California Bureaucracy: Air Regulators or Airheads?

Hey! Here’s an idea.  How about the government taxes us for every time we exhale?  Cause heck, that’s CO2 being added to the air, and regardless of how ridiculous a regulation is, or how inhibitive it is to human flourishing, or how useless it is in actually protecting the environment, liberals think it’s a great idea.

Anyone who has taken 6th grade biology knows that humans and other animals need oxygen in the air in order to undergo respiration, and plants need CO2 to undergo photosynthesis.  These elements and compounds have been in the air for a long, long time.  Photosynthesis has been going on for about 2 billion years.

Yet, liberal environmentalists now consider CO2 a dangerous pollutant and think that the government needs to regulate it, not because it will actually protect the environment, but because “politically driven science” dictates to their conscience.  (The phrase ‘politically driven’ and ‘science’ should be an immediate red flag.)

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Uranium Mining Equals Jobs in Virginia

One Virginia family owns land that sits above 119 million tons of uranium ore.  If the government decides to take a little respite from their perpetual micromanaging binge, Virginians could see $5 billion in net economic benefits over the life of the mine. $143 million a year for the next thirty-five years is one heck of a long-term shovel ready project!  There’s hope yet, as the decision lies in the hands of the Virginia Legislature, not Washington.   

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Excessive Regulations and Small Business Pessimism Go Hand in Hand

The Hill reports that “small-business optimism was essentially unchanged in September” according to a National Federation of Independent Business optimism index.  The index slid down 0.1 points last month to 92.8.  The reason the number remains largely unchanged is that business owners are waiting in anticipation of the election.  Conservatives and liberals (as evidenced by the Obama administration) have two different ideas of how regulations affect small business.

At present, small business owners are in maintenance mode “spending only when necessary and not hiring, expanding or ordering more inventories until the future becomes more ‘certain,'” according to William Dunkelberg, NFIB’s chief economist. 

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Creating an Effective 113th Congress: House Financial Services Committee

Understandably, achieving conservative victories in Congress is generally an uphill battle.  Electing conservatives to Congress – as Americans did in 2010 – is a step in the right direction, but their ability to accomplish conservative goals is greatly enhanced if they get into some of the more significant and influential committees; conversely, if conservative members are blocked by the Establishment from these influential positions, the climb to success is much steeper.

Heading into the 113th Congress, the House Financial Services Committee should be viewed as a key committee.

Heritage Action has identified a number of steps that principled conservatives need to take in the next Congress.  Reform is needed in several areas either because the idea was poorly thought out from the start, like the Volcker Rule, or because it has become moot, like the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA).

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Shocker: Regulations Reduce Output

We don’t know whether to say “duh,” or to just shake our head, but file this one under commonsense.

A new report shows that the exorbitant amount of regulations is leading to a reduction in manufacturing output:

“Regulations on U.S. manufacturing may reduce output by as much as $500 billion this year, according to an industry-sponsored study that cast doubts on President Barack Obama’s efforts to trim red tape in the federal government.

“The Obama administration has established an average of 72 regulations on manufacturers annually, an increase from the 45 per year imposed under President George W. Bush, according to the study, commissioned by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, based in Arlington, Virginia.

“‘It is imperative that the pace of new regulations be controlled and the cumulative burden of existing regulations be reduced,’ said the study, conducted by NERA Economic Consulting.”

Yeah, no kidding.

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