Whenever there is a tragedy, be it in a coal mine, on a drilling platform, or in your neighborhood, there is an understandable desire to learn the cause and penalize the perpetrator. In many cases, regulatory agencies must decide the appropriate penalty. Accidents like the Massey coal mine tragedy, the Enbridge Pipeline oil spill, the Arkansas oil pipeline failure, and gas pipeline explosions like those in Allentown, Sissonville, and San Bruno, all have resulted in significant fines and penalties.
People who are working full-time should earn enough to be able to make ends meet. This is a basic American value.
We are living through the greatest improvements in child survival and health in human history, and it is thanks in large part to U.S. poverty-focused development assistance, aka “foreign aid.”
As a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where I served as a Nuclear Weapons Systems Specialist during both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars,I find Rep. Hunter’s brazen comments deeply disturbing, unproductive, and completely ignorant of U.S. nuclear policy.
Time Magazine recently listed the fifty worst cars of all time. The communist East German Trabant made the list with this description: "This is the car that gave Communism a bad name. Powered by a two-stroke pollution generator that maxed out...
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.