Category: the myth of “deregulation”

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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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.

Overregulation will soon push thousands of doctors to abandon Medicare patients

If America’s health care industry were free, it would provide ever-higher quality medicine at steadily-decreasing cost. This is the pattern in most high tech industries where government control is limited. But since 1965, the U.S. government has been overregulating health care–driving costs higher and higher. Now, unless Congress approves some type of massive bailout, doctors …

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Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship at a rate 15 times higher than in previous years

Government overregulation is forcing many Americans to flee the U.S. “There’s a lot of them who are tired of the hassle and headache and expense of complying with US tax rules,” says Reed. “Most of them are U.S. citizens who’ve lived abroad for a long-time.” See here. The U.S. government is also bullying foreign banks …

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U.S. businesses, suffering under regulation, are paying debts later and later

Shocking business news from the Associated Press. AP reports that PAYDEX, an index that tracks how much time small businesses take to pay their bills, shows businesses are paying debts later and later. Small businesses are increasingly paying bills 30 or 45 days late. A 2014 study by Georgia Tech found that companies are taking …

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More sightings of the word “austerity” in headlines (it exists almost nowhere else)

The word “austerity” means cuts in government payroll, welfare or other spending. Many opinion writers–and even a few “journalists”–write that there is “austerity” going on in various places. Rarely do they point to any specific events. Here is a recent example. A Huffington Post writer named Dean Baker claims in a headline that “Bill Gates …

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6 per cent of America’s prime-age male population are ex-convicts

Financial Times recently reviewed the economic problems facing America’s lower-class males. Males of prime working age have abandoned work, as regulation and the criminal justice system have taken their tolls. See here. “Between 6 and 7 per cent of the prime-age male population was in prison at some point during their lives in 2008.”

American death rates rise for the first time in a decade

Free, capitalist societies invariably produce populations who live longer, healthier lives. Wherever markets have become freer, life expectancies have grown, and death rates have gradually decreased. For years, the only country on earth where life expectancy has declined was North Korea. Now the New York Times is reporting that the U.S. is experiencing a rise …

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The reality of socialism: Hugo Chavez’ daughter is worth $4 billion in a nation of starving slaves

Socialists promise equality but deliver slavery, impoverishment, poverty and heartbreak. Gavin McInnes writes about attending a recent rally for socialist Bernie Sanders. The brain-dead attendants all expect the impossible. McInnes writes about Venezuela, where the late Hugo Chavez imposed a vast socialist remake for his impoverished and long-suffering subjects. After 20 years of socialism, Venezuelans …

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In the trucking industry, government is demanding what the industry is already doing

Government bureaucrats frequently spot good ideas being implemented in the private sector, and then try to show they are doing something by mandating that the private sector must do what it is already doing. The intrusive mind of the tyrant never pauses. Consider the trucking industry, which is filled with business owners and operators who …

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