CEI Today: Political Corruption, the Highway Bill, and Drug Shortages

Friday, February 17, 2012
In the News Today


Forbes: Making Sure Corruption Remains 'Made in America'


If the U.S. government really wants to use its influence to get the world of global business to operate on a level playing field, instead of terrorizing American corporations for doing in Rome as do the Romans, perhaps it should run training sessions for foreign governments on how to construct a legalized system of influence peddling as subtle and backhanded as the one we have here.




Lame Duck Sen. Herb Kohl Continues Quixotic Battle Against Rail Carriers in Senate Highway Bill


Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), who will not be seeking reelection this November, decided that he would make one last-ditch attempt to get his awful piece of legislation from last year (the Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act) passed by the Senate as an amendment to their highway bill. The primary purpose of the legislation is to remove the limited antitrust exemptions granted to America’s private railroads. Right now, the Surface Transportation Board, which is the watered-down successor organization to the tyrannical Interstate Commerce Commission, has sole authority in ruling over matters of competition policy within the railroad industry.



CEI Podcast: Washington's Prescription Drug Shortage

Patients are suffering from a nationwide shortage of more than 260 different prescription drugs, many of them for different types of cancer. Senior Fellow Greg Conko explains why the biggest culprit for the drug shortage is Washington. DEA and FDA regulations make it difficult to ramp up supply, or to change prices to more accurately reflect demand.




Ten Thousand Commandments

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