Why Is the Trump Administration Trying to Block This Mega-Merger?

Since taking office, President Trump’s greatest economic achievement has undoubtedly been the aggressive regulatory rollback his administration has unleashed. With respect to government red tape, the Trump administration has sent a clear signal from day one — the “War on Business” initiated by President Obama’s executive branch was over. But last week, we received our first signal that the deregulation train could be losing steam, when Trump’s Department of Justice announced it would be suing to block AT&T and Time Warner from merging. As The Wall Street Journal reported: The lawsuit misconstrues markets and undermines the rule of law—whether or

No More Chocolate S’mores? Why Taking the Feds’ Diet Advice Is Foolish

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson, a wise saying goes: “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” This quote could not be more pertinent as it is to the topic Helen Krieble talks about in her Liberty Minute titled “I’ll Have S’More”: Many of us share fond memories of roasting marshmallows around the campfire and

The “PC Police” Are Back This Year — And No Halloween Costume Is Safe

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In her Liberty Minute titled “Pull Up or Pay Up,” Helen Krieble criticized school boards and city councils which have taken their power to the extreme by even mandating what people are and are not allowed to wear: Lots of schools have adopted rules against wearing low pants and some businesses have barred admittance to young people wearing their pants too low. Some say it’s old fashioned to care about proper attire and public decorum, though I think what the

When Government Picks Winners and Losers, Everybody Loses

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Last week, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Seattle University’s Law School revoked its sponsorship of an event hosted by the conservative Federalist Society. The school’s dean announced her decision via an email stating that she had been swayed by a petition claiming that the event would include “hateful xenophobic and anti-immigrant rhetoric”: Annette Clark, the dean of Seattle University’s Law School, has revoked the school’s sponsorship of a Federalist Society event. The reason? The proposed debate on immigration, hosted

A Ban on Dancing? These Absurd, Antiquated Laws Need to Go

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. A few weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally gave his support to efforts aimed at repealing an absurd anti-dancing law which has been in the books for over 90 years. The Prohibition-era law prohibits groups of three or more people from dancing in “any room, place or space in the city” where there is “musical entertainment, singing, dancing or other forms of amusement.” Exceptions to this ban are given to establishments that obtain expensive city-issued licenses

Big Government Is Crippling Puerto Rico’s Recovery. Here’s How Trump Can Fix It.

This past week, the Jones Act became the poster child for everything that is wrong with government regulation — an outdated law hampering Puerto Rico’s ability to get the critical supplies it needs following a disastrous hurricane. Thankfully, President Trump responded to the storm by waiving this archaic regulation temporarily, but in order to assist Puerto Rico in a timely recover, this rule needs to be more than paused — it must be repealed. As Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner explained, the Jones Act is a 1920s-era law that: …prohibits tankers from hauling oil between U.S. ports unless those

Did Oklahoma Really Outlaw Sharing a Hamburger?

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. If you’re anything like me, you love good food. My family owns a pizza restaurant — I worked there for almost 15 years — and it allowed me to get creative with cooking. Through tons of experimentation, I’ve created some unlikely delicious meals — pineapple, pepperoni, jalapeno, and bacon pizza to name just one. But all that experimentation had some unintended side effects — weight gain included. So rather than adjust how much I experiment with cooking, I instead adjusted

This Woman Tried to Secure Her Home — And It Got Her Arrested

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. The Second Amendment clearly grants the right to American citizens to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Furthermore, contrary to radical left-wingers, it gives us the right to more than just muskets and really has not much to do with hunting. Our right to protect ourselves is sacred — similar to the