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Wednesday
Sep182013

ALG - Australian conservatives show how to fight and win on Obamacare

Sept. 17, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today urged House Republicans to fight like Australians on defunding Obamacare, contending that if it came to a government shutdown, the outcome would not be as purveyors of conventional wisdom predict.

In a letter addressed to House members, Mehrens called attention to the recent landslide election of Tony Abbott in Australia. In 2009, Abbott became leader of Australia's Liberal Party by one vote, defeating Malcolm Turnbull who Mehrens wrote "had agreed to go along with the leftist majority in Parliament and fund a carbon tax scheme in Australia."

The carbon tax "was about as popular as Obamacare is in the United States," Mehrens noted. In the 2013 election, Abbott promised to roll back the unpopular tax on emissions.

"He did not make the mistake of believing that the talking heads of the media's opinion givers had anything to do with the views of the public," Mehrens wrote. Instead, Abbott went against the grain and reclaimed the identity of his party, which in 2009 was acquiescing to the Labor Party's agenda.

Similarly, Mehrens urged House Republicans to "put policy before politics and fund the government with the exception of Obamacare."

"On Obamacare funding, the media opinion is unanimous that in a test of wills the President will win. After recent events in the foreign policy arena that conclusion is laughable.  Who with a straight face could believe that Obama will shut down his beloved bureaucracy for a prolonged period in order to save a program that is despised by the voters?" Mehrens asked.

For now, the media elite and political establishment in Washington, D.C. are of the view that a government shutdown over funding Obamacare would favor Democrats politically.

But a recent poll by Rasmussen Reports found "51 percent of voters favor having a partial government shutdown until Democrats and Republicans agree on what spending for the health care law to cut."

Moreover, Mehrens wrote, "As in all government shut downs (i.e. weekends) essential government employees are kept on the job while the non-essential are furloughed."

He continued, "When Obama realizes that this means his Environmental Protection Agency will be slowed down in its attempts to shut down power plants, the Department of Justice will be hampered in filing frivolous lawsuits, the Internal Revenue war on anyone who disagrees with him will be hampered, and various other of his efforts to transform America will be hindered, he will no doubt rush to the bargaining table."

Meaning, a shutdown might not only win public support if it means cutting Obamacare, but that it could force concessions by the Obama administration on the health care law.

In other words, it might actually work. "Good policy is good politics as the recent Australian election demonstrates," Mehrens concluded.

To view online: http://getliberty.org/australian-conservatives-show-how-to-fight-and-win-on-obamacare/

Attachments:

Letter to House Republicans by ALG President Nathan Mehrens, Sept. 17, 2013 at http://getliberty.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/LetterDefundObamacare-9-17-13.pdf 

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.

Tuesday
Aug202013

CEI Today: Green advocacy polling, net neutrality, and carbon tax campaign faltering

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
In the News Today

GREEN ADVOCACY POLLING - MARLO LEWIS

National Journal: Where Is the Public on Energy and Climate Policy?


Marlo Lewis exposes the tricks of the polling trade for National Journal, calling out misleading polling put out by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and the American Lung Association.

Reporters covering advocacy polls seldom make any effort to expose rhetorical trickery, solicit comment from experts not employed by the pollster or the sponsor, or question the honest-broker status of agency-subsidized advocacy groups.
> Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

NET NEUTRALITY - WAYNE CREWS

Openmarket.org: Before Net Neutrality Eats the World, Part 1: Net Neutrality vs. Infrastructure Wealth

On September 9, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Verizon’s challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) December 2010 Order on “Preserving the Free and Open Internet.”

The arguments mark the critical culmination of a longstanding effort by FCC to expand power over speech and infrastructure in America in violation not merely of the Constitution and the rule of law (as plaintiffs and allies certainly allege; my organization took part in an amici curiae brief), but of common sense, economic efficiency, and consumer welfare. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

 
 

CARBON TAX

Daily Caller: Conservatives for carbon tax campaign faltering




Though some have tried to make a conservative case for a carbon support, there is little evidence many conservatives or Republicans actually support the idea.  This vote against a carbon tax in an ALEC meeting in Chicago about two weeks ago comes after Republicans in both the House and the Senate voted unanimously against a carbon tax earlier this year.

 

“Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is implementing a number of regulations to raise energy costs.  A strong vote for the Scalise anti-carbon tax amendment should be just the first step in the House’s efforts to block and de-fund President Obama’s radical climate agenda,” said Myron Ebell, president of Freedom Action. > Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell

 

   

 

 

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.

 



100 People to Watch This Fall

 

 

Christopher Horner, CEI Senior Fellow


Twitter.com/Chris_C_Horner

Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our Congressional Scorecard.

 




Friday
Aug092013

AFPNH - Take Action to Stop the Carbon Tax! 

Politicians are always looking for ways to collect more money from you in the form of taxes to fund their pet programs. One of the latest ideas bouncing around Washington, D.C. is a carbon tax. 

CLICK HERE to tell your U.S. House Member to OPPOSE the Carbon Tax!

While supporters of a carbon tax may try to tell you how good it will be for the environment, the only green they really care about is your money and getting more of it to grow government!  

New Hampshire energy consumers have seen first-hand that cap-and-trade programs, like the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), only result in higher taxes and higher energy bills.

CLICK HERE to tell your U.S. House Member to OPPOSE the Carbon Tax!

A carbon tax will result in fewer jobs and higher energy prices for the people of the Granite State! I encourage you to contact your U.S. House Member and ask them to oppose the carbon tax today!

Live Free or Die!

 

Greg Moore

State Director

Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire

 

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Tuesday
Aug062013

CEI Today: House anti-carbon tax vote, EPA takeovers, and the UN treaty on disabilities 

Monday, August 5, 2013
In the News Today

CARBON TAX - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org: House Passes REINS Act with Anti-Carbon Tax Amendment

 

The House voted on an amendment offered by Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) that would require congressional approval before the executive branch could implement a tax on carbon dioxide emissions using regulatory authority.  That amendment was adopted by a vote of 237 to 176. Again, 225 Republicans voted Yes.  They were joined by twelve Democrats.

The vote does put Members on the record on a carbon tax.  The vote reveals that 176 Democratic Members of the House are not opposed to raising taxes.  That vote could play a role in some districts in the 2014 congressional elections.  A number of House Democrats lost their seats in 2010 because they had voted for the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill.

> Read more

> See also: 19 Groups Urge House to Buck Authoritarian Carbon Tax


> Interview Myron Ebell

EPA vs THE STATES - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: Chart: EPA Regulatory Takeovers of State Programs up 2,750% Since 2009

Under both the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, the EPA has the authority to “disapprove” a state’s strategy to meet national environmental standards. A regulatory disapproval is no small matter as state officials spend countless hours and taxpayer resources crafting plans to comply with a newly finalized EPA regulation. When the EPA issues a regulatory disapproval, the agency effectively throws all of this work out the window.  Since President Obama took office, the number of regulatory disapprovals has skyrocketed.  > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 
 

UN TREATY ON DISABILITIES - HANS BADER


Openmarket.org: The Misleading Push for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

Last year, the Senate did not ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with supporters falling just short of the two-thirds vote needed for ratification of a treaty. Supporters used misleading arguments to press for the treaty’s adoption. This year, they will try again to ratify the treaty, since changes in the composition of the Senate due to the 2012 election have increased its chances of passage. Deceptive arguments for the treaty continue. > Read more


> Interview Hans Bader

 

   

 

 

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.

 

Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

Well, it’s official: We finally have a fully staffed National Labor Relations Board.

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our
Congressional Scorecard page here.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The USDA not only requires licenses for dairy imports, it also imposes tariffs and quotas. The goal is to financially benefit dairy farmers, though a side effect is higher prices and less choice for consumers.

 




Tuesday
Aug062013

CEI Today: Durbin's vendetta against supplements, NLRB deal backfires, carbon tax, and the great culture war 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
In the News Today

ENERGY DRINKS - LIZ THATCHER


The Hill: Sen. Durbin’s vendetta against supplements

 

Are you responsible enough to make your own decisions regarding whether to consume energy drinks or dietary supplements? Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) doesn’t seem to think so. On Aug. 1, Durbin reintroduced legislation -- the Dietary Supplemental Labeling Act. [It] gives the FDA more power to regulate supplemental and dietary ingredients, which may include your favorite energy drink or vitamin. In effect, the agency would begin to treat supplements as if they were medicines. The bill’s new regulations would require warning labels and impose new restrictions on what can be produced. This could have huge adverse effects on any business manufacturing supplements.> Read more

> Interview Liz Thatcher

BIG LABOR - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org:
Senate NLRB Deal Backfires on GOP…Again


On Tuesday, July 30, the Senate [voted] to confirm all of President Obama’s nominations to the NLRB. While confirming the NLRB nominees restored the agency’s quorum and ability to legitimately make decisions it will continue to act as Big Labor’s pet agency. > Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 
 

CARBON TAX - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org: House Passes REINS Act with Anti-Carbon Tax Amendment

 

The House voted on an amendment offered by Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) that would require congressional approval before the executive branch could implement a tax on carbon dioxide emissions using regulatory authority.  The vote reveals that 176 Democratic Members of the House are not opposed to raising taxes.  That vote could play a role in some districts in the 2014 congressional elections. > Read more

> See also: 19 Groups Urge House to Buck Authoritarian Carbon Tax


> Interview Myron Ebell

CULTURE WAR - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Forbes: We're In A Cultural War Between The Forces Of Economic Dynamism And Stasis

We’re in a cultural war between the forces of dynamism and stasis. Can it be won? Do today’s potential entrepreneurs have the courage to resist the forces of stagnation? Perhaps. > Read more

> Interview Fred Smith

 

   

 

 

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.

 

Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

Well, it’s official: We finally have a fully staffed National Labor Relations Board.

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our
Congressional Scorecard page here.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The USDA not only requires licenses for dairy imports, it also imposes tariffs and quotas. The goal is to financially benefit dairy farmers, though a side effect is higher prices and less choice for consumers.