Saturday, September 22, 2012

From The Competitive Enterprise Institute

·         Some of the stranger recent regulatory happenings:
A new regulation related to the health care bill takes 18 pages to define what a full-time job is……Johnson noted the new Obamacare ruling to demonstrate how oppressive federal regulations have become on American business. At a press conference to discuss the costs of regulations and state of the economy, Johnson said that Obama has added 11,327 new pages of federal rules and regulations.

Editor's Note:  Here is a reader comment I really think is profound in its simple....which is such a relief, since in its simplicity it bites right to the bone lending clarity not often seen.

Seth Barker says;

"OK, let me get this straight.... We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that is offered to illegal immigrants for free,  but as citizens we’re forced to purchase it and fined if we don’t,  which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single doctor but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents to force citizens and business to comply, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes ,with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his own taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government that has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese .... and finally, financed by a country that’s broke.

·         Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, is mulling a dog ban to revitalize its business district.  

Editor’s Note:  I have to say that this is one that at least has a bite to it.  The problem here is that we too many stupid people who can’t seem to understand that pets aren’t like children; pets don’t need to go everywhere with them.  I just had a thought.  Since most of the time they leave their children with a sitter; is it possible that they like their pets more?  Is it possible they like their pets more because their pets are better behaved?   I would be willing to bet that there’s a commentary on society in there somewhere? Just a thought!  

·         Who will watch the watchers? In Prince George’s County, Maryland, police are setting up surveillance cameras to keep an eye on other surveillance cameras…... Police in Prince George's County, Maryland, are installing watch their cameras. Six speed cameras in Maryland have been vandalized since April, WTOP reported.The cameras cost $30,000 to $100,000 to replace, so police have started installing surveillance cameras designed to catch vandals in the act. A dozen of the new cameras will be in place by the end of the month, WTOP reported.  Police call it a matter of public safety, not an attempt to generate profit. ( emphasis added)

·         Real estate developer cleans up 40 tons of trash from vacant lot, city threatens prosecution. …. "They said we need to return it to the condition we found it in immediately," Feibush said.  That shocks McGrath, who has lived in the neighborhood for four years.  "They liked it filled with garbage and broken glass?" she asked. "I can't imagine why the city would be upset." 

·         Fukyu, a Montreal sushi restaurant, was ordered to take down its signs due to its potentially offensive name. In Japanese, fukyu is not a vulgarity, but rather a martial arts term.

·         New Jersey is mulling requiring dogs to wear seatbelts.

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