Category Archives: Regulation

How complex regulations give big corporations the upper hand – Sutherland Soapbox, 1/20/15

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The podcast can be found at the bottom of this post. Recently I came across a complaint about corporate involvement in politics. The … Continue reading

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Reusable bags are great, but don’t ban plastic

I’m a conservative who loves reusable bags. When I lived in Austria 20+ years ago, I learned quickly that if you didn’t bring your own bag to the corner grocery store, you’d have to carry your purchases home in your … Continue reading

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EPA’s proposed carbon rule hits most vulnerable hardest

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon rule is the latest in a series of regulations that will increase the cost of electricity and natural gas at a time when wages are stagnant and a lot of people are … Continue reading

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‘Liberal fascism’ and economic albatrosses – Mero Moment, 8/19/14

This post, which was adapted from a piece at Utah Citizen Network, is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. In public discourse, fascism is often associated with the far right wing; with … Continue reading

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Playing chicken with farmers’ livelihoods

The Salt Lake Tribune recently ran a story about how federal meat processing regulations recently stopped a local natural-chicken farming operation from processing the chickens of other small chicken farming operations, leaving no way for these latter farms to get … Continue reading

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A little more ‘smart growth’ might smart a lot

Ever notice how often obnoxious ideas are given innocuous names? The Affordable Care Act, it turns out, doesn’t promote affordability or care. “Global warming” suddenly became “climate change” when the world’s thermometers inconveniently stopped cooperating with the alarmist meme. And … Continue reading

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Of bacon and bad policy

Why do our fearless leaders in Washington continually claim that middle class jobs are their top priority while incessantly inflicting job-killing policies on us? I don’t think it’s an accident or an evil plot (well, not always anyway), but rather … Continue reading

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Massive regulatory costs hamper the current ‘recovery’

This chart is worth a thousand words: The regulatory costs of the first terms of President Clinton (1993-1996) and President George W. Bush (2001-2004) also occurred during economic recoveries, after recessions in 1991 and 2001, respectively. And, perhaps not coincidentally, … Continue reading

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What makes for reasonable gun regulation?

Listen to the audio here:   The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I’ve possessed a concealed carry permit for over five years now. I believe in the right … Continue reading

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Guest post: No regulation is sometimes the best option

Note: Sutherland Daily occasionally publishes guest posts that we think add to a constructive discussion of various issues. However, the views expressed in these commentaries do not necessarily represent Sutherland Institute’s position. When regulation is imposed there is almost always … Continue reading

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Corporate political giving doesn’t pay, unless …

A recently highlighted study on corporate political donations from researchers at Rice University, to be published soon in an issue of Strategic Management Journal, reported some interesting results. From a press release about the study: [The researchers] found that firms’ … Continue reading

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S.L. has enough room for a convention, but not enough cabs? Hmm …

In a recent KSL article about the Outdoor Retailer show possibly relocating outside Salt Lake, the head of Visit Salt Lake said the following: Salt Lake has enough hotel rooms and convention floor space, but Outdoor Retailer wants 900 taxicabs, … Continue reading

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Running into a pileup of vehicle fees

  Welcome to the wonderful world of vehicle titling and registration. I recently had the pleasure of running this perilous gantlet when I bought an old grocery-getter of a car, and my wallet is $263 lighter as a consequence. What … Continue reading

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Cutting through the red tape

  Has the size and intrusiveness of government got you singing the holiday blues? You’re not alone. Fortunately the state has seen the writing on the wall and has proposed a list of changes to regulations in order to lighten … Continue reading

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Should government choose which cab you can take?

  Should government determine how many taxicabs can operate in a city? Should it charge cabdrivers thousands of dollars for the “privilege” of offering cab service? That’s exactly what Salt Lake City is doing, and Yellow Cab has decided to … Continue reading

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