CEI Today: Public shaming & "too big to fail," Obama's sulfur standards, and fudging on Facebook

PUBLIC SHAMING & "TOO BIG TO FAIL" - BILL FREZZA


Forbes: We Can't Save Capitalism Unless We Denounce Its False Prophets

A debate is raging among free market advocates regarding the proper posture to take with respect to Too Big to Fail (TBTF) banks.

Quite simply, we should not shy away from tarring and feathering any supposed “capitalist” who goes to Washington hat in hand, looking for favors to “save” America’s financial sector, auto industry, “green” energy economy, or what have you. Whether it’s Goldman Sachs, General Motors
, or General Electric, we need to shout to anybody who will listen that any one firm imploding will not blow up the economy. Being pro-business is not the same as being pro-market. There is no reason why defending the right of money changers to operate free from onerous regulations should translate into letting the counterfeiters run amok and the temple priests loot the public treasury.

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OBAMA SULFUR STANDARDS - MARLO LEWIS

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Environmental judge, jury & policeman

Marlo Lewis Jr. is a senior fellow in the energy and environment program at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank advocating limited government. Lewis spoke to the Trib regarding the Obama administration's environmental mandate to significantly reduce sulfur levels in gasoline.


Q: Is there a genuine environmental need for stricter sulfur standards?


A: I don't believe so. We've basically seen a 60-percent reduction in emissions since 1980, air pollution levels are at their historically lowest levels, and over the last nine years we had a reduction in the sulfur content of gasoline from 300 parts per million down to 30. The Environmental Protection Agency is like a lot of government agencies — it always assumes that it must go further. And you know, in fact, it has to assume that, otherwise it would no longer have a reason to exist. If it declared that the air pollution threat was over and we can relax now, what more need would there be for an EPA?  > Read the full Q&A

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COMPUTER FRAUD - RYAN RADIA

April 4, 2013: Reining in the CFAA

Congress is mulling an update to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) of 1984. Under the CFAA, it is currently a federal crime to enter an incorrect age on your Facebook profile or an incorrect weight on a dating website profile. Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia suggests that the CFAA should be reined in, instead of expanded, as a draft currently circulating around Capitol Hill proposes.

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