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Tuesday
Jun252013

CEI Today: Free market carbon tax?, Senate immigration vote, and #ceigala roundup

CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Cato Institute’s Regulation Magazine Features Article on “The Case for a Carbon Tax from a Free Market Perspective”
 
The lead article in the summer issue of Regulation magazine, the Cato Institute’s flagship publication, is titled “What is the right price for carbon emissions?”  The author is Bob Litterman, a Ph. D. economist who is currently a partner in a NYC-based hedge fund.

These articles were described by someone at Cato as “exploring the case for a carbon tax from a free market perspective.”  But I don’t see anything resembling a free market case for a carbon tax being made in Litterman’s article or in the pro-carbon tax comments of Pindyck and Hsu.


Nor can I find anything in Litterman’s background or in the references in his article to suggest that he is a free market economist.  He was at Goldman Sachs in high positions for twenty-some years and is a member of the board of the World Wildlife Fund. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

SENATE IMMIGRATION VOTE - DAVID BIER

Openmarket.org: E-Verify National ID System Threatens Americans’ Privacy

 

The Senate immigration bill would create a centralized database with photos of every legal U.S. worker or potential worker. It does this by combining the Social Security database – names, addresses and Social Security Numbers – with passport and state ID photos (p. 1317). The bill incentivizes states to provide photos by offering hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for making them accessible to the federal government (p. 1377). > Read more

> Interview David Bier

#CEIGALA ROUNDUP

The Washington Post: The outspoken Kentucky Republican was keynoting the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual gala Thursday when he mocked the “charade” shut-downs of the sequester: Many  Senate entrances have been closed, but the Capitol police officers guarding them haven’t been furloughed, he said, just “reassigned.”

K Street Magazine: Annual Libertarian Dinner Gets Shaken, Not Stirred

The outspoken Kentucky Republican was keynoting the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual gala Thursday when he mocked the “charade”
shut-downs of the sequester: Many  Senate entrances have been closed, but the Capitol police officers guarding them haven’t been furloughed, he said, just “reassigned.”

Breitbart.com: Rand Paul gave the keynote address at the annual Competitive Enterprise Institute dinner Thursday night in Washington DC. The sold out crowd of free market advocates eagerly awaited red meat from the Kentucky senator and they were not disappointed.  

Paul began with a full frontal assault on the Obama Administration mocking them as the "Old MacDonald" white House, "You know, here a scandal, there a scandal, every where a scandal."


Bisnow
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Sen. Rand Paul keynoted, drawing laughs for his jabs on NSA, furloughing the Capitol police, and spending hundreds of thousands to discover pizza is the best food to eat on Mars. 


Slate
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The event's theme was James Bond (the title of a staff-made spoof video: "Capitalism Never Dies"), and the group's president, Lawson Bader, sported a kilt in tribute to Sean Connery. Cracks at the IRS and NSA abounded, along with a general air of righteousness.


 

 

 

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25

America's Future Foundation presents:

What’s Next for the Marketplace Fairness Act?


Featuring CEI's Jessica Melugin

In May, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill purporting to level the playing field between brick and mortar stores and online businesses by requiring Internet retailers to charge consumers state sales taxes across the 50 states. Some supporters say this will bring in “lost” revenue owed by out-of-state vendors and encourage growth of traditional retail, while opponents argue it’s an unconstitutional money grab by politicians that will hurt small businesses through high compliance costs.
> RSVP& more info

NO CARBON TAX

 

CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. > View the coalition letter

 

 




 

   

 

Monday
Jun172013

CEI Today: events on Farm Bill, cell phone unlocking, plus opinions on carbon tax, cutting red tape 

TODAY!

Farm Subsidy Programs in House Farm Bill
 
Representatives from Environmental Working Group, American Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Black Farmers Association, U.S. PIRG, and Defenders of Wildlife will hold a Capitol Hill briefing for accredited journalists and congressional staff on Monday (June 17) to discuss their concerns with the farm subsidy programs in the House version of the 2013 farm bill.
 
What: House Farm Bill press conference
 
When: 11:00 a.m. ET Monday, June 17
 
Where: Cannon House Office Building, Room 210
 
Who: Environmental Working Group, American Enterprise Institute, R Street Institute, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Taxpayers Union, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Black Farmers Association, U.S. PIRG, and Defenders of Wildlife
 
Please RSVP ssciammacco@ewg.org if you plan to attend.

 

> Interview Fran Smith

> Coalition Urges Policymakers to Reform the “Terrible Twelve” of Farm Policy

 

CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Is a Carbon Tax a Conservative Idea Whose Time Has Come? Thoughts on the R Street – Heartland Debate

 

Do carbon taxes pick winners and losers? Do R Street and Inglis believe in “pixie dust”? What is the conservative energy agenda? Is a carbon tax an efficient climate policy? Is a carbon tax an efficient air pollution policy? What about the social costs of carbon mitigation? Conservative policy or dumb politics? > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

OPPOSING A CARBON TAX

CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy.

> View the coalition letter

 

Rep. Adrian Smith: Cutting Red Tape to Unleash Economic Growth

The time and money spent keeping up with federal rules is a major burden on our economy.  American families and small businesses struggle to comply with the growing number of federal regulations even when they do not realize it.  The true cost of regulatory compliance is often hidden in the price of products, energy, and even health care.

A new report by Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute shines a light on the growing regulatory state and its true cost to our economy.  At the end of 2012, the number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations hit an all-time high of 174,545.  Last year alone, the government enacted 1,172 new regulations; 16 percent more than were completed in 2011.
> Read more

 

 

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL

 


cei.org/ceidinner

 

   

 

 

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.

 

TODAY!

What Should Congress Do about Cell Phone Unlocking?

Should copyright law stop you from unlocking your cell phone? Join TechFreedom and CEI on June 17 for a lunch discussion. Opening remarks by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai. > RSVP


June 13, 2013: Deirdre McCloskey Wins CEI’s Julian Simon Award

Deirdre McCloskey, a distinguished economic historian and author of many books, including The Rhetoric of Economics, The Bourgeois Virtues, and Bourgeois Dignity, will receive CEI’s Julian Simon Memorial Award on June 20 at CEI’s annual dinner. CEI Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about how McCloskey’s work embodies the same joie de vivre and optimistic spirit that animated Simon’s thought.

 





 

Thursday
Apr182013

CEI Today: Cybersecurity vote, immigration bill, and EU's failed emissions trading scheme 

VOTE ON CYBERSECURITY BILL - RYAN RADIA

 
CISPA Voids Private Contracts, Undermines Rule of Law; Free Market Group Urges House to Reject Cybersecurity Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on final passage of H.R. 624, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2013 (CISPA). The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank, strongly urges Members of the House of Representatives to vote “Nay” on passage of CISPA.

We support voluntary information sharing about cyber threats and applaud lawmakers for rethinking outdated federal laws that inhibit Web firms’ ability to defend their networks. Yet CISPA goes far beyond untangling this web of legal barriers – it voids private contracts and undermines the rule of law. Although a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Rep. Justin Amash, proposed an amendment to address these concerns, the House Rules Committee rejected this
crucial amendment.

> Read more

> Interview Ryan Radia

CEI Immigration Analyst: Gang of 8 Proposal 'A Good Starting Point'

Legislation Needs to Allow More Low-Skilled Work Visas, Fix E-Verify, Limit Job-Killing Regs

A bipartisan proposal to reform America’s immigration system provides “a good starting point” for discussion but could be improved in a variety of ways, said David Bier, a CEI immigration policy analyst.

The legislation,
introduced in the predawn hours of April 17, would attempt to secure America’s border, permit more legal immigration and legalize the statuses of millions of immigrants already in the country. But its limits on the number of visas for unskilled workers remains too low; its regulations will impose new costs on businesses; and E-Verify, a key component of reform, needs strict standards to limit errors for American workers and protect small businesses. > Read more


> Interview David Bier

GLOBAL WARMING TREATY - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: EU’s Empty Climate Policy Reflects the Impossibility of a Global Climate Treaty (which is great for humankind)

 

The EU’s biggest joke of a climate policy—by far—has been the Emissions Trading Scheme, a cap-and-trade. It’s actually failed twice. During its first phase, the over allocation of carbon rationing coupons led to windfall profits for utilities, but no actual emissions reductions, as the carbon price plummeted. This week, during its phase three, the Emissions Trading Scheme collapsed again, and this time, it appears to be down for good.  > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 

 

 

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 

cei.org/ceidinner

 

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.

Monday
Apr152013

CEI Today: House rebukes NLRB, US approves Japan in trade agreement, and a terrible Senate carbon tax bill 

NLRB - MATT PATTERSON


Openmarket.org: House Of Representatives Rebukes Rogue NLRB

On Friday, April 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act, a laudable attempt to rein in President Obama’s unconstitutionally staffed — and therefore illegitimate — National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).


The Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (HR 1120) requires the NLRB to “cease all activity that requires a three member quorum” in an attempt to bring some sense of order to a labor market thrown into chaos by a Board comprised of unconstitutional appointees issuing hundreds of now questionable rulings.


Before the vote, the Competitive Enterprise Institute had released a statement urging members to support the bill. > Read more


> Interview Matt Patterson

TRADE - FRAN SMITH


Openmarket.org: U.S. Agrees To Japan’s Entry Into Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

On Friday, the Acting U.S. Trade Representative announced that the U.S. has agreed to let Japan enter negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, subject to consensus agreement by the other 10 members of the TPP.

With Japan’s entry into the TPP, the 12 countries would account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP and about one-third of all world trade, according to the USTR. The sticky issues have been and probably will continue to involve the automotive and insurance industries and other non-tariff measures. > Read more

> Interview Fran Smith

SENATE CARBON TAX BILL - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: 400,000 Lost Jobs by 2016 — Heritage Study of Boxer-Sanders Carbon Tax Proposal

Heritage Foundation analysts David Kreutzer and Kevin Dayaratna yesterday released a study on the economic impact of carbon tax legislation (the Climate Security Act of 2013) sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The Boxer-Sanders legislation would establish a new tax that starts at $20 per ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted and increases by 5.6% annually. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

 

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 

cei.org/ceidinner

 

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
Apr122013

CEI Today: Alcohol taxes, IMF carbon taxes, and unfunded budget mandates

ALCOHOL TAXES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Openmarket.org: Who Profits From Alcohol Taxes?

 

While there appears to be no acceptable level of alcohol consumption to participants at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference, which met last week in Arlington, Virginia, they certainly don’t mind profiting from people who dodrink. During a discussion on alcohol tax policy, these “public health advocates” discussed ways to hike the rates as much as possible and earmark the funds to their own organizations.


I thought we’d hear about research related to the impact of taxes on alcohol abuse. For example: Do higher taxes really reduce alcohol abuse or do they simply punish all alcohol consumers? The answer to that question appeared not to matter. The entire discussion revolved around how to lobby for taxes and profit in the process. > Read the full commentary

 

> See also: Alcohol Regulation Roundup: April 10, 2013


> Interview Angela Logomasini

IMF CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS


Globalwarming.org: IMF Pushes Carbon Tax as Energy Subsidy “Reform”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently published a report urging the world’s governments to “reform” energy subsidies estimated at $1.9 trillion in 2011. Eliminating government policies designed to rig markets in favor of particular energy companies or industries is a worthy goal. Unfortunately, that’s not the agenda the IMF is pushing. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

CEI Podcast For April 11, 2013: Reining in Unfunded Mandates


Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews warns that the higher the deficit goes, the more tempted the federal government is to resort to unfunded mandates, which don’t appear on the federal budget. He also discusses a reform bill from Rep. Virginia Foxx that would increase transparency and oversight over unfunded mandates, and suggests further reforms.

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 

cei.org/ceidinner

 

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.