viernes, 27 de mayo de 2016

20,642 New Regulations Added in the Obama Presidency

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There are already more than 2,000 proposed or final rules in the pipeline—including 144 that are expected to cost $100 million a year or more. (Photo: Aude Guerrucci/UPI/Newscom)
The tide of red tape that threatens to drown U.S. consumers and businesses surged yet again in 2015, according to a Heritage Foundation study we released on Monday.
More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year
More than $22 billion per year in new regulatory costs were imposed on Americans last year, pushing the total burden for the Obama years to exceed $100 billion annually.
That’s a dollar for every star in the galaxy, or one for every second in 32 years.
The consequences of this rampant rulemaking are widespread:


As Government Regulations Grow, Business Opportunities Shrink

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Just last year, the administration racked up $22 billion in regulatory costs. (Photo: Pete Souza/Zuma Press/Newscom)
A recent study by The Heritage Foundation revealed that President Barack Obama has created a whopping total of 20,642 regulations during his presidency. And as we approach his final year in office, we face an additional 2,000 proposed rules he intends to push through to complete his tarnished legacy.
Businesses cannot be expected to thrive and expand in an economic climate that is plagued by doubt and uncertainty.
The Heritage study also pointed out that these rules are costly: Just last year, the administration racked up $22 billion in regulatory costs—equaling “a dollar for every star in the galaxy.”
The sheer cost of these regulations take a toll on the American economy. Businesses cannot be expected to thrive and expand in an economic climate that is plagued by doubt and uncertainty.

First, the IRS Took $68K From Connecticut Bakers. Now, It’s Investigating Them.

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In 2013, the IRS seized more than $68,000 from the Connecticut bakery David Vocatura and his family own. The IRS returned the money, but is still pursuing a tax investigation. (Photo: Institute for Justice)
For nearly 100 years, Vocatura’s Bakery has been a New England staple.
The family business was started in Westerly, Rhode Island, in 1919 and moved to its current home in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1956.
There, the family bakes bread using its six-decade-old industrial oven and serves up pizza—square, but not sicilian—and sandwiches—including one “as long as your forearm”—to members of the community.
The bakery has been family-owned and operated since its opening in 1919, and today, it’s run by David Vocatura, Larry Vocatura, Frankie Vocatura, and Richard Vocatura. The foursome still remembers being pushed around the bakery in a hand truck and crawling into the turned-off oven to ride the baking trays around and around.

The Zombie Voter Apocalypse: California Refuses to Admit Its Voter Fraud Problem

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CBS reports that California is the only state that does not comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002, something the Obama administration has basically ignored. (Photo: John Gastaldo/ZUMA Press/Newscom)
Hollywood has always loved making films about the walking dead, but in Southern California it appears they have a real life problem with “zombie” voters.
An investigation by CBSLA2 and KCAL9 found that hundreds of deceased persons are still on voter registration rolls in the area, and that many of these names have been voting for years in Los Angeles.
Julita Abutin, died in 2006 but voted in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.


Outrageous Tactics Used by DePaul University to Shut Down Conservative Speech

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DePaul needs to ensure that security needs are provided by the university objectively and in a manner that is minimally intrusive on its students’ rights. (Photo: Flickr/who canitbe/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Back in March 2014, Stanford University’s Graduate Student Council revoked funding and demanded exorbitant security fees (over $5,000!) from the Student Anscombe Society related to its event on traditional marriage, which featured Heritage fellow Ryan T. Anderson.
Selectively charging outrageous security fees in order to make student leaders “voluntarily” shut down events that college administrations don’t like is a routine tactic for silencing dissent on campus.
But what happens when the students actually pay the fees and a speaker shows up? You’d think that at the very least you would have a number of bored security guards and one very safe speaker?
You’d be wrong.


How the Liberal Echo Chamber Sold the Lie of ‘Moderate’ Iranian Leaders

James Phill

President Barack Obama discusses the Iran nuclear agreement with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice, and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes on July 13, 2015. (Photo: Pete Souza/The White Hous/SIPA/Newscom)
The Obama administration’s controversial efforts to sell the flawed Iran nuclear deal continue to reverberate, after Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes gave an ill-advised interview to The New York Times Magazine in which he bragged about the media “echo chamber” he built in collaboration with like-minded journalists and nongovernmental organizations.
Even observers who agreed with the administration’s Iran policy were stunned by the arrogance of Rhodes, an aspiring novelist with a graduate degree in creative writing. For example, Tom Ricks, a veteran defense reporter, blasted Rhodes in a blog: “To be cynical and ignorant and spin those things into a virtue? That is industrial-strength hubris.”


Don’t Let the 43 Republicans Who Voted for Obama’s Transgender Agenda Spin Their Vote

Ryan T. Anderson 

Congress should not be ratifying President Barack Obama’s radical transgender agenda and imposing these outcomes on private employers just because they contract with the government. (Photo: Dan Honda/TNS/Newscom)
On Wednesday, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Now they’re trying to spin their vote.
These 43 Republicans voted for the Maloney amendment, which ratified Obama’s 2014 executive order barring private businesses who do contract work for the government from engaging in what the government considers to be “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies.


Obama’s Hiroshima Speech Reflects His Unrealistic View of History

Bruce Klingner 

President Barack Obama with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. (Photo: Kimimasa Mayama / Pool/EPA/Newscom)
President Barack Obama’s speech at Hiroshima was a poignant discourse on the horrors of war. He spoke eloquently of the death of innocent lives and the hope for a better tomorrow. But his trip is fraught with the potential for misinterpretation.
As the end of his presidency approaches, Obama sought to resurrect his utopian vision of a world without nuclear weapons that he first articulated in 2009.


43 Republicans Join Democrats to Support Obama’s Transgender Agenda

Ryan T. Anderson 

Congress tried to minimize the damage of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's amendment with two provisions last night. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)
On Wednesday night, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda.


Obama “Insults” Trump By Using 1 Word… Trump Turns Tables In EPIC Way

Obama “Insults” Trump By Using 1 Word… Trump Turns Tables In EPIC Way

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President Barack Obama continues to flex his political muscles, trying to rein in presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s momentum. Obama unabashedly attacked the legitimacy of Trump’s campaign and message by saying that world leaders were “rattled” by the GOP nominee’s rhetoric.
“They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements,” Obama said at a news conference in Japan on Thursday, according to a White House transcription. “They’re rattled by him and for good reason.”
But Trump didn’t see any problem with that, and in fact seemed to like the idea that other nations were a little “rattled.”