CEI Today: Obamatax, Highway Bill Hocus-Pocus, and Big Labor defeats


Spectator.org: Obamatax Apologists

However flawed Roberts' tax justification is – and it is extremely flawed – it does put some limit on the government's power in enacting such mandates. It means that any punishment beyond taxation, such as large fines or criminal penalties, would likely be struck down. The other concession Roberts seemed to be reaching for is best called "truth in advertising." It means that the decision of the Obama administration to finally admit before the Court that the law was just one big tax hike will have political costs. > Read the full commentary at Spectator.org

CEI Liberty Week Podcast -June 28, 2012: The Health Care Decision

General Counsel Sam Kazman shares his thoughts on the Supreme Court’s health care decision, the Commerce Clause, Congress’ taxation power, and more. > Listen to the podcast

>Interview a CEI expert on the Obamacare decision



Highway Bill Passes Congress, WSJ Blasts “Fiscal Accounting Hocus Pocus”


Friday afternoon, both the House and Senate approved the conference report of the largely Senate-crafted MAP-21 surface transportation reauthorization. The bill, which is expected to be signed by the president within a week, will extend federal surface transportation programs for 27 months through Fiscal Year 2014. While the bill makes a number of policy improvements, the fiscal side is so terrible that the whole package should have been rejected.

The bill relies on an $18.8 billion general revenue bailout, which even by the rosiest estimates, will not be offset for 10 years. Yes, this is another two-year funding bill being paid for by 10 years of offsets. This is the new normal in Washington. > View the full commentary at


Washington Examiner -
Sunday Reflection: After the recall, big trouble for Big Labor


When it rains it pours, and right now organized labor is getting drenched.

On June 5, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a union-driven recall election, drubbing his opponent 53 to 46 percent in spite of his organized labor opponents mobilizing millions of dollars and "50,000 volunteers who knocked on 1.4 million doors and placed 1.8 million calls," according to the Washington Post.

Walker had enraged his state's public-sector unions when he pushed through a series of collective bargaining reforms in 2011 -- reforms that saved the state and its municipalities millions but that effectively castrated the state's public-worker unions. Having failed to stop Walker's reforms in both the legislature and the courts, a recall election was the unions' last chance. They lost.

Their defeat extended beyond just Wisconsin.  View the full commentary on Washingtonexaminer.com

> Interview Matt Patterson



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