CEI Today: Occupy SEIU, amendments vs rights, and space policy


Openmarket.org: Labor and Occupy: Comrades in Arms


The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is helping Occupy DC become a “more permanent fixture” of the Washington, D.C., landscape by moving the anti-freedom agitators into cozy offices in the heart of the nation’s capital.

How ironic, then, that labor bosses can be counted among that dreaded [1 percent] category. Take AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who has been exposing the alleged exorbitant salaries of various CEOs with his organization’s new website Executive PayWatch.

But after stirring up all this hatred for the wealthy, Trumka may have  a hard time explaining his own “runaway pay.” Trumka earned $293,750 in 2011 alone, and in fact, as the Beacon reports, “has earned well over $200,000 every year since he was promoted to Secretary Treasurer [of the union] in 2003.” 
> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Matt Patterson



Amendments That Take Away Rights

Three state legislatures — Vermont, Hawaii, and New Mexico — have passed resolutions in support of the People’s Rights Amendment, which is worthy of a Communist People’s Republic. And 28 members of the House of Representatives (all but one of them liberals) are sponsoring the People’s Rights Amendment in Congress.

The People’s Rights Amendment
takes away the rights of non-profit corporations, which include most churches, colleges, charities, political parties, and campaign committees. Most newspapers, magazines, and broadcasters today are corporations, unlike back in 1789, when the press was not incorporated.


North Carolina voters passed a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. For some reason, this amendment is described by many of its supporters as a “marriage protection” amendment. I am not sure why. Banning gay people from getting married does not do anything to “protect” my marriage.

If people want to protect marriage and the family, they should focus on eliminating marriage penalties and disincentives to marry contained in federal law, rather than wasting time trying to ban gay marriages.

  > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

>Interview Hans Bader



Openmarket.org: Republican Space Socialism Update

Last time we checked in on this topic, House Appropriations Chairman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) was decrying the wastefulness of competition. Well, he’s still at it.

A couple weeks ago, the draft report language for the appropriations bill that includes NASA demanded both a reduction in that pesky competition and a return to the traditional acquisition process, rather than the cooperative use of Space Act Agreements that involves private investment. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Rand Simberg

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