CEI Weekly: Lessons from the Supercommittee's Failure

Friday, December 2, 2011




Feature: Other countries have suffered from political procrastination---now we may as well.

FEATURED STORY: Lessons from the Supercommittee's Failure


The Supercommittee was charged with crafting real solutions for our nation's budget problems---and they failed. CEI Adjunct Associate Matthew Melchiorre reports from his current home in Italy that the Supercommittee's failure may bring the same economic woes to America that are now plaguing Italy. Read his op-ed on the issue here.





Fairness in Union Elections (VIDEO)

Vincent Vernuccio's interview on Fox News


Cut a Cabinet Department? You Must Be Joking

Matt Patterson's op-ed in The Baltimore Sun


CEI Condemns Agency Plan to Restrict Salt Availability

Gregory Conko's submitted comments


Ambush Election Prevention

Ivan Osorio and Vincent Vernuccio's op-ed in The American Spectator


Watching the Wheels Come Off the Green Machine

Bill Frezza's column in Forbes


Manhattan Moment: Here's the Right Way to Do Regulatory Relief

Iain Murray's op-ed in The Washington Examiner


Republicans for Sarbanes-Oxley

John Berlau's op-ed in National Review


A Federal Black Friday

Iain Murray's op-ed in The American Spectator








December 1, 2011 -- The More Numerous the Laws . . .


The Roman historian Tacitus wrote that “Laws were most numerous when the state was most corrupt.” Today, the U.S. Code is over 47,000 pages long. The Code of Federal Regulations runs over 165,000 pages. Matt Patterson, CEI’s 2011-12 Warren Brookes Fellow, applies Tacitus’ insight to U.S. politics and discusses what it will take for substantive reforms to become politically possible.