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Government regulations that make sense

We hear a lot from businesses and politicians about needless, costly government regulations. I agree that some regulations can make it difficult to do business. But it’s also true that certain regulations are a good for business and good for the public.

Regulations that save lives are good government. Like the U.S. Department of Transportation proposal to require anti-rollover technology on buses and big trucks. Electronic stablity controls could save hundreds of lives a year.

Here’s more from Bloomberg:

U.S. Proposes Anti-Rollover Technology Mandate for Trucks

 

Tropical island or political access — which is a better buy?

Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. on Monday answered the question we would all like to struggle Puerto Rico Caribbean Touri.JPGwith – what to do with a billion dollars burning a hole in your pocket.

Like you, I fantasize give this serious thought all the time.

US Election(2).JPGFor the Knoxville-based lifestyle media company the answer was simple – invest some of its profits in a lobbying government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Nothing like access to powerful politicians to protect corporate interests and shield that billion dollars from the taxman.

The company isn’t ready to say what it wants to chat with lawmakers about, but the ever-changing media biz offers plenty of big issues.

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Solving problems through spam

The freewheeling Internet delivers a lot of annoying — and occassionally interesting– spam every day. Rant$ and Rave$ got a fun one early this morning from “high Priest Dias.”

Dias claims “over 30 years experience in the Black Magic Spells, witchcraft and love spells” and promises to solve any problems.

I don’t need a love spell — Cheryl and I are blissfully married. But casting a darker spell or two would come in handy. I’m thinking a spell that would make politicians and basketball coaches tell the truth would be interesting.

Dias assures me he doesn’t make “false promises” and he guarantees “an honest, powerful and fast help!”

What do you think? Can he deliver?

Close corporate tax loopholes first, then cut federal tax rate

It’s a given in certain political circles that lowering the corporate federal tax rate will mean new jobs for Americans.

Unfortunately, it’s not true. Some of the biggest companies in the land, as several recent news reports have pointed out, routinely pay little or no federal taxes on their profits.

Zero!

And while paying no taxes, they have cut jobs here at home and created thousands of new jobs overseas.

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