Category Archive: overregulation

Aug 27

Complexity of U.S. Tax Code Causes $67 to $378 Billion in Annual Accounting Costs

To put numbers in perspective, the entire state budget of Montana is less than $5 billion annually. Many other states operate on annual budgets of less than $5 or $10 annually. A study by the Mercatus Center has recently found that Americans spend $67  billion to $378 billion in annual accounting costs in the process of …

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Aug 19

Americans have virtually abandoned short air travel due to government hassles

The daily stink and stain of life under near-total government has made America LESS mobile. Here is an astounding report indicating that since 2000, “short haul [air] traffic” has “Decline[d] in the US” by $34 billion. Government “security” policies imposed since 9/11/2001 have made Americans increasingly use alternative surface transportation. (The regulations almost certainly do …

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Aug 15

Not one of the government’s Obamacare promises has been kept

According to economist Stephen Moore, Obamacare has fueled an industry of “charities” who promote ever-more regulation of health care and ever-more tax dollars. These lobby groups include the American Medical Association, the AARP, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. “If you are donating money to any of these groups, you might want …

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Aug 03

Government policies create shortage of primary care doctors

A free market in health care would immediately produce high quality medical goods and services at prices so low that even the poorest Americans could afford them without insurance. But our masters in government have long imposed a slave-plantation level of control and regulation on the industry. Becoming a doctor requires as much as $400,000 …

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Jul 22

Tesla: the Lobbying Firm Masquerading as a Car Maker

Governments worldwide propose “energy policies,”–subsidizing some energy firms while taxing and overregulating others. Picking winners and loses by obstructing free markets. For decades, U.S. lawmakers have been subsidizing “alternative energy” schemes that would never work without government support. “The first justification was that internal combustion engines polluted too much. But emissions steadily declined, and today’s …

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Jun 09

Idaho government continues to ban unlicensed makeup artists

Governments everywhere demand that people get government licenses before engaging in certain businesses. Most States require that those who cut hair, perform manicures or help others with makeup must first go through hundreds of hours of government-approved ‘training’ before doing so. Such licensing laws keep poor people down by preventing them from starting businesses or …

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Apr 09

More than 90 % of IRS “structuring” enforcements are aimed at innocent Americans

Some (but not all) Americans are aware that all banks are required to report to the IRS whenever a customer deposits or withdraws cash in the amount of $10,000 or more. The stated aim of this federal law is to catch criminal activity such as money laundering and drug trafficking. Often, the IRS swoops in …

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Mar 07

Electric car sales in China collapse after government subsidies cease

Government-trusters everywhere seek to centrally plan the energy industry. Just as in the U.S., the government of China has been promoting “alternative energy” schemes for years. In the U.S, government-loving shysters like Elon Musk have bilked taxpayers out of at least $450 million while promoting electric-car pipe dreams. Similarly, in China the government has been …

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Dec 08

U.S. life expectancy declines as government takes over health care

In every industry, free markets lead to higher quality goods and services, greater abundance and lower prices. Government control of industries, however, creates ever-higher prices, stable-or-worsening quality, and scarcity. U.S. life expectancy has risen steadily for decades, as market innovation has spread. But now, advances in innovation have stalled as government pours on the regulations. …

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Dec 03

Montana “liberal” governor proposes cutting 27 state troopers; Montana “conservatives” oppose

As Montana’s Democratic governor prepares to submit a budget to the Legislature, he is proposing small cuts to the Montana Highway Patrol, including a proposal to lay off 27 troopers. The troopers are clearly unnecessary. Montana’s roadways are safer than ever, and Montana vehicles are traveling more miles more safely than ever before. Now the …

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