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Monday
Nov252013

CEI Today: Filibuster, airline antitrust, and Kennedy on space 

Monday, November 25, 2013
In the News Today

SENATE ABOLISHES FILIBUSTER - HANS BADER

Openmarket.org: Senate Abolishes Filibuster, With Potentially Profound Implications for the Rule of Law


This rule change may have profound implications for the courts, resulting in future court packing. Eventually, America could end up with twice as many appeals court judges or more, as each party increases the number and stacks the courts with its own people when it gains full control. > Read more

 

> Interview Hans Bader

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AIRLINE ANTITRUST REGULATION - MARC SCRIBNER

Forbes: The American/US Airways Case Highlights The Absurdity Of Antitrust Regulation


The recently announced settlement between the airlines and Justice Department and several states notwithstanding. Average U.S. airline profits are anything but indicative of a cabal of greedy robber barons colluding to raise prices on helpless consumers. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

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SPACE RACE - RAND SIMBERG

USA Today: JFK space race myth


It was always assumed that President Kennedy had a deep and abiding interest in space. But, ironically, his ostensible vision of sending men to the moon and back within a decade likely only survived because he himself did not. He was in reality quite ambivalent, and even apathetic about space. In the late fifties, he and his brother Robert ridiculed the vision of MIT professor and aerospace pioneer Charles Stark Draper at dinner with him. 
> Read more

> Interview Rand Simberg

 

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Daniel Hannan discusses his latest book, Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. > Listen to the podcast

CEI President Lawson Bader

Setting the record straight on liberty

I, Pencil is the “biography” of a simple wooden pencil, but it is more than that. It is a guide to the great global symphony of human labor and ingenuity that goes into a single pencil’s production. > Read more

 

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Tuesday
Jul162013

CEI Today: Napolitano resigns, Obamacare regs, and Apple anti-trust allegations

NAPOLITANO RESIGNS - MARC SCRIBNER

 

Openmarket.org: DHS Secretary Napolitano Resigns, TSA Body Scanner Scandal Remains Unresolved


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to become president of the University of California system.

News of Napolitano’s resignation deserves one response from civil libertarians and those in favor of risk-based security policy: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Among other unsavory deeds, for her entire tenure, she allowed the Transportation Security Administration to illegally deploy whole-body imaging scanners in airports. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

OBAMACARE SECTION 4205 - LIZ THATCHER

Real Clear Policy: Obamacare's War on Chain Restaurants

These days, it seems not a week goes by without a new hidden cost in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, coming to light. This time it's Section 4205, a provision that imposes a costly, one-size-fits-all regulation on restaurants and grocery stores: Any food-service establishment with 20 or more locations must display calorie counts on its menus.

Given the significant costs Section 4205 imposes, it's worth asking who would benefit from it or support it. The National Restaurant Association
lobbied to include Section 4205 in Obamacare.  > Read more

> Interview Liz Thatcher

 
 

APPLE ANTI-TRUST - RYAN YOUNG


Daily Caller: Apple’s ebook ruling and the absurdity of antitrust law

 

Apple committed offense number one [raising prices] when it raised its e-book prices at publishers’ behest in 2010. The Justice Department sued, to the delight of Apple’s competitors. This Wednesday, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York ruledin the Justice Department’s favor (here’s the decision). The argument goes that Apple colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices, which took away the pressure on competitors like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to keep their prices down.

Apple will likely appeal the decision for this and other reasons. This would send the case to the Second Circuit, which is unlikely to overturn Judge Cote’s decision. That would be unfortunate, but this state of affairs will persist until the President and Congress bring antitrust laws in line with market realities. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 


The True Story of European Austerity; Cutting Taxes and Spending Leads to Renewed Growth

A new CEI OnPoint measures austerity and its effects from the time austerity officially began in each country, with very different results from reports that have been cited widely in the media. > Listen to the Liberty Week podcast


>View the US News & World Reports commentary

 

   

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

EPA Failure on Deadlines

The EPA has routinely failed to comply with statutory deadlines established for three core Clean Air Act programs and, more often than not, now promulgates regulations almost six years after established deadlines, according to a new CEI study. > Read more

 

Stossel: Should Online Gambling Be Legalized?



University of Illinois professor John Kindt and CEI fellow Michelle Minton debate a ban on online gambling.
 

> View the debate

 





 

Friday
Jul122013

CEI Today: Farm Bill, Egypt democracy vs liberty, and the Apple anti-trust case

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

House Votes to Permanently Extend Taxpayer Fleecing in Farm Bill

Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the 2013 Farm Bill on a mostly partisan vote of 216-208. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and only 12 Republicans voted against it. Moreover, the legislation, H.R. 2642, was rammed through the Republican-controlled House under a closed rule allowing no amendments.

 

The legislation greatly expands the crop insurance subsidy program, where farmers’ premiums and insurance companies’ administrative costs are heavily subsidized. It includes no means tests for those subsidies. It leaves in place the sugar program, which is a central planning scheme that allocates domestic supply, restricts imports and sets prices substantially higher than the world price.  > Read more

> Listen to the LibertyWeek podcast

 

> Interview Fran Smith

 
 

EGYPT - IAIN MURRAY

 

American Spectator: Egypt’s Missing Precondition

 

It is commonplace today to regard liberty and democracy as inextricably correlated — if you have one, you must have the other. Yet as Egypt and other failed democracies are showing, that is not the case. Indeed, we are rediscovering some fundamental truths that the American Founders knew — that liberty is an essential precondition for sustainable democracy and that there is more to democracy than majority rule.

Democracy as we know it took centuries to establish not only in Britain, but also in the relatively young United States, where such illiberal institutions as slavery and the denial of the vote to the unpropertied and women took a long time to overcome. However, it was the institutions of liberty that provided the foundation on which democracy and equal rights for all could be built.

Egypt has underlined this lesson. It has shown us one undeniable truth: The institutions of liberty are more important than the trappings of democracy. > Read more

 

> Interview Iain Murray

 

APPLE ANTI-TRUST - RYAN YOUNG


Daily Caller: Apple’s ebook ruling and the absurdity of antitrust law

 

Apple committed offense number one [raising prices] when it raised its e-book prices at publishers’ behest in 2010. The Justice Department sued, to the delight of Apple’s competitors. This Wednesday, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York ruledin the Justice Department’s favor (here’s the decision). The argument goes that Apple colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices, which took away the pressure on competitors like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to keep their prices down.

Apple will likely appeal the decision for this and other reasons. This would send the case to the Second Circuit, which is unlikely to overturn Judge Cote’s decision. That would be unfortunate, but this state of affairs will persist until the President and Congress bring antitrust laws in line with market realities. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 


The True Story of European Austerity; Cutting Taxes and Spending Leads to Renewed Growth

A new CEI OnPoint measures austerity and its effects from the time austerity officially began in each country, with very different results from reports that have been cited widely in the media. > Listen to the Liberty Week podcast


>View the US News & World Reports commentary

 

   

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

Stossel: Should Online Gambling Be Legalized?



University of Illinois professor John Kindt and CEI fellow Michelle Minton debate a ban on online gambling.
 

> View the debate

New Study: EPA's Shocking Record of Failure on Statutory Deadlines Raises Serious Questions

The EPA has routinely failed to comply with statutory deadlines established for three core Clean Air Act programs and, more often than not, now promulgates regulations almost six years after established deadlines, according to a new CEI study. > Read more

 

 





 

Saturday
Jan052013

CEI Today: FTC closes Google probe, Rick Santelli asks, "Who is Richard Windsor?", and how much does EPA really cost the economy? 

FTC v GOOGLE - RYAN RADIA

Web Users Dodge Bullet as FTC Closes Google Probe

The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Google, marking the end of a two-year antitrust probe of the company. While Google agreed to change certain business practices involving patent licensing and advertising portability, the FTC’s investigation concluded that Google’s search engine does not unlawfully disadvantage competitors’ websites or deliver “biased” search results.


Ryan Radia
, Associate Director of Technology Studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, issued the following statement:


The FTC’s unanimous decision not to pursue an antitrust lawsuit against Google reflects the vigorous state of competition on the Internet – and the utter failure of Google's critics to put forward a serious antitrust case against the company.

 

Today’s ruling also affirms that every company is free to compete by serving its users, no matter how high its market share or how much its rivals suffer as a result. America's antitrust laws are designed not to punish companies for growing too big or too unpopular, but to ensure no company stifles competition itself. The thriving Internet sector -- a bright spot in America's otherwise lackluster economy -- shows no signs of suffering from too little competition. > View the full statement at CEI.org


> See also: Settlement: FTC Ends Google Antitrust Investigation

> Interview Ryan Radia

 

COST OF EPA

Daily Caller:
EPA costs US economy $353 billion per year

 

Transparency is the lifeblood of democracy. Washington needs more of it, especially in the all-too-opaque world of regulation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for example, is the most expensive federal regulatory agency. Its annual budget is fairly modest in Beltway terms, at a little less than $11 billion, but that’s not where the vast majority of its costs come from. Complying with EPA regulations costs the U.S. economy $353 billion per year — more than 30 times its budget — according to the best available estimate.  > View the full commentary at Dailycaller.com


> Interview Ryan Young

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Friday
Oct262012

CEI Today: Anti-trust attack on Google, reigniting a carbon tax, and the virtues of immigration

GOOGLE - RYAN RADIA

CNET: Google is many things -- but not an illegal monopoly

 

Perhaps no Internet leader faces as much scrutiny from government as Google, which has been the subject of a Federal Trade Commission antitrust probe for over a year. As this investigation comes to a close, the government is reportedly leaning toward suing Google before year's end. Naturally, its rivals are lobbying the feds to come down hard on the search giant.


Yet Google's critics haven't put forward a serious legal case against the company. The world's top search firm may be many things -- some of which aren't pretty -- but an illegal monopoly, it is not.  > Read the full commentary at CNET.com

 

> Interview Ryan Radia

 

CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Forbes: Carbon Tax: Will Tweedle Dum Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory?


The big attraction of carbon taxes these days is not as a global warming policy but as a revenue enhancer. In both parties, deficit hawks and big spenders (often the same individuals) are flailing for ways to boost federal revenue. However appealing the creation of a carbon cash cow may seem, GOP endorsement of this agenda would be a blunder comparable to President George H.W. Bush’s abandonment of his “read my lips, no new taxes” campaign pledge. > Read more at Forbes.com


> Interview Marlo Lewis


 

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER

Openmarket.org: Immigration Policy Should Strive For The “City On The Hill,” Not The “Deserted Town”


Opponents of human movement, also known as “immigration,” argue that if the U.S. government stops forcibly preventing foreign-born people from relocating to the United States, the wages of American workers will suffer dramatically. By appealing to economic terms — prices, wages, supply and demand — this argument maintains the illusion of intellectual credibility that merely shouting “they’re-taking-our-jobs” lacks. >View the article on Openmarket.org

> Interview David Bier

 

 

COMING NOVEMBER 15...

 

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is proud to announce a new ambitious film project: an animated adaptation of I, Pencil by Leonard Read.

> View the I, Pencil trailer


 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.