Category Archive: overregulation

Nov 18

Brazil descends into government control, socialism and mass violence

For years Brazil has been the leader of South American tourism and commerce. But yesterday’s New York Times featured a story on Brazil’s descent into violence over the past couple years. Last year, there were 61,619 people killed across Brazil. At least 800 of those killings were by police. The Times story suggests that government …

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Nov 16

The world’s richest 1 % now own half the world’s wealth due to overregulation

Government regulations are essentially a wealth redistribution program from the poor to the rich. Those in poverty increasingly find themselves trapped by licensing and other regulatory barriers. In the 1950s, only one in 20 U.S. workers needed the government’s permission to pursue their chosen occupation. Today, that figure stands at almost one in three. See …

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Nov 12

The cycle of poverty under total government

Michael DiFrancesco, a 22-year-old man from Bozeman, Montana, never had a chance. In 2009, DiFrancesco was convicted of being a minor in possession of alcohol and fined $185. He was ordered to pay for and complete a substance abuse course, neither of which he could afford. DiFrancesco’s driver license was later suspended due to the …

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Oct 23

U.S. Life Expectancy Declining under Cradle-to-Grave Government

by Roger Roots, founder of Lysander Spooner University Governments want their subjects sick, weak, scared and dependent. Every generation of Americans has seen its life expectancy improve. Until now. A new Bloomberg News report finds that Today’s Americans are retiring later, dying sooner and sicker in-between. Social Security alone has incentivized millions of Americans to …

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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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