AGENDA FOR A 2ND OBAMA TERM
CEI.org: Open Letter to President Obama
We at the Competitive Enterprise Institute wish to congratulate you on your victory. We look forward to working with you and your administration on the full range of policy areas we research.
We would like to offer some suggestions we believe will contribute to a more free and prosperous America. We ask you to consider them in the spirit of cooperation in which they are offered. (View the entire letter at cei.org.)
On the environment, we urge you to:
- Suspend and re-open the rulemaking process for the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations and other major Clean Air Act rules designed to close coal-fired power plants and raise electric rates and cancel the revised offshore drilling plan and revert to the much-more-ambitious 2008 plan.
- Open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration
- Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline
- Stop the EPA from interfering in state regulation of hydraulic fracturing.
- Suspend the Renewable Futures Standard for 2013 so corn prices can stabilize and
- Suspend, for obvious reasons, the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program to “green” energy companies.
On regulatory policy, we ask you to acknowledge that federal regulations cost American businesses $1.8 trillion – half as much as the entire federal budget. To bring greater accountability to the regulatory process, please consider these three steps:
- Produce an agency-by-agency “report card” every year that reveals the cost and number of regulations each produced.
- Establish a standing regulatory relief commission to comb the books for outdated, unnecessary or harmful rules, and require Congress to take an up-or-down vote on its list of recommended cuts.
- Curb the trend toward over-delegation of lawmaking power to unelected agencies and unaccountable bureaucrats. The more Congress has to vote on controversial regulations, the fewer we’ll have.
The Liberal War on Transparency
Christopher Horner talks about the "The Liberal War on Transparency" in his new book.
In the book, Horner reveals:
* Scandalous examples of activist government employee tricks to hide their activities.
* How the Obama administration, which leaks sensitive information for political gain (while aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers), deliberately politicized the FOIA process to stonewall legitimate requests for public information.
* What the Democrats tried to hide about their crony deals with big business, Solyndra, various liberal initiatives, and UN schemes.
* How American colleges and universities bow to radical liberal faculties to hide public records.
* How to fight these tactics and make your own FOIA requests to get the information you need—even when the government tries to stop you.
> Interview Christopher Horner