Must Reads For The Week 2/18/17

Posted February 18, 2017 by austrianaddict
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THE ECONOMIC REALITY OF OIL

US Rig Count Rise Continues: What Will OPEC Do If The Market Doesn’t Rebalance? at zerohedge.com. The oil market is always balanced between existing supply and demand for oil. It may not be balanced from the perspective of OPEC, but it is always in balance. When the price of oil rose to $120 a barrel  in 2008 the oil price was balanced, and OPEC was happy, because they were the seller. But consumers of oil were not happy. Unfortunately for OPEC, but fortunately for the consumer, this price allowed the US fracking industry to enter the supply side of the market and ramp up production. As a consequence of this price increase, the fracking industry found lower cost ways of extracting oil. On the demand side, people started to use less oil because of the high price. The increased supply and decreased demand eventually reduced the price of oil to $40 a barrel. This price was ‘balanced’ at $40, but OPEC didn’t like this balance. OPEC decided to cut production which would decrease supply and eventually push the price back up. Unfortunately US fracking is now profitable in the $40-$50 a barrel range. As the OPEC cuts raised the price, to above $50, frackers were able to supply oil at this price, establishing a lower price that OPEC is not happy with, but consumers are. The OPEC ‘cartel’ doesn’t have the influence over the world oil market it once had. Thanks to the dynamic US fracking industry. Read my article: Decreased GAsolint Demand + Increased Oil Supply = Decreased Oil Prices.

Goldman Stunned By Collapse Of In Gasoline Demand: “This Would Require A US Recession“, at zerohedge.com. This is the other side of the supply and demand coin that we talked about above. Demand is collapsing. Which means the price will drop to sell off the over-supply which doesn’t coincide with the decreasing demand. The lower price will eventually bring supply and demand back in line with the desires of consumers and producers. Does this collapse mean that the economic activity is shrinking? Maybe. Or will demand go up when the price decreases? Read my article: Gasoline Consumption Is Down: Why?

HEALTHCARE  REALITY

Major Blow To Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won’t Reject Tax Returns That Don’t Answer Health Insurance Question, at reason.com. What does this tell us about Obamacare when bureaucrats don’t want any more paperwork and information? Trumps executive order providing relief from Obamacare seems to be effective.

Healthcare Is No Immune To The Laws Of Economics, by Jonathan Newman, at mises.org. This is why healthcare is not a right. Healthcare is an economic good that has to be produced by someone. You don’t have a right to take what someone produces. You have to exchange something you own for what the healthcare provider produces. Calling healthcare a right doesn’t magically change the reality that it is an economic good.

Judge Rules Health Insurance Companies Matter More Than Taxpayers, by Tho Bishop, at mises.org. The tax payers not only pay for the losses of  insurance companies who participated in government created high risk pools. We have to pay for our own increased insurance costs. Heads they win, tails we loose.

Two Health Insurance Company Mega-Mergers Collapsed Today Update (Humana Out Of Obamacare), at hotair.com. Government intervention always leads to a less optimal economic reality than would exist if the market was allowed to function freely.

DRAINING THE SWAMP

Rex Tillerson Cleaning House At State Department, by Danial Halper, at nypost.com. Getting rid of unelected decision makers who are biased toward big government (insiders) is a great start to changing the culture in the federal government.

E.P.A. Workers Try To Block Pruitt In Show Of Defiance, at nytimes.com. Who still thinks that government workers (public servants) are not biased politically. They don’t want anyone to be elected who they think will cut the size and scope of government. More unelected decision makers are going to be fired.

Over Massive Opposition, Betsy DeVos Is Confirmed As Education Secretary, at thinkprogress.org. If teacher’s unions and their allies are against her confirmation, her confermation must be a good thing. Teacher’s unions main concern is to increase the number of teachers in the country so money from union dues will increases. Educating children isn’t important to the leadership of the teacher’s unions. Although it probably is the main concern of a majority of the teachers who are members of the union.

House Republican Introduces A Bill To Get Rid Of Dept. Of Education, at zerohedge.com. Now this would really drain the swamp. Unfortunately the Republicans don’t have enough hangie down things to pass this bill.

MISCELLANEOUS

Medallion’ Bubble Bursts Around The World, at zerohedge.com. Who is shocked that a government created monopoly is collapsing because of an unforseen competitor. Government created artificial scarcity for Taxi medallions drove up their price. Now look who is paying the cost of this artificial scarcity. It isn’t the Government. It is the suckers who bought the medallions at the inflated prices.

Officials Continue To Dodge Attempts To Disclose Use Of Stingrays, at reason.com. Stingrays are cellular surveillance devices used by police.

Riot-Prone Mobs Are A Product Of America’s Cult-Like Education, at thefedrealist.com. Excerpt from the article: “….Today’s street theater is the culmination of decades of radical education revision. The radical Left’s systematic attack on the study of Western Civilization has essentially been an attack against the study of any and all civil societies. It is an attack n the features that make a society civil and free. Those features include freedom of expression, civil discourse, the Socratic method of figuring out truth, value of the individual, and a common knowledge of the classics of history and literature that help us understand what’s universal in the human experience.”

 

Must Reads For The Week 2/11/17

Posted February 12, 2017 by austrianaddict
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Human Action Beats Stats In The Super Bowl, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Being able to predict the outcome of events relies on how many variables are constant. When human beings are the variables, the predictive nature of stats becomes less effective, if not impossible, because human beings are not constant. Who thought the Patriots were going to win when they were down 28-3? When you looked at the statistical possibilities, you had to conclude there was no way. The face that individual human actors on the field and on the sidelines were making the decisions in the second half made this impossibility all too real. If one of the Patriots 2 point conversions was not successful, or if the Falcons decision to pass late had been successful, the outcome could have been different. The clarity of hindsight allows us to judge if the decision was ultimately correct in bringing about the desired result. But at those particular moments, each decision maker, on the sideline or on the field, thought his action would bring about success, or he wouldn’t have taken his decision. People who say that they wouldn’t have made that decision are speculating about something that can’t be recreated. Can all the particular knowledge and experience of a particular person be recreated in another person? Can the situation at the moment the decision had to be made be recreated? No. It is pure speculation to say you would have taken a correct decision at these particular moments in this game. You may have taken a different decision but that doesn’t mean it would have been successful. There is also another variable that enters into whether a decision turns out as planned. The other team gets a vote on whether you are able to execute your decision as you’ve  planned it. Here is the lesson we should take away from the Super Bowl. If the coaches and the 11 players on one side of the ball can’t make their decisions turn out exactly as planned; Why would we think that the decisions by politicians and bureaucrats, that affect 330 individual actors (non constant variables) aka people, possibly turn out as planned? Thinking that politicians and bureaucrats could make better decisions for people than these people can make for themselves is ridicules. Third party decision making doesn’t work as well as allowing the decision to be taken by the individual most affected by the results of the decision.

Bill Belichick: Entrepreneur, by Tho Bishop, at mises.org. This is a great article about Bill Belichick’s decision making as the general manager and the coach of the Patriots. He has a skill set that makes him “…not only America’s greatest football mind, but one of its greatest entrepreneurs.”

There’s A Global Riot Against Psuedo-Experts”, Nassim Taleb Explains, “This Is Not About Fascism, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “I often say that a mathematician thinks in numbers, a lawyer in laws, and an idiot thinks in words….I think you have to draw the conclusion that there is a global riot against pseudo-experts. I saw it with Brexit,  Nigel Farage….. said “the problem with the government was that none of them had ever had a proper job. Being a bureaucrat is not a proper job”.”…….. “When Trump was running for election, I said what he says makes sense to a grocery store owner. Because the grocery guy can say Trump is wrong because he can see where he is wrong. But with Obama, he can’t understand what he’s saying, so the grocery man doesn’t know where he is wrong.

Tightening The Money Supply Will Inevitably Lead To A Bust, by Frank Shostack, at mises.org. The last 8 years of a zero interest rate policy by The Fed, was intended to stop the correction (bust) of the housing bubble. But this housing bubble was caused by the previous money pumping by The Fed via their previous low interest rate policy. The bust is the correction. The correction is good for our economic future. But no one wants it to happen on their watch. In our present political climate, The Fed has a scapegoat in Trump if they want to be released from the blame of crashing the market.

US Government’s 2016 Net Loss “More Than Doubled” To $1 Trillion, at theburningplatform.com. Just another trillion dollar deficit that has to be paid back by the Federal Government taking the first fruits from future production.

Cash No Longer King: Europe Accelerates Move To Begin Elimination Of Paper Money, at zerohedge.com. Central planners want to control everything you do by making everything a digital transaction. Because of this many people will barter for goods and services in a black market system. Over all productivity will decrease which means the standard of living will also decrease. Central planning an economy doesn’t create more wealth. All it does is redistribute the lower of wealth produced by their interventions.

16 Fake News Stories Reporters Have Run Since Trump Won, at the federalist.com. No comment needed. Search this story (click here) and let me know if it is fake or real. I’m not quite sure either way.

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I Hate Politics

Posted February 10, 2017 by austrianaddict
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Puzzle pieces with word Politics

Politics has nothing to do with “public service”. Politics is about using verbal sleight of hand to gain political power. The idea that being a “public servant” some how makes politicians and bureaucrats place the people’s interests ahead of their political self interest is laughable.

The fact that the constitution is now being embraced by the progressive Democrats, when they used it for toilet paper during the Obama administration is evidence that politics is about power.

The Republicans aren’t much better. How can a republican support Trumps idea of tariffs regarding trade? Trumps executive orders that get rid of Obama’s executive orders are fine. But have Republicans questioned any of the other executive orders made by Trump?

The progressive left main stream media is fact checking everything Trump says, after not fact checking anything Obama said for 8 years. (“If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”, “The Benghazi attack started because of an internet video.”)  There is no progressive left agenda in the media, is there?

EXAMPLES OF POLITICAL BS

-Chuck Schumer talks about Refugees in 2015 and again in 2017. What a difference two years makes.

Do you think Schumer’s tears are real or fake????

 

-In 2006 Senators Obama, Biden, and Clinton voted for (click here to see vote), The Secure Fence Act of 2006 (click here to read bill). Now they are against any border wall, fence or other structure.

-Bill Clinton wanted to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants way back in the 90’s when he was President.

Listen to this and tell me if this doesn’t sound like Trump 2017.

 

Liz ‘Fauxcahontas’ Warren Accuses Trump Nominees of ‘Lying’ During Job Applications,. Elizabeth Warren lied about being part Indian when she applied for a professorship at Harvard. She knew how to use the system for personal gain before she became a politician.

-Last year the Republicans passed a bill to repeal Obamacare and sent it to Obama knowing he would veto it. Why don’t they have a bill repealing Obamacare on Trumps desk right now? Maybe they know he will sign it. Establishment Republicans really don’t want Obamacare repealed do they?

CONCLUSION

The grass roots in both parties should agree that the Federal Government has too much power. The Republicans complained about the Federal Gov. having too much power during the 8 years of Obama. The Democrats are complaining that the Federal Government has too much power in the first month of Trumps Presidency. Their both right about the Federal Government having too much power.

The Federal Government has too much power over the States and the people. It just seems more tolerable to the people whose party is in power. Can’t both sides unite to put the chains of the constitution back on the real enemy of individual freedom, the Federal Government?

Unfortunately each side wants to use the position of power when they get voted in. It is only fair they do this  since the other party used the position of power for the previous 8 years to get what they wanted. It is like the Hatfields and McCoys. Neither side knows who started the escalation of power. And neither side wants to be the one who rolls back Federal power. Until grass roots members in each party agree to roll back Federal power, nothing will get done. Because we know politicians want to expand and wield the power of Government.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 2/4/17

Posted February 5, 2017 by austrianaddict
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CRA: The “Regulatory Game Changer” That Could Wipe Out 8 Years Of Obama Regs In An Hour, at zerohedge.com. The Congressional Review Act could be used to repeal much of the burdensome regulations of the last 8 years. But why stop at the last 8 years?

Trump Taps Net Neutrality Critic To Lead FCC, at economicpolicyjournal.com. ‘Net Neutrality’ is a back door, or maybe a front door, into government regulation of the internet. This appointment will help neutralize this push against a free internet.

A Tale Of Two Cities…..Paris & Washington, at zerohedge.com. As Paris is ramping up environmental regulations, Washington is in the process of getting rid of burdensome environmental regulations. These regulations are a cost to businesses and ultimately the consumer. Paris is putting a ‘tariff’ on itself, while Washington is reducing the amount of the self imposed ‘tariff’. Trump should learn a few things about the results of trade restrictions, subsidies and tariffs from this. If he understands that environmental regulations are costs on businesses and consumers, he should be able to understand that trade regulations are costs on businesses and consumers.

Obama Issued A Massive Ammunition Ban Just One Day Before He Left Office, at zerohedge.com. There is no better way to get rid of guns than to make the one activity that introduces younger people into the use of firearms more expensive. Hunting is how many people are taught the safe use of firearms. People who have never been around firearms are generally fearful of firearms and can be manipulated into thinking people don’t need firearms.

Trump Regulatory Freeze Halts $180 Billion Of Proposed Obama Rules, New Study Shows, at zerohedge.com. If just putting a stop on pending regulations will save $180 billion; what happens if existing regulations are cut?

Construction Equipment Rental, at equipmentshare.com. The sharing economy makes us more productive. HT/ Carpe Diem Blog.

Iron Roughnecks Are Taking Over Oil Rigs, at bloomberg.com. Producing more with less. Fewer people are needed to man oil rigs thanks to automation. This is a good thing if you understand economics. But a bad thing if you don’t. HT/ Carge Diem Blog (click here).

Exposing The Cronyist Argument For Carbon Taxes, at freedomandprosperity.com. You know Government has too much power when big business agrees with something like this. This tax imposes costs on the competitors of these big businesses. These smaller competitors can’t afford the tax, like the big businesses can. The smaller competitors are eventually driven out. The consumer pays for this through higher prices.

Destroying The “Wind & Solar Will Save Us” Delusion, at zerohedge.com. Another example of too much Government power. Politicians use the power of government in an attempt to bring things forward in time, before it’s their time to be in the present. High cost energy from wind and solar can’t compete with lower cost energy from fossil fuels. Trying to use regulation and tax payer backed subsidies and loans to move green energy forward before its time is a waste of scarce resources that could, and should, be used in more productive activities. Unfortunately for the green energy zealots, but fortunately for us,  fossil fuels are going to be our main source of energy for a long time. But this fact won’t stop politicians and bureaucrats from using tax payer money for these green boondoggles.

Identity Politics At It’s Best Worst

As Democrat Representative Andre Carson introduces himself at a rally, you can hear Nancy Pelosi reminding him to “Tell them you’re a Muslim”.

My article this week, “Fake Headlines” , talks about identity politics.

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Fake Headlines

Posted February 3, 2017 by austrianaddict
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The headline of a news story is supposed to summarize what the news story is about. It is also supposed to make the reader curious to read the rest of the story. Unfortunately fake headlines have a different purpose. Fake headlines try to portray an ideological message, without the reader reading the rest of the article.

Headlines can and are used as propaganda.

Two days ago, Milo Yiannopoulous went to UC Berkeley to give a speech. Protesters forced him to cancel. Here are a few headlines from media outlets about the incident.

Protesters Force UC Berkeley To Cancel Far-Right Speaker’s Speech, at reuters.com.

Speech by Right-Wing Commentator Milo Yiannopoulous At Berkeley Canceled After Protest, at fox5sandiego.com.

Violent Protesters Block Berkeley Talk By Breitbart Editor, abcnews.go.com

Berkeley Cancels Milo Yiannopoulous Speech, And Donald Trump Tweets Outrage, nytimes.com.

The Real Headline.

First Amendment Rioters Bully Gay Conservative Commentator To Cancel His Speech At UC Berkeley.

Does this headline portray a different story?

The protesters wanted to exercise their free speech rights. The protest turned into a riot. The commentator was bullied into canceling the speech out of fear for his safety. The speaker was a Gay man. He was also an ideological conservative/libertarian.

I Have Some Questions

Was the original protest, which I have no problem with as long as it was peaceful, infiltrated by paid for professional rioters?

Were these rioters dressed in the black hooded sweatshirts part of the original protest?

Why weren’t the protesters confined to the place on campus that is designated as a free speech zone?

Do they have a free speech zone at Berkeley like other universities have?

Why didn’t any of the stories mention that Milo was gay?

Doesn’t being gay mean you are part of an identity group and can never be criticized?

Or does being a conservative and not politically correct trump your status as a gay person?

 

This is all very confusing. Will the left please write down the order of importance of the identity groups they’ve made up. I’m having a hard time knowing which group is more equal.

I know one thing for sure. If you don’t have a progressive left ideology, you are not considered a member of one of their identity groups. It is all about ideology, nothing else.

 

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Blue State California Actually Agrees With Red State Texas: The Federal Gov. Has Too Much Power!

Posted February 2, 2017 by austrianaddict
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Election or referendum in United States of America. Calexit - California is secede From USA. California republic Independence Campaign. Vector illustration. Hashtag Calexit on USA flag.

Is California going all Texas on us? Texas is known for its independence. It’s not fond of the Federal government mandating what it has to do. Remember the Texit movement? Does the recent Calexit movement mean that California is seeing the light that the Federal government has too much power?

The only difference between the Texit and the Calexit is the media and the elites think it is cool when California talks secession, but not so much when Texas talks secession. Read this article, “Can Texas Legally Secede From The United States?” from June of this year. It paints a bleak picture for the Texit movement.

In this article titled, Calexit: Record Number Of Californians Support Secession, New Poll Finds, one in three California residents are in favor of a “peaceful withdrawal” from the Union. Why the sudden move toward states rights? If you guessed because they don’t like Trump’s potential executive orders you guessed correctly. The only reason they would be afraid of the Presidential over reach is if the position of the Presidency had the power to be lord over the States.

In this article, California is Threatening To Cut Off Funds to Washington, California is looking for ways to suspend financial payments to Washington. I have always thought this is a great idea. If you don’t send the Federal Government money, it has nothing to use for extortion.

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The power of our chief executive increased under George W. Bush. It grew exponentially with Obama’s executive orders that were never seriously challenged by the opposition party. Now that the President is not a progressive central planning democrat, the left thinks the position has too much power. I agree with them. The Federal government in general and the Presidency in particular have usurped powers that the Constitution never gave them.

10th AMENDMENT

Even though California is tardy, welcome to the 10th amendment party. The 10th Amendment states: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

This means that the Federal Government only has the powers enumerated in Articles 1 through 6 of the Constitution. Any powers not listed, are reserved to the States or the people.

CAN WE AGREE?

We should all agree that the Federal Government has too much power. Can we all work together to roll back the powers that the Federal Government has usurped from us? We should not wait until the other party wins before we talk about how big the Government has grown. If both sides of the aisle work together to roll back Government power we will be able to do it through the political and legal process.

If we wait any longer the only choice is for states to actually attempt secession. The cost of this has proven to be very high, look at the Civil War. The only thing keeping states from seceding is the power we have allowed the Federal Government to usurp.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who I have a great deal of respect for, said: “If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.” I respectfully disagree with Justice Scalia.

The Declaration of Independence (click here) is a founding document that states the reasons why we wanted to secede from the British Empire. Here is what it says:

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for on people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”…………

“…….Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…….”

Our country seceded from what our founders saw as a despotic British Empire. If secession, was used by our foundering fathers, isn’t it our birth right as sons of these founders to use the same process to, “dissolve the political bands which have connected us“, when Government becomes tyrannical?

Fortunately we don’t have to reach the point of secession if both Red and Blue States can agree that the Federal Government has too much power. We can not just believe this when the opposition party has the power in Washington. We have to do something about it when our own party is in power or this will end badly.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 1/28/17

Posted January 28, 2017 by austrianaddict
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March Against Fascism, at theburningplatform.com. The Women’s March last week was against the “fascist” Trump presidency. Here is another way to look at it from Andy Swan.

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Here Are 2.3 Billion Reasons Why Sanctuary Cities Are So Upset At Trump, at zerohedge.com. The leaders of these sanctuary cities were motivated by the money they were getting from the Obama administration. Not because they cared about these people.

Clinton Global Initiative Announces Layoffs Shutting Doors, at thepoliticalinsider.com. The “donations” they received from foreign countries are drying up. Maybe they were payments for future favors if Hilary had won. I’m so cynical.

How The Obama Administration Quietly Bailed Out Private Equity Landlords At The Expense Of Middle Class Tax Payers, at zerohedge.com. Crony capitalism at the expense of the tax payers. The insiders in business get special favors from their crony pals in Government. This one is hidden inside the maze of Government regulation. Trump needs to swat this one away.

San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants Are Disappearing After Minimum Wage Hike, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Good intentions can’t negate economic laws. Economic forces are always correcting government intervention.

ABC News Apologizes After Ending Praise Of Sean Spicer To Sound Like Attack, at tammybruce.com. Fake News? Nothing new here.

Trump Administration Puts A Freeze On Obama’s $221 Million Payment To Palestinians, at theblaze.com. Obama tried to sneak this order through, but Trump swatted it away. None of this money would have been used to fund terrorism, would it?

The Anti-Trump Resistance: US Govt. Scientists Defy Trump With “Rogue” Twitter Accounts, at zerohedge.com. The battle is on between “apolitical public servants”, (partisan bureaucrats), and the Trump administration. It’s going to be fun to watch all this play out!

Trump Administration Reportedly Fires Top State Department Officials, at theblaze.com. Repeat after me, “Drain the swamp”.

Transcanada Responds To Trump Executive Order: Says Keystone XL Will Add $3 Billion To US GDP, at zerohedge.com. I would ask how environmental groups are going to react to this, but I think the better question is; How do you think Trump will react to how we know the environmental groups will react?

Climate Change Histrionics Demoted, by Robert Bradley Jr., at masterresource.com. Excerpt from the article: “On Jan. 20, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Minutes later, the White House website switched hands – and previous pages detailing President Obama’s climate change plans went dark. The new website features, instead, a page dedicated to “An American First Energy Plan,” which details the new administration’s stance towards energy and (a lack of) climate policy.”

President-Elect Trump’s Climate/Energy Policy: Hundred Day Action Plan A Good Start, by Robert Bradley Jr, at masterresource.com. Here is the first thing on the list, “We’re going to rescind all the job-destroying Obama executive actions including the Climate Action Plan and the Water of the U.S. rule.” That’s pretty good. How about the last thing on the list, “Any future regulation will go through a simple test: is this regulation good for the American worker? If it doesn’t pass this test, the rule will not be approved.” Click on the article to see some of his others.

This Means War, at theburningplatform.com.