CEI Today: Halloween & the Food Police, Obamacare for banks, Real Clear Radio Hour, and more

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
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Forbes: A Truly Frightening Halloween in our Future?

Now “public health” activists seem determined to truly frighten our children by taking away that annual [Halloween candy] ritual. I call them the Food Police. Were they to achieve their goals, as described in a Washington Post Magazine article this week, Halloween candy may give way to carrots and celery. Poor kids! > Read more


Washington Post "The Fix": How ‘Dodd-Frank’ is becoming the new ‘Obamacare’

If you don't know what the Dodd-Frank Act is, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told an audience last weekend, "it's Obamacare for banks."

The Competitive Enterprise Institute
pointed to that Wallison piece with the pithier "Obamacare for banks" formulation -- and a more pointed articulation of the comparison: "Like Obamacare, Dodd-Frank was a 2,500-plus page law rammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2010. And like the bureaucrat-written rules implementing Obamacare, the regulations implementing the law are pretty lengthy as well." A few weeks later, the Washington Times excerpted the CEI article, which is probably the point at which it took off in conservative circles. > Read more

> Interview an expert


CEI Lawsuit Targets White House Polar Vortex Documents


Wednesday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed a lawsuit against the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), seeking documents related to that agency’s controversial video, The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes. > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman


How Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Has Grown since President Clinton

How have paperwork hours have changed over the past decade-plus of data collected under the Paperwork Reduction Act?

In President Bill Clinton’s last year, 2000, there were an estimated 7.361 billion hours of paperwork burden (of course, fiscal year 2001 had been underway a few months by the time Clinton left office).

Since that time, paperwork burdens have grown 28 percent to 9.453 billion in the current 2014 Information Collection Budget (which depicts fiscal year 2013). > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

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Tune in Saturday, November 1st to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests Victor Bevine & Tom Palmer.


CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was business as usual, with new rules hitting the books on everything from political speech restrictions to butterflies to football broadcasts.