Category Archive: overregulation

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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Nov 13

Tiny Homes are banned in many U.S. cities

There is a recent trend toward ‘tiny homes,’ those with less than 500 square feet (about the size of a small motel room). Increasingly, people are wanting to “break free of mortgages, taxes, utility bills and the general trappings of ‘stuff.’” Tiny homes are “specially attractive to millennials and retirees, or those seeking to live …

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Nov 08

Woman faces prison time for selling Mexican food without government permit

An unemployed Stockton, California woman mentioned on her Facebook page that she would sell a sample of her homemade ceviche (a South American dish of marinated raw fish) for $12. An overpaid, underworked, undercover government investigator responded to the Facebook ad, purchased his meal and left. Now the woman faces prison time for selling food …

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Oct 30

Fifty-seven percent of doctors ran their own practices in 2000; that figure is down to 33% as of 2015.

The immense paperwork burdens, high malpractice premiums, and overregulation of medicine has driven most doctors to large, centralized institutions. See here.

Oct 09

Poorer households suffer more from government regulations than do richer households

A new study finds that poorer households spend a higher proportion of their incomes on more heavily regulated goods. Consequently, the costs of regulations falls disproportionately on the poor. See here. The study, entitled “How Do Federal Regulations Affect Consumer Prices? An Analysis of the Regressive Effects of Regulation,” was authored by Dustin Chambers and …

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Oct 02

Government appears to be helping cover up the risks of donating kidneys

Interesting (and courageous) essay by medical student Michael Poulson in the Washington Post. At age 18, Poulson donated a kidney. Like almost everything in American life, organ donation is overregulated by the government. The government imposes a ‘list’ system and criminalizes any selling of organs or other profit-potential ventures which might unleash innovation. And, it …

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