CEI Today: Obama's business comments, China & capitalism, and EPA's state take-over


Openmarkets.org:  Yes, President Obama, Howard Johnson “Built” Your Favorite Motels, And Private Equity Saved Them

Over the weekend, President Obama sent a message to all American entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs. The message was, “Nothing special about you!”

Both Obama’s and [Elizabeth]Warren’s attacks on entrepreneurs suffer from the same basic flaws. First, the existence of general government programs that future entrepreneurs may benefit from, such as roads and schools (as opposed to specific aid to entrepreneurs selected by the government, i.e. Solyndra), does not take away from entrepreneurs’ achievements or create any kind of individual debt. This is because –putting aside the question of whether these programs are wise — entrepreneurs already paid for them as taxpaying citizens before their success, and will pay even more afterwords, even without the tax hikes Obama is advocating. 
> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org




CCTV-America: Is China doing capitalism better than the United States?


From 'The Heat' July 14, 2012 - CCTV America anchor Mike Walter interviews Peter Schiff, the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., and Fred L. Smith, Jr., the President of Comparative Enterprise Institute.

QUESTION: Is China doing capitalism better than the United States?

> View the video


US Chamber of Commerce: EPA's New Regulatory Front: Regional Haze and the Takeover of State Programs


EPA’s Regional Haze program, established decades ago by the Clean Air Act, seeks to remedy visibility impairment at federal National Parks and Wilderness Areas. Because Regional Haze is an aesthetic regulation, and not a public health standard, Congress emphasized that states, and not EPA, should be the lead decision makers. However, EPA—with some help from its friends at special interest groups and the controversial “Sue and Settle” Rulemaking process— has devised a loophole to usurp state authority and federally impose a strict new set of emissions controls that cost 10 to 20 times more than the technology the states would otherwise have used. > Read the full report on USChamber.com

> Interview study author William Yeatman



You're invited! JULY 19 EVENT


Risky Science at the EPA:

Exploring Alternatives for EPA Risk Assessment

A Roundtable Discussion Sponsored by

The Competitive Enterprise Institute

Featured Speaker: Nandan Kenkeremath, former Senior Counsel, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Kenkeremath will launch the discussion with a presentation on how EPA can improve the scientific basis of its risk assessment process by incorporating a wider range of probabilities, weigh-of-evidence measures, and best available science. 

July 19, 2012

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


The Competitive Enterprise Institute

1899 L Street, N.W., 12th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20036

Lunch provided

Please RSVP to Angela at alogomasini@cei.org

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