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Tuesday
Jul292014

CEI Today: Obamacare confession, subprime auto loans, and Fidel Castro & global warming 

Monday, July 28, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE ARCHITECT SAYS STATES LOSE SUBSIDIES

CEI.org: Obamacare Architect Admitted in 2012 States without Exchanges Lose Subsidies


Last week, an unprecedented circuit split emerged in Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell over whether health insurance premium assistance is available in states that didn’t set up health insurance exchanges. Many commentators have since claimed that there’s no way Congress intended to deny premium assistance to residents of the 36 so-called “refusenik” states that have not set up their own health insurance exchanges.


But in January 2012, Jonathan Gruber—an MIT economics professor whom the The New York Times has called “Mr. Mandate” for his pivotal role in helping the Obama administration and Congress draft the Affordable Care Act—told an audience at Noblis that:


What’s important to remember politically about this is if you're a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill.  > Read more
 

See also:


Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare's Insider Testimony;
An architect of the health law backs up the critics on subsidies.

CEI Podcast for July 24, 2014: Victory in Halbig v. Burwell

> Interview an expert
 

SUBPRIME AUTO LOANS - JOHN BERLAU

CEI.org: Subprime Auto Concerns Caused by Government Intervention


Should we worry about a crisis in subprime auto loans? That question has been asked in the financial media lately.


My answer is yes, with caveats. While there are important differences in the auto and mortgage markets, there are similar government interventions that have the potential to fuel a bubble in car loans the same way they did for home loans. > Read more

> See also: CNBC Raising the red flag on subprime auto loans

> Interview John Berlau
 


FIDEL CASTRO & GLOBAL WARMING - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org:
Wasted in Margarita Island: Hugo Chavez as Climate Action Hero (Some People Say There’s a Capitalist to Blame)

The top story in international climate news this week is the Margarita Declaration issued in the name of 130 ‘social’ (non-governmental) organizations participating in the July 15-18 Social Pre-COP meeting on Margarita Island, Venezuela. The groups don’t sign the document, so we don’t know which (or how many) of them actually endorse it. Basically it’s a rant demanding that ‘social’ organizations have more clout in climate treaty negotiations. The Margarita Declaration is an anti-Western harangue in the style of Fidel Castro.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis


 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

 
Understanding Public Pension Debt

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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Friday
Jul252014

CEI Today: Obamacare typo?, the Ban Poisonous Additives Act, Uber politics, and more 

Thursday, July 24, 2014
In the News Today

 

WIN FOR OBAMACARE HALBIG LAWSUIT

USA Today: A victory for the rule of law

 

Some critics of the D.C. Circuit ruling argue that it's based on a glorified "typo." That's absolutely false. The state-federal distinction, as one judge pointed out at the court hearing, appears in the ACA seven times.

If that needs fixing, then it's up to Congress and only Congress to fix it. Those who claim this is a typo need to learn more about both the law and about typography. > Read more
 

> See also: WSJ Live: Competitive Enterprise Institute General Council Sam Kazman explains how a federal court justified the Obama Administration’s decision to subsidize federal health-care exchanges.
 


> Interview Sam Kazman

 

BAN POISONOUS ADDITIVES ACT - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Forbes: Greens' Attempt To Ban Bisphenol A Will Endanger Public Health


Thanks to green alarmism, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) recently introduced the “Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014,” which would eliminate the chemical Bisphenol A from food containers.  Applauding Markey’s bill, the Environmental Working Group exclaimed in a press statement: “Science shows that BPA is present in the vast majority of Americans and is harmful to human health.”

Yet the overwhelming body of science on BPA shows the exact opposite: BPA bans are not only unwarranted, but they are the real danger to public health.
> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 


UBER POLITICS - MARC SCRIBNER

CEI.org: Uber, Regulation, and Free Markets


Libertarians are justifiably excited about the prospects of ridesharing companies such as Uber and equally justified in their disgust of regulators intent on preventing the expansion of ridesharing services. However, supporting the regulatory accomodation strategy that Uber appears to have adopted and supporting free market policies are two very different things.
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

 
Understanding Public Pension Debt

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

    

Saturday, 10am ET
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Guests: Ghassan Moukheiber on Lebanon and Alain Hakim on the Syrian refugee crisis.





 

Wednesday
Jul232014

CEI Today: 3348 rules, solar power hazards, Obamacards, and the high cost of Big Labor 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
In the News Today

 


FEDERAL RULES - WAYNE CREWS

Red Tapeworm 2014: Federal Regulatory Agenda Consistently Tops 3,000 Rules


In the recently released Spring 2014 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations, published twice a year by the Office of Management and Budget, federal departments and agencies reported 3,348 rules in the pipeline. The all time high count for rules in the Agenda was 5,119, twenty years ago in 1994. Bill Clinton was president. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

SOLAR POWER HAZARD - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Solar Thermal: Hazard for Pilots?


the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert, kills butterflies, dragonflies, other insects, bats, and birds. A federal study confirms that glare from Ivanpah’s heliostat arrays may create safety hazards for commercial and private aviation in the area.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

OBAMACARDS? - IAIN MURRAY

National Review: The Federal Reserve Overreaches

Will it try to compete against credit cards and other payment systems that it regulates?As I have suggested earlier, one of this administration’s stealth plans is to nationalize the financial industry. Providing an alternative to commercial payment systems is part and parcel of such a move. Maybe if the Fed has its way, you will soon be paying for groceries with your Obamacard.
 > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.


Understanding Public Pension Debt


State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

    


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

Lawson Bader & Phillip Bader

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org



Guests: Ghassan Moukheiber on Lebanon and Alain Hakim on the Syrian refugee crisis.





 

Wednesday
Jul232014

CEI Today: Win for Obamacare Halbig lawsuit 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In the News Today

 

WIN FOR OBAMACARE HALBIG LAWSUIT

Court Strikes Down IRS Obamacare Rule in Halbig Case


Tuesday's court decision in Halbig v. Burwell is a landmark victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for states’ rights and for individuals and companies in the approximately 36 “refusenik” states who chose to opt-out of establishing ObamaCare insurance exchanges.

 “[Tuesday’s] court decision is welcome relief to the individuals, small businesses and employees who live in the approximately 36 states that opted out of ObamaCare. This illegal rule would have cost employers crippling fines, destroyed jobs, andforced Americans to pay for insurance they didn’t want or need,” said Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the organization responsible for coordinating and funding the lawsuit.  > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman

 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.


Understanding Public Pension Debt


State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

    

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org



Guests: Ghassan Moukheiber on Lebanon and Alain Hakim on the Syrian refugee crisis.





 

Tuesday
Jul222014

CEI Today: Obamacards, pension smoothing, haggis, and more 

Monday, July 21, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARDS? - IAIN MURRAY

National Review: The Federal Reserve Overreaches

Will it try to compete against credit cards and other payment systems that it regulates?As I have suggested earlier, one of this administration’s stealth plans is to nationalize the financial industry. Providing an alternative to commercial payment systems is part and parcel of such a move. Maybe if the Fed has its way, you will soon be paying for groceries with your Obamacard.
 > Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.


Understanding Public Pension Debt


State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.

 


PENSION SMOOTHING - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

Workplacechoice.org: Labor and Employment Scorecard: Pension Smoothing as a “Pay-For” in Highway and Transportation Funding Act


On July 15, 2014, CEI scored U.S. House of Representatives Roll Call Vote #414 on final passage of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (H.R. 5021), a bailout of the Highway Trust Fund and extension of the current federal transpiration law, MAP-21.

Critically, funding for this bill involved “pension smoothing,” a pernicious accounting gimmick that encourages deficit spending and increases the risk of pension insolvency. > Read more


> Interview Aloysius Hogan

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

    


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

Lawson Bader & Phillip Bader

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org



Guests: Ghassan Moukheiber on Lebanon and Alain Hakim on the Syrian refugee crisis.