2015 Was a Productive Year for the Lawmaker-in-Chief

The Constitution gives Congress the authority to make laws. That’s proof the Constitution is a dead letter. Back in January, Mark Horne wrote that Obama was setting records in the amount of regulations he was issuing. Now, The Hill reports, “Study: 2015 was record year for federal regulation.” 2015 was a record-setting year for the Federal Register, according to numbers the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., released Wednesday. This year’s daily publication of the federal government’s Read more […]

How Much Is the Government Gouging You at the Gas Pump?

Gas prices are low right now, but they could be a lot lower. Prices would be lower if the government would stop shaking us down at the pump. One way our rulers shake us down is by making us throw money at the corn industry when we try to buy gas. I write “try” because we are force to buy diluted gasoline that doesn’t power our vehicles very well. Salim Furth covers this in his Daily Signal article, “Repealing These Two Regulations Could Save You 31 Cents per Gallon of Gas.” The repeal of Read more […]

Trash People Will Search Your Garbage and Turn You In

Seattle has a new law making it illegal to put food in your garbage. So what would happen if regions of the country simply made laws the people could not keep trash on their own property that smelled up or otherwise reduced the value of the neighboring property, and made no other laws or regulations about trash disposal other than enforcing property rights. Naturally, people would need a way of getting their trash out of their property and they wouldn’t be permitted to dump it on other Read more […]

Don’t Thank God but Thank a Corporation?

I think Lynn Beisner is quite right to question what people are thinking when they thank God for being spared from harm. But I still think thanking Honda, not God, as she advocates in the Washington Post, is a pretty poor trade-off. Thanking God may have implications many people don’t want to face, but it is still the right thing to do. Her headline: “When my son survived a serious accident, I didn’t thank God. I thanked Honda.” Last Friday night, a semi-trailer pushed the car my Read more […]

California Has So Many Regulations They Openly Contradict One Another

Ahh, California! The land of Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, Henry Waxman, Maxine Waters, and countless other fruits, nuts, and flakes…where they’ll fine you $500 for watering your lawn… and $500 for not watering your lawn. From Yahoo! News: “California couple conserving water amid drought could face fine for brown lawn.” A Southern California couple who scaled back watering their lawn amid the state’s drought received a warning from the suburb where they Read more […]

On Barack Obama & His EPA Reavers: Refuse & Resist!

It’s time for local Sheriffs and state governors to tell the EPA to get lost. Local government’s first task is to protect the People’s freedom and well-being from outside threats, and the EPA is without question poised to be such a threat. From the Heritage Foundation: “Obama Is Bypassing Congress Again. This Time It’s Going to Cost You.” Next week, the Obama administration is planning to unveil a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval. It’s a creative Read more […]

Connecticut Bill Mandates Only Unhealthy Milk for Childcare

Back in February I heard a great story on NPR that I wanted to share with as wide an audience as possible. But I didn’t post it here on Political Outcast because this is a political blog. My interest in health research is not really an appropriate topic. The NPR story was about whole milk. “The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean.” The reason we’re told to limit dairy fat seems pretty straightforward. The extra calories packed into the fat are bad for our waistlines — that’s the Read more […]

Pen & Phone Fever: Barack Obama Accelerates the Production of New Regulations

President Obama said he wasn’t “waiting on Congress.” He promised (or threatened) that he had a loaded pen and a loaded phone and he knew how to use them. But it is not just Obama, there are a lot of phones and pens in the executive branch and they have been working overtime during his administration. From OpenMarket.org: The annual Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the “codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies Read more […]

Because We Can Never Have Enough Laws, CT Might Limit Loudness In Movie Theaters

What I hate most about this story, is Newser’s implicit assumption that all states will start doing this eventually. “Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies.” Only if others follow their stupid example. In the meantime, I would prefer that we assume the best and say, “Connecticut might become the only state to curb loud movies, but hopefully not.” The legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theaters from showing Read more […]

Another “De Blasio” Type Attempt Gets Defeated: Why Do Cities Hate Helping Pregnant Women?

When Bill de Blasio claimed that he wanted all pro-lifers out of New York State (agreeing with Andrew Cuomo, except at least Cuomo tried to backpedal) he was showing both his attitude and his own confidence in his ability to make it happen. With what seems to be this “new generation” or Obama-era liberals, the point is no longer to make abortion legal—it is to actively promote abortion by crippling any social force that would try to discourage abortion. In other words, one part of the campaign Read more […]

Nullifying 2nd Amendment: Smith & Wesson Victim Of California Regs

I wrote back in December about how the government can effectively neutralize the Second Amendment by economic sabotage of the country. People can have the right to bear arms and yet not be able to afford them due to government interference. It seems the California government has launched a much more effective version of this strategy. Their regulations are so burdensome that, not only are guns more expensive, but gun sellers are giving up on the market. From Reason’s blog: California’s efforts Read more […]

Nations Want To Trade With U.S. But Not Enough To Over-Regulate Themselves For “Environment”

Most people in history had a habit of dying from their environment. There are people who live that way even now. There are people who have to include in their household chores the job of walking down to a water source, and then bringing back as much as they can carry. It is extra hours of exhausting daily work. And what happens when they drink it? Quite often they get sick and weak from the stuff they need to live that took them hours of time and much sweat to acquire. The environment wants Read more […]