A few months ago, tooling along in my brand new Honda (aka "cute car"), I came to a stop at a red light. On my right, a police cruiser with lights flashing was investigating a fender bender.
This week the Department of Interior (DOI) sold its first oil lease in the Gulf of Mexico in over a year. Withholding drilling permits and cancelling leases, the Obama Administration has made what was once routine nearly impossible.
Quick question: What is the most obvious thing keeping us from an economic recovery led by job creation? If you answered the increasingly burdensome mountain regulatory red tape from the government, you’d be in the heavy majority of the country who thinks that way as well.
Last month, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid made the case on the Senate floor that government regulations don’t harm the economy and job creation. I’m not sure what job creators the Majority Leader is talking to, but almost every small business owner I have talked with tells me that over-regulation is harming their business and preventing them from hiring.
Government regulations, fees, delays, and indifference threaten Liberty's economic recovery. Webisode 4.
It is easy to see why one-in-five small businesses list regulations as their biggest obstacle; just look at Tampa-based J.C. Newman Cigar Company. At 116 years old, it is America's oldest family-owned premium cigar maker. In 1895, J.C. Newman borrowed $50 and started a cigar company. At the time, he was an unemployed cigar maker eager to achieve the American Dream.
If government destroys all the paths out of poverty, the welfare state will look like the only way to help the poor. Maybe, in addition to helping entrenched interests, that's the bureaucrats' goal.
Many of us spent this weekend with families and focused on the thanks in our hearts for our blessings, but once again Obama’s job-killing National Labor Relations Board is giving us plenty to remain un-thankful about.
The Golden Gate Bridge is an ironic American structure. It was finished in just four years and came in $1.3 million under budget. Earlier this month, California Senator Dianne Feinstein acknowledged that could not happen today: “…it would take a hundred years to do it with all the permits we need.”
Carlos Rafael captures a 881lb bluefin tuna worth up to $400,000, only to see it confiscated by the federal government. The reasoning? Using a net rather than a fishing rod.
"No business is going to expand in this market"
The economic impact of federal "anti-dumping" rules is scrutinized, courtesy of the Cato Institute.
A small business owner in San Fransisco falls victim to a frivolous lawsuit based on the America Disabilities Act. As it turns out, he is not alone.
We are reminded on how government spending stifles productivity, courtesy of the Cato Institute.
Recently, Jan Eberly, the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, wrote a post that essentially amounted to a defense of Washington’s over-regulation, saying to small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country: “There isn’t anything wrong with our regulations. No problem here.”
For millions of Americans, a good job means the difference between keeping their home and family intact or facing a harsh winter ahead of a politically charged 2012. And despite his vaunted “jobs” bill, the President this week again showed he fundamentally doesn’t get it—in fact, he practically took an ad out to say as much.
In the aftermath of the federal raid at Gibson guitars for the seizure of exotic woods, the entire US guitar industry feels threatened. Virtually ALL guitar makers use the very same stock of wood as seized at Gibson. An American trade that provides thousands of jobs hangs in the balance.
President Obama says government will have to build the nation out of the economic trough.
In August, armed federal agents raided the offices and factories of the legendary Gibson Guitar Corp. in Nashville and Memphis. And what were they going after? Gun smugglers? Cocaine cargo? No. The federal search and seizure sought to capture ... ready? Wood.
For some time, we have been saying that Americans are concerned with the overly burdensome and stifling regulations coming from unelected bureaucrats in government agencies more concerned with rewarding special interests than facilitating job creation. This week, two separate polls revealed that voters believe government is getting in the way of business and that there is wide-spread opposition to the actions of the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
As the economy fails to gain traction, the Obama administration is proposing an additional burden—new, tougher ozone (air quality) regulations. This is not only curious; it’s simply bad public policy. The air we breathe today is as clean as it has been since the Environmental Protection Agency starting collecting information, but new strict regulations could cost 7.3 million Americans their jobs.
President Obama often tells us that his No. 1 focus is creating jobs, but his record makes you wonder what he might have done differently if his goal were to destroy jobs.
Not long ago, I wrote about how the private sector outraces and laps government. While governments dither and dispute, the private sector discovers.
Americans witnessed a brief, but illuminating, incident last week epitomizing President Obama’s contempt for free markets, small businesses and entrepreneurs. During a Q&A session in Iowa, a farmer expressed concern that Obama's tidal wave of new, bewildering regulations and economy-killing mandates disguised as needed oversight, would someday soon require him to spend more time with paperwork compliance than with farming.