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Foreseen consequences are NOT unintended. Public health officials and regulators who have battled for years against smoking may be inadvertently bolstering the tobacco market with their strong stand against e-cigarettes, some financial analysts say. While certain experts view the products as a potentially game-changing safe alternative to smoking, many health organizations have warned of their […]

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I highly doubt that the science verifying the efficacy of using e-cigarettes as a far more healthy form of ingesting nicotine than traditional cigarettes, and a legitimate means to quit smoking analogs will have any bearing whatsoever on the FDA, which has vowed to hang its looming regulation of the industry on the frame of […]

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How government kills a nascent industry and ensures that small, independent competitors have a massive barrier to entry in to the market: The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While […]

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2011-04-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Economy + Europe + Government + Regulation + Stimulus
The “Best and Brightest”

Via The Guardian concerning budgetocalypse: Some economists and political scientists also raise what they see as the danger of Republican cuts slowing or even reversing America’s climb out off recession. Thomas Ferguson, professor of politics at the University of Massachusetts, said there was a danger of repeating the mistakes of the Great Depression by chopping […]

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2011-04-09 :: madlibertarianguy // Authoritarianism + Dumbassery + health care + Regulation
Nanny of The Day

If you don’t like McDonalds, don’t go there, but STOP trying to punish me and my children for wanting to go there as a treat, you fat motherfucker.

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2010-11-27 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Law enforcement + LE + Regulation + War on Drugs
Just What We Need

Unsurprisingly, a WaPo opinion columnist thinks that we need to really commit to more war in the War on Drugs™. You know, because over 40 years, an untold number of deaths, trillions of dollars, and zero effect on drug use (which doesn’t even question the idea that keeping people from getting high is a morally […]

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2010-10-04 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Journalism + Regulation
Typical

In the midst of a fine argument against government intervention in press activities, particularly against government subsidies for the press which is supposed to be free and unbiased, L. Brent Bozell III and Dan Gainor, via The American Spectator, miss their left at Albuquerque, and roll straight into typical conservative bullshit land: In furtherance of […]

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2010-09-23 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Education + Government + POTUS + Regulation
For Goodness Sakes

Can we quit with the whole fucking “Bush deregulated and cut spending on education” bullshit?  Reason’s Hit and Run: Between 2001 and 2009 George W. Bush did not “cut back on investments in education,” he increased them by 58 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. Regulations? “The Bush team has spent more taxpayer money on issuing and […]

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2010-09-04 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Regulation
State Government Busybodies

Apparently the most important thing state governments can imagine themselves doing at this particular point in time, despite 46 of them being chest high in red ink, is to protect adults from advertising consensual services in which both parties benefit. Good job.

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2010-08-26 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Regulation
On Regulatory Capture

There’s a good piece at Downsizing Government which sums up the woes of MMS/oil industry partnerships. Also, I’ve never quite understood why regulatory capture is described by Leftists as a free market failure, rather than a government failure. If government regulators are charged with making sure that industry players abide by sets of rules and […]

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2010-08-24 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Regulation
Affirmation

You see? We definitely need government overlord protectors because businesses aren’t responsible enough and don’t recognize that they have a monetary incentive to do what is good for their businesses all on their own.

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2010-08-01 :: madlibertarianguy // Regulation
Note to Congresscritters

It is competition within the free market which spurs innovation, NOT government regulation.

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2010-08-01 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Government + Legislation + Regulation + Uncategorized
As I Said Before

The day the new financial sector overhaul passed, I wrote Though one should notice that they didn’t figure a way to deal with government excesses “that tipped the nation into the worst recession since the Great Depression.” And it appears that I was right. Via Minyanville: The financial services reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act were […]

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2010-07-21 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Government + Regulation
Finance Reform Bill Signed

Helene Cooper of The New York Times: The signature achievement — a response to the 2008 financial crisis that fundamentally alters the relationship between Wall Street and the federal officials charged with regulating it — is a culmination of two years of fierce lobbying and intense debate over how to deal with the financial excesses […]

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2010-07-14 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Government + Legislation + Regulation
The Next Financial Crisis

I wonder how long until I can use this link?

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2010-07-12 :: madlibertarianguy // Economy + POTUS + Regulation
What is it?: A short drama

President Obama walks in to a large conference room full of business leaders. He waits to be acknowledged as The One before sitting at the head of the meeting table and begins to speak. President Obama: What is it about the current economic environment which has made it difficult to get private enterprise moving forward, […]

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Great.  Not only are lawmakers “doing something” in an attempt to fix what was messed up the last time they did something, but they’re doing it tense, tired, and trying to make a joke of a serious matter.

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2010-06-25 :: madlibertarianguy // Environment + Government + Regulation
WSJ: BP Relied on Faulty U.S. Data

The more information that emerges about the oil spill, the more it looks to be a government induced problem, and not solely a matter of corporate irresponsibility (though I suspect that the likes of MSNBC and CNN will still spin it that way).  Neil King Jr. and Keith Johnson via The Wall Street Journal: BP […]

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A very long and impeccably researched expose on the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the immediate efforts to pinch the leak shows two very undeniable facts: Though people would blame “deregulation” for the oil leak, it wasn’t that there were not more than enough regulations that might have kept the explosion and resulting spill from happening, […]

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2010-06-20 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Regulation
More Agenda Financing

Awesome!  Buying local food is not always financially viable, so let’s fund it with a federal program.  Lyndsey Layton in The Washington Post concerning the federal government’s new program to fund mobile slaughterhouses to promote the Obama agenda of buying locally grown food: When Kathryn Thomas wanted to turn her sheep into lamb chops, the […]

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