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Government Has an Essential Role in Oil Refinery Safety and the Environment

Robert Levy | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Robert Levy

Refiners are still in the mode of resisting new government regulatory initiatives and are not acknowledging that reducing pollution is not only good for the environment, but also has an economic return.

Chicago Carriage Horses vs. City Hall

Hilary Gowins | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

In Chicago, horse-drawn carriages are a familiar and romantic staple along the city's Magnificent Mile and lakefront. But one city alderman is trying ...

A 2,000-Calorie Diet: 'The Best of a Bad Situation'

Leo Brown | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Brown

We all read the same Nutrition Facts label, and it's always based on a 2,000-calorie diet. But we all have different nutritional needs. So where did that number come from?

Light Bulb Angst: Grow Up

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Just as with the rather ridiculous and exaggerated claims about the calamities that would befall all of us if we removed lead from gasoline, we hear similar refrains about the catastrophic consequences of eliminating incandescent bulbs. And yet, just as with lead removal, the economy did not collapse as the bulb phaseout was implemented.

23andGUVMT -- Health and Safety or What? An Antiestablishment Perspective

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Douglas Fields

In effect, the argument the FDA makes is that people are too ignorant or irresponsible to have access to information about their own body. This is the heart of the issue, and it is a troubling argument.

Government Can Learn a Few Lessons About Forgiveness

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

If the insurance industry had blown the Obamacare rollout, there likely would have been little forgiveness, compassion or understanding coming their way from Washington or the states. Yet, forgiveness is exactly what the Obama administration wants from all of us.

The SEC's Bluff on Lifting the Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising

Gary Emmanuel | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Gary Emmanuel

The SEC has adopted long-awaited final rules which will allow companies to raise money in a private placement through general solicitation or advertising. While on its face this is a welcome development for companies seeking greater access to capital, the SEC has taken questionable steps that have the potential to eviscerate its potential benefits.

Rana Plaza, Foxconn, Deepwater Horizon: Let No Serious Global Supply Chain Disaster Go to Waste

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Will there be a honeypot anywhere close to the $8 billion set aside for Deepwater Horizon to compensate the destitute and exploited workers from these other supply chains?

It Takes Government to Create Markets: Alex Marshall's The Surprising Design of Market Economies

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Conventional economics wittingly or unwittingly provides cover for the One Percent, by professing that "the market" operates benevolently on its own. Alex Marshall gives us an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-written antidote to this dangerous abstraction.

Red Tape Is Preventing Us From Getting the Energy Plan We Deserve

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
T. Boone Pickens

Getting America the energy plan it deserves has always been the chief goal of the Pickens Plan. A lot of what needs to be done requires one simple thing: Leadership.

Big Bro Before What You Know?

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

Some in our government truly wish to legislate every single aspect of our lives. The sobering part is that it's all a game of numbers -- the more laws like these are put to the vote, the more chance some will slip through.

How Government Can Support Effective Innovation in Education

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Robert E. Slavin

There are few aspects of life more thoroughly dominated by government than education. This is particularly true of educational innovation. Innovative programs and materials do often come from the private sector, but they are adopted only if government supports them.

Government Has Our Back -- And We Should Be Thankful

Allan Brawley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

Those who rant against Big Government interference in the supposedly free market workings of the capitalist system are either delusional or cynically self-serving.

In Irony Of All Ironies, Microsoft Begs For Crackdown On Monopolistic Google

AP | By MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 03.04.2013 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft began the new year harping on a favorite theme: The software maker is arguing that government regulators need to crac...

Shot Across the Bow

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Conservatives can't complain next time they see a rat hair sticking out of their hotdog. They can't lament when a loved one dies from drug contamination or when a child gets ill from bad meat. This is the natural consequence of their political philosophy.

The Olympics & American Politics

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Of course the individual athletes who won the medals deserve the credit for their achievements. But many of them never would have had the opportunity to develop their individual talents to the Olympic level had it not been for sensible, needed government actions.

The Invisible Tsunami

Negah Mouzoon | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Negah Mouzoon

We've all heard allusions to a "tsunami" of regulations battering U.S. businesses. The reality is there is no "tsunami" and federal agencies are late on completing nearly 80 percent of the rules by congressionally mandated deadlines.

Obama's Regulatory Moment

Blanche Lincoln | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Blanche Lincoln

When you ask small business owners from Nevada to Pennsylvania what the greatest obstacle in the way of their success is, they echo what numerous studies have indicated for months: government regulations.

Hydrofracking Politics and Sustainability Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.07.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

The idea that rules governing the development of scarce resources are anti-business is complete idiocy. We need an agile, flexible and intelligent approach to regulation.

Finance-Seer

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 06.10.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Finance and the Good Society is a timely and on the whole persuasive reminder that the institutions of capitalism have the capacity to spread democracy, prosperity and greater equality.

Oil Slicks: Who Benefits From Gambling on Gas Prices?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We can't know for sure what's behind these oil prices. But what we can know is that we don't know -- and that our government should have the resources to track these markets and intervene when they're being misused.

Giving Voice to the Great Oz

Byron Williams | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

While the anger and fear that dominate our discourse is justified, it cannot be allowed to blind the electorate to certain realties. Who is the one standing behind the curtain giving voice to the Great Oz?

To Regulate or Not?

Robert Davey | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Robert Davey

I wrote a letter to the New York Times last week, suggesting that members of Congress who say they are opposed to government regulation should be ask...

Republicans Debating Rule That Doesn't Exist

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The issue may be dust in the wind, but Republicans are still moving to block it. Environmental Protection Agency officials have said ...

Why the Big Banks Won't Change (Until We Change Them)

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business
Hoyt Hilsman

Force the banks to go back to traditional banking. If that means turning them into non-profits, so be it. But there is no way to justify allowing them to continue to bilk average American customers, not to mention risking driving the global economy off the cliff again.