The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016
IT'S broadly understood that government regulation, even when well-intended, often has negative impacts that outweigh associated positive benefit. A new study validates that belief.
The study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University was conducted by Bentley Coffey, a visiting assistant professor at Duke University; Patrick A. McLaughlin, a Mercatus senior research fellow; and Pietro Peretto, an economics professor at Duke University. Using a 22-industry data set covering 1977 through 2012, they conclude that “regulation — by distorting the investment choices that lead to innovation — has created a considerable drag on the economy, amounting to an average reduction in the annual growth rate of the U.S. gross
The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016
AUSTIN, Texas is perhaps the Southwest's most avant garde city, and thus is a tremendous draw for young professionals with eclectic tastes in art and music. Yet as of a few weeks ago, enjoying the nightlife in Austin meant a considerable change in approach for these millennials.
Prior to May 9, rides to and from bars and restaurants in Austin were just a click away through the app-based ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. Both companies pulled out of Austin, however, two days after voters rejected a referendum that sought to repeal more extensive checks on Uber and Lyft drivers.
The vote upheld a city council ordinance that, among other things, requires all ridesharing drivers to go through fingerprint background checks.
The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016
SINCE the start of the controversy regarding her use of a private email server as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly that she did nothing wrong, that others in her job have acted similarly, and that it's really no big deal. A State Department report suggests otherwise.
The report, issued Wednesday by the State Department's Office of Inspector General, noted that there were “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” pertaining to communications that far predated Clinton's time as secretary. Yet Clinton's were more serious, in part because efforts to increase cybersecurity had been significantly bolstered before she came on board, and during her time as secretary there were numerous reminders of the importance of