CEI Today: Obama Housing nominee, new Windsorgate emails, and the Bangladesh building collapse


Openmarket.org: Housing Nominee Watt Flunks Privacy and Transparency Tests

Two prerequisites for any nominee for government posts is dedication to transparency in government and a respect for the privacy of citizens. Before we get to any other issue about Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C.,  President Obama’s expected nominee to be director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the government housing entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, we must first get past his troubling record on two issues regarding these concerns in which he was on the opposite side of bipartisan good-government coalitions. > Read more

> Interview John Berlau



Daily Caller: EPA chief used alias to email with environmentalists

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter has released more emails from former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson’s alias email account — Richard Windsor — revealing that Jackson was using the account to correspond with environmentalists.

“So, an email account created in the name of a fictitious employee was indeed affirmatively used to present that false identity,” Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner told The Daily Caller News Foundation, the man behind the lawsuit that forced the EPA to turn over the Richard Windsor emails.

“This shreds, again, the flimsy claim of Windsor apologists that this wasn’t an effort to hide anything, or make anyone think these emails were anyone else’s,” Horner added. “This was nothing but a fun way to do what everyone else has done. Except for that part about everyone else using their own identity.”
  > Read more

> Interview Chris Horner



AirTalk with Lary Mantle: Who is responsible for building safety in countries like Bangladesh?

With the death toll well past 400 people and an unknown number still missing after the Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh, thousands of people marched through the streets of Bangladesh this May Day.

The founder and chairman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Fred Smith, said that responsibility lies with the factory owner, who knew about the crack in the building.


Smith said that the bigger issue is the moral responsibility to increase the wealth of poorer countries. He asked on AirTalk, “How do we find ways of recognizing that our greatest moral responsibility is to help the poor people of the world get wealthier so they can afford the safer, longer life societies like we have?” > Read more

> Interview Fred Smith






JUNE 20, 2013




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