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  • Virginia Governor Set to Bypass Legislature to Join State-Based Climate Agreement

    09/21/2018 7:17:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 20, 2018 | Kevin Mooney
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is poised to implement a new regulation without legislative approval to join 10 other states in a climate change agreement based on restricting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.But lawmakers, policy analysts, and tea party activists in Virginia who oppose what they consider costly regulations of industry are raising questions about the economic and scientific arguments underpinning the proposed rule.They say the Virginia General Assembly should have a straight up-or-down vote on Northam’s plan, in part to ensure that any revenue the governor raises from “carbon trading” is collected and dispersed in a manner consistent...
  • Obama Claims Credit for Economic Boom [semi-satire]

    09/09/2018 10:23:51 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Sep 2018 | John Semmens
    As we move closer to the mid-term election day, the stream of favorable economic news following the Republican tax cuts and President Trump's moves toward deregulation has spurred former President Obama to step forward to try to make the case that his policies were the real source of the current boom. In a speech at the University of Illinois, Obama attempted to persuade people that "the credit for the prosperity that is breaking out today truly belongs to me. The GOP tax cuts wouldn't have been as effective if taxes hadn't been so high during my term. Likewise for the...
  • Trumps Rollback of CAFE Mandates Is a Big Win for Car Buyers, Consumer Choice

    08/22/2018 10:25:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 16, 2018 | Nicolas Loris
    The Trump administration recently proposed the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. The proposed rule offers modifications to Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards with a preferred alternative for model years 2021 through 2026. Without a doubt, the Trump administrations proposed revision is a welcome victory for consumers wallets and for consumer choice. The Obama administration implemented fuel-efficiency mandates that would force auto manufacturers to have a fleetwide fuel-economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The new rules preferred change would maintain the existing fuel-economy mandate through 2020 (increasing to 37 mpg) and keep the level at...
  • California Wildfires caused by Federal and State regulators

    08/08/2018 8:38:06 AM PDT · by olepap · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jul 20,2018 | Chuck DeVore
    As timber harvesting permit fees went up and environmental challenges multiplied, the people who earned a living felling and planting trees looked for other lines of work. The combustible fuel load in the forest predictably soared. No longer were forest management professionals clearing brush and thinning trees
  • Finally. A major victory for common sense: Insanely stupid regulation defeated

    08/01/2018 9:36:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    The Sovereign Man ^ | 08/01/2018 | Simon Black
    In a major victory for common sense, a group of cosmetologists defeated an insanely stupid regulation passed down by the state of Louisiana.Louisiana, just like the other 49 states in the Land of the Free, governs licensing requirements for dozens hundreds of professions ranging from athletic trainers to tour guides to barbers and cosmetologists.And most of the time the licensing requirements are just plain idiotic.In Louisiana, for example, the State Board of Cosmetology had formerly required an unbelievable 750 hours of training (which costs thousands of dollars) simply to be able to thread eyebrows.(If youre like me and totally...
  • Legendary Legal Scholar Richard Epstein on Classical Liberalism, Regulation, Free Speech (AUDIO)

    07/27/2018 7:09:16 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 4 replies
    Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten ^ | 2018-07-27 | Ben Weingarten
    For this week's Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had legendary classical liberal legal theorist and longtime professor at University of Chicago Law School and now at NYU Law, Professor Richard Epstein, on the podcast to discuss among other things: The role that Professor Epstein's famous book, "Takings" played in Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing -- and then-Senator Joe Biden's hectoring Professor Epstein's groundbreaking theories on private property rights, eminent domain and the Takings and Commerce Clauses The practical argument against progressivism Whether we should deconstruct the administrative state, and if so how to do it The danger to...
  • Supreme Court ignores obvious solution to Internet sales tax debate in Wayfair ruling

    06/24/2018 12:56:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 21, 2018 | Mattie Dupler
    One question before the Supreme Court this term was a big one: As technology evolves, how do our laws governing commerce evolve with it? The answer, issued in the ruling held in a 5-4 decision on Thursday, is a bad one for taxpayers. Many proponents of an online sales tax have argued that we must completely revisit what we know about interstate commerce, and create illusory tax regimes to contemplate a brave new order of online transactions. In reality, none of this is true. For one, while it has been 26 years since the Supreme Court visited the issue in...
  • Trump Ends Obamas Ban on Bear Baiting and Other Cruel Hunting Techniques in Alaska

    05/22/2018 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | May 22, 2018 | By Ed Kilgore
    Its the sort of thing that drives animal-rights advocates and other elite bunny-hugging liberals wild, to the delight of politically incorrect red-blooded MAGA-men. As NBC News reports, the Trump administration is bringing back savage hunting techniques to federal lands in Alaska: The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. There are a lot of humans, much less bears, who cant resist bacon and doughnuts. But before you can say...
  • Australia Looks To Ban Cash Payments Over $10,000

    05/16/2018 8:45:47 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 27 replies
    Safehaven.com ^ | 05-16-2018 | Joshua
    In the fight against terrorist financing, drug trafficking, money-laundering and tax evasion, Australia has moved to ban the use of cash in any transactions over $10,000 by next year, moving the Down Under that much closer to becoming a digital currency society. In a move lauded by Treasurer Scott Morrison as bad news for criminal gangs, terrorists, and those who just trying to cheat on their tax , the government is eyeing the surveillance potential of large transactions made by checks or credit cards connected to banks and hoping to cut down on crime in the process. The ban will...
  • venture capital to focus on serving poor, high-needs patients

    05/09/2018 4:22:18 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 5 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 5/8/28 | Modern Healthcare
    A new venture capital firm co-led by former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt will seek to invest in healthcare technology and service companies that deliver innovative care to low-income, high-needs populations. Town Hall Ventures will focus on building companies that provide higher-quality and lower-cost care for poor, underserved communities, particularly involving Medicare, Medicaid, risk-based care, complex care and the social determinants of health. Its leaders see a big opportunity to improve care for the 120 million people in Medicare and Medicaid through innovations such as better models for delivering care at home or in other comfortable and low-cost settings. "We are...
  • The Internet Under Siege

    05/08/2018 6:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    What is it about the internet that makes it so the government just can't seem to keep its greedy paws off of it? Every few years Congress makes a play to regulate and tax the internet, and free marketeers need to be ever vigilant in swatting them down. First, we have the threat of a new tax on internet sales even when the company in question has no physical presence in the state. Forcing companies to pay for state and local services they don't use: This is simply a revenue grab by states, to the tune of as much as...
  • Vanity -Something everyone should agree on -Bring back the old style gas cans

    05/02/2018 8:48:12 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 85 replies
    The old style gasoline cans with the separate spout and vent worked fine. You could fill your lawnmower without spilling a drop. About ten years ago, the EPA mandated the new "environmentally friendly" gas cans. It is almost impossible to fill your lawnmower using these without spilling gasoline everywhere, including on the hot engine. I'll bet the new rule came from someone who never even cut their own lawn. How does spilling gasoline all over help the environment, your safety and your wallet? Bring back the old style cans!
  • Scott Galloway Says Amazon, Apple, Facebook, And Google should be broken up

    04/23/2018 3:11:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 1, 2017 | Scott Galloway
    At Business Insider's IGNITION conference, Scott Galloway gave a blistering presentation on why "The Big Four" Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google should be broken up. Galloway is a professor of marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business and the author of "The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google."
  • Memo to FDA Administrator Gottlieb: Help Entrepreneurs, Don't Hinder Them

    04/05/2018 2:56:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2018 | Ken Blackwell
    Thanks in large part to President Trumps aggressive deregulation agendathrough which the president has demonstrated a commitment to cutting or restructuring unnecessary, burdensome rules that hamper innovation and growththe economy is booming. Unfortunately, one poorly considered rule that seems to have escaped his notice will hurt the businesses that provide one of Americas favorite foods: pizza.The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) rule, a byproduct of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Actand slated to go into effect on May 7, will require businesses with 20 or more locations that sell highly customizable food itemssuch aspizza companies, convenience stores, supermarkets...
  • Sex Traffickers Shutting Down Websites After Congress Passes Law

    03/30/2018 3:21:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Center for Family and Human Rights ^ | March 30, 2018 | Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.
    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 30 (C-Fam) Many websites are shutting down or curtailing their sex trade just weeks after the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed similar anti-human trafficking bills that would allow victims to sue the websites on which they were bought and sold.“Illegal commercial sex advertising platforms and forums have been blowing up, and johns have been calling our office and messaging us left and right, indicating that Congress has taken a powerful first step,” Congressman Ann Wagner’s staff told an anti-trafficking coalition on Thursday. “FOSTA-SESTA is disrupting demand for sex trafficking and shaking up the illegal commercial...
  • Richard Epstein: "Is the Administrative State Consistent with the Rule of Law?"

    03/17/2018 8:51:14 PM PDT · by Voption · 18 replies
    University of Chicago Law School ^ | June 25, 2013 | Prof. Richard Epstein
    Without question, the most distinctive feature of the modern social democratic state is the rise of administrative agencies, which at the federal level function as a shadowy Fourth Branch of government that fits uneasily into our constitutional scheme of separation of powers, and which at the state level oversee vast swaths of economic activity...Defenders of the current administrative setup claim the elaborate procedural safeguards built into today's administrative law effectively blunt the risk of arbitrary power, whose exercise has always been in tension with the rule of law. In this talk, Professor Epstein will explain why he thinks the massive...
  • HHS Chief Wants to Lighten Data Collection Burdens

    03/09/2018 5:31:07 AM PST · by spintreebob · 11 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | 3-8-2018 | Joyce Frieden
    In an ideal world, providers would be able to spend less time collecting quality data and more time actually improving the quality of care, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said here Thursday. "We need to ensure that in the quest for information on quality, we don't have providers, payers or others spend so much time accumulating data to improve reporting that they're not actually improving quality," Azar said during a press briefing with reporters at HHS headquarters. "Let's make sure it's the information that really matters; let's have the minimal necessary reporting burden to get the job...
  • #TransformationTuesday: Transforming the Google Machine

    03/06/2018 6:38:30 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 3-6-18 | MOTUS
    If youve been paying attention you know that its #TransformationTuesday the day we explore all the ways Obama and his mignons are still trying and/or succeeding in fundamentally transforming America. Many of these transformers are in government but the public sector harbors some as well: take Google for example. Long known as a bastion of leftist biases, censorship and abuse of its search engine monopoly it recently has used its power to shutdown YouTube videos (mostly conservative) that it doesnt approve of. The Google Machine and a handful of other high-tech companies rule the Internet through a combination of...
  • Physicians decry consequences of consolidation

    02/21/2018 12:51:22 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 2-20-2018 | Alex Kacik
    Consolidation throughout the healthcare industry is increasing costs and driving more care through hospitals, the Physicians Advocacy Institute warned in a letter to Congress. Healthcare organizations have been joining forces to try to get ahead of the industry's shifting landscape. The number of physicians employed by hospitals and health systems grew by nearly 50% from 2012 to 2015, with a corresponding decline in the number of independently practicing physicians, according to the lettersupported with research from consultancy Avalere Healthsent to the House Energy & Commerce Committee's oversight and investigations subcommittee. The decline of the independent medical practice and lack of...
  • Army Basic Training to Drop Hand Grenade Competency as Graduation Requirement

    02/15/2018 5:53:54 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 135 replies
    cnsnews ^ | February 13, 2018 | Craig Bannister
    The U.S. Army will drop its hand grenade competency requirement for graduation from basic training because getting recruits to pass it is taking too much time and theyre just not strong enough, Major General Malcolm Frost told reporters on Friday. Changes to the Armys Basic Combat Training (BTC) will eliminate the current hand grenade proficiency standards as a requirement for graduation, Military.com reports: The new BCT does, however, do away with hand grenade qualification and land navigation course qualification as graduation requirements. Discussing the change with reporters, Maj. Gen. Frost explained that training recruits to pass the current requirement was...