Reining In Wisconsin’s Regulatory State

Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin are once again showing conservative reformers nationwide how to get the job done. This month, lawmakers sent Walker the first state version of the REINS Act to be passed by a legislature, and Walker, who has championed the reform, is expected to sign the bill soon.

The REINS Act, introduced by state Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and state Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), restores much-needed transparency to the rule making process by requiring that the costliest of regulations receive approval from the full legislature before taking effect. The need for this reform is clear.

Read more by Eric Bott at forbes.com

The ‘Simple’ Rules for Fighting Federal Asset Forfeiture

Get out your magnifying glass for this flowchart.

The Heritage Foundation, as part of a multipartisan effort to help educate Americans about our abuse-prone police civil asset forfeiture system, has produced a lovely pamphlet explaining how the whole racket works, complete with an illustrated story.

Read more by Scott Shackford at Reason.com

It’s Time To Flush Federal Dietary Guidelines Down the Drain

As the federal government wrestles with how much meat and cholesterol it will recommend in its updated dietary guidelines, the public should be asking why the government is involved in this issue at all.

Right now, the officials at the Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments are weighing advice from their Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for the five-year guideline update.

The committee said that there’s no evidence cholesterol in food leads to heart disease. At the same time, it urged people to avoid eating meat as a way to help the environment.

Because federal nutrition guidelines have a widespread impact on what Americans eat, both ideas sparked outcries from various groups. But there’s a much more fundamental problem here.

When not confusing (remember the food pyramid), or ever-changing (the government used to recommend three glasses of milk a day), these federal guidelines can be hazardous to your health.

Read more at Investor’s Business Daily

The Real Reason Leftwing Groups Are Freaked Out by Trump’s EPA Pick

Leftwing groups are freaking out about Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s Attorney General and Donald Trump’s nominee for the EPA. It is safe to say that the collective meltdown over Pruitt is greater than over any other Trump pick. You probably have no idea why and it has nothing to do with climate change.

Superficially, progressives are saying that Pruitt is a climate change denier and has no business managing the agency he sued so often. But that’s just cover.

The real reason has everything to do with money.

Read more by Erick Erickson at theresurgent.com

Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

Read more at economicnoise.com

Obama Admin Funneled Billions Into Left-Wing Activist Groups

As reported by Fox News on Wednesday, congressional investigators claim the Obama Administration funneled billions of dollars to left-wing activist groups—such as the National Council of La Raza, National Urban League and National Community Reinvestment Coalition—through a slush fund scheme of the Department of Justice.

“Findings spearheaded by the House Judiciary Committee point to a process shrouded in secrecy whereby monies were distributed to a labyrinth of nonprofit organizations involved with grass-roots activism,” reports Fox.

Read more by Amanda Prestigiacomo at dailywire.com

Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment

Industrial hemp was once a dominant crop on the American landscape. This hardy and renewable resource (one of the earliest domesticated plants known, with roots dating back to the Neolothic Age in China) was refined for various industrial applications, including paper, textiles, and cordage.

Over time, the use of industrial hemp has evolved into an even greater variety of products, including health foods, organic body care, clothing, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more (according to one source, more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp).

In the U.S., the first hemp plantings were in Jamestown, Virginia, where growing hemp was actually mandatory. From then on hemp was used in everything from 19th century clipper ship sails to the covers of pioneer wagons. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and even the finest Bible paper today remains hemp-based.

Read more by Logan Yonavjak at forbes.com