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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

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THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL


JUNE 20, 2013

 

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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.

Wednesday
Apr102013

CEI Today: Cyber security bill, IMF carbon tax, and E-Verify public opinion 

CYBER SECURITY - WAYNE CREWS & RYAN RADIA

The House Intelligence Committee is expected to markup a cybersecurity bill Wednesday, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. CEI's Wayne Crews and Ryan Radia have been critical of “CISPA.”

It’s not clear what government’s capabilities really are with respect to private critical infrastructure security and cybersecurity, regardless of resources. Given that, ensuring that nothing blocks markets from reacting as fluidly as possible, rather than federally over-steering cybersecurity, should be the guiding principle. 
> Read the full commentary

> View the coalition letter, expressing concerns that companies would share sensitive Internet and other information with the government without sufficient privacy safeguards, oversight or accountability.

> Interview Wayne Crews or Ryan Radia

 

IMF CARBON TAX - MARLO LEWIS


Master Resource: IMF’s Carbon Tax Shenanigans: Part I

 

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. The IMF seeks to shame U.S. policymakers into enacting a carbon tax.  > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

E-VERIFY - DAVID BIER


Openmarket.org: Americans Reject Actual E-Verify System

Imagine there was a free program that could guarantee for employers a legal workforce and eliminate illegal immigration. Would you favor such a system? Yes or no? This is essentially how all polls attempt to gauge the popularity of E-Verify, the electronic
national identification system included in many immigration reform proposals. Then, the system’s proponents exclaim, “Americans demand E-Verify!” > View the full commentary

> Interview David Bier

 

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
Apr052013

ALG's Daily Grind - IMF calls on U.S. to institute $500 billion carbon tax 

April 3, 2013

IMF calls on U.S. to institute $500 billion carbon tax

By not taxing energy, we are subsidizing it, says the international agency the U.S. funds, and in doing so "lead[ing] to overconsumption of energy, which aggravates environmental problems, such as pollution and climate change."

Important questions for Obama nominees

Sally Jewell, Ernest Moniz, and Gina McCarthy are clearly all "team players" in a decidedly anti-fossil fuels administration.

NBC News: How the US oil, gas boom could shake up global order

"[A] n increasing number of experts believe the U.S. could achieve energy independence by the end of the decade – realizing a dream born during the gas crisis of 1973."

Thursday
Mar282013

CEI Today: White House immigration bill, WSJ crony capitalist conference, and Windsorgate/carbon tax 

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER
   
Openmarket.org: White House Immigration Bill Will Be A Disaster Without Accessible Work Visas

 

President Obama’s recently leaked immigration bill left off the most important component of an immigration bill: the immigration part. Given the fact that the Chamber of Commerce and the big unions — the AFL-CIO and the SEIU — were still locked in vain negotiations over a potential guest work program, the president clearly did not want to leak a version that would step on the toes of his two biggest backers. Unfortunately, without a robust work visa system, the White House bill will be a disaster. >Read more


> Interview David Bier

WSJ CRONY CAPITALIST CONFERENCE - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org:
Wall Street Journal’s Crony Capitalist Conference Turns Sour


Times have changed since the Wall Street Journal held its first “ECO:nomics—Creating Environmental Capital” conference.  I was there in 2008 when several hundred investors and corporate CEOs listened to leading crony capitalists, including Jeff Immelt of GE, James Rogers of Duke Energy, Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical, and John Doerr of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers (where Al Gore was also a partner), smugly explain how they were going to strike it rich off the backs of consumers and taxpayers with green energy subsidies and mandates, federal loan guarantees, and the higher energy prices that would make renewable energy competitive with coal, oil, and natural gas once cap-and-trade was enacted. > Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell

WINDSORGATE, CARBON TAX

The Daily Caller: Emails: Treasury Dept. showed interest in carbon tax data, legislation

The Obama administration has repeatedly said it has no plans to propose a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, but emails from 2012 show that U.S. Treasury Department officials were very interested in learning more about such a tax.

But emails released as part of a lawsuit by the Competitive Enterprise Institute show that Treasury officials were interested in learning more about past iterations of such policies.  According to the emails, officials looked for data concerning carbon trading legislation in South Korea, the European emissions trading system, and 2009 cap-and-trade bill that failed to clear Congress. They were also attending conferences on carbon emissions.
> Read more

 > Interview Christopher Horner

 

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.