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  • When Spending Is Regulation: The Grand Unification Theory of Government Growth

    August 6, 2020

    Alongside helplessness in the face of a looming $27 trillion debt, debating administrative state policy hasn’t been much help in forestalling federal government growth.

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  • Donald Trump Jr.’s Opposition to the Pebble Mine Shouldn’t Matter

    August 6, 2020
    Well-connected sportsmen, often Republicans, have been known to side with environmental obstructionists on occasion. When they learn that one of their isolated hunting or fishing spots may become less isolated, they often use their influence to help kill a proposed project. Avid hunter and former Vice President Dick Cheney did so a few times., and now it appears that it is Donald Trump Jr.’s turn.
  • An Executive Order 13,891 Guidance Document Portal Update: Another Lap to Go

    August 3, 2020
    President Donald Trump’s October 9, 2019 Executive Order 13,891 (E.O. 13,891) and a subsequent White House Office of Management directive to amplify and clarify it required agencies to create “a single, searchable, indexed database that contains or links to all guidance documents in effect” at www.[agencyname].gov/guidance.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    August 3, 2020
    What a week. COVID-19 deaths passed 150,000. Second-quarter GDP declined 9.5 percent from a year ago and 7 percent from the previous quarter. In more uplifting news, NASA launched the Perseverance Mars rover. Here on Earth, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from crop marketing campaigns to OSHA officials accessing people’s medical records.
  • NEPA Reform Gives More Power to the People, Less to Environmental Lawyers

    July 31, 2020
    The Trump administration’s recent changes to the National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the years of red tape and litigation that frequently blocks job-creating energy projects such as new oil or natural gas pipelines. They would also give a greater voice to the local communities that are positively impacted by such projects.
  • 2020 Second Quarter GDP Decline Is Worst in U.S. History—But Not 32.9 Percent

    July 31, 2020
    The good news is that the second quarter’s GDP numbers aren’t nearly as scary as the more dramatic headlines are saying. The economy has not shrunk by a third. The bad news is that yes, we really have just experienced the worst crash in U.S. history. And it’s not over yet. This post gives some context, and some ideas for how to aid the recovery for both the virus and the economy.
  • A Fond Farewell to a Dear Friend

    July 30, 2020
    James Gattuso (December 1, 1957 – July 23, 2020) has left behind a profound legacy of devotion to family and commitment to liberty. Requiescat in pace
  • R.I.P. Herman Cain (1945-2020)

    July 30, 2020
    Herman Cain was an American original and everything good and bad about politics in one package. A self-made man of ambition and drive who learned how to play game of business and rose to the top level of that world, then set his sights on politics. He was less successful in the latter field due to personal flaws and some skeletons in his closet, but no one can say he didn’t give it his all.
  • Observations from the Tech Antitrust Hearing

    July 30, 2020
    This post collects some observations from yesterday’s lengthy House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law hearings with the chief executives of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. In short, committee members addressed a lot of things they shouldn’t have, and did not address some things they perhaps should have.
  • Cheers to Department of Labor for Protecting Retiree Investments

    July 29, 2020
    At the end of last month the Department of Labor published a new notice of proposed rulemaking on the investment choices that private pension fund managers are allowed to make on behalf of their beneficiaries. The most proposed rule would clarify when it is possible to use environmental, social, and governance considerations when investing on behalf of pension fund beneficiaries.

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