Archive for February, 2007

Third Way, Wrong Direction

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

In anticipation of 2008, a potentially historic debate is shaping up within the Democratic Party. On one side are progressive Democrats whose lineage reaches back to FDR and the New Deal. On the other side are new Democrats, who emerged in the 1980s and embraced Ronald Reagan’s critique of big government. (more…)

Expand Sarbox, Not Shrink It

Friday, February 16th, 2007

There is a growing business chorus calling for shrinking the Sarbanes – Oxley Act (Sarbox) regulating U.S. capital markets. Recently, a self-appointed “blue ribbon” committee financed by Wall Street interests called for making shareholder class action suits more difficult to bring, lowering the legal liability of auditors and directors, and easing accounting certification requirements. In response, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) appears to be moving to implement some of this wish list. (more…)

In Defense Of Sarbox

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The economics of regulation teaches that regulation only matters if it is binding and compels people to change their behavior. It also teaches that because binding regulation compels change, those subject to it oppose it. After all, they preferred doing what they were doing before the regulation was passed. That carries an important political lesson: those subject to binding regulation will want it repealed. (more…)