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Thursday
Aug302012

CEI Today: BPA ban, Pickens drops lobbying, and a call for a Repeal Committee

BPA CHEMICAL BANS - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Real Clear Policy: Green Calls for BPA Bans Are Dangerous


This past July the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) to make baby bottles and sippy cups. Environmental activists would like you to believe the move was designed to protect public health and that more bans are necessary. But the greens are wrong on both counts -- and their advice could imperil public health. > Read the full post on Realclearpolicy.com

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

PICKENS DONE WITH LOBBYING - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: Pickens Plan – Well and Truly Dead?


At a luncheon hosted by Politico at the GOP convention in Tampa today, T. Boone Pickens said truck fleets will switch from diesel to natural gas without Congress approving the NAT GAS Act, legislation offering generous tax credits for the purchase of natural gas trucks (up to $64,000 per vehicle) and installation of natural gas fueling infrastructure. Pickens reportedly spent about $100 million over the past five years promoting his energy agenda, commonly known as the Pickens Plan. > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis

REPEALING BAD LAWS - RYAN YOUNG & DAVID DEERSON

Real Clear Policy: Congress Should Create a Repeal Committee


When Congress passes a highly unpopular bill that forces people to buy products from private businesses, and then the Supreme Court upholds it, something needs to change. That’s because the health care bill is part of an even bigger problem: the very rules of the political game.


Congress loves to pass new laws—more than 100 in most years. These give members something to write home about to impress voters. But they’re not too crazy about getting rid of old laws. In addition to insurance mandates, the federal books are overflowing with obsolete and antiquated statutes. To clear out this dead wood, Congress should create a new committee: the Committee on Repeals.> Read the full commentary on Realclearpolicy.com


> Interview the authors

 

 

NEW BOOK!

THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

CNSNews.com:
Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show


Liberals claim to support transparency in government - until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director - and more. Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency." > Read the CNSNews.com article by Julia Seymore



 

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.

Thursday
Aug302012

CEI Today: India censors social media, crisis in American confidence, and a Grand Old Picture Show in Tampa

INDIA CENSORS SOCIAL MEDIA - RYAN RADIA

India censors social media after riots.  Government calls on social networking sites to remove what it calls objectionable content.

The Indian government has called on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook to remove what it calls objectionable content after sectarian violence broke out in the state of Assam.


Last week the authorities blamed groups in Pakistan for circulating hate videos showing attacks against Muslims, but among the sites banned are news agencies covering the violence.


Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

>View Ryan Radia comments at 1:02

> Interview Ryan Radia

NO CONFIDENCE IN AMERICAN GOV'T - JAMES V. DeLONG

The American: America’s Crisis of Political Legitimacy


Gallup and Rasmussen are telling us that the Founders were right to posit that a breakdown of the limits of government would cause a breakdown of consent. In response to the question of whether the current government has the consent of the governed, only 22 percent of likely voters say “yes.” The partisan divide is marked; Democrats split evenly, but only 8 percent of Republicans say yes. These are scary numbers, particularly when one considers that many of the “no consent” Democrats are probably on the left, denying the legitimacy of a government that does not do more for them. Also scary is that the political establishments of both parties seem oblivious. > Read the full post on American.com

> Interview James DeLong

 


Also featuring...

Higher Education Bubble Spawns Demographic Decline Among Educated Americans

CEI Podcast for August 23, 2012: Bailouts as Corruption

Senior Fellow Matt Patterson argues that when government is big and powerful enough to dispense favors like bailouts, special interests will flock to Washington to get a piece of the pie. Corruption is the inevitable result, as the GM/Delphi/UAW bailout showed. The only effective way to limit corruption, Patterson argues, is to limit government.

 

In Tampa today?  Catch the Grand Old Picture Show this afternoon!

 

Join us for an afternoon screening of films that support free enterprise and property rights! Admission is free and includes a complimentary reception before the screening.  Visit www.grandoldpictureshow.com for more information. For tickets, email info@grandoldpictureshow.com.  Invite friends on Facebook.

Featured films:


We the People: A series of movie trailers commissioned by the State Policy Network to promote their new curriculum for patriots and activists for liberty.

The Empire State Divide: A powerful look at rural communities in upstate New York fighting for survival.

Saving the Oasis: A series of short documentaries commissioned by Syngenta to explore how modern agriculture preserves our water and our environment by building sustainable models for food production.

I Pencil (Rough Cut
): A sneak peak at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's film adaptation of Leonard Read's timeless essay.




Following the screenings will be a discussion with the following panelists:

Josh Gilder, a former Reagan speechwriter

Karen Moreau, president of the Foundation for Land & Liberty

Nicholas Tucker, director and producer for Passing Lane Films

Nicole Ciandella, screenwriter of I Pencil

Drew Tidwell, production coordinator for I Am Legend, Eagle Eye, and United 93

 

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
Aug282012

CEI Today: Union budget-buster, European left wants capitalism?, and a Grand Old Picture Show in Tampa

UNION BUDGET-BUSTER - TREY KOVACS

Openmarket.org:
The “Gift Clause” Would Force Camden Police Union Bosses To Do Police Work

 

The real question taxpayers need to answer in these times of economic hardship is: Should taxpayers  pay individuals to do work for private entities — such as a union — that provides absolutely no benefit to the taxpayer? Thankfully, taxpayers in Camden, New Jerrsey have recourse available to them.


The New Jersey state constitution prohibits what is in effect a gift from the taxpayers to private individuals and entities. The provision, called the “Gift Clause,” prohibits subsidies of any kind to private individuals, associations, or corporations. It explicitly states, “No county, city, borough, town, township or village shall hereafter give any money or property, or loan its money or credit, to or in aid of any individual, association or corporation.”


It is time to stop giving away taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to public servants who refuse to perform work we all pay them to do. Enforcing the Gift Clause would be a good start.  > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

>Interview Trey Kovacs

 

LEFT EMBRACING CAPITALISM? - IAIN MURRAY

In an illuminating piece in today’s EU Observer, the head of the European Parliament’s Socialist group demonstrates just how far the European Left will go to keep Greece in the euro zone. Scorning the idea that Greece needs to leave the euro to get its economy back on track, Hannes Swoboda says:

Even with the most basic economic knowledge, it is obvious that what Greece requires to get back on its feet is economic growth. Privatisations and increased efficiency as well as serious cutting of red tape will facilitate investments and projects resulting in job creation and therefore increase the number of taxable incomes, simultaneously providing opportunities for the jobless in Greece.

To say I was shocked to read this is an understatement. This is the most prominent socialist in the European Parliament (bar its president, Martin Schulz) speaking. Have we really reached the stage that European socialists are farther to the right on fiscal and regulatory matters than mainstream Democrats? > Read the full post on Nationalreview.com

> Interview Iain Murray

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation - RYAN YOUNG

Just another week in the world of regulation:

  • Last week, 76 new final rules were published, up from 65 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 13 minutes — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • All in all, 2,507 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year.
  • If this keeps up, the total tally for 2012 will be 3,872 new rules.
  • Last week, 1,687 new pages were added to the 2012 Federal Register, for a total of 52,597 pages.
  • At its current pace, the 2012 Federal Register will run 78,178 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. The 29 such rules published so far in 2012 have compliance costs of at least $16.5 billion. Two of the rules do not have cost estimates, and a third cost estimate does not give a total annual cost. We assume that rules lacking this basic transparency measure cost the bare minimum of $100 million per year. The true cost is almost certainly higher.
  • One economically significant rule was published last week.
  • So far, 250 final rules that meet the broader definition of “significant” have been published in 2012.
  • So far this year, 474 final rules affect small business; 64 of them are significant rules.

Highlights from final rules published last week:

  • Last week’s economically significant rule comes from the intimidatingly named Safety and Environmental Enforcement Bureau. New oil and gas drilling regulations for the outer continental shelf will cost an estimated $131 million per year.
  • The State of New York wants to set its own odometer standards. They had to petition the federal government first.

For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.

 

 


Also featuring...

The Dark Ages Weren’t So Dark, And Neither Is Modernity

CEI Podcast for August 23, 2012: Bailouts as Corruption

Senior Fellow Matt Patterson argues that when government is big and powerful enough to dispense favors like bailouts, special interests will flock to Washington to get a piece of the pie. Corruption is the inevitable result, as the GM/Delphi/UAW bailout showed. The only effective way to limit corruption, Patterson argues, is to limit government.

 

In Tampa this week?  Catch the Grand Old Picture Show on Wednesday afternoon!

 

Join us for an afternoon screening of films that support free enterprise and property rights! Admission is free and includes a complimentary reception before the screening.  Visit www.grandoldpictureshow.com for more information. For tickets, email info@grandoldpictureshow.com.  Invite friends on Facebook.

Featured films:


We the People: A series of movie trailers commissioned by the State Policy Network to promote their new curriculum for patriots and activists for liberty.

The Empire State Divide: A powerful look at rural communities in upstate New York fighting for survival.

Saving the Oasis: A series of short documentaries commissioned by Syngenta to explore how modern agriculture preserves our water and our environment by building sustainable models for food production.

I Pencil (Rough Cut
): A sneak peak at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's film adaptation of Leonard Read's timeless essay.


Following the screenings will be a discussion with the following panelists:

Josh Gilder, a former Reagan speechwriter

Karen Moreau, president of the Foundation for Land & Liberty

Nicholas Tucker, director and producer for Passing Lane Films

Nicole Ciandella, screenwriter of I Pencil

Drew Tidwell, production coordinator for I Am Legend, Eagle Eye, and United 93

 

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
Aug272012

CEI Today: Clinton's deregulation legacy, Obama hiring preferences, and a new GOP platform on Internet freedom

OBAMA MISSTEP ON CLINTON DEREGULATION - JOHN BERLAU

Openmarket.org: Clinton Vs. Clinton (And Obama) On Deregulation

With little success on the economic front, President Barack Obama in 2012 is embracing much of his message on the economy from 2008. And from that playbook, he has two basic strategies.


One is to blame the supposed deregulation policies of the Bush administration that Obama and his surrogates endlessly say “got us into this mess.” And the second is to hug former rivals Bill and Hillary Clinton as hard as he can and harken back to the prosperity and economic growth of the 1990s. > Read the full commentary at Openmarket.org

> Interview John Berlau

OBAMA DISCRIMINATION - HANS BADER

Openmarket.org:
Obama Justice Department Recruits Lawyers with “Severe Intellectual Disabilities,” But Excludes Conservatives

 

While the Obama Justice Department seeks to hire lawyers with intellectual disabilities so severe that they were unable to practice law for even a year, it has systematically refused to hire moderate, conservative, or libertarian attorneys, even though there are branches of the Justice Department, such as the one that enforces the religious-liberties RLUIPA law, that involve areas of expertise where plenty of qualified conservative lawyers could easily be found. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

>Interview Hans Bader

 

GOP PLATFORM ON INTERNET FREEDOM - RYAN RADIA

Daily Caller:
GOP Platform includes Internet Freedom, language indicates influence of Rand Paul and libertarian-Republicans

 
Republicans could soon champion the protection of Internet Freedom as an official party issue, The Daily Caller has learned. Language in the final draft of the Internet freedom proposal was obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller.

The GOP efforts are currently being modeled on the recent stance taken by the Ron Paul-founded Campaign For Liberty’s Technology Manifesto, as well as more right-of-center libertarian tech policy voices.

These voices include TechFreedom president Berin Szoka, Mercatus Center senior research fellow Adam Thierer, Associate Director of Technology Studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute Ryan Radia, and Netcompetition president Scott Cleland. > Read the news report by Josh Peterson on Dailycaller.com


>Interview Ryan Radia on Internet freedom in the GOP platform

 


Also featuring...

Moral Hazard: Corrosively Dissolving Democracy From The Inside

Penn State Climate Scientist Michael Mann Demands Apology From CEI

CEI Podcast for August 23, 2012: Bailouts as Corruption

Senior Fellow Matt Patterson argues that when government is big and powerful enough to dispense favors like bailouts, special interests will flock to Washington to get a piece of the pie. Corruption is the inevitable result, as the GM/Delphi/UAW bailout showed. The only effective way to limit corruption, Patterson argues, is to limit government.

 

In Tampa this week?  Catch the Grand Old Picture Show on Wednesday afternoon!

 

Join us for an afternoon screening of films that support free enterprise and property rights! Admission is free and includes a complimentary reception before the screening.  Visit www.grandoldpictureshow.com for more information. For tickets, email info@grandoldpictureshow.com.  Invite friends on Facebook.

Featured films:


We the People: A series of movie trailers commissioned by the State Policy Network to promote their new curriculum for patriots and activists for liberty.

The Empire State Divide: A powerful look at rural communities in upstate New York fighting for survival.

Saving the Oasis: A series of short documentaries commissioned by Syngenta to explore how modern agriculture preserves our water and our environment by building sustainable models for food production.

I Pencil (Rough Cut
): A sneak peak at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's film adaptation of Leonard Read's timeless essay.


Following the screenings will be a discussion with the following panelists:

Josh Gilder, a former Reagan speechwriter

Karen Moreau, president of the Foundation for Land & Liberty

Nicholas Tucker, director and producer for Passing Lane Films

Nicole Ciandella, screenwriter of I Pencil

Drew Tidwell, production coordinator for I Am Legend, Eagle Eye, and United 93

 

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.

Saturday
Aug252012

CEI Today: Global warming & flooding, Romney on ethanol, and the problem with low birthrates 

GLOBAL WARMING & FLOODING - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Heat Waves, Droughts, Floods — We Didn’t Listen!

I presented evidence that climate change was not the principal factor behind the 2003 European heat wave, the 2010 Russian heat wave, the 2011 Texas drought, or the ongong Midwest drought.

What about floods? Google “global warming” and “floods,” and you’ll get 7.2 million results. Given all that ‘evidence,’ you may surprised that a new scientific study finds no correlation between rising global mean carbon dioxide concentrations (GMCO2) and flooding in the U.S.

> Read the full commentary at Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis


 

ROMNEY ON ETHANOL - BRIAN McGRAW

Globalwarming.org:
Mitt Romney’s Ethanol Problem

 

While I’ll be the first to admit I would prefer Mitt Romney’s energy policies to those of President Obama, especially his appreciation for increased energy production on public lands and the OCS, I found his newly released energy policy white paper slightly humorous in parts.

On the top of page 19:

• Focus government investment on research across the full spectrum of energy-related technologies, not on picking winners in the market;

• Support increased market penetration and competition among energy sources by maintaining the RFS and eliminating regulatory barriers to a diversification of the electrical grid, fuel system, or vehicle fleet;

> Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Interview Brian McGraw

 

DEMOGRAPHY & ECONOMIC GROWTH - MATT PATTERSON

Openmarket.org:
If Demography Is Destiny, We’re Screwed (So To Speak)

 
As governments across the developed world face shrinking, aging populations, already onerous entitlement promises become bonafide budget killers, leaving politicians without the stomach to reform or repeal entitlements (read: most politicians) with one choice — raise taxes. Indeed, it’s already happening: Japan, which unhappily is well ahead of the curve in the downward death-spiral race, this summer approved a plan to double its national sales tax in a desperate attempt to shore up its finances. Unfortunately, it won’t be enough. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org


>Interview Matt Patterson

 


Also featuring...

FCC Relies on Fallacies, Not Evidence, in Special Access Order

Regulation And The Green Bay Packers

FDA Rules Won’t Work, Will Harm Small Farmers

CEI Podcast for August 23, 2012: Bailouts as Corruption

Senior Fellow Matt Patterson argues that when government is big and powerful enough to dispense favors like bailouts, special interests will flock to Washington to get a piece of the pie. Corruption is the inevitable result, as the GM/Delphi/UAW bailout showed. The only effective way to limit corruption, Patterson argues, is to limit government.

 

Going to Tampa next week?  Catch the Grand Old Picture Show on Wednesday afternoon!

 

Join us for an afternoon screening of films that support free enterprise and property rights! Admission is free and includes a complimentary reception before the screening.  Visit www.grandoldpictureshow.com for more information. For tickets, email info@grandoldpictureshow.com.  Invite friends on Facebook.

Featured films:


We the People: A series of movie trailers commissioned by the State Policy Network to promote their new curriculum for patriots and activists for liberty.

The Empire State Divide: A powerful look at rural communities in upstate New York fighting for survival.

Saving the Oasis: A series of short documentaries commissioned by Syngenta to explore how modern agriculture preserves our water and our environment by building sustainable models for food production.

I Pencil (Rough Cut
): A sneak peak at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's film adaptation of Leonard Read's timeless essay.


Following the screenings will be a discussion with the following panelists:

Josh Gilder, a former Reagan speechwriter

Karen Moreau, president of the Foundation for Land & Liberty

Nicholas Tucker, director and producer for Passing Lane Films

Nicole Ciandella, screenwriter of I Pencil

Drew Tidwell, production coordinator for I Am Legend, Eagle Eye, and United 93

 

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.