Brittany Hunter is a Staff Contributor at Generation Opportunity.
If this sounds strangely familiar it is because it is exactly what our own government has been doing over the last several years.
“The climate for small businesses like ours in New York have become such that it’s difficult to justify taking risks and running — never mind starting — a legitimate mom-and-pop business.”
While 2016 saw numerous civil asset forfeiture reform efforts on the state level, reinstating the Equitable Sharing Program presented a major problem for these state victories. Luckily, the Ohio legislature took the Equitable Sharing Program into consideration while crafting their reform bill. By closing a loophole the state has ended a wasteful spending practice funded by this program.
After the 2007 Fair Minimum Wage Act passed, each of the fifty states was required to raise the minimum wage. Few Americans realize that this legislation was also applied to the U.S. territories to a devastating effect.
While still mourning the loss of her 20-year old son to a drunk driver, Deborah and the rest of the Tatum family decided they needed to act quickly and do whatever they could to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. This is what ultimately led the family to become such avid supporters of the ridesharing industry. But since Uber and Lyft had to leave their city of Austin in May 2016, DUIs have risen 7.5 percent.
Well, that didn't take long. One week after releasing its new self-driving cars in its hometown of San Francisco, Uber has been forced to pull them from the roads thanks to the DMV and a regulation that doesn't apply.
To be sure, Obama’s clemency campaign has most certainly benefited the lives of those who were included, and also their families, but it does nothing to address the countless individuals who were left behind in the process.
The LAPD recently allocated $850,000 to continue sting operations on ridesharing drivers. That money comes primarily from the local taxi cartel, which imposed a 20-cent increase in fares to finance the corrupt attempt to stomp out competition.
Luckily, the distressed Cole's Department Store happened upon on the real Santa Claus, who turned out to be a marketing genius. Shopper’s Express, on the other hand, turned to cronyism when they couldn't compete in the market.
Today’s teenagers have the lowest rates of ecstasy, heroin, and meth use on record. In 1991, 27.5% of teens considered themselves smokers. Today only 10.8% do, but 44.9% said they have used a vaping device. But government regulations against vaping in favor of big tobacco could impact the cigarette decline.
By creating criminals out of do-gooders, and then sending those in need back to into the state’s arms, we are not doing anything to strengthen our communities.
As the self-appointed patriarch of the town, Taylor has complete and often unchecked control of Stars Hollow, something he loves exploiting whenever possible. When it comes to overregulation, Taylor’s enthusiasm for laws is unmatched by any other resident.
Imagine you are called into your employer’s office just a few months before the holiday season and are told that due to new federal regulations, you will be bumped from your salaried position and moved (back) to being an hourly employee. This is the reality the employees of Hobby Works, a small hobby and gift shop in Laurel, Maryland faced.
The health department didn't stop at forbidding the food from being served, they demanded that it be destroyed immediately. 3,000 pounds of award-winning barbecue were doused with bleach while 3,000 homeless people missed out on a meal.
Millennials may be extremely gifted at technological pursuits, but when it comes to old school social skills, like holding a conversation that does not require a Wi-Fi connection, we are severely lacking. However, ridesharing could potentially provide the solutions to our lack of social skills.
While the prospect of a higher wage appeals to just about everyone, many seem to forget that money does not simply appear out of thin air. Governments may be responsible for enforcing wage policies, but it is the employers who are left with the financial burden of figuring out how to provide for these pay increases.
Millennials are ruining everything, or so the rest of the country seems to think. According to the internet, young Americans are to blame for the downfall of just about everything this country holds dear. From destroying the workplace experience to bar soap, my generation is, supposedly, single-handedly responsible for the destruction of American values.
From the persecution of child-run lemonade stands to the crackdown on potlucks, everyday citizens are treated like criminals for behavior that has traditionally played a huge role in our American way of life. Now, a single mother in Stockton, California is facing a year behind bars for accepting compensation for a home-cooked meal.
“They took everything, the birth certificates, the adoption papers. There was nothing that they didn’t destroy, they ripped off facings of the cabinets, every picture was off the wall.”
In 2015, it was revealed that TSA had failed 95 percent of the undercover security trials conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General. Since TSA has continued to demonstrate its incompetency without any substantial attempts to improve the quality of its services, it is clear that our country needs to begin looking for other options.
With several studies on the safety of vaping available, it is clear that there is more to these new regulations than just concerns over the nation’s health. Instead, it would appear that, once again, cronyism is being used in order to protect one industry over another. As far as vaping regulations are concerned, the only clear winners are big tobacco and big government.
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