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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
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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


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



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


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.



ALG's Daily Grind - Big Labor's Death Rattle 


Nov. 5, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Big Labor's Death Rattle
Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Michigan's Rick Snyder and Ohio's John Kasich each took on Big Labor in their respective states and lived politically to tell about it.

Cartoon: No matter who won
While big government marches on…

Get ready for Obama's executive amnesty on immigration
Now that the 2014 elections are in the books, all sights now turn back to Washington, D.C. both for Congress' lame duck session — members still haven't completed the 2015 budget — and also for Barack Obama's anticipated action on the illegal immigration question.

Halligan: History will surely see QE as a major mistake
"[T]he world's most important central bank has fired $3,700bn from its monetary bazooka. America's QE has been six times bigger than envisaged."


ALG's Daily Grind - Has the Boomer retirement wave finally hit? 


Oct. 7, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Has the Boomer retirement wave finally hit?
Everybody knows that when the Boomers retire, federal Social Security and Medicare budgets are set to explode. Have we finally reached that tipping point?

Cartoon: Mission demolished
Obama pulls the pin.

Is the NLRB the most anti-labor Agency under Obama?
The National Labor Relations Board, an agency whose reason for being is to ensure that the nation's labor laws are properly enforced, had four times as many hours spent on union representatives than the average federal agency.


Franklin Center - Big Labor bosses and so-called “solidarity”  

Big Labor bosses and so-called "solidarity"

Did you know that almost 500 union officers and employees made more than a quarter of a million dollars last year? For many Americans, such payouts fly in the face of the “solidarity” rhetoric that union leaders frequently use. That's why reporters have been hard at work owning this story and asking the tough questions about Big Labor's salaries.

How much do labor union leaders in your state make?


A Note >From Our President

Dear Reader,

At their best, labor unions can be a strong advocate for employees, but often union leaders stop effectively representing their members and focus rather on personal gain. recently found that hundreds of union officers and employees made more than a quarter of a million dollars last year - and all of it came straight out of the pockets of hardworking Americans.

Many employees have little choice in how their dues are spent, so we want to make sure they're informed about the inner workings of the labor groups that are supposed to represent their interests. Holding government accountable means holding influential interest groups accountable too.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity




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