All posts tagged: regulation

Why are we debating guns again?

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Political Commentary

Studies consistently show that violence and gun-related crimes in America are at their lowest point in decades. Furthermore, there is no reliable evidence that stricter gun laws do anything to reduce murder rates. Many argue that relaxed gun laws make us safer. Yet, here we are having a tense national debate about gun regulations, as if Congress had nothing else to do. This is the part of politics that makes me want to throw my hands […]

Houston’s homeless will suffer under proposed regulations

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Economics / Houston / Political Commentary

Too often we pay critical attention to national policy debates and miss the ones going on under our noses. Many Houstonians are unaware that on March 20, the City Council considered and thankfully postponed new regulations on feeding the homeless which would have made it much more difficult for local charities and generous individuals to meet the needs of the city’s poor. Community members pushed back and a revised version of the ordinance will be […]

New “Durbin Fee” on debit cards

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Economics / Education / Society & Culture

Several months ago I recall getting a letter from my bank, informing me that as a result of the Durbin Amendment to the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010” passed last year by the Democrat “supermajority,” I would no longer be getting rewards points for using my debit card. I looked up the amendment—which limits how much banks can charge other companies for debit transactions—and said to myself, “Wow, that’s really going […]