CEI Today: America's first entrepreneur, Virginia transportation fiasco, chemical alarmism, and Greece's problems

TODAY! GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHDAY - JOHN BERLAU


Fox News: America's first entrepreneur -- George Washington

 



Did you know that in February, America celebrates the birthday of one of the country's earliest business innovators and large-scale entrepreneurs?


During a time period of America's existence as British colony and then a young nation—when communication and transportation faced challenges, to put it mildly—this businessman built an enterprise with international reach. > Read the full commentary


> Interview John Berlau

VIRGINIA'S DRIVE TOWARD SOCIALISM  - IAIN MURRAY

National Review: Virginia’s Transportation Mess

Virginia’s transportation-funding system’s drive toward socialism seems to veering even further left. [The latest] plan retains all of the bad features of the governor’s plan. It breaks the user-pays principle so that non-transit users in the rest of the state will pay for the brunt of transit schemes in Northern Virginia. It still relies heavily on an Internet sales tax. Worst of all, it represents a massive tax increase.

The price the governor and the Virginia lower-house speaker had to pay to get this tax increase agreed on also apparently includes the legislature’s giving up its power over redistricting. It defies believe that such a plan could be proposed in a commonwealth where conservatives have supposedly dominated state government. All conservative Virginians should oppose this plan, forcefully.
> Read the full commentary


> Interview an expert

FEBRUARY 27 EVENT: CULTURE OF ALARMISM

Featuring Angela Logomasini, CEI

 


PAPANDREOU'S UNSUSTAINABLE PROMISES - MATTHEW MELCHIORRE

Fox News: Greek tragedy? Papandreou to lecture Ivy Leaguers on leading in crisis

Well before taking office, Papandreou, whose father and grandfather were also prime ministers, was also a top leader of the Socialist party whose policies led to Greece's metastacizing financial problems.


"...[H]is party has been responsible for the growth in government excess that has been a problem since 1981," said Matthew Melchiorre, an expert on European economic affairs at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "The unsustainable promises his party made to the Greek people have now come home to roost. He’s been intimately involved in creating all of the problems that Greece now has today.”  > View the news story

 

> Interview Matt Melchiorre

 

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