Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Rule Happy

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has drawn attention to the vast increase in the number of Federal Regulations Americans must comply with on a whole host of issues.   Of course, collectors, museums, auction houses and small businesses of the antiquities and numismatic trade now have to comply with a confusing list of foreign and domestic regulations and it would seem neither Congress nor the Courts are willing or even able to tamp down on government overreach in this area or others. One group appears to be largely unregulated though-- the archaeological community.  Perhaps, it's time to ensure that they too are complying with their own obligations to report, publish and preserve artifacts through a host of new regulations.

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