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Friday
Mar092012

CEI Today: Shampoo scare, Bill Clinton book review, and the Pickens Payout Plan 

CONSUMER PRODUCTS & CHEMICAL RISK - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Openmarket.org:Science Washes Hype about “Toxic” Shampoo Down the Drain

 

As environmentalists in America use unjustified scare tactics to demonize certain consumer products, CEI's Angela Logomasini highlights a case study in Canada, where regulators did the right thing:

Every now and then, government regulators manage to do something reasonable. Last week, the Canadians made a smart move by accepting hard science over hype related to a chemical used in personal care products, such as shampoo and skincare products. Canadian Environmental Ministers wanted to list it as a “toxic substance,” but two years after a scientific review, claims about the chemical’s alleged toxicity are washed away. > Read the full commenary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

BILL CLINTON BOOK REVEW - RYAN YOUNG

Realclearpolicy.com -Bill Clinton's Too Spiteful to Help Govern


Bill Clinton, Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
Alfred A. Knopf (New York), 2011, 208 pages, $23.95

When he was in the White House, Bill Clinton would famously spend hours talking over the fine details of policy with his advisers. He called these talks "the conversation," and it never quite ended, sometimes to his advisers' annoyance.

Over a decade later, his new book Back to Work shows that Clinton hasn't lost his appetite for policy details. The final chapter is primarily a list of 46 policy initiatives designed to get the economy back on track, covering everything from renewable energy to higher education. Earlier in the book, Clinton lists 71 government responsibilities under eight separate headings. He quickly adds, "Now, this is a very long list, though I've left many federal activities and programs off for the sake of brevity." Same old Clinton, for good and for bad.
> Read the full book review on Realclearpolicy.com

> Interview Ryan Young

 

GAS VS PICKENS PAYOUT PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: What’s Wrong with This Picture?

The front page of [Wednesday's] RealClearEnergy [featured] an illuminating juxtaposition: 

On the left column, there are six news stories about how the natural gas industry and other engines of capital investment are putting their own money into expanding the market for gas into the transportation sector.

On the right column, the first story is an oped by T. Boone Pickens, in favor of H.R. 1380, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act (a.k.a., the NAT GAS Act, a.k.a.,  the “
T. Boone Pickens Earmark Bill,” a.k.a., the “Pickens-Your-Pocket Boondoggle Bill,” a.k.a. the “Billionaire’s Bailout,” a.k.a. the “Pickens Payout Plan”).
> View the contrast in headlines and the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

 

>Interview William Yeatman

 

 

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.

Thursday
Mar082012

CEI Today: Transportation bill, speculator bailouts, and corporate welfare 

TRANSPORTATION - MARC SCRIBNER


The Senate failed on Tuesday to clear reauthorization of the massive federal highway bill.  The government's Highway Trust Fund is set to expire March 31.  CEI's Marc Scribner explains the bill's big government pitfalls and follies:

It is clear that our existing transportation infrastructure is in trouble. Much of the Interstate Highway System is nearing the end of its intended life cycle and will need to be completely reconstructed from the roadbed up. Revenue from highway users has plateaued while construction costs have greatly increased. Road congestion now costs the U.S. economy over $100 billion annually. What should be done?

Solving these problems should start with winding down the federal government's funding role in surface transportation. > Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/24/4287733/a-highway-bill-everyone-can-hate.html


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

BAILOUTS - HANS BADER

Bloomberg News reports that boom-era property speculators will get foreclosure aid.  CEI's Hans Bader explains why this is a bad idea:

The participation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will drive up the cost to taxpayers of bailing out these government-sponsored mortgage giants, which have cost more than $170 billion to bail out, and have not repaid one penny of their bailout, unlike the private banks, which repaid their bailouts.
> Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Hans Bader

 

AGRICULTURE - RYAN YOUNG

Openmarket.org: Corporate Welfare for Farmers

In a recent blog post, I describe the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Beef Promotion and Research “checkoff” program as corporate welfare. The agency’s Public Affairs Director disagrees. In an email, he asked me to issue a correction. I would, but the facts won’t allow it. Still, some clarification would be helpful.

He claims that “Zero appropriations are used” in AMS’s research and promotion activities. Note the use of the word “appropriations” instead of “taxes.” This is a sneaky use of language. It doesn’t matter if Congress appropriates AMS money or not. The relevant question is whether AMS uses tax dollars to advertise for private businesses. It does. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.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.

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.