Wayne Crews

Wayne Crews is Vice President for Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

The Regulatory Improvement Commission

 

There are regulations for everything from restaurant menus to walk-in freezers’ energy efficiency. Almost no one denies that the nation’s economy is saddled with some outdated and goofy regulations that have accumulated over the years. And almost no one opposes getting rid of those. Clearly some pruning is in order. The most recent print edition […]

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Twenty Years of Non-Stop Regulation

 

Twenty years ago saw the release of the first edition of Ten Thousand Commandments, an annual report that tracks the cost and scope of the federal regulatory state. It’s been a very busy two decades for Washington, with 81,883 new regulations hitting the books during that time. That’s a new regulation every two hours and […]

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The Anti-Democracy Index

 

The United States Constitution gives “all legislative powers herein granted” to Congress. Neither the judicial nor the executive branch has the power to make laws, only interpret and execute them, respectively — at least in theory. In practice, things are quite different. Not only do executive branch agencies makes laws every day by issuing regulations […]

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Washington’s Ten Thousand Commandments

 

Deficits, taxes, and spending are the defining issues of the 2012 campaign. Regulation deserves a seat at the table, too. The federal government spent $3.6 trillion in 2011. But according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the annual cost of complying with federal regulations has exceeded $1 trillion since around 2005, and none of those […]

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The Chips Are Down at Intel

 

Former Intel CEO Andy Grove of Intel was Time magazine’s “1997 Man of the Year.” Now Intel is the Federal Trade Commission’s “2009 Company to Fear.” If the FTC gets its way, Intel will be characterized not as a productive marvel that helped turn the rest of us into productive marvels. The chipmaker will be tarred […]

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Yes, Virginia Foxx

 

Jaws dropped when the government announced recently that the national debt would increase by $14,000,000,000,000 over the next decade. Right now, roughly every third dollar the government spends is one it does not have. Even more worrying is how politicians are reacting to the news. Few are talking about cutting spending, which would be politically […]

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Price Fixing

 

On October 1, it became illegal in Maryland for manufacturers to set the minimum prices at which retailers may sell their products. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) has introduced federal legislation that would do the same thing nationwide. Legislators allege that when manufacturers prohibit their products from being sold below a certain price, they are hurting […]

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Less Is More

 

As Democrats and Republicans in Congress group hug over their $150 billion smoke-and-mirrors redistributionist stimulus package, the deficit is projected to top $400 billion. Federal spending now straddles the $3 trillion mark, the bulk of it from America’s entitlements, health, and defense budget bonanzas. The same government that claims to stimulate spends over 20 percent […]

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