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Perverse Incentives of the Lawyers Guild

Perverse Incentives of the Lawyers Guild

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2013 – Law schools are in trouble. Applications are down almost 50% to an estimated 54,000 this year from 100,000 in 2004. Little wonder. According to the National Association for Law Placement, barely 65% of 2011 graduates had landed law-related employment within nine months of graduation, […]

Have You Stocked Up on Incandenscents?

Have You Stocked Up on Incandenscents?

This editorial from the Washington Times, suggests that you should unless you want to incur the expense and hazard of what the government has mandated.

Obama II Means More Regulation

Obama II Means More Regulation

The National Law Journal reports that businesses should expect even more aggressive regulation in the second Obama term.  Read article here.

Does Living in a “Food Desert” Make You Fat?

Does Living in a “Food Desert” Make You Fat?

First Lady Michelle Obama is on a campaign to eliminate “food deserts”.  You live in a food desert if you are more than a mile and a half from a supermarket.  The problem, says the first lady, is that folks who live in food deserts don’t have the option to buy and eat healthy foods.  […]

Another Well Intended but Failed Regulation

Another Well Intended but Failed Regulation

Cascade Policy Institute’s Steve Buckstein writes in today’s Oregonian on the many costs of Oregon’s failed regulation of over the counter cold and sinus medications.

Some Facts about American Manufacturing

Some Facts about American Manufacturing

The Wall Street Journal editorial board argues [here] that both Obama on the left and Santorum on the right are twisting the truth about the state of American manufacturing and the impacts of political intervention.  The bottom line?  Things are better than you think and consumers have benefited enormously.

Government Succeeds in Killing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Government Succeeds in Killing AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

AT&T has abandoned its effort to acquire struggling T-Mobile in a deal that the government suggested might lead to higher wireless prices, though economic theory and experience suggest just the opposite.  Diane Katz, writing in The Foundry, observes that the government doesn’t hesitate to impose hundreds of billions in regulatory costs, but doesn’t want to […]

Sometimes Mergers are Good for Consumers

Sometimes Mergers are Good for Consumers

The Obama Administration’s lawsuit challenging AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile reflects an almost reflexive belief that bigger is badder when it comes to business.  Except, of course, when the business is too big to fail.  Yale Law Professor George Priest argues, in today’s Wall Street Journal, that the government is wrong in this case and that […]

Unfounded Fear of Genetically Modified Food Crops

Unfounded Fear of Genetically Modified Food Crops

Nina Fedoroff writes in The New York Times about the regulatory obstacles to safe and much needed genetic engineering of food crops.  Despite the Obama Administration’s promise to eliminate unnecessary and ineffective regulations, Fedoroff offers more evidence that the opposite is happening.

Mandatory nutritional information disclosures and informed consent

Mandatory nutritional information disclosures and informed consent

The “individual mandate” aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has naturally drawn the most attention due to the multiple lawsuits challenging its constitutionality. However, section 2572 of Obamacare, titled “NUTRITION LABELING OF STANDARD MENU ITEMS AT CHAIN RESTAURANTS AND OF ARTICLES OF FOOD SOLD FROM VENDING MACHINES,” presents an interesting […]

Obama’s Mileage Tax an Unfair Burden to the Poor and Middle Class

Obama’s Mileage Tax an Unfair Burden to the Poor and Middle Class

[photo: Karin Dalziel] In the ironically titled Transportation Opportunities Act, the Obama Administration has proposed a new tax on miles traveled.  The proposal is based on a Congressional Budget Office Study commissioned by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat.  The rationale of the proposed new tax is explained in the abstract […]