CEI Today: GM bailout, ethanol mandates, and hospital unionization


Fox News:
Taxpayer losses tied to auto bailout rise


John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute argues the stock decline reflects the liability of the federal government picking winners. 

"They're making the environmentally correct cars. The government, the Obama administration wanted them to make the Chevy Volt rather than some of their better-selling products like some of the GM trucks," Berlau said. 

Berlau adds that GM's buy-out and bankruptcy broke with legal precedent. "In a standard bankruptcy, the court will give priority to lenders and then to bond holders and then to stockholders," he said. "Here, the United Auto Workers got priority not only over other bond holders, they got a higher stake in the new company than other bond holders that had the same unsecured status." 

>Interview John Berlau



Fox Business: As Corn Production Shrivels, EPA Stalls on Ethanol/Hunger Issue

Watch on YouTube


> Read about the issue at CEI.org


> Interview Sam Kazman



CRC Labor Watch:
Hospital Unionization Harms the Sick


Nursing is a valued career in a civilized society. It combines helping people with the economic demand for health care. Now, however, this noble profession is the target of an organized campaign by Big Labor to make it yet another source for compulsory dues, at the expense of those whom the health care system is supposed to serve—patients. >Read the full commentary on Capitalresearch.org

>Interview David Bier or Iain Murray



Also featuring...

Union contracts driving pension crisis

When Wage Gaps Are Fair

Alcohol Regulation Roundup: Dog Days Edition

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation

Just another week in the world of regulation:

  • Last week, 68 new final rules were published, down from 85 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 28 minutes — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • All in all, 2,366 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.


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