CEI Today: Public cynicism over Congress, reg reform/sunset, and union de-authorization


Openmarket.org: Worst Congress Ever?

It's no surprise that 60 percent of Americans, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling for the leftist Daily Kos website, think that the current Congress is the worst ever. Of course, we don't expect the Daily Kos to note that most of the problem comes from an obstructionist Senate leadership that refuses to put anything passed by the House to a vote. However, when Congress does act in a bipartisan fashion it tends just to make things worse (with rare exceptions like the recent JOBS Act).

A prime example is the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), also known as the highway bill, a two-year reauthorization of surface transportation spending that passed in late June. Once it was enacted, special interests put on their best jilted-lover act, wailing about not receiving every handout they had requested. > Read the full commentary at Spectator.org


> Interview Iain Murray/Marc Scribner



Real Clear Policy:
How to Get Rid of Unnecessary Regulations

You can’t avoid death and taxes. Unless you’re a government agency, in which case, you gain immortality from other peoples’ tax dollars. More than 3,500 new regulations from 60 or so agencies hit the books every year, but almost none are repealed. There are hundreds more agencies that don’t issue regulations, but run spending programs and give subsidies to private businesses. This problem has many possible solutions. It is well past time to try at least one of them: automatic sunsets for new regulations.  A federal sunset law would be difficult to implement since a lot of vested interests will fight very hard to keep their nests feathered.


> Read the full commentary on Real Clear Policy

>Interview Ryan Young/David Deerson



A Deep Secret That Labor Unions Don't Want Workers to Know

Labor unions often claim to favor democracy in the workplace in principle, but in practice is another story. Big Labor’s recent push for the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would have allowed unions to circumvent secret ballot elections through card check organizing, is one major example. EFCA failed in Congress, but rules for voting a union out still heavily favor union bosses over workers. Unless this changes, union bosses will continue to undermined American workers’ freedom of association.

However, workers have an option they should know about. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has a provision that may be the best kept secret in labor law. Known as de-authorization, it allows workers to opt out of joining a union as a condition of employment.

 > Read the full commentary on Forbes.com

>Interview Russ Brown





Severe drought in the Midwest has driven corn prices to record levels. Policy Analyst Brian McGraw argues that ending the federal government’s ethanol mandate could help families who are struggling to pay their heightened grocery bills. Under the mandate, nearly 40 percent of this year’s corn crop will be used for fuel instead of food.

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