CEI Daily - Foreclosures, Potatoes, and Net Neutrality




ProPublica is reigniting public indignation over the foreclosure paperwork "scandal."


Senior Counsel Hans Bader explains why paperwork errors should not be the focal point of public discourse about mortgage foreclosures.


"Dismissing foreclosure actions based on technicalities that have nothing to do with whether a borrower defaulted on a loan will lead to negative 'consequences' for borrowers in the future, like much more costly handling of paperwork, that will likely lead to increased closing costs for people purchasing a home.  'Total war over missing paperwork' is a bad thing for honest borrowers and lenders alike."






Chris Voigt lost 21 pounds and improved his health on an all-potato diet.


Senior Counsel Hans Bader argues that the Obama administration's "war on potatoes" is unwarranted.


"Potatoes are more nutritious than other starchy foods like rice and bread, and 'are a good source of vitamins.'  They have a lot of vitamin C (much more than a banana or an apple), and potassium levels slightly higher than potassium-rich bananas). But the Obama Administration, which does not understand nutrition, has banned white potatoes from the WIC program (for school lunches and poor mothers), based on the false belief that potatoes are unhealthy.  (Yet critics of the Obama Administration’s food nannyism get lectures from liberal journalists)."



Net Neutrality


"A Guide to the Open Internet" seeks to generate support for net neutrality.


Director of Technology Studies Wayne Crews says that net neutrality advocates have misjudged the telecommunications market.


"The FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules rest on the fallacy that government action is needed to ensure a vibrant, innovative Internet. In reality, today’s Internet is as free and innovative as ever, while consumer choice among broadband providers is at an all time high. Even the 'limited' net neutrality rules set to be announced tomorrow would empower a heavily politicized federal agency to dictate the outcomes of otherwise-private disputes over network access and pricing."