“I enjoy challenging conventional wisdom,” Heritage Foundation scholar Diane Katz says.
And she does that by exposing how big-government regulations and red tape intrude in our lives and stifle the economy. She tracks rules and laws that have significant effects, like Obamacare, and analyzes their effects on the economy and our freedoms.
As she puts it:
A large part of what we do is educating the public and lawmakers. Regulation is not really understood, and it has such an enormous impact. I believe it is important to reveal and expose the role of regulation in the economy and in our lives. It is not just an economic issue but an issue of liberty.
My work is focused on improving regulatory policy. Agencies and bureaucrats wield too much discretionary power while Congress dodges accountability for the poorly drafted statutes that set the agencies loose.
Under the Obama administration, Katz has remained busy. In the past few months, she has exposed the explosion of costly new regulations in the last three years and explained the dangers of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
But she started out in politics on what she calls “another side.”
“I was pretty radical in terms of leftist politics when I was a teen and young adult,” she explains. “As got older I came to realize the idealistic policies that I had espoused didn’t really work and in fact they produced negative consequences.”
After digging deeper into the issues, Katz grins, “my political thinking really changed.”
Katz explains that she has lived a couple of different lives. She studied philosophy, got involved with social work, and then went back to school to receive her master’s in journalism. However, it was not until she started editorial writing that she found her true calling.
“I love to write. It comes from being a reader,” Katz comments. “The two are closely aligned and reading a wide array of books motivated me to write.”
“I am really lucky to have a job that I love,” Katz concludes. “I wish everyone could have a job that they feel connected to and passionate about, and work with people who help drive that passion.”