Government regulation and balancing competing interests
RALEIGH -- In the political world, government regulation is often cast in stark and partisan terms.
Republicans often tout regulation as bad, as unnecessary red tape created to serve bureaucrats and not the people that government is supposed to serve.
Their business allies, sometimes groups whose individual members have varied and competing interests themselves, promote the notion that government regulation is destroying their competitiveness.
Democrats often take the opposite tack, arguing for regulation as needed to protect the individual and public health. Their environmentalist allies advance broad goals of saving land, water and air from being spoiled by polluting industry.
The reality of government regulation is much more gray.
Plenty of business owners can point to examples of ...