CEI Today: Food safety regulation, another Dodd-Frank albatross, labor union bailout, and a Grand Old Picture Show


USA Today: FDA rules won't do much good

Food-borne illnesses kill as many as 3,000 Americans each year, but consumers should not expect new Food and Drug Administration regulations to help.

These rules, being drafted to implement last year's food-safety law, will waste billions of dollars on antiquated practices unlikely to do much good. They will, however, aid giant food corporations by hobbling smaller competitors and make it harder for companies of all sizes to adopt innovative safety methods and technologies.> Read the full commentary at Usatoday.com

> Interview Greg Conko/Ryan Young



Wall Street Journal:
Yet Another Dodd-Frank Albatross

Jack Gerard is spot on in pointing out that Dodd-Frank's Section 1504, requiring lengthy disclosures of payments by U.S. energy firms to foreign governments, will put the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage and harm the energy market. ("The Dodd-Frank Threat to U.S. Energy," op-ed, Aug. 17)

Unfortunately, this isn't the only provision of Dodd-Frank the SEC voted Wednesday to implement that threatens U.S. energy through the clumsy shoehorning of foreign policy into domestic financial regulation. Section 1502 also threatens the energy supply by forcing U.S. companies into an expensive process of tracing their products for "conflict minerals."

> Scroll down to read the full letter to the editor in today's Wall Street Journal

>Interview John Berlau



Washington Times:
Government of unions, by unions, for unions, Unfair auto pension deals possibly illegal

In 2009, the U.S. government bailed out the auto industry, ostensibly to save the livelihoods of thousands of Americans who work for automakers and their supporting companies.

Sounds nice, except that this federal largesse was not distributed equally. In fact, some employees who were also members of the powerful, politically influential United Auto Workers (UAW) union got far, far better treatment from Uncle Sam than their nonunion brethren. > Read the full commentary on Washingtontimes.com

>Interview Matt Patterson



Going to Tampa next week?  Catch the Grand Old Picture Show on Wednesday afternoon!


Join us for an afternoon screening of films that support free enterprise and property rights! Admission is free and includes a complimentary reception before the screening.  Visit www.grandoldpictureshow.com for more information. For tickets, email info@grandoldpictureshow.com.  Invite friends on Facebook.

Featured films:

We the People: A series of movie trailers commissioned by the State Policy Network to promote their new curriculum for patriots and activists for liberty.

The Empire State Divide: A powerful look at rural communities in upstate New York fighting for survival.

Saving the Oasis: A series of short documentaries commissioned by Syngenta to explore how modern agriculture preserves our water and our environment by building sustainable models for food production.

I Pencil (Rough Cut): A sneak peak at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's film adaptation of Leonard Read's timeless essay.

Following the screenings will be a discussion with the following panelists:

Josh Gilder, a former Reagan speechwriter

Karen Moreau, president of the Foundation for Land & Liberty

Nicholas Tucker, director and producer for Passing Lane Films

Nicole Ciandella, screenwriter of I Pencil

Drew Tidwell, production coordinator for I Am Legend, Eagle Eye, and United 93


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