CEI Daily - Election Coverage, Cap & Trade, Union Losses, Worker Gains


A Giant Awakens?


Today in The Daily Caller, CEI President Fred Smith and Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young talk about what yesterday's election results mean for the country's future.


"Yesterday’s election could be the start of something grand — but not because Republicans won the House. Many of the Obama administration’s policies, including stimulus, bailouts, increased health care entitlements, and stricter financial regulation, merely expand upon Bush-era GOP proposals.Republicans ave not been friends of limited government (at least, not to date).


No, we are optimistic because voters turned out in droves to make a statement against big government, not to endorse GOP policies. Voters want an end to pork-barrel spending and the vote-trading that goes with it. They see the coming entitlement crisis, with liabilities that dwarf today’s record deficits. Voters are beginning to recognize that when something can’t go on forever, it will stop. And they want to put the brakes on!"


Read the full op-ed here.


Cap-and-Trade Hurts Democrats


CEI's Center for Energy and the Environment issued a statement today on how supporting cap-and-trade hurt Democrats in the election.


"House Democrats who voted for the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill were big losers in the congressional elections. Approximately thirty Democrats who voted for Waxman-Markey were defeated. This does not include Democratic losses in open seats in which the incumbent chose not to run for-re-election.


Representative Rick Boucher, a senior fourteen-term Democrat from Virginia’s coal district (the 9th), negotiated the deal that led to passage of Waxman-Markey by a 219-212 vote on June 26, 2009. Boucher lost and took many coal-state Democrats with him.


'One of the clearest messages voters sent last night was a repudiation of cap-and-trade and other policies to raise energy prices,' said Myron Ebell, Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment."


Read the full press release here.

Union Losses, Worker Gains


On OpenMarket today, CEI Labor Policy Analyst Ivan Osorio explains how the election was bad for Big Labor--but good for American workers.


"Yesterday’s election results will make it much more difficult for organized labor to advance its agenda in Congress. This is good news for the American economy, especially struggling businesses and workers who do not wish to join unions.


The deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) remains at the top of the union agenda. It failed to become law when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House, so its chances of gaining any traction in its current form now are nil."


Read the full blog post here.