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Tuesday
Mar062012

CEI Today: First Amendment case, Obama gas prices, and the Battered Business Bureau

FREE SPEECH FOR THE 99% - HANS BADER & JOHN BERLAU

CEI.org: Bulldog Investors v. Massachusetts

After the state of Massachussets went after Bulldog Investors for responding to a citizen's request for information, the company fought back, suing the state on the grounds that the enforcement action violates First Amendment free speech rights. Now the case is before the U.S. Supreme Court, and CEI and the Cato Institute have filed an amicus brief in support of Bulldog.

Under the regulation at issue here, journalists, academics, students and others who are not wealthy or financially sophisticated cannot gain access to truthful, non-misleading information published by hedge funds on websites and in emails for one reason alone: because they are not eligible to buy securities issued by hedge funds. Only people who are able to satisfy government-prescribed criteria of wealth and financial sophistication may do so.

These regulations infringe on noncommercial speech protected by the First Amendment.
> Read the legal brief on cei.org

> Interview Hans Bader or John Berlau

> See also, article on Forbes.com



 

ENERGY - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org:
President Obama: Rising Gasoline Prices Are Everyone Else’s Fault


An ongoing theme of this blog is that green energy spending in the Stimulus was a gigantic waste of money. This is for one of two reasons: Invariably, either (1) a Members of Congress tried to influence Stimulus spending as a constituent service or (2) the Obama administration steered investments to friends and campaign contribution bundlers. Whether it’s parochial politics or crony capitalism, the results are the same—bad bets and taxpayer losses.>Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Interview Myron Ebell

BATTERED BUSINESS BUREAU - RYAN YOUNG

Just another week in the world of regulation: 89 new final rules were published last week, compared to 68 the previous week. That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 53 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All in all, 589 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year. If this keeps up, the total tally for 2012 will be 3,477 new rules. 1,594 new pages were added to the 2012 Federal Register last week, for a total of 12,961 pages. At this pace, the 2012 Federal Register will run 77,149 pages. There were 17 significant actions this week, as defined by Executive Order 12866. Of those, none are “economically significant” final rules, meaning a cost $100 million or more per year. So far, 85 significant rules have been published in 2012. So far this year, 100 final rules affect small businesses. 19 of them are significant rules. The 9 economically significant rules published so far in 2012 cost at least $15.01 billion. Two of the rules do not have cost estimates. We assume that rules lacking basic transparency measure cost the bare minimum of $100 million per year. The true cost is almost certainly higher.>Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

>For more data, updated daily, go to TenThousandCommandments.com


>Interview Ryan Young

 

 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR

Saturday, March 31


HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.

HAH can be
celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.


Join the HAH Facebook group.

 

 

Ten Thousand Commandments

By Wayne Crews

Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation


-> Read Today's Decrees

 

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.

Tuesday
Mar062012

CEI Today: Free speech lawsuit, state pension trouble, and the strategic petroleum reserve

FREE SPEECH LAWSUIT FOR INVESTORS, CITIZENS - HANS BADER & JOHN BERLAU

CEI.org: Bulldog Investors v. Massachusetts

The Competitive Enterprise Institute this week filed an amicus brief in support of hedge fund Bulldog Investors and free speech rights.  Bulldog is suing the state of Massachusetts for violating the company’s First Amendment free speech rights after the state filed an administrative complaint against the company for responding to a citizen's request for information.  Following an adverse ruling by the state supreme court, the case is now on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.> Read more at CEI.org

>
Interview Hans Bader or John Berlau

 

LABOR - TREY KOVACS

OCRegister.com:
Mixing pensions with politics - Big state funds use stock-owning clout to push progressive issues

For two decades, overseers of California's state employee pension funds have placed ideological agendas ahead of investment returns. This has cost pensioners dearly, for no good reason. Thus, the pension board members appear to be in dereliction of their fiduciary duty to gain the best possible returns for the funds on which so many depend for their retirement.


The managers of CalPERS and California State Teachers' Retirement System – CalSTRS – have engaged in a politically motivated investing strategy that has put California government workers' pensions at undue risk. .>Read the full commentary on ocregister.com

>Interview Trey Kovacs

>Keep up on all the labor policy news at Workplacechoice.org

ENERGY - DAVID BIER

Strategic Petroleum Reserve: A Hedge against Economic Illiteracy

Reps. Peter King (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)  have written President Obama urging him to release oil from the U.S. government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in order to help drive down high gas prices. Congressional Republicans are opposing the effort “to politicize” the SPR. Who’s right in this latest political squabble? > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Interview Ryan Young

 

 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR

Saturday, March 31


HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.

HAH can be
celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.


Join the HAH Facebook group.

 

 

Ten Thousand Commandments

By Wayne Crews

Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation


-> Read Today's Decrees

 

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
Mar022012

CEI Today - Obamacare, green stimulus, and OWS 

Friday, March 2, 2012
In the News Today

OBAMACARE - MATT PATTERSON, CEI WARREN BROOKES JOURNALISM FELLOW

Openmarket.org: Obamacare: Anyone Have a Plan B?

In just a few week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to the administration’s controversial health-care overhaul, especially the constitutionality of the so-called “individual mandate” that requires every American to purchase government-approved insurance.

The Court’s finding on the matter will be the most consequential ruling in that august institutions long history, excepting only perhaps the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision. If the Supreme Court upholds the law, there will officially be no limits to the federal government’s scope, no ceiling on its powers, no real liberty in America, economic or otherwise.
> Read more on Openmarket.org

> Interview Matt Patterson



 

ENERGY - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: Green Stimulus Spending: A Litany of Failure


An ongoing theme of this blog is that green energy spending in the Stimulus was a gigantic waste of money. This is for one of two reasons: Invariably, either (1) a Members of Congress tried to influence Stimulus spending as a constituent service or (2) the Obama administration steered investments to friends and campaign contribution bundlers. Whether it’s parochial politics or crony capitalism, the results are the same—bad bets and taxpayer losses.>Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Interview William Yeatman

TEA PARTY vs OWS - DAVID BIER

Openmarket.org: A New Wall of Separation: End Corporate Welfare

The animating cry of the Tea Party — that government has become too meddlesome and intrusive, not to mention unfair and unequal, in its dealings with business — is now echoed by Occupy Wall Street.

Yesterday, Occupy Portland called for “a national day of action” to challenge corporate power in America. “Corporations,” they write, “place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and domination over equality.” But to profit, private corporations must place themselves under people — they must serve them and cater to their needs. Far from domination, even self-interested CEOs must appeal to their customers’ interests or face bankruptcy.

But unfortunately, the relationship between business and consumers is changing. In the last four years, government’s involvement in the private sector has escalated to unprecedented levels. >Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

>Interview David Bier

 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR

Saturday, March 31


HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.

HAH can be
celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.


Join the HAH Facebook group.

 

 

Ten Thousand Commandments

By Wayne Crews

Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation


-> Read Today's Decrees

 

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
Mar022012

CEI Weekly: EPA Endangerment Finding Challenged in Court

Friday, March 2, 2012

 

 

 

Feature: CEI participates in a legal challenge to EPA regulations.

FEATURE: EPA Endangerment Finding Challenged in Court

 

This week, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case challenging the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. CEI was among the many parties behind the legal challenge. See CEI's press release on the case here, and read Marlo Lewis' article on the issue here.  

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

A Highway Bill Everyone Can Hate

Marc Scribner's op-ed in The Sacramento Bee

 

UAW: Building Taxpayer Burdens

Trey Kovacs and Vincent Vernuccio's op-ed in The Washington Times

 

One Law for Me, Another for Thee

Marlo Lewis's op-ed in The National Journal

 

The American Bus Revival

Marc Scribner's citation on BBC News

 

Google Unfazed by AG's Furrowed Brows

Ryan Radia's citation in E-Commerce Times

 

The Anti-GM Food Circus Rolls Through Connecticut

Greg Conko's citation by the American Council of Science & Health

 

Dem. Governor Claims Fewer Regulation Under Obama Than Bush

Wayne Crews' citation in The Daily Caller

 

Algae for Energy

Chris Horner's citation in OneNewsNow 

 

Drilling in Alaska a No-Brainer

Marlo Lewis' citation in OneNewsNow

 

 

                     

 

 

 

CEI PODCAST

 

March 1, 2012: A Highway Bill Everyone Can Hate

 

Land-Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner explains why almost nobody is happy with how this year’s highway bill is turning out. Fiscal conservatives are leery of the price tag. Earmarkers are disappointed at efforts to make the bill pork-free. Transit activists are upset that the current version of the House bill would end the practice of using 20 percent of gas tax revenue to subsidize mass transit.

 

 

Thursday
Mar012012

CEI Today: Day 2 EPA global warming in court, plus Julian Simon Award, Human Achievement Hour 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
In the News Today

GLOBAL WARMING - SAM KAZMAN & MARLO LEWIS

EPA’s Global Warming Juggernaut Challenged in Court This Week

Day Two. EPA’s economically ruinous plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions are being challenged in federal court this week - Tuesday and Wednesday - by a broad array of states and private parties, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Science and Environmental Policy Project, and FreedomWorks.  A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Tuesday and Wednesday in a set of cases challenging EPA’s decision to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act.  The court will also review a series of major EPA regulations based on that decision. > Read more about the case

> See commentary on EPA endangerment

 

2012 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Dinner
March 9, 2012
Harvard Club of New York City

We at CEI are proud to announce that the 2012 Julian Simon Memorial Award will be presented to bestselling author Matt Ridley.

Matt Ridley is an international bestselling author whose books have sold more than 850,000 copies and been translated into 30 languages. His most recent book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction and it won the Hayek Prize, 2011.

Ridley argues that human beings are not only wealthier, but healthier, happier, cleaner, cleverer, kinder, freer, more peaceful and more equal than they have ever been.


 > Read more about Matt Ridley and Julian L. Simon

 

HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR

Saturday, March 31


HAH is an annual event to recognize and celebrate human achievement and innovation. During the hour, participants are asked to listen to music, surf the internet, have a glass of beer, and generally enjoy the fruits of the human mind which would not have been possible in a world where conservation restrains advancement.

HAH can be
celebrated anywhere from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. In addition, CEI will be hosting a celebration at our headquarters in Washington, DC and live streaming our event online.


Join the HAH Facebook group.

 

 

Ten Thousand Commandments

By Wayne Crews

Welcome to The Other National Debt -- The Cost of Regulation


-> Read Today's Decrees

 

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.