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Wednesday
Aug272014

CEI Today: Regulation cost, Comcast/TWC merger, and private aid vs gov't goons

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
In the News Today

 


COST OF REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Comments to the OMB on Benefits and Costs Report

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) submitted public comments this week on the growing federal regulatory burden to the White House Office of Management and Budget, in response to OMB’s 2014 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulation. 
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


COMCAST-TWC MERGER - RYAN RADIA

Comcast-TWC Merger Comments to FCC

 

In comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute urged the FCC to unconditionally approve Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable (“TWC”). By promptly approving the deal, the Commission is likely to serve the public interest by advancing consumer welfare and facilitating robust competition in the dynamic and multi-sided markets for broadband Internet service, multichannel video distribution, and original television programming. > Read more


> Interview Ryan Radia
 

PRIVATE AID vs GOV'T GOONS - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Sending Money Home: Technology or Bureaucracy?

Remittances are helping poor people globally, but regulators loom. In 2011, total private flows of aid totaled $680 billion—almost five times the $138 billion official figure. As I
noted in 2005, “the future of aid to developing countries is private.”


This increase in private aid is great news for all concerned. Except, perhaps, for bureaucrats, who are loath to let good deeds go unpunished. World Bank and United Nations bean counters are denouncing remittance transfer fees as exploitative. > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray
 

 

 

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Tuesday
Aug262014

ALG's Daily Grind - The dependency state grows to 175 million 

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August 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

The dependency state grows to 175 million
109.6 million Americans were on some form of means-tested welfare, 43.7 million were on Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and other government programs, plus 21.9 million government employees working at the federal, state, and local level. 

Eric Holder's great bank robbery
Extortion is an ugly word.  It is even uglier when it is the U.S. government holding the gun, even when the victims are some of the least sympathetic one's found in history — big banks.

Trampling on coal country families
For 21 states that still rely on coal to produce 40-96 percent of their electricity, it is a war on people's livelihoods and living standards — on the very survival of small businesses and entire communities.

Steyn: The punitive bureaucracy's day off
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw fit to confiscate two 17-year-olds' bag pipes because they were not "approved" by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

  

August 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

The dependency state grows to 175 million
109.6 million Americans were on some form of means-tested welfare, 43.7 million were on Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and other government programs, plus 21.9 million government employees working at the federal, state, and local level.

Eric Holder's great bank robbery
Extortion is an ugly word.  It is even uglier when it is the U.S. government holding the gun, even when the victims are some of the least sympathetic one's found in history — big banks.

Trampling on coal country families
For 21 states that still rely on coal to produce 40-96 percent of their electricity, it is a war on people's livelihoods and living standards — on the very survival of small businesses and entire communities.

Steyn: The punitive bureaucracy's day off
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw fit to confiscate two 17-year-olds' bag pipes because they were not "approved" by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

 

Tuesday
Aug192014

CEI Today: Obamacare in court, deputizing America, and water scarcity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court Best to Quickly Resolve Obamacare Cases, Plaintiffs Argue in Monday Filing

Plaintiffs in a major Obamacare lawsuit filed their opposition today to the federal government’s request for en banc reconsideration in Halbig v. Burwell. They argue the U.S. Supreme Court is the only court that can quickly resolve the insurance exchange issue, over which two circuit courts split last month.
> Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman

> Daily Caller: Lawyers: Send Obamacare Subsidies Case Straight To Supreme Court
 

WORKING FOR THE STATE - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Deputizing America; Sooner or later, we’ll all work for the State—unless we do something about it


Government is deputizing people all over the country to do its law-enforcement work. Under a campaign known as Operation Choke Point, banking regulators have been telling banks that if they don’t investigate their customers for “high-risk” activity, they will be subject to subpoenas and everything that implies.
> Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

WATER SCARCITY - WAYNE CREWS

 

Forbes: Fountains Of Solutions: Western Water And California Drought

 

The Washington Post now proclaims “nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm.” Today’s water supply and access issues in the West and notably in Central Valley California are the result of yesterday’s broader infrastructure, property rights and economic growth policies. Water policy seems like an old issue, but it’s also a high-tech one. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

75 new regulations, from tax delinquents to spectrum auctions.

 

 

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Monday
Aug042014

National Empowerment Center - Please Provide Feedback, Free Webinars, and Alternatives Conference 

Request for Comment on Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Strategic Plan
Feedback Deadline: Monday, August 18, 2014
SAMHSA is the agency within Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the Nation. Their mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.   This strategic plan outlines work to increase the awareness and improve understanding about mental and substance use disorders; promote emotional health and wellness, and the prevention of substance abuse and mental illness; increase access to effective treatment; and support recovery. An important component of the plan is to prioritize six Strategic Initiatives and the linkages between these initiatives and SAMHSA's policy, programmatic, and financial planning. At its core, this plan offers a framework for common categories of initiatives that enables cross-collaboration and organization of SAMHSA's work.
Download Leading Change 2.0 [PDF - 737 KB]
Provide Feedback on the Strategic Plan
  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *   FREE WEBINARS
Title:  Diverse Promising Practices for Engaging Youth Before and During Times of Emotional Distress: Youth, Family, and School Perspectives
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Time: 3 – 4:30 pm ET Presenters: Letty Elenes, Stephany Bryan, Wendell Waukau, M.A., Ed.S.
Description:  How do we create safe and supportive communities that engage youth? How can young people, their parents, and school districts support student well-being? These questions and others will be explored as we hear diverse perspectives on creating communities where youth feel safe and accepted. Our presenters will share their successes in creating opportunities for youth to learn how to maintain their wellness; take good care of themselves; make good decisions; and feel connected to their family, peers, and larger community.
Our presenters include Letty Elenes, the youngest national Advanced Level Facilitator in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and the first WRAP facilitator to run youth-to-youth groups in the Nation and School Superintendent Wendell Waukau, who in 2012, was one of 12 educators nationwide honored at the White House by President Obama as a “Champion of Change,” or what the White House calls a “school turnaround leader.”   For more information or to register for the August 6 webinar, click here.     STAR CENTER WEBINAR
Title: Lessons of Lived Experience with Recovery: Engaging Asian and South Asian American Communities
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Presenters: Chacku Mathai, CPRP, Director, STAR Center; Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, Founder & President, ASHA International; and Can Truong, Consultant, Can Consulting
Register now   *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *   Alternatives 2014 Plenary Session Speakers Are Announced!
The deadline for Early Bird registration ($375) for Alternatives 2014 has been extended to August 15!
The 28th annual Alternatives conference will be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 22-26, 2014. To register, click here.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, will keynote the conference at the opening session on Wednesday evening. The recipient of numerous awards, Rep. Kennedy is the founder of the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health, and authored and co-sponsored dozens of bills to increase the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Kana Enomoto, principal deputy administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will also address the conference on Wednesday evening.  Ms. Enomoto serves as the principal advisor to the administrator on SAMHSA policies and programmatic activities. For her research emphasis on minority populations and her work in promoting diversity and reducing disparities, she was honored in 2009 with ACMHA’s inaugural King Davis Award.
And something new: Alternatives 2014 is launching AlternaTalks – lively and inspiring 18-minute presentations from the speakers during the morning plenary sessions. These speakers, all of whom have lived experience, and have national and international reputations in the mental health advocacy arena, are listed (alphabetically): --Khatera Aslami-Templen, executive director of Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS), an organization operated by people with lived experience. --Gina Calhoun, national director for wellness and recovery education at the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. --Leah Harris, director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. --Erme Maula, RN, MSN, CPS, program manager of the Consumer Recovery Investment Funds Self Directed Care Program at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and an expert on self-directed care. --Harvey Rosenthal, executive director of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, who has nearly four decades of experience working to promote public mental health services and policies that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights and community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. --Sharon Wise, an artist-in-residence at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., who performs around the world at major conferences that support mental health recovery. She recently completed a documentary entitled Leaving the Door Open, about alternatives to seclusion and restraint.
There will also be a youth plenary, which will highlight the great work being done by the nation’s youth advocates to improve systems, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and help other young people experiencing mental health challenges. 
To register for the conference, click here. For the Registration Form in Spanish, click here.
Suggestions for seeking funding are available on the conference website if you click here. (In addition, SAMHSA will be awarding some scholarships, and the application process will be announced soon.)
The deadline to apply for a caucus is August 15: click here.
The deadline to sign up for an exhibit table is September 15: click here
For more information about the conference, please visit the Alternatives 2014 website: http://alternatives2014.mhasp.org.

Tuesday
Jul292014

ALG's Daily Grind - Why your government doesn't work: Inside the uncivil service 

6

July 28, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

Inside the uncivil service
How to fire a federal employee without ever succeeding. One former deputy assistant Labor secretary's journey through the Byzantine maze of Washington, D.C.'s bureaucracy.  

Barack Obama has border sovereignty problems
Does Obama believe in national sovereignty? A look at the U.S.-Mexico, Russia-Ukraine, and Israel-Palestinian territory borders.

WND.com: New Obama rule could force cities to house illegals
Americans for Limited Government research ties a Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation mandating racial and income housing quotas in local zoning to La Raza comments in favor of the rulemaking saying it would help those who "fear deportation".

  

July 28, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Inside the uncivil service
How to fire a federal employee without ever succeeding. One former deputy assistant Labor secretary's journey through the Byzantine maze of Washington, D.C.'s bureaucracy.

Barack Obama has border sovereignty problems
Does Obama believe in national sovereignty? A look at the U.S.-Mexico, Russia-Ukraine, and Israel-Palestinian territory borders.

WND.com: New Obama rule could force cities to house illegals
Americans for Limited Government research ties a Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation mandating racial and income housing quotas in local zoning to La Raza comments in favor of the rulemaking saying it would help those who "fear deportation".