By Peter Roff • Washington Examiner
As a general rule, Americans do not like to be told what to do. They will tolerate it, especially when the government makes threats or issues some rule that make sense in the infinite scheme of things, but they’re not happy about it most of the time. This country was founded as a sort of experiment in entrepreneurship — in the commercial sense as well as in the political arena.
Over time, however, the entrepreneurs have given way to the paper-pushers. The bureaucratic impulse to regulate nearly everything that moves has brought what former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher used to call the Nanny State home to our shores.
As a result, the ordinary American businessman who was once a virtual king of all he or she surveyed has been forced to turn to the courts to seek relief from the stranglehold that regulatory agencies, legislative bodies and the do-gooders among us have on American small business. Continue reading
Dear Ranking Members Thune and Wicker,
On behalf of the more than 276 thousand members and supporters of Frontiers of Freedom, I am writing to ask that as you consider reauthorizing the Satellite Television and Extension of Localism Act (STELA) this year, to preserve the foundations of the current retransmission consent negotiation process. We oppose any changes to the structure in place which guides how cable and satellite television providers negotiate with broadcasters for their content and signal.
Specifically, Frontiers of Freedom opposes the inclusion in STELA of provisions which would preclude joint negotiations between broadcasters and pay television providers or broadcasters and advertisers; arbitrarily change ownership rules; alter the basic-tier or buy-through carriage provisions; or regulate how broadcasters negotiate for their signal and content with both Internet service providers and pay-tv providers. Continue reading
Fewer Americans will be returning to the work force after the traditional Labor Day holiday. Labor force participation is at the lowest point since the malaise of the Carter presidency. President Obama’s economicpolicies have guaranteed a lower standard of living for Americans.
A recent report by Gordon Green and John Coder of Sentier Research paints the disturbing picture. On the whole, we’re less well off than we were 13 years ago. Our median income, currently $52,000, is 7 percent lower than it was in 2000, using constant dollars. It’s an especially tough punch in the gut to our youth, who’ve seen nearly 10 percent of their income evaporate. Nearly every other demographic category — married or single, man or woman — has been hit. Continue reading