The Midnight Ride of Barack Revere

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The Republicans are coming! The Republicans are coming! Such is the cry echoing through the halls of the White House and offices of Obama’s unelected regulatory bureaucrats.

Now that Donald Trump has vanquished Hillary and the Republicans maintain control of the House and Senate, reports are that Obama is set to ram through 98 additional Executive actions and regulations, also known as “Midnight Actions,” before leaving office. I’m shocked…that it’s only 98.

“Federal agencies are rushing out a final volley of executive actions in the last two months of Barack Obama’s presidency, despite warnings from Republicans in Congress and the reality that Donald Trump will have the power to erase much of their handiwork after Jan. 20,” reports the Politico. read more

Regulation Nation Would Be Fourth Largest

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Donald Trump has been saying for months that part of America’s problem is that we’re just not winning anymore – and you know – he’s right – sort of. We don’t win regarding trade deals or wars or whatever. As he states – the rest of the world is eating our lunch.

Well, not exactly.

As many others and I have attempted to explain (wars aside), we lose because of self-inflicted wounds – not from outside forces outflanking us, so to speak. Let me explain it this way.

There are two racers at a starting line about to compete in a 200 meter dash. It’s not rocket science. The fastest guy wins – that’s it. However, in this race the track is not laid out equitably. The first sprinter has but one rule. Stay in your lane and run full out to the finish line. But the second racer is not so lucky. In front of him (or her, for all you feminists) there is a mud pit, a 15 ft cargo net and log obstacles. And to add insult to injury, the obstacles were set up by his own coaches. Now who do you think will win? Of course the sprinter who has no obstacles. read more

Americans Just Don’t Understand Why We Can’t Compete

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Listening to some of the those who call in to national Talk Radio shows is all the evidence one needs to be convinced of how woefully ignorant the American people on the left and right are regarding the economy, business, the market, etc.

I get that those who watch MSNBC don’t understand these concepts, but the folks who listen to conservative Talk Radio are supposed to be smarter than average. We hear from many Radio Hosts that the listeners of their particular show are the smartest audience out there. Yet listening to those who get through to converse with the Hosts on air appear to be just as ignorant. I don’t mean stupid – I mean ignorant. There is a big difference. Being ignorant is defined simply as lacking knowledge, whereas being stupid is a choice.

A good example of this is the subject of taxes. Empirical data clearly shows, as does common sense, that high taxation hurts the economy. An ignorant person may have never learned or been shown this, so they can’t be faulted for thinking otherwise or falling prey to some politicians rhetoric. A stupid person is one who rejects, for whatever reason, that which he or she has been shown as fact. read more

IT’S THE REGULATION STUPID!

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Much has been said regarding the latest American company to pull up stakes and leave the country. Carrier Air Conditioners is leaving Indiana and moving its plant to Mexico.

During Saturday’s republican debate, Trump brought up this fact. He said he would not use an executive order to punish Carrier for leaving. Instead he would first build a consensus with Congress and the Senate. Then he would approach Carrier saying if you go to Mexico and try to import air conditioners back into the U.S. we’re going to tax you. In other words, an import tariff. He has stated that tariffs on incoming goods could be as high as 35% or more. “So stay where you are [in Mexico] or build in the United States. Because we are killing ourselves with trade pacts that are no good for us and no good for our workers,” he stated.

Naturally everyone is blaming the company, which apparently has the nerve to try to stay in business or make a profit. Perish the thought.

Many times Trump has belittled trade deals that have been done throughout the years – which are great for other countries but punish the United States. The only problem he sees is that the deals are negotiated by idiots – that he will make great deals. read more

Pipelines, Trains & Regulations

by: the Common Constitutionalist

By all accounts, the Keystone XL Pipeline, the line that would transport oil from both Canada and the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Texas, is dead.

The Obama administration did a fine job dragging it’s feet, thereby effectively killing the project, or at least the major portion from Canada to Oklahoma.

However TransCanada did complete the southern portion of the pipeline that runs from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas. The company expects to complete a smaller pipeline that will transport oil from Nederland to refineries near Houston later this year.

AP reported that “the $2.3 billion pipeline from Cushing to Texas is the Gulf Coast — or southern portion — of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. This shorter leg will begin transporting on average about 300,000 barrels of oil daily and should end the year at an average of about 520,000 barrels, Pourbaix said”.

So where does leave Canada and North Dakota?  The Washington Post wrote in April 2013: “If Keystone is rejected [which is was], the oil will just get transported via other pipelines or by rail. And if that’s true, well, there’s really no point in blocking Keystone, is there?” Good Point, and from the Washington Post. read more

Regulation Tidal Wave

by: Clark Barrow

Editorial comments by the Common Constitutionalist [ ]

A looming tax increase or the threat of higher unemployment usually receives a lot of attention in Washington, D.C. Many politicians can’t wait to lead a charge to avoid any hardship on American families. But there is eerie silence on another front that is fast approaching our country: a tidal wave of costly federal regulations.

According to an analysis by the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business), more than 4,000 federal regulations are scheduled to be implemented over the next four years with a cost of more than $515 billion to the U.S. economy. In our world of trillion-dollar deficits, anything in the billions may not sound like such a big deal anymore, but recent regulations have already added $140 billion, sending the total annual regulatory cost to $1.75 trillion. If no action is taken to stop this, the NFIB estimates that the regulatory costs will quadruple over the next four years.

So what in the world are all these new regulations? Well, most of them have to do with protecting the environment. Unfortunately, the sheer cost of the regulations may produce a severe economic downturn, rather than any valuable environmental impact.

One of the most damaging regulations will force power plants to install expensive pollution control technology, which is expected to cost as much as $90 billion over 10 years – the most expensive regulation in U.S. history. This means higher energy bills that will direct small business funds to utility bills, instead of jobs.

Other regulations include the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone, a measure that President Obama postponed in 2011 because of its enormous cost to the economy. Imagine that! Even our own president understood the impact! This far-reaching piece of regulation would establish an unnecessarily strict air quality standard for the entire country at a cost of up to $90 billion. [Years ago freon was effectively banned because it was said to kill ozone. Now we have too much?]

To make matters worse, the science behind these new regulations is not solid. A report by the National Center for Policy Analysis found that the proposed standards produce little, if any, health benefits. Their analysis found that under the current standards, levels of ozone and other pollutants have largely decreased to safe levels. The current standards are working and there is little science to that says tighter standards will meaningfully improve the air quality for anyone. [It matters little to the enviro-weenies whether the “science” is crap. They want to send us back to stone age and they’ll promote any junk science to hasten that journey.]

While the environmental science is not solid, the economic impact is certain – it will be paid with billions of dollars, millions of lost jobs and the lost dreams of millions of Americans.

The solution, as with many of our problems, is to grow our economy. Excessive regulations will only increase the cost of living for Americans, forcing lower-income families to sacrifice the things that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Progress is good! Advances in environmental protection, health care treatments and nutrition have saved countless lives, but expensive household energy bills will only devour money that could be used for a higher standard of living. [The solution is actually to rid ourselves of most the regulation in this country and the growth will take care of itself.]

Putting aside all of these other figures, the true cost of the proposed regulations can be summed up in the fact that the American Thoracic Society found that the number one risk factor for asthma is poverty, not pollution. It’s time environmental regulations protected us.

[ Isn’t it interesting that progressive administrations can’t be honest with the people. They always postpone harsh mandates and regulations until after elections. It’s as if they know the mandates will kill the economy and thus they would never be reelected. Yet after the election, it doesn’t seem to matter. That’s what I call looking out for the American people. Is that why most of the Obamacare mandates don’t start kicking in until 2013? I wonder.]