Bad Laws 101: When “Saving the Planet” Backfires

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. Most of Helen Krieble’s Liberty Minutes involve stories where she has heard of government interference affecting other people. However, in a recent installment, “GESC Fencing,” the government overreach hits a little closer to home: My home county has a thick notebook called the General Erosion and Sediment Control plan which supposedly dictates how all new construction should handle water runoff. But not all new construction causes erosion. We were actually required by these rules to cut the roots of an

$262,000 for a Steeple? When Government Micromanaging Goes Too Far

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. If you’ve ever debated common sense issues like protecting the right to life or religious freedom, you’ve probably heard a liberal use the tired, old “Separation of Church and State” argument. All too often, however, the separation of church and state seems to go only one way — allowing for the state to interfere with church. To take one example, as Helen Krieble details in the Liberty Minute “Wooden Steeples,” this was recently the case for a church in Virginia: An

Does Your Car Have Fuzzy Dice? You Could Face a Hefty Fine in Illinois.

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. It breaks my heart, being that it’s my home state, but it seems like everyday there’s another problem brewing in Illinois. If it’s not sky-high murder rates in Chicago, it’s the unfunded pension liability. Gov. Bruce Rauner has no easy task either — state House Speaker Mike Madigan and his Democrat cronies have been wreaking havoc on the Land of Lincoln for decades. The taxes are sky high, debt is growing everyday, and it seems that help is nowhere in

Is Congress Pushing Obamacare for the Music Industry?

This week, the Foundation for Economic Education’s Jeffrey Tucker offered an interesting theory on what’s driving the ongoing stock market boom: political gridlock. Tucker makes an important point. While it’s true that passing tax cuts or replacing Obamacare would benefit our economy, gridlock offers its own economic benefits as well. All too often when Congress is “getting along,” it spells trouble for American taxpayers. Political gridlock is pro-growth because when Congress has consensus, we see the passage of legislation such as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Medicare Part D — to name just

Low Prices Are Good, Right? The Government Doesn’t Think So…

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “No Government Wining,” Helen Krieble tells listeners the story of a small online business which the government tried to shut down because it was too successful at lowering prices for the consumer: The owner of a small liquor store in Albany began selling wine over the internet and developed a new kind of warehouse, eliminating frills in favor of lower prices. But a powerful state regulatory agency decided he was selling his wine too cheaply and

Trump’s Team Is the New England Patriots of Deregulation

Although much attention has been focused on the Republican Congress routinely setting-and-missing arbitrary deadlines to repeal Obamacare (remember: it will collapse by itself), our lawmakers’ inability to rollback Obamacare has actually given Americans a blessing in disguise — it has diverted attention from the total regulatory genocide the Trump administration has initiated. Congress’ apparent fecklessness to repeal health care regulations provides near-perfect cover for an administration that has proven itself ambitious in its efforts to “deconstruct the regulatory state.” Remember when President Trump announced that he would eliminate two regulations for every new one added? Just six months into office,

Why Is New York City Trying to Outlaw Dog-Walkers?

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Putting Government Overreach to Rest,” Helen Krieble talks about the needless costs and regulations governments often impose on small businesses: A pastor in Tennessee saw funeral homes marking up the price of caskets as much as 600 percent and decided to go into business. He set up shop selling caskets much cheaper and was immediately successful, until the state stopped him. They said it was illegal for anybody other than licensed funeral directors to sell caskets.

Should a Teen Need a License to Mow Lawns?

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “May I See Your License,” Helen Krieble takes on government policies that make it more difficult for Americans to work: Do you need a license to reupholster a chair? In seven states, you can pay a hefty fine if you don’t have one. Fifty years ago, less than five percent of American workers were required to have a state license to perform their jobs legally. Today, nearly 30 percent of workers need a license. We can

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