August 29, 2012 |
It's too much to ask, I know, but the speeches Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention left me hungering for a real exploration of the role government plays in helping U.S. businesses. The unifying theme of the speeches, at least in theory, was "We Built It" -- a declaration of solidarity with the entrepreneurs who create businesses without the government's assistance. To underline that point, the giant screen inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum showed the occasional video featuring a selectively edited version of one of President Obama's stump speeches.
February 5, 1989 |
After eight years of confrontational Reagan Administration efforts to eliminate federal regulations, the Bush Administration is discussing a series of moves that could go even further to reshape the government's oversight of major American industries. But the new Administration, less ideological than the old, will probably seek to reinstate federal controls in some areas even as it relaxes regulations elsewhere. For example, Bush's new transportation secretary, Samuel K.
November 14, 2012 |
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking greater authority to regulate drug makers such as the Massachusetts company that produced steroid injections tied to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis, officials said Wednesday at a congressional hearing in which one of the firm's owners invoked his constitutional rights and refused to testify. Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., briefly appeared before the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee hearing.
February 3, 2004 |
Election watchers -- or candidates -- seeking a sleeper issue in the 2004 race for the White House might want to take a long look at the state of regulation in America. They might find, as President Reagan did, a potentially rich harvest of votes from Americans who resent paying too much for goods and services, or fear losing their jobs because of rules put in place by federal bureaucrats.
February 26, 1999 |
CBS Corp.'s chief executive, Mel Karmazin, said Thursday his company would be interested in buying NBC if the government eased rules that prevent one company from owning two broadcast television networks. Karmazin told a group of advertising executives at a conference in New Orleans that NBC would be a better fit with his company than NBC parent General Electric Co. He also said that if Exxon Corp. and Mobil Corp.
December 16, 2010 |
Federal regulators have sued a purported gold-selling operation run by a Laguna Niguel man, accusing it of bilking investors out of millions of dollars. At least 80 people paid about $5.5 million to two Irvine companies headed by Ryan A. Nassbridges for gold and silver coins and bars and other precious metals, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The buyers were told the firms would store the coins and bullion for them before selling it for a profit, the suit says.