CEI Today: High Speed Rail, Gambling, Green Energy, and CPAC

Thursday, February 9, 2012
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CEI Podcast for February 2, 2012: The FDA’s Latest Power Grab

Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies Michelle Minton breaks down the FDA’s behind-the-scenes push to regulate dietary supplements nearly as strictly as prescription drugs. >Listen at Libertyweek.org


OpenMarket.org: Even Liberal Reporters Sour on Stimulus-Funded California Rail Boondoggle


Even reporters at the famously-liberal Los Angeles Times have soured on California’s $100 billion-plus rail boondoggle, whose cost will far outstrip whatever the state will get from the $800 billion stimulus package to build it.  But the paper’s editorial board, which supported the stimulus package, continues to back the project, which has ballooned in cost from $33 billion to over $100 billion.  (Managing to see the bright side of even the most pernicious government waste, the paper’s board cited other boondoggles with approval, like Boston’s disastrous Big Dig project, which resulted in motorist fatalities. It praised that infamous project for replacing “what used to be an expressway” with “a downtown park”, despite the fact that it caused “severe delays” for motorists and had a skyrocketing price tag of more than $15 billion.)




OpenMarket.org: Utah Doubles Down on Gambling Prohibition


It’s not news that regulators in Utah are often uncomfortable allowing residents to make their own decisions about how, when, or if they engage in morally questionable behavior. The Beehive State has a well-known bee in its bonnet when it comes to alcohol, but what many non-Utahans may not know is that it is just as strict, if not more so, when it comes to preventing residents from gambling — even if they are in their own home. As federal lawmakers and many states edge toward legalizing, regulating, and taxing online wagering, some Utah legislators want to clarify the letter of their state law to make it absolutely clear that their residents don’t have a choice: gambling in Utah is illegal, whether it’s at a business, in your home, or on your smart phone.



American Spectator: Obama's Amazing Energy Spin Machine

The bankruptcy of Ener1, a "green energy" firm that got a $118 million stimulus grant, has brought the Obama administration's commitment to sinking billions of dollars into alternative energy boondoggles back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, President Obama remains committed to continuing down this wasteful path, as his statements about energy in his recent State of the Union Address made clear. While the president spent more time on the topic than any other policy area, he distorted the facts, misrepresented his plans, and ignored his record.






CEI is a co-sponsor of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Thursday, February 9 to Saturday, February 11 in Washington, D.C.

CEI will have a table in the exhibit hall of the hotel, the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.  Please stop by booth 1509 and say hello if you are attending CPAC.

> Book CEI experts on Radio Row.

> See CEI Speakers at CPAC:

CPAC panel featuring Sam Kazman: The Red Tape War: How the Regulatory Burden and Growing Nanny State Threaten Prosperity
Thursday, February 09, 2012
10:00 - 11:00 am
Room "Wilson C"

CPAC panel featuring Vincent Vernuccio: Return of Big Labor: What Can We Learn from Wisconsin & Ohio?
Thursday, February 09, 2012
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Marshall Ballroom

CPAC panel featuring Fred L. Smith, Jr. & Myron Ebell: The Obama EPA's Green Assault on American Jobs
Thursday, February 09, 2012
4:15 - 5:00 pm
Marshall Ballroom

CPAC panel featuring Ryan Radia: Digital Liberty: Tying Government's Hands on Tech, Telecom, and the Web
Friday, February 10, 2012
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Maryland Room


CPAC panel featuring Alex Nowrasteh: Immigration - High Fences, Wide Gates: States vs. the Feds, the Rule of Law & American Identity

Saturday, February 11, 2012

9:50 - 10:50 am
Marriott Ballroom

Visit Conservative.org/cpac for the full conference agenda.


Ten Thousand Commandments

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Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation

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