is nothing in there granting them the power to decide what you eat and how much. Indeed, if you think about it, the Constitution was written to […]

Carbon Tax Hallucinations

February 22, 2013 by


Carbon taxes will do nothing for revenues or climate, but will hurt job and economic growth. By Paul Driessen ~ Average planetary temperatures haven’t budged in 16 years. Hurricanes and strong tornadoes are at or near their lowest ebb in decades. Global sea ice is back to normal, Arctic ice is nearly normal, and the […]