CEI Daily - Porn Regulations, Tax Freedom Day, and Obama's Debt Speech

 

Porn Regulations

 

Despite efforts in California to mandate condom use in porn films, the Los Angeles City Attorney says the city won't withhold permits to porn producers who want to produce condom-less films.

 

Policy Analyst Michelle Minton explains why a condom mandate wouldn't achieve the effect its supporters seem to think it will achieve.

 

"First of all, mandates just don’t work. Secondly, and more importantly, mandates are a violation of both the freedom of expression and a violation of the right for individual actors and producers to make their own decisions about their health and careers.

 

First of all, the mandate will not prevent actors from staring in condomless porn that will produced in Las Vegas and likely still in LA County. The demand is strong enough that producers like Larry Flynt might simply be willing to take the cost of the CAL/OSHA fines. Second, sex-tech is advancing fairly rapidly and male condoms aren’t the only game in town when it comes to barrier protection.

 

Most importantly though, it should be up to the actors themselves to take care of their own health and demand that condoms be made available or get out of the business. You have a right to liberty — not a right to a career in the porn industry."

 

 

 

Tax Freedom Day

 

April 12th was Tax Freedom Day.

 

Warren Brookes Fellow Kathryn Ciano explains what that means.

"Tax Freedom Day is the first day in the calendar year when the nation has paid enough to fund its annual debt burden. Everything you've earned up to this point goes directly to the government. A free sandwich is as good a way as any to celebrate finally arriving at the point in the year when you can spend what you earn on things you actually care about. But the level of the nation’s tax burden is nothing to celebrate. 

The average effective tax rate for American households is 26.9 percent. To put that in real-world perspective, let's see what that actually costs a fairly average worker earning a $50,000 salary. Having worked these first 15 weeks of the year, every penny of the $13,450 that worker has earned goes directly to the government."

 
 

 

 

Debt Speech

 

In his speech on the federal debt, Obama laid out his plan to raise tax rates.

 

Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs John Berlau responds to the speech.

 

"In his speech, the president was short on specifics, but referenced his 2012 budget for proposals to remove 'tax expenditures.' But in addition to raising tax rates, the budget contains direct attacks on the structure of partnerships that are used by innovative businesses — from small firms to venture capital and private equity groups — that make an outsized contribution to economic growth and job creation."