CEI Today: Clinton's deregulation legacy, Obama hiring preferences, and a new GOP platform on Internet freedom


Openmarket.org: Clinton Vs. Clinton (And Obama) On Deregulation

With little success on the economic front, President Barack Obama in 2012 is embracing much of his message on the economy from 2008. And from that playbook, he has two basic strategies.

One is to blame the supposed deregulation policies of the Bush administration that Obama and his surrogates endlessly say “got us into this mess.” And the second is to hug former rivals Bill and Hillary Clinton as hard as he can and harken back to the prosperity and economic growth of the 1990s. > Read the full commentary at Openmarket.org

> Interview John Berlau


Obama Justice Department Recruits Lawyers with “Severe Intellectual Disabilities,” But Excludes Conservatives


While the Obama Justice Department seeks to hire lawyers with intellectual disabilities so severe that they were unable to practice law for even a year, it has systematically refused to hire moderate, conservative, or libertarian attorneys, even though there are branches of the Justice Department, such as the one that enforces the religious-liberties RLUIPA law, that involve areas of expertise where plenty of qualified conservative lawyers could easily be found. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

>Interview Hans Bader



Daily Caller:
GOP Platform includes Internet Freedom, language indicates influence of Rand Paul and libertarian-Republicans

Republicans could soon champion the protection of Internet Freedom as an official party issue, The Daily Caller has learned. Language in the final draft of the Internet freedom proposal was obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller.

The GOP efforts are currently being modeled on the recent stance taken by the Ron Paul-founded Campaign For Liberty’s Technology Manifesto, as well as more right-of-center libertarian tech policy voices.

These voices include TechFreedom president Berin Szoka, Mercatus Center senior research fellow Adam Thierer, Associate Director of Technology Studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute Ryan Radia, and Netcompetition president Scott Cleland. > Read the news report by Josh Peterson on Dailycaller.com

>Interview Ryan Radia on Internet freedom in the GOP platform


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CEI Podcast for August 23, 2012: Bailouts as Corruption

Senior Fellow Matt Patterson argues that when government is big and powerful enough to dispense favors like bailouts, special interests will flock to Washington to get a piece of the pie. Corruption is the inevitable result, as the GM/Delphi/UAW bailout showed. The only effective way to limit corruption, Patterson argues, is to limit government.


In Tampa this 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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