The average American has absolutely no idea what the FTC is, what it’s supposed to do or even what the letters “FTC” stand for. But almost every business owner in American knows exactly what the Federal Trade Commission is.
In short, the FTC is supposed to protect consumers from unfair trade practices and foster competition in our free market. But like any other government program or department, the FTC over recent years has suffered from what in the military is called “mission creep.”
Actually, it hasn’t been the FTC itself that has “suffered,” but the business community that has been saddled with an avalanche of new bureaucratic regulations and accompanying paperwork. Thankfully, and not a moment too soon, that appears to be changing with the changing of the guard at the White House.
In January, President Donald Trump appointed Maureen K. Ohlhausen as Acting Chairman of the FTC.
“In pursuit of (the FTC’s) mission, I will work to protect all consumers from fraud, deception, and unfair practices,” Ohlhausen said at the time of her appointment. “I will safeguard competition while preserving American innovation and promoting economic liberty for all citizens. Finally, I will ensure the Commission minimizes the burdens on legitimate business as we carry out this vital work.”
P.S. It’s not what President Trump does in this media-driven “first 100 days” that means a darned thing. It’s what he does and accomplishes (or doesn’t accomplish) between now and Labor Day 2018, when the campaign season for congressional seats officially begins.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. And we ain’t gonna make America great again in 100 days. Too much damage has already been done over too long of a period of time.
P.P.S. You know how various governments jack up “sin” taxes on behaviors they don’t like – especially cigarette taxes? Well, get ready for the next nanny-state crusade: A 10% tax on…STEAKS!
This meat-headed “meat tax” idea comes to us, naturally, from the clods over at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), who obviously have just WAY too much time on their hands.
We received another speaker confirmation yesterday for this fall’s 2017 Conservative Leadership Conference at the Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas onSeptember 15-16.
Joining us again this year will be author, businessman, screen-writer and movie producer Jack “America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist” Abramoff.
For a complete list of confirmed speakers, click here. Registration is not yet open. Stay tuned…
NEVADA NEWS & VIEWS
* In order to “promote” Las Vegas to the convention industry, the taxpayer-funded Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is insisting that we accept as appropriate the expenditure of $3,600 to buy a pinky ring for the convention center’s CEO and that a cap of $100 per bottle of wine isn’t high enough when wining-and-dining prospects on the taxpayers’ dime.
It’s LONG past time for a full, proctological-type audit of the LVCVA’s lavish spending…followed quickly by (a) significant budget cuts, and (b) competitive bidding for all future convention center contracts, especially marketing contracts.
So let it be written; so let it be done.
* Long before the NHL gave us the Vegas Golden Showers hockey team, the Las Vegas Thunder was thundering around the rink at the Thomas & Mack Center.And perhaps no player was as wildly cheered by fans when he hit the ice thanSasha Lakovic.
Not because the scrappy little forward was a threat to score – he only scored once over two seasons from 1995-1997.But because you KNEW a fight was about to break out.As the Review-Journal noted today, Sasha “racked up 497 penalty minutes” in the 59 games he played in.
Shockingly, that report came with the news that the 45-year-old died on Tuesday from inoperable brain cancer.Thanks for the memories, Sasha. RIP.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“A lot of people elected an attitude, not an ideology.” – Talk-show host Hugh Hewitt on the reason a lot of people voted for Donald Trump last November (in compliance with the E! Doctrine, that quote was found in Steve Sebelius’ LVRJ column this morning)