CEI Daily - Domestic Energy Jobs, Ron Paul, and Happy Meals


Domestic Energy Jobs


Tuesday's election was a win for domestic energy jobs.


Associate Fellow Ben Lieberman explains that voters punished "anti-energy" politicians at the polls.


"Draw up a map of the U.S. and shade in the regions that rely on energy jobs — places like Appalachia, the Rockies, western Gulf states, Alaska — and that’s where we saw some of the strongest anti-Obama sentiment succeeding on election day. With few exceptions, the only Democratic congressional candidates who won in these areas were those able to distance themselves from President Obama’s energy policies — or to be more accurate, his anti-energy policies. In its first two years, the Obama administration has tried to slam the door shut on domestic production of coal, oil, and natural gas. But now, many of the administration’s congressional allies in this effort have gotten a pink slip from their constituents."



Happy Meals


San Francisco has banned happy meals.


Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young argues that the San Francisco city government is wrong in acting as a stand-in parent to city residents.


"Hearing 'no' now and again is an important part of not growing up spoiled; though parents are the ones who should be saying it. But who needs parents when the nanny state is here?"




Ron Paul


Ron Paul is next in line to head the Federal Reserve Oversight Subcommittee.


Warren Brookes Fellow Kathryn Ciano says that Paul will likely change the parameters of the Fed's power. 


"The Federal Reserve has enjoyed casual oversight while Congressman Barney Frank served as chairman of the Monetary Policy subcommittee. That is about to change. Ron Paul has spent his tenure in politics pushing vehemently for a Federal Reserve audit. Paul has been particularly forceful in asking that the Fed reveal where the government is actually spending TARP funds."