Thursday event featuring Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Marsha Blackburn
A vaguely worded Declaration of Internet Freedom was recently issued by a broad coalition, some of which are already using the document to push for increased regulation, such as net neutrality mandates. TechFreedom and the Competitive Enterprise Institute organized a counter-declaration signed by a coalition of free market groups and leading academics that shares much common ground, but emphasizes restraint, respect for the rule of law, and humility as guiding principles for policymakers approaching the Internet and digital markets.
Can these two visions be reconciled or are they fighting for very different goals? What is real Internet Freedom?
Please join TechFreedom, the Heritage Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to hear Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Marsha Blackburn explain why "Internet Freedom" will be a increasingly important cause in the coming years, and what that term should mean for conservatives, libertarians, and all those skeptical about government.
>RSVP to the Thursday event at the Heritage Foundation
>Interview a CEI expert on Internet freedom
GLASS-STEAGALL - JOHN BERLAU
National Review: Sandy Weill’s About-Face on Glass-Steagall - He had it right the first time: “Deregulation” is not to blame for the meltdown.
Isn’t it something how a former Wall Street baron named as one of Time magazine’s “25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis” suddenly becomes a paragon of wisdom in the eyes of the media elites as soon as he advocates something they favor?
That’s essentially what happened to former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill, who championed repeal of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall banking restrictions in 1999, oversaw a firm that made bad mortgage bets in the following decade that almost caused the firm to implode, and now says he changed his mind and wants a restoration of the New Deal legislation separating commercial banking from investment banking and insurance.
> View the full commentary at Nationalreview.com
>Interview John Berlau
LEAD PAINT - ANGELA LOGOMASINI
Openmarket.org: Unruly Lead Paint Rule
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently released an interesting report on regulatory impediments to job creation. Among the items discussed is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard related to remodeling homes that contain lead-based paint.
There are many problems with the standard, but perhaps the most obnoxious is the fact that it encourages people to either break the law by hiring non-certified contractors or to avoid using professionals altogether. >Read the full commentary at Openmarket.org
>Interview Angela Logomasini
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