One hundred years ago when Congress was considering establishing an agency for competition and consumer protection enforcement, one of the key authors of the Federal Trade Commission Act, Louis Brandeis wrote: “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”
Today, the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts will conduct a hearing on Senate Bill 1385. If passed, the Federal Judgeships Act of 2013 would authorize the establishment of 70 new federal appeals and district court judgeships.
It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without credit. Major purchases like a home, car, college education, and vacations would be difficult even for the wealthy and virtually impossible for everyone else. So many things that make our life comfortable can be attributed to our ability to obtain credit. Consumer spending makes up over 70 percent of the U.S. economy and is driven by the availability of credit.
Trayvon Martin was a black minor who didn’t choose to get killed and certainly cannot flee to a safe haven now.
Despite these differences, a common thread links these two Americans. They are both victims of a national approach to public safety that’s driven by fear. In recent decades, policymakers have become so committed to constraining, supervising, and punishing Americans in the name of security they’ve built the world’s largest system of surveillance and punishment. And now those systems are engulfing the likes of Snowden and Martin alike.