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Does less regulation mean more innovation?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 pm - November 19, 2011.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Entrepreneurs

As I sip my morning coffee, caught this on Instapundit:

SO A 16 GB FLASH CARD FOR $15.99 is a pretty good deal. But I remember how much a 16GB hard drive used to cost, and then it seems like a ridiculously unbelievable deal. If only everything got better and cheaper they way electronics do. . . . .

UPDATE: A reader emails: “The things that don’t are usually heavily regulated by the government. Coincidence?” Probably not. . . .

Emphasis added.  It would be interesting to compare (maybe someone has done this) those industries (e.g., health care, energy, food) which have experienced accelerating costs not to mention increased bankruptcies and those flourishing.  Then, compare the regulatory burden on the floundering and the flourishing industries.

Rush: Newt is proudly, confidently articulating conservative ideals

Last night, as I was preparing for bed, I caught a bit of Greta van Susteren’s On the Record, particularly that segment when she offers us a clip of Rush Limbaugh.  So much did Rush’s point about Newt Gingrich’s surge in the polls resonate that I googled my favorite passage and alighted on his most excellent monologue in which he gets not only the rise of Newt, but also the recent appeal of Herman Cain.

Each man, Cain and Gingrich, do have the ability to articulate conservative principles.  Cain is an outsider, not part of a political class about whom Americans have become increasingly suspicious these last few years.  Newt is a master of policy, but even in coming to master policy, he has not lost sight, at least rhetorically, of those principles which have defined the conservative movement at least since Reagan’s celebrated speech in 1964.

So, let me just leave you with Rush’s monologue of November 18:

First principles are the answer.  First principles, first conservative constitutional principles are the answer.  Articulating that as fact with depth and conviction is what the people of this country want.  We and the rest of the people of this country are sick and tired of careful politicians, business as usual politicians.  We are fed up and exhausted with people who measure their comments. . . . Robust liberty and freedom for the American people is the answer, and then a government willing, after unleashing that, to get out of its way is the answer. (more…)