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Affluent Investor | June 24, 2017

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Posts ByGeorge Leef, Author at Affluent Investor - Page 5 of 5

April 17, 2015 |

“You’re Showering Too Long!” Barks Our Federal Nanny

Comedy wouldn’t be funny if there weren’t a kernel of truth in it. Remember the 1996 Seinfeld episode based on the problem with the new, low-pressure showerheads that couldn’t rinse the shampoo out of Kramer’s hair? That led him to … Read More

April 14, 2015 |

What The Right-To-Work Momentum Means

For quite a few years, the number of states with Right-to-Work statutes was stuck at 22. Oklahoma adopted RTW in 2001, but then no more did so (despite serious legislative battles) until Indiana in 2012 and Michigan in 2013.

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March 20, 2015 |

High Court Strikes Down Anticompetitive Regulation In North Carolina Dental Case

Last August, I wrote about an important case that had reached the Supreme Court. It concerned the legality under antitrust law, of a state board using its power to stifle competition that would have taken some business away from members … Read More

March 12, 2015 |

EEOC Keeps Its Losing Streak Intact, Reinforces The Case Against Administrative Law

Almost every day, some part of the leviathan that the executive branch of the federal government has become does something that should make us question the whole business of “administrative law.” Recently, I wrote about the EPA’s attempt to … Read More

March 6, 2015 |

Rubio And Rokita’s RAISE Act Restores A Little Bit Of Freedom In Labor Relations Law

Should workers have the freedom to make their own contracts?

Long ago, they did. Back in 1905, the Supreme Court held in Lochner v. New York (which I discussed recently on Forbes) that the state could not dictate to bakery … Read More

February 25, 2015 |

Obama Finally Gets An Issue Right (Sort Of): Occupational Licensure

Free-market advocates have long argued that occupational licensure laws do a lot of damage but little or no good. The first strong challenge to such laws I can recall reading was in Milton Friedman’s 1962 classic Capitalism and Freedom. Not … Read More

February 12, 2015 |

Puddle Jumpers: How Administrative Law Control Your Streams, Ponds, and Marshes

When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it was exercising its power to regulate interstate commerce by prohibiting discharges into the nation’s “navigable waters.” If a body of water could be used to transport goods from one … Read More

February 9, 2015 |

Harvard Law Fights Awful Ed Department Rules: Bravo, But No School Should Have To

One of the salient features of the Obama administration has been its willingness to toss aside the rule of law whenever getting a result that its zealous officials and supporting interest groups want collides with fundamental fairness. Over the … Read More

February 4, 2015 |

Unions Keep Losing Members — Can They Reinvent Themselves?

The latest figures on union membership from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the long decline has continued to the point where the percentage of Americans in unions is lower now than at any point in the last … Read More

January 26, 2015 |

The Most Insidious Line In The State Of The Union Address?

President Obama’s penultimate SOTU was notable for its audacity in demanding an even more expansive role for the federal government. Although trust in government has plummeted during his relentlessly statist administration, the president wants Americans to rally behind his belief … Read More

January 2, 2015 |

Dear Politicians: Resolve To Make 2015 The Year Of Repealing Bad Laws

Look folks, I know that when you say you want to do what’s in the public interest, you mostly mean doing whatever helps you stay in office and calling it “the public interest.” Some of you, however, might actually want … Read More

December 29, 2014 |

Liberals Dredge Up Old Segregationist Tactic Against Tea Party Group

The old, classical idea of liberalism embraced freedom of speech. A commitment to liberty meant respecting the right of every person to speak, and it equally meant opposing the use of state power to censor or in any way “chill” … Read More

December 17, 2014 |

Government Calls Private Money “Terrorism,” Imprisons Issuer and Seizes His Gold

Our Constitution sets forth –- and limits — the government’s powers. Under Article I, Section 8, Congress is authorized to “coin money and regulate the value thereof” and also to “provide for the punishment of counterfeiting of the securities … Read More

December 1, 2014 |

Education Department’s ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule: Futile Tinkering That Misses Root Problems

At the end of October, the Department of Education released its much-awaited “gainful employment” rule. It is supposed to fix (or at least improve) the problem that many students who pursue vocational training with federal student aid money wind … Read More

October 22, 2014 |

TSA Boondoggles: High Costs, Low Effectiveness, But It’s Only Your Money

Milton Friedman often observed that no one spends other people’s money as carefully as he spends his own.  You don’t need to be an economics professor to understand that – it’s simple human nature.

Regulatory agencies … Read More

October 16, 2014 |

Why The Legal Profession Says LegalZoom Is Illegal

Competition – everyone loves it, except when it’s competition in your particular business or profession. Then it’s dangerous and must be controlled if not eliminated.

Back in August, I wrote about the North Carolina Board of Dental … Read More

October 8, 2014 |

Too Bad We Stopped Taking The Constitution Seriously: Delegation Of Powers

Do you think you would like living in a country where the ruler or his minions could declare what the law was, change it at will, and decide whether someone was guilty of a violation?

Certainly … Read More

September 23, 2014 |

Shakespeare Didn’t Really Want To Kill All The Lawyers, But We Should Deregulate Their Profession

One of the Bard’s often-quoted lines is Dick the Butcher’s admonition in Henry VI, Part 2, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

That idea, argues lawyer David Epstein, is … Read More

September 12, 2014 |

Mandated Disclosure Laws — Another Policy Failure That Politicians Can’t Resist

Having information is good, right? Information helps people make good decisions, so it’s obvious that laws mandating disclosure of information must be a benefit to the public.

That’s the logic behind many laws and regulations anyway. … Read More

September 4, 2014 |

Should Union Organizing Be A Civil Right?

In an article I posted back in March, I argued that the United States has very bad labor laws, the National Labor Relations Act in particular. The NLRA tramples all over the rights of employees and employers … Read More

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