IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER
Border Security Amendments Won't Work Without Legal Immigration Fix
Sen. John Cornyn proposed a major amendment to the Senate immigration bill (S. 744), which would completely replace the bill’s current border security provisions. The proposal—nicknamed the RESULTS amendment—increases security funding in the bill and strengthens the bill’s security “triggers” by delaying the pathway to citizenship for newly legalized immigrants until border patrol has surveillance of the entire border and apprehends at least 90 percent of all attempted illegal entries.
David Bier, Immigration Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, congratulated the senator for his focus on security, but said the proposals would waste money without changing the legal immigration sections of the bill. > Read more
> Interview David Bier
WIND POWER - IAIN MURRAY
USA Today: America should learn from Europe on wind power: Column
As the Department of Energy considers a loan guarantee for the Cape Wind Project in Massachusetts, it should learn from Europe's failed wind energy experiments – and from its own troubled experiences with renewable energy projects.
Germany and Spain are waking up to the inevitable truth about renewable energy, especially offshore wind. They are now realizing the projects cannot survive without subsidies and that they make energy much more expensive to households and businesses. > Read more
LIBERTARIAN NATION - MARLO LEWIS
Openmarket.org: Answering Michael Lind’s Question: Why Is No Country Libertarian?
Why are there no full-blown libertarian regimes in the real world? The answer to this question is so obvious it’s awonder Lind hasn’t thought of it. Libertarians have actually explicated it in detail. It’s called public choice theory.
Most countries throughout history have been ruled by thugs and thieves. Fleecing ‘enemies’ for the benefit of ‘friends’ has been the central art of politics from time immemorial (see Plato, Republic, book I). Socialist George Bernard Shaw expressed the essence of politics in most times and places when he said, “A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.”
To pursue a consistent libertarian agenda, the profession whose stock in trade is plunder would have to vote away their much of their power, prestige, perks, and even, in many cases, their jobs. > Read more
> Interview Marlo Lewis
OPPOSING A CARBON TAX
CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. The coalition stands in adamant opposition to a carbon tax, as it will raise energy prices and put an unnecessary burden on the American people.
> View the coalition letter
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA
THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL
JUNE 17 EVENT
What Should Congress Do about Cell Phone Unlocking?
Should copyright law stop you from unlocking your cell phone? Join TechFreedom and CEI on June 17 for a lunch discussion. Opening remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. > RSVP