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The myth of regulations being bad for business

A common campaign promise is to “deregulate”; that is, reduce the number of regulations businesses must comply. While sometimes, deregulation does indeed help all businesses, in general this is an oversimplification focusing on the mere number of regulations. The real attention should not be on the number of regulations, and not on merely adding or removing regulation for their own sakes, but rather on intelligent regulation.

The complete antithesis of intelligent regulation is taking place in Wisconsin (no surprise) and show how the wrong sorts of regulation mean there will be nothin’ but good times ahead for big bidness in that state.

One example (h/t Think Progress) is a new law that will make it harder for small breweries to distribute their own product. In other words, they cannot handle their own distribution, and instead must hire a third–party to do it.

The previous regulation is an excellent example of rent–seeking, where a company gains profits by manipulating the business environment, rather than adding value. A wholesale distributor is a drop in the keg for a big beer baron company, but not for a microbrewery. The regulation in question increases the cost and difficulty of doing business for microbreweries, therefore hindering their ability to compete. The end result is that big beer barons are protected from competition, therefore meaning that they can stay profitable by simply having no (or less) competition rather than by, you know, brewing better beer. Clearly, businesses have no problem with regulation if it discourages competition and protects their monopolies.

The other regulation concerns a law that prevents libraries and universities from using a co–op broadband service called WiscNet. The law claws back stimulus money used to implement WiscNet, and if universities and libraries want broadband they will have to use commercial services. This is rent–seeking at its most blatant, as it is cheaper to use WiscNet. So much for “fiscal responsibility”.

For people who blow such much oxygen ranting about the evils of “socialism,” conservatives sure hate the free market.


FDA complying with EC court order

You know that court order ordering the FDA to make emergency contraception available to 17-year-olds? The FDA is complying and the morning after pill will soon be available over the counter for 17-year-olds. The next step is to make it available over the counter to all people who need it.

Some news on reproductive rights in the United States

Remember that horrible HHS rule that allows medical professionals to deny medical care for ludicrous reasons, thereby harming women and LGBTQ? people? It’s being rescinded! (hat tip)

Remember how contraception was supposed to be in the recent stimulus package, but was removed? Funding has been put in the proposed budget and will help ensure American women have better access to necessary health care. (hat tip)

Unfortunately, not all the news is good. The United States Congress wants to continue funding ignorance-only sex education.

Women, it’s now legal to let you die

Horrors! Although this is a bit late, the lame duck called the Bush Administration has issued a new regulation attack on women’s health. It allows anyone, no matter how remotely connected, to deny you health care for unconscionable “moral” reasons. This is not about abortion. And it’s not just about contraception either, as Jill at Feministe touches on.

It’s really about power. It’s really about control. It’s really about punishing others for daring to do something consies don’t like. Women, it really about punishing you for daring to control your own body.

Rape victim and need emergency contraception? It’s now legal to refuse you, it’s now legal to give no referral, and it’s now legal to lie or not tell you why.

Happily married with a much wanted child on the way, in what unfortunately happens to be an ectopic pregnancy? It’s now legal to refuse you a life-saving procedure.

Women are not the only ones who will be affected by this. Queenemily at Questioning Transphobia touches on how this will affect transpeople, or the downtrodden and unfortunate, or anyone someone judges to be undeserving of health.

Consies often harp on about how they’re all for personal responsibility. I’m all for personal responsibility, and I see practicing safe sex and using contraception as among the ultimate in personal responsibility. In reality, it’s the crazy consies who are shirking personal responsibility. No one forced them to take a job where’d you’d have to do something they found morally objectionable. When you applied for that job, you should have known what that would entail. If you find your job so morally objectionable, grow a freaking spine and get a new job.

 Now, thanks to the Bush Administration, it’s now legal to cause unnecessary suffering.

It’s now legal to refuse to save someone’s life.

Women, it’s now legal to stand by and let you die.

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