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  • Backgrounder posted February 16, 1993 by William G. Laffer How Regulation is Destroying American Jobs

    Introduction During the 1980s, America's ability to create jobs was the envy of the world. No longer. The American job-generating machine has ground to a halt, and regulation deserves much of the blame. The regulatory burden on U.S. firms relaxed through most of the 1980s, and private-sector employment grew by 19 million jobs. Most of these new jobs were…

  • Lecture posted August 26, 1992 by Edward L. Hudgins, William G. Laffer, Brink Lindsey The Re-Regulation Explosion: Costs and Consequences

    Edward L. Hudgins Speakers often open their talks with a joke. However, I have a bit of a problem doing that in this particular case. For example, I could ask, "Did you hear about the bureaucrat who wanted all hard hats worn on construction sites to be sterilized before use?" Or, "Did you hear about the regulator who wanted to force dentists to dispose of…

  • Backgrounder posted July 10, 1992 by William G. Laffer George Bush's Hidden Tax: The Explosion in Regulation

    Introduction He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence What Thomas Jefferson wrote of King George III might just as well have been written of the federal government under President George Bush. The reason: America has…

  • Backgrounder Update posted October 7, 1991 by William G. Laffer The Danforth "Compromise": Another Quota Civil Rights Bill

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 168 lonl9l THE DANFORTH "COMPROMISE": ANOTHER QUOTA CIVIL RIGHTS BILL (Updating Executive Memorandwn No. 302, "Why the So-Called 'Civil Rights' Bill Would Still Mean Quotas," June 3, 199 1.) George Bush last year vetoed a so-called "civil rights" bill because it would encourage employers to adopt ra- cial quotas in employment…

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