CEI Today: Soviet Union anniversary, an EPA takeover, Obama's major regulations, illegal volunteering, and more

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
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7 Quotes about Communism: Take 2

A few years ago I assembled several quotes about Communism that I thought would make good epitaphs for it.  Unfortunately, the ideology has turned out to be far from dead.  But the quotes I collected were pretty good, and I figure there’s no better time to dust them off again than today, the 23d anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

"Some people say that because the Soviet people have to stand in line, it gives them time to reflect and become philosophical."  --Ralph Nader, commenting on the long queues outside Moscow shops during his 1990 visit. It’s reassuring that Nader misunderstands Communism as badly as he misunderstands capitalism.
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> Interview Sam Kazman


Obama's Major Regulations 50 Percent Higher than Bush


Obama’s major regulations—the big ones whose impact on the economy is expected to $100 million annually, were and are considerably higher that during the Bush era. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews



EPA Proposes Unprecedented 53rd, 54th Takeover of State Clean Air Act Program


In November, EPA Region 6 issued a pre-publication version of a proposed federal implementation plan that would seize Regional Haze programs run by Texas and Oklahoma pursuant to the Clean Air Act. A final proposal will be published in the Federal register any day now.


Media reports indicate that the costs of these FIPs would be $2 billion. Given EPA’s history of Regional Haze FIPs, about which I wrote a study, there’s a high probability that this rule would achieve literally invisible “benefits” in exchange for the billions it would cost. > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman



Illegal Volunteers?: A Look at how the Law Restricts Community and Family Volunteers

The federal minimum wage prohibits Americans from volunteering for entities organized as for-profit businesses? As a result many family businesses and community organizations have found themselves in trouble with the law.


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CEI President Lawson Bader


A professor who suffers no fools

I attended a private screening of a new PBS documentary, Suffer No Fools. The film tells the story of George Mason University (GMU) economics professor and radio personality Walter Williams.


CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week, 71 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 58 new final rules the previous week.

That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 22 minutes.

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