CEI Daily - Corporate Welfare, Censorship of Mobile Apps, and U.S. Death Rates

Corporate Welfare


Companies like GE are getting handouts from the Obama administration in the form of tax breaks and beneficial policy initiatives.


Senior Counsel Hans Bader explains.


"General Electric, whose CEO was recently tapped to lead President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, pays no taxes at all, reported the New York Times. This negative tax rate is the product of lobbying aimed mostly at liberal lawmakers. “G.E. has spent tens of millions of dollars to push for changes in tax law,' such as ''green energy’ credits for its wind turbines.' 'Since 2002, the company has eliminated a fifth of its work force in the United States while increasing overseas employment.'"



Censorship of Mobile Apps


A group of senators is pressuring Apple, Google, and Research in Motion to pull mobile applications that locate drunk driving checkpoints in real time.


Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia explains why the senators are making a mistake.
"Had the Senators done some basic fact-checking before firing off their missive, they would have realized that these apps actually enhance the effectiveness of DUI checkpoints while reducing their intrusiveness. And had the Senators glanced at the Constitution — you know, that document they swore an oath to support and defend — they would have seen that sobriety checkpoint apps are almost certainly protected by the First Amendment."



U.S. Death Rates


The CDC reports that the U.S. Death Rate has fallen for the 10th straight year. At World Climate Report, climatologists Patrick Michaels and Paul C. Knappenberger ask how federal agencies can justify energy-restrictive policies when energy use has enabled humans to live longer.


Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis comments.


"Regulatory climate policies, by making energy scarcer and less affordable, could hold back the economic growth responsible for much of the ongoing improvement in public health and life expectancy. Michaels and Knappenberger conclude by asking: 'Is our health and welfare more endangered by U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, or by attempts to reduce them?'"