The payday lending industry has been in the spotlight for the past year, particularly as regulators turned attention to the world of short-term, small dollar credit. This attention is due in part to misguided criticism leveled by advocacy groups that often assert payday loan customers are harmed by the loans, and also regulators’ recognition that short-term credit products are in-demand and valued by borrowers.
From the rhetoric on cable news shows, one would never guess that Americans believe jobs are the nation’s number one concern.
The emergence of hydraulic fracturing to recover oil and natural gas generally is seen as an economic success story. It has vaulted the United States into the ranks of the world’s top oil and gas producers and led to a manufacturing renaissance whose effects few could have foreseen at the start of the 1990s.
It’s ironic that a free-market champion like the former Commissioner is such a fierce defender of a broadcast carriage system nurtured by government regulation.
On Capitol Hill, the clock is ticking on two more major economic showdowns: tax reform and the bipartisan budget conference committee. Either or both of those initiatives could, under the right conditions, wind up creating a fairer and more efficient tax code. They could also represent yet another cynical Washington attempt to squeeze revenue from politically unpopular sources under the guise of reform or – more perversely – fairness.
Broadband is one of America’s great success stories. And Internet service providers are doing much of the story telling through the unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, investment, and growth that these companies are fueling for our economy at both the national and global level.
While Senate and House committees dig into chemical policy it is important to remember the point of reform: protecting public health.
With the government shutdown among other challenges, 2013 has been a tough year for transparency and openness in the federal government. But that doesn’t mean government officials on the state and local levels can’t take steps to achieve transparency in their public meetings.
Adelson, who said his “moral standards” compelled him to act, is launching an advocacy group, the Coalition To Stop Internet Gambling, to portray the activity as a threat to vulnerable populations such as low-income players and minors. Not only is he wrong, but his proposed ban would cause harm to the very groups he claims to want to protect.
A new study by the Bipartisan Policy Center Immigration Task Force found the evidence suggests that immigration reform can produce significant economic dividends for our country.