CEI Today: Another "too big to fail," Election Day post-mortem on environmentalism, labor, rail transit, and a tribute to Gordon Tullock

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
In the News Today

 

TOO BIG TO FAIL - JOHN BERLAU

Obama’s Peanut-Brained Attack on MetLife
 

the federal government considers MetLife to be “too big to fail,” making it subject to the same Dodd-Frank bailout regime set up for big Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. But MetLife, to its credit, has publicly stated that it is not too big to fail and does not want the special privileges that come with SIFI status. > Read more

RAIL TRANSIT BOONDOGGLES - MARC SCRIBNER

Voters Reject Three Rail Transit Boondoggles

Tuesday, voters across the country had the opportunity to vote on a number of transportation ballot measures. Three of these involved spending for new rail transit projects, and all three were rejected. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

 

MINIMUM WAGE - HANS BADER

Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hikes


Minimum wage increases drive up unemployment among teens, knocking some of them off the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Yet, as pollsters predicted, voters approved increases in state-level minimum wages in four states (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota), although to levels less than the increase in the minimum wage proposed by Congressional Democrats (to $9.75 in Alaska, $9 in Nebraska, and $8.50 in Arkansas and South Dakota). Voters in the City of San Francisco voted to raise the minimum wage to a whopping $15 per hour from the current $10.74. > Read more

> Related: Labor and Employment Look at the 2014 Elections

> Interview Hans Bader
 

ELECTION DAY FAIL FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Sierra Club’s Wacky Take on the Election: Environmentalists Failed Due to “Sinister Voter Suppression Tactics”



Of course, this is utter nonsense. Rather, they lost for the ultra-simple reason that voter priorities are far different that those shared by environmental special interests.
> Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 

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In Memoriam:
Gordon Tullock

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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

In the final week before the midterm election, agencies published new regulations ranging from dairy profits to Japanese oranges. Fittingly, the total number of new regulations on the year also passed the 3,000 mark on Hallow’s Eve.