Category: Consumer Issues

California’s Proposed Bag Ban Could Be a Real Headache for Shoppers

In just a month, California voters will decide if the state’s ban on plastic bags will take effect.  In 2014, Senate Bill 270 was passed by the California State Legislator and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown creating a ban on plastic bags.   That ban was put on hold, however, as petitioners gathered enough signatures take it to the […]

Free Trade and Candlemakers

Economists are infamous for disagreeing with each other, but one of the few issues to consistently receive unanimous support is free trade.  Policymakers however have failed to take this lesson to heart.  GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently admonished Ford Motor Company for planning to build a new plant in Mexico.  He claims that by hiring […]

Oops! The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Slapped Down

I recently wrote about the Financial Stability Oversight Council created under Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010. A federal judge had ruled that the FSOC did not prove its case in determining that MetLife posed a “threat to financial stability.” Enter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), another unaccountable entity, thanks to Dodd-Frank.  In 2014, the CFPB […]

Internet Sales Tax Collection and Small Businesses

When my college roommate asked me to be her maid-of-honor I was thrilled. But with bridesmaids spread across three different states it was impossible to gather everyone together for a fitting. Instead, we used an online boutique to purchase the beautiful lace dresses we wore for her summer wedding.  The online store — which made bridesmaid […]

Net Neutrality Not the Savior One Might Think (Part II)

Last week, I explained what the FCC’s new “net neutrality” rules are intended to do, but here is the reality: A government decree will never resolve disputes in a way that enhances innovation and lowers costs for consumers.  Compliance with the net neutrality rules creates another barrier to entry for potential competitors to incumbent ISPs. […]