regulation

Thoughts on the Zeekler Shutdown

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of government regulation in general and the SEC in particular. Indeed, I think what the SEC did to PokerStars amounted to nothing more than extortion.

But I would be dishonest… Continue reading

France Has A Lot of 49 Employee Companies

Back sometime ago I noted a publication by the U.S. Small Business Association which stated that annual cost of regulation in the United States was a whopping $1.75 trillion dollars!

Even to me that seems high, but this is… Continue reading

We Pay a Lot of Different Taxes

It’s sort of comical when someone complies a list of the taxes and fees our government imposes on us. It puts into perspective why all government budget crises are much more a spending problem than a revenue problem. Lists like… Continue reading

¿Dónde Está el $1,750,000,000? Flushed Down the Regulatory Toilet

According the U.S. Small Business Administration (a government organization), the cost of our current regulatory apparatus in 2008 was an unreal $1.75 trillion dollars! The United States’ GDP is $14.12 trillion, so assuming this somewhat speculative figure is correct,… Continue reading

The Milk Police

Bad boys bad boys Watcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you Bad boys, bad boys Watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for you

-Inner Circle, Bad Boys (Cops Theme) Lyrics

Federal agents just… Continue reading

California Proposition 19: Regulate, Control and Tax Marijuana

Look at Prop 19 go; already boosting economic activity.

Californians will cast their ballots November 2nd to decide if they want their quasi-legal marijuana industry to look a lot like the alcohol industry. In a state where a contrived headache… Continue reading

State Death Match: Texas vs. California

Throughout much of our nation’s history, US federalism has moved toward centralizing power within the federal government. Since the post-bailout hysteria and most recent public sector expansion, the issue of states’ rights has had a renaissance. Some Americans… Continue reading

Identifying Health Care Problems and Solutions

Like the financial reform bill, the Affordable Care Act falls short of addressing systemic problems.

Some Americans go without health insurance because they have what insurance companies call a pre-existing condition. Upon filling out the depressingly thick application for… Continue reading

Why Paul Krugman Doesn’t Work: Part N+1

Somehow I missed Paul Krugman’s epic sequel to why libertarianism doesn’t work. The first time around he explained that a non-libertarian politician putting a non-libertarian cap on tort liability for oil spills proves libertarianism is infeasible in the real… Continue reading

Swift Wits: Fudging Stimulus Job Numbers

Or perhaps rewriting the past would be a better way to put it. The Obama administration claims its saved between 2.2 and 2.8 million jobs with the stimulus. However, the folks at Biggovernment.com compared the Obama administration's claims about jobs saved/created to what was said before the stimulus. This would seem like fuzzy math to me: Continue reading
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