CEI Today: Senate vote on bank guarantees, copyright reform, transatlantic free trade, and more


CEI.org: Coalition Tags TAG Bailout as Regressive and Economically Disastrous


As the Senate prepares today to vote on extending unlimited deposit insurance for non-interest bank accounts, 14 leaders and scholars of conservative and free-market groups signed a letter stating strong opposition to the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG).


Enacted at the height of the financial crisis, TAG provides unlimited government-guaranteed deposit insurance for non-interest bank and


credit union accounts, over and above the $250,000 limit for all accounts. Yet the Senate today is voting on whether to extend this "temporary program," which benefits only the wealthiest depositors, for another two years.

> View the coalition letter

 > View John Berlau's commentary for Nationalreview.com


> Interview John Berlau


Huffington Post - Transatlantic Free Trade Must Be Done Right

A Transatlantic Free Trade area would be a very good idea. And it would be a welcome admission of the fundamental economic truth that free trade benefits all involved. But achieving it is easier said than done. Therefore, policy makers should seek to make a Transatlantic Free Trade Area truly free. A highly regulated trade area would not deliver the benefits promised. Thankfully, there is a way to avoid that lackluster result. > View the full commentary on Huffingtonpost.com

> Interview Iain Murray


Warren Olney's To the Point: Is the Carbon Tax an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

CEI's Marlo Lewis versus Bob Inglis, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Dan Lashof. 

"Environmentalists have long championed a carbon tax, imposed not just on gasoline, but on all fossil fuels, from coal used to generate electricity to diesel fuel used to power heavy equipment, as a way to address climate change. Now it’s winning the support of conservative think-tanks and even some oil companies, as a way to address the budget deficit. Is the tax a smart way to avert both global warming and the fiscal cliff? If so, then why isn't the Obama White House proposing it, and why is Congress so reluctant to consider it? Has hurricane Sandy changed any minds?" > Listen to the interview on  kcrw.com


> Interview Marlo Lewis



Real Clear Markets & CNBC: Going Off the Demographic 'Cliff?'

If demography is destiny, democracy is toast-at least those democracies where citizens can vote themselves a living at someone else's expense. It doesn't take a mathematical genius to see that governments' addiction to intergenerational income redistribution is not sustainable unless someone keeps supplying babies at an accelerating pace.

> View the CNBC interview

> View the Real Clear Markets commentary

> Interview Bill Frezza


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