CEI Weekly: CEI Covers the State of the Union Speech

>>CEI Covers the State of the Union

Ryan Young, CEI's Warren Brookes' Fellow, covered President's Barack Obama's first State of the Union on OpenMarket.Org. Wayne Crews also gave his predictions and recommendations on the state of the union in his article in the Daily Caller.

>>Shaping the Debate

Obama's Bank-Busting Regulation Full of Bugs

John Berlau's op-ed in the Washington Examiner

Michigan's Auto Insurance Rates Aren’t Highway Robbery

Michelle Minton's op-ed in the Detroit News

Is Net Neutrality Good for Gaming?

Ryan Radia's quotation in GamePro 

>>Best of the Blogs 

Better than Nothing or Another Feint

by Fred Smith

Seeking to recast himself as a fiscal conservative, Obama is projected to propose a freeze on discretionary spending - NPR, NEA, “green” jobs, “disaster” relief, foreign aid?  Well, perhaps, but before awarding him the 2010 “Wastrel Recovery” prize, consider the various ways government burdens the economy.  Limiting spending and government growth requires a systemic approach.  Consider the rich array of political means: taxes, regulation, guarantees, entitlements, inflation, monetary misallocation, and “discretionary” spending. . .  Perhaps, if Obama would cease campaigning for ever more costly regulations, halting the onslaught of financial, environmental and medical rules, or abolish Freddie, Fannie and the other TBTF faux capitalist GSEs cluttering the economic landscape, we’d have more confidence.

My Two Cents on AmazonGate

by Marlo Lewis

Earlier this week in the Telegraph, the intrepid James Delingpole debuted “Amazongate.” Like Himalayagate, this is a case in which the IPCC relied on a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report, rather than a peer-reviewed scientific study, to make a scary claim about global warming. The IPCC (Working Group II, Ch. 13, p. 596) says that, “Up to 40% of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation” due to global warming. The IPCC’s reference for this claim is Rowell and Moore (2000), which turns out to be an IUCN/WWF report, Global Review of Forest Fires.  

SEIU Suffers a Major Loss in California

by Ivan Osorio

The powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has taken a major hit from a rival union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), which is led by a former SEIU dissident. The Los Angeles Times reports that Kaiser Permanente workers throughout California have voted to disaffiliate from SEIU and join NUHW. For Stern, this could turn out to be even worse news than it already is, if it were to inspire other discontented union members to resist his centralizing efforts in similar fashion.

>>LibertyWeek Podcast

Episode 78: Obama's 23% Approval Rating

Richard Morrison, Jeremy Lott and the American Spectator’s Jim Antle collaborate on episode 78. We cover the reverberations from Scott Brown’s Senate election, Obama’s 77% disapproval rating among investors, the 1st Amendment verdict in the Citizens United case, the shame of UN climate science and a new hope for Haiti.