The Hand on Rocker’s Cradle

By Daniel Oliver and M.D.B. Carlisle

The Washington Times

June 14th 2000

John Rocker, the famed Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, has been demoted to the minor leagues and fined again after having words again with Sports Illustrated reporter Jeff Pearlman. It was Mr. Pearlman’s piece last December that called Rocker to the attention of the liberal guardians of our society, who have devised standards of conduct by which they presume to judge the world. Those who fail their test and Rocker is surely one … Read more

All That Gold

Mountains and mountains of federal regulations wait to be attacked by Republican politicians as they move to save American from financial ruin.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 24th 2011

As Republican politicians look frantically for ways to solve the country’s financial problems, they should not overlook the mountain of gold towering before them. That mountain is the accumulation of federal regulations that now occupies more than 82,000 pages in the Federal Register.

No one knows for sure what the cost of all … Read more

Getting Serious About Regulations — NOT!

Who does our president take us for?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

February 2nd 2011

In a piece in the Wall Street Journal, President Obama has written that he wants to ensure that federal regulations “protect our safety, health, and environment while promoting economic growth.” He made a similar claim in his State of the Union address.

Before anyone starts calling him the “deregulation president,” it’s worth taking a closer look at his piece. Hidden in the fluff, of course, is a lot … Read more

The New America Firsters

As opposed to the Government Firsters (and Lasters).

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

February 7th 2011

As we mused here a few days ago — in a piece pointing out that deregulation had to begin somewhere — Rome wasn’t burned in a day. (According to the Roman historian Tacitus, the fire, in 64 A.D., actually burned for five and a half days.)

The Republican Study Committee, the caucus of the conservative members of the House of Representatives, has lighted a small fire by … Read more

Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Student Debt Has Got to Go!

By Daniel Oliver

May 8th 2014

Student debt is a public-policy issue that will keep on giving—giving problems to the Democrats, who created it, and the opportunity of a lifetime to Republicans, if they have the wit to seize it.

The total student-loan debt is huge, an estimated $1 trillion. Average debt per borrower in 2012 was $24,800. Of the trillion dollars, about $758.5 billion is owed to the federal government. The rest is owed to private lenders.

There are three problems with … Read more

The Federal Trade Commission’s Unwelcome Birthday

By Daniel Oliver

The Washington Times

November 6th 2014

Happy Birthday, Federal Trade Commission — I guess. This Friday the FTC is holding a jamboree in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 100 years of nonstatutory lawmaking, commonly referred to as regulating.

The FTC was midwifed into this world on Sept. 26, 1914, by President Woodrow Wilson — not an auspicious beginning. Wilson thought separation of powers belonged in the dustbin of history. The FTC is now the oldest surviving so-called “independent regulatory agency,” the Interstate … Read more