The Kangaroo Courts Perverting Justice & Overriding the Constitution

Karen Harned on June 09.

The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees all Americans a fair and impartial trial. But in recent years, this right has been coopted and nullified by the faceless bureaucrats who choose kangaroo courts rather than a constitutional process. As a result, many small business owners who are charged with violating one of the tens of thousands of regulations are tried, not in court in front of a judge, but in a federal agency proceeding in front of another employee from that very same agency, known as an administrative law judge. To prevail, a defendant is forced to persuade an agency employee to rule against their employer and their best interests, often under bizarre evidentiary standards favoring the agency.

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Vacation rental regulations a patchwork

Dara Kim on June 08, 2020.

Vacation rentals have rolled out the welcome mat in Florida again, but counties are imposing a variety of restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.

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Trump’s Executive Order on Social Media Grows the Administrative State

Adam White on May 29, 2020.

or all their disagreements, President Trump’s supporters and his opponents agree on at least one thing: that the Trump administration has been committed to “deconstructing the administrative state.” This has been conventional wisdom on the pro-Trump right from the moment presidential adviser Steve Bannon announced it at the 2017 CPAC conference, and the president’s critics have taken it to be obviously true; if nothing else, that narrative certainly suits both sides’ arguments. But Trump’s latest executive order, asserting vast new regulatory powers over social media platforms, reminds us that the truth is actually very different.

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Trump’s push to regulate social media faces uphill battle at FCC

David Shepherdson on June 01, 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to regulate social media companies’ content decisions may face an uphill battle from regulators who have previously said they cannot oversee the conduct of internet firms.

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Consolidation among meat packers is dangerous. Big government is the cause

Timothy P. Carney on March 19, 2020.

Pork and beef are running low in grocery stores. Cattlemen and pig farmers are suffering as they have nobody to buy their livestock. And slaughterhouse workers are dying of the coronavirus.

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Canadians want to keep temporary cuts to red tape

Colin Craig on May 25, 2020.

After COVID-19 hit Canada, governments across the country started to allow restaurants and pubs to sell alcohol with delivery and takeout orders. Many provinces also started to allow doctors to videoconference with patients.

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Occupational Licensing, Zoning, And Other Regulations Will Delay Recovery From COVID-19

Adam Millsap on May 18, 2020.

The economy has taken a big hit from COVID-19. Since social distancing and government mandated shutdowns began in March, more than 29 million people have filed for unemployment insurance. The April unemployment rate was 14.7%, more than four times larger than the February rate. New research suggests the labor market is undergoing fundamental changes, not just a temporary pause, and that the economic recovery will be slow unless we reform policies that delay the reallocation of workers and capital.

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Coronavirus response reveals many regulations were never necessary to begin with

Shoshana Weissmann on May 07, 2020.

Those of us who have been fighting for occupational licensing reform and other forms of deregulation have been astonished at how quickly many of the same stubborn, unnecessary regulations we’ve fought against for years have now been paused during this pandemic. To be frank, it has proven that we’ve been right all along.

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Pharmacists can meet patients’ needs, unburden system

E. Michael Murphy on April 30, 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic is having unprecedented effects on the country as citizens adapt to social distancing recommendations from public health officials and face financial uncertainty as businesses are forced to close their doors. The national dialogue has been centered around flattening the curve of infection rates…

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Gov In The Time Of Coronavirus

Susand Dudley on May 08, 2020.

The novel coronavirus is still wreaking havoc on the health and welfare of the nation. And while the gears of the economy may have ground to a halt, government regulators have not. Federal agencies are busy issuing new regulations, many of them intended to address coronavirus concerns. They are also waiving existing requirements, either because they could impede responses to the crisis or because social distancing makes compliance challenging…

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