Regulation

The Coercive “Solution”

Do as I say, or else you will be fined or sent to prison.

According to the FDA: Americans are Idiots

As an adult, have you ever been forced to eat or drink anything against your will?  Have you ever been coerced into eating a bacon cheeseburger and a mountain of fries? Have you ever been compelled to drink one more beer than you should? What you put into your mouth...

Freedom versus Regulation

If a survey were taken, what would receive the lowest scores for quality, price, and value: The post office The state of our roads The quality of public education The price of gasoline Energy bills Wall Street Congress Chances are good that all of these would receive...

Regulations Punish the Virtuous

We are often told that government regulations are necessary to protect consumers from unscrupulous businesses: The only thing worse than regulations is the absence of them. Without government regulation, how can you know if food, water, medicine, everything you use in...

Government Regulation is Killing Business

I received a letter from a businessman who had been strangled by government regulations. As he puts it, "I lost two companies due to the state's regulators and federal regulators misconduct." Fed up, he moved his company to Texas where the climate is...

"Good" Government Regulations?

Obama says that the government can eliminate "burdensome" rules, but America's businesses must recognize the "good" that regulations do. What is the standard of "good" here? Good to whom, and why? If regulations are good for businesses and customers, then why must...

Use Bankruptcy Courts Not More Financial Regulation

"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Ronald Reagan considered those nine words the most terrifying in the English language. And the government has been offering a lot of such help lately. Most recently, of course, is the trillion-dollar health care bill...

The Government's Deregulation Scapegoat

After virtually every disaster created by Beltway politicians you can hear the sound of feet scurrying for cover in Washington, see fingers pointing in every direction away from Washington, and watch all sorts of scapegoats hauled up before Congressional committees to...

Was the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis Caused by Lack of Regulations?

Did lack of regulation create the subprime mortgage crisis? I am asked this all the time. The short answer: Of course not. Nowhere close. Not a chance. Here is the long answer. What regulations have we had? The mortgage originator (your local bank or mortgage broker)...

A Proper Public Policy for Dealing with Hurricanes and Other Natural Diasters

The Katrina tragedy and the more recent experience of Hurricane Ike should call into question the so-called safety net composed of government policies that actually encourage people to embrace risks they would otherwise shun–to build in defiance of historically obvious dangers, secure in the knowledge that innocent others will be forced to share the costs when the worst happens.

True Deregulation for The Cable Industry

In an article on Ars Technica, a lobbyist for the cable industry is quoted as saying that deregulation allows vendors to innovate faster and is a pro-consumer move. The article's author, however, cries that past evidence shows that deregulation has always brought...

Hazardous Safety Regulation

Whenever someone is hurt in an accident, people say, "There ought to be a law!" Politicians rush to oblige them and then take credit for all the lives they saved. But shouldn't they also accept blame for the lives lost because of those laws? Lives lost? Yes. A joint...

Anti-‘Price-Gouging’ Regulation

With gasoline prices across the nation at $3 a gallon, one knows that American oil companies are easy targets for every regulator (and every potential regulator) in town. And when an oil-man-turned-president blames Americans for having an "energy addiction," it is...

Papiere, Bitte (Papers, Please)

The people who will be stopped by the system will not be terrorists but innocent citizens, seeking to evade unjust laws and regulations.

The People Who Brought You the Weekend

Another bumpersticker for you: "The Labor Movement--The People Who Brought You the Weekend." Not quite. Improved working conditions don't happen because a compassionate President signs them into law. If any given law would harm significant sectors of the economy, no...

Counting the Costs of Government Regulation of Land Development

A dispute about how tall the city of San Mateo, California, will allow buildings to be built may seem like a completely local problem that no one outside of San Mateo should care about. But the principle involved touches everyone from coast to coast, on issues having...

Airline Deregulation Revisited

Ever wondered how the whole airline fare system works? Why is it, for example, that the guy you sat next to on that flight to Schenectady got a fare that was half of what you paid? Why is it that fares booked a month out are cheaper than fares booked two weeks out,...

Capitalism and Job Safety

What is essential for safety is not bureaucratic regulation, but free, motivated human intelligence and judgment, which includes a consideration of the costs of achieving greater degrees of safety.

Clinton-Era IRS Regulation Threatens Economy and Financial Markets

Three days before President Bill Clinton left office, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed a regulation (No. 126100-00) that would have forced American banks to report the interest they pay on the deposits of nonresident aliens. The IRS openly admitted that the...

What Is Killing The Stock Market? Government Regulation

Politicians and economic analysts are shocked. They have told us for weeks that the stock market is crashing because of low "investor confidence" in response to a "crime wave" of corporate fraud--made possible by "a climate of lax regulation" and "the lure of heady...

Superfluous Airport Safety Regulations

Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, Czar Norman, has ordered new, ill-thought out, oppressive airline regulations in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Among them: a ban on knives -- plastic or steel -- anywhere in the airport and on airplanes, even in...