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FARM BILL & SUGAR SUBSIDIES - FRAN SMITH
DailyCaller.com: Sugar program isn’t sweet for consumers or the economy
Don’t look now, but here comes the farm bill, one of those catch-all legislative behemoths littered with wasteful programs and supported by entrenched special interests. The bill comes up for reauthorization every five years and is a lobbyist’s dream — impacting everything from farm subsidies to food safety — and industry and interest groups are working furiously to protect their sacred cows, so to speak.
Given the inability of Congress to agree on much — and the fact that this is an election year — most observers give a new farm bill little chance of passing. Rather, it’s likely that Congress will kick the can down the road by passing an extension of current law. Wasteful spending on unnecessary programs will continue, and an opportunity will be missed — hurting U.S. consumers, taxpayers and workers. > View the full commentary on DailyCaller.com
The Tax Man Cometh — and Taketh
CEI Podcast for April 19, 2012: Right to Work Laws and Compelled Speech
HIGHWAY BILL - MARC SCRIBNER
CEI.org: Highway Bill Needs Real Reform, Not Politics as Usual
The House is set to consider yet another extension of 2005’s SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law. The current extension, which is the tenth since the law expired in 2009, is set to expire on June 30.
While the purpose of tomorrow’s Rules Committee hearing is ostensibly to enact another extension to continue existing highway program funding through the rest of Fiscal Year 2012, proponents of the Senate-passed MAP-21 bill are working overtime to push their deeply flawed legislation into conference. > View more on CEI.org
Ambulance Chasers Feast on Americans with Disabilities Act Claims
GLOBAL WARMING - MARLO LEWIS
Globalwarming.org: Despite Kyoto, UK Carbon Footprint Bigger than Ever
The European Union (EU) preens itself on being the global leader in the fight against climate change. EU politicians scold the USA for ’failing’ to ratify Kyoto Protocol and enact cap-and-trade. Within the EU, the UK champions the most aggressive climate policies. So the UK’s carbon footprint must be shrinking, right?
Adopting Senate Bill Would Represent Major Setback for Fiscal Conservatives
Washington, D.C., April 17, 2012—With another Tax Day upon us, taxpayers have something else to worry about: potential action on pending multi-billion dollar highway program reauthorization today in the House of Representatives, says an analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).
The House is set to consider yet another extension of 2005’s SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law. The current extension, which is the tenth since the law expired in 2009, is set to expire on June 30. While the purpose of tomorrow’s Rules Committee hearing is ostensibly to enact another extension to continue existing highway program funding through the rest of Fiscal Year 2012, proponents of the Senate-passed MAP-21 bill are working overtime to push their deeply flawed legislation into conference.
“MAP-21 doubles down on the failed policies that are bankrupting the Highway Trust Fund and merely kicks the can further down the road,” said Marc Scribner, land-use and transportation policy analyst at CEI. “It undoes important bipartisan Transportation Enhancement reforms—meant to limit wasteful, non-highway expenditures of Highway Trust Fund dollars—while relying on one-shot funding gimmicks that do not address any of the existing core fiscal problems.”
The Highway Trust Fund is set to become insolvent in Fiscal Year 2013. Analysts from across the political spectrum have called for major structural reforms to prevent such a scenario from playing out. But, as Scribner argues, few policymakers are calling for needed reforms.
“From the left, the answer is to dramatically increase programmatic spending as well as fuel tax rates,” said Scribner. “From the fiscally conservative position, the answer is to begin devolution of highway funding responsibilities to the states while permitting additional flexibility on tools such as public-private partnerships. But this middle-of-the-road, do-nothing attitude from the Hill—which has included proposals to bail out the Highway Trust Fund with oil and natural gas lease revenue—is completely unacceptable given the importance of mobility to the economy and Americans’ daily lives.”
> Read more by Marc Scribner