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Saturday
Jun062009

CEI Weekly: Ten Thousand Commandments 

>>Ten Thousand Commandments in the headlines

CEI's major annual study of the regulatory burden on American tax-payers

 

Ten Thousand Commandments 2009 by Wayne Crews

http://cei.org/issue-analysis/2009/05/28/ten-thousand-commandments

 

As featured in Forbes magazine

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0622/opinions-steve-forbes-parallel-universe-dc-style.html

 

As featured in The Detroit News

http://cei.org/articles/2009/06/03/stimulate-economy-through-deregulation

 

 

>>Shaping the Debate

Hurricane Damage and Global Warming

Daniel Sutter in a study for CEI

http://cei.org/issue-analysis/2009/06/03/hurricane-damage-and-global-warming

 

America's Hidden Trillion-Dollar Tax

Wayne Crews and Ryan Young featured in Investor's Business Daily

http://cei.org/articles/2009/05/27/americas-hidden-trillion-dollar-tax

 

Regulators Fail Chemistry Test

Iain Murray featured in The Washington Examiner

http://cei.org/articles/2009/05/30/regulators-fail-chemistry-test

 

Legislature’s Continued Reliance on Catastrophe Fund a Disaster for Florida Finances

Eli Lehrer featured in The TC Palms

http://cei.org/articles/2009/05/31/legislature%E2%80%99s-continued-reliance-catastrophe-fund-disaster-florida-finances

 

 

>>Best of the Blogs

Cheers for Indiana Treasurer’s halt to Chrysler Bankruptcy

by John Berlau

"As such, President Obama and his auto task force should respect the role of the bankruptcy courts and recognize thattheir role is not to rubber stamp the administration’s plan to take over Chrysler and GM, but to apply bankruptcy precedents and faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/06/04/cheers-for-indiana-treasurers-halt-to-chrysler-bankruptcy/

 

Union Keeps Special Privileges Through Taxpayer Bailout of General Motors

by Hans Bader

"If GM had rejected a federal bailout, and filed for bankruptcy in December, it would be recovering right now, since it could have used bankruptcy proceedings to tear up the collective bargaining agreements with the United Auto Workers that saddle it with excessive wages and benefits and rigid work rules, and it would also be benefiting from the fall in gas prices from $4 last year to $2.50 now."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/06/03/union-keeps-special-privileges-through-taxpayer-bailout-of-general-motors/

 

Stupid Border Tricks

by Marc Scribner

"Given that we’re in the midst of a government-worsened global recession, it seems silly to raise the cost of doing business with our number one trading partner–unless you’re living in Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s fantasy world."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/06/02/stupid-border-tricks/

 

Twenty Years since Tiananmen Square

by Ryan Young

"China is a very different place than it was twenty years ago . . . Slow but steady economic liberalization has lifted as many as half a billion people out of poverty in China since Mao’s death."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/06/04/twenty-years-since-tiananmen-square/

 

NYT: “Buy American” angers allies, loses jobs

by Fran Smith

"The New York Times opined today that the so-called stimulus bill’s “Buy American” provisions are having some unintended consequences – sparking anger from allies and likely leading to significant losses in American jobs."

http://www.openmarket.org/2009/06/03/nyt-buy-american-angers-allies-loses-jobs/

 

 

>>CEI in the News

Café Hayek--Wayne Crews and Ryan Young

http://www.cafehayek.com/hayek/2009/05/wayne-crews-and-ryan-young-with-the-competitive-enterprise-institute-explain-that-regulation-is-a-form-of-taxation.html#comments

 

The New York Times--Eli Lehrer

http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2009/05/28/28climatewire-anticipated-hurricanes-fuel-stormy-insurance-53306.html

 

Forbes Magazine--Wayne Crews and Ryan Young

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0622/opinions-steve-forbes-parallel-universe-dc-style.html

 

National Public Radio--Eli Lehrer

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104712048&surl=http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/npratc.html&f=module-2

 

National Underwriter--Eli Lehrer

http://www.property-casualty.com/News/2009/5/Pages/Coalition-Aims-To-Fight-US-Cat-Insurance-Pool-Proposal.aspx

 

National Underwriter--Eli Lehrer

http://www.lifeandhealthinsurancenews.com/Issues/2009/June%201%202009/Pages/Congress-Gets-Flurry-Of-Insurance-Bills.aspx

 

OPB News--Eli Lehrer

http://news.opb.org/article/npr/104712048-hurricane_funds_in_financial_trouble/

 

 

>>Podcast

Episode 45: Save the Beer Barns!

The program starts with the bankruptcy of General Motors, amending the California state constitution and Greg Conko’s opinions on the state of FDA reform. We then move on to Nancy Pelosi’s global warming comments in China, scantily clad women selling beer, electoral scandal in Connecticut and some very English Olympic News.
http://www.libertyweek.org/2009/06/01/episode-45-save-the-beer-barns/

 

 

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Friday
Jun052009

Daily Grind: The Inevitability of Parental Choice 

The Inevitability of Parental Choice
In an increasingly competitive global economy, we cannot afford to maintain a failed status quo on one hand and mediocrity on the other.

 

The Wrong Basket Case
Sonia Sotomayor believes in another class of rights: "Welfare Rights."

 

Geithner's China Pitch
Timothy Geithner takes his standup comedy tour globally.

 

 

Friday
Jun052009

ALG condemns Committee Vote on FDA Regulation of Medical Marijuana, Calls Upon Senate to Enact Coburn Amendment 

"Senator Tom Coburn deserves credit for exposing

the smoky duplicity of the Senate Committee on Health."

—ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

ALG condemns Committee Vote on FDA Regulation of Medical Marijuana,

Calls Upon Senate to Enact Coburn Amendment

 

Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions for failure to pass an amendment which would have placed medical marijuana under the same US Food and Drug Administration regulation under which Congress is considering placing tobacco.

 

"This vote proves out and out that Senate Democrats are not concerned about health at all. Both tobacco and marijuana are weeds, both are smoked, both are carcinogenic, and yet the Senate Committee on Health has seen fit to propose placing tobacco under FDA regulation while shielding marijuana from similar government control," said Wilson.

 

"Senator Tom Coburn deserves credit for exposing the smoky duplicity of the Senate Committee on Health," Wilson added.

 

The amendment, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), would have required that states, should they decide to decriminalize marijuana or allow it for medical purposes, regulate it on the same grounds as tobacco.

 

Wilson called upon the Senate to enact the Coburn amendment on the floor of the body. "Every member of the Senate must decide if what's good for the goose is good for the gander."

 

According to Senator Coburn, speaking in committee, "[A]ll this amendment does is say we're going to do the same thing with marijuana that we're going to do with cigarettes—we're going to run it through the FDA and if in fact we're going to utilize it, then we ought to make sure it's safe and efficacious."

 

In a 13-10 party line vote, the committee's Democrats—and lone Independent—rejected the amendment.

 

Voicing his disapproval of the vote, Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson said, "The Coburn amendment has effectively revealed the Democrats at their most hypocritical. Congress and Big Government Washington bureaucrats are moving to criminalize tobacco while simultaneously legalizing marijuana."

 

Wilson added, "The real aim of placing tobacco under FDA control is ultimately prohibition. It's time we call this what it is—a move towards prohibition."

 

The thirteen Senators who voted "No" on the Coburn amendment are Chris Dodd (D-CT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Patty Murray (D-WA), Harry Reed (D-NV), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

 

Chris Dodd and Harry Reed have received praise from groups on the left for their efforts to defeat the amendment.

 

"Any student of history understands that prohibition triggers more crime and more wasted government resources," Wilson said. "Although it failed in committee, the Coburn amendment succeeded in revealing Democrats' duplicitous nature regarding tobacco regulation and ultimate prohibition."

 

"America does not need another era of prohibition," Wilson concluded.

Friday
Jun052009

CHQ - A Look Ahead to 2012 

Former Bush and McCain Strategist Sizes Up Potential 2012 GOP Presidential Contenders


The Daily Beast - It's never too early to take a look at the 2012 Republican presidential race, especially since many of the potential contenders have hit the campaign trail. While Romney is making foreign policy speeches at the Heritage Institute and Tim Pawlenty clears his 2012 schedule, former Bush and McCain strategist Mark McKinnon looks ahead to this exciting race.

 

Daily Lickskillet: Read today's Lickskillet comic here to find out what three things the interviewee would change if hired as the new baseball commissioner.

Articles in News From The Front:

Sotomayor's Mistake

Government Won't Run GM, Just Meddle

VIDEO: What Would Milton Say?

Death By Deficit

House Republicans Propose $23-Billion in Spending Cuts

Friday
Jun052009

WNO - Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) on Urgency of E-Verify 

***"It gives employers instant...legal to work in the United States"***

***"Both Democrats and Republicans Agree it does work" ***

***"It is a big question, why the administration continues to delay implementation" ***

*** "Speaker Pelosi allowed it to be kept out" ***

 

SOUNDBITE BILLBOARD



Who: Brian Bilbray

What: Exclusive Interview regarding E-Verify and lack of implementation by the Obama White House

When: June 04, 2009

Where: Capitol Hill

 

For the complete interview please visit our website at: http://washingtonnewsobserver.com/?p=89

 

Length: 3:07 Minutes

 

Bilbray quote in-cue: "E-Verify is a computer system that allows employers to check into the Social Security system..."

 

Bilbray quote out-cue: "There isn't any guarantee at all that taxpayers' funds are not today going to jobs to illegal aliens, and in the future, contracts being let to people who are knowingly hiring illegals so they can low bid contracts against fair competitors."

 

Click for the Video File: http://washingtonnewsobserver.com/?p=89

 

According to USCIS.gov, "E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees."