Then there’s the “employer mandate.” That’s a rule that forces any company with 50 or more employees to provide health benefits, or pay a penalty of $2,000 per worker. Hello, unintended consequences: Some large corporations may simply drop coverage for their workers, because it’s cheaper for them to pay the penalty.
The Environment: Whether you prefer old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, or new compact fluorescents, you may think the choice is yours. Too bad. Our “betters” in Washington have imposed stringent regulations leading to a phase-out of incandescents -- a ban in all but name.
Efficiency standards govern almost every appliance we buy, from battery chargers to water heaters. And they sound benign. But they’re no friend to the consumer. “In many cases, the efficiency standards increase the price of appliances by more than consumers will recoup from energy savings,” writes Heritage regulation expert Diane Katz.
Fuel economy standards are no better. By increasing the cost of new cars, they cause more drivers to stick with older, less fuel-efficient vehicles. And research shows that by lowering the per-mile cost of driving, fuel standards actually induce people to drive more -- defeating the purpose of having the standards in the first place.
Tax bills are just part of what you pay for government. Federal regulations cost the average American household some $17,500 per year. It’s time Congress put a stop to this expensive meddling. Rolling back the $26.5 billion in rules added just last year would be a good start.
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