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Tuesday
Dec092014

CEI Today: Gruber to testify, regs on small business, illegal volunteering, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMA'S MAJOR REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

 


Small Business Regulations: Obama Red Tape Exceeds Bush Level

 

President Obama has issued nearly half again as many “major,” $100-million regulations during his six years as President as George Bush did in his final six. (Obama had 407 over the period, Bush had 277).  

However, when it comes to regulations impacting small business, Obama also comes out as the bigger regulator.  > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

GRUBER TO TESTIFY - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is set to testify today before Darrell Issa’s government oversight committee. He may get some uncomfortable grilling about numerous comments caught on video that undermine the government's claims about Obamacare subsidies and IRS implementation.


> USA Today: Pessimist's persistence could pay off against Obamacare


> Interview Sam Kazman

 

EPA WATER REGULATIONS & UBER WOES - CARRIE SHEFFIELD

Fox Business: What new EPA water regulations mean for business


Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow Carrie Sheffield on new EPA water regulations and Uber getting a $41B valuation. > View the Fox Business interview

 

> Interview Carrie Sheffield
 

SENATE CONFIRMS NEW NLRB NOMINEE

11 Groups Urge Senators to Allow More Time to Consider NLRB Nominee McFerran

The Competitive Enterprise Institute and 10 allied organizations signed a coalition letter urging the Senate to delay the nomination of Lauren McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board. > Read more 

 

> Related: Senate ensures NLRB keeps Democratic majority

 

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Monday
Dec082014

CEI Today: Soviet Union anniversary, an EPA takeover, Obama's major regulations, illegal volunteering, and more 

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
In the News Today

 

SOVIET UNION ANNIVERSARY - SAM KAZMAN


7 Quotes about Communism: Take 2


A few years ago I assembled several quotes about Communism that I thought would make good epitaphs for it.  Unfortunately, the ideology has turned out to be far from dead.  But the quotes I collected were pretty good, and I figure there’s no better time to dust them off again than today, the 23d anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

"Some people say that because the Soviet people have to stand in line, it gives them time to reflect and become philosophical."  --Ralph Nader, commenting on the long queues outside Moscow shops during his 1990 visit. It’s reassuring that Nader misunderstands Communism as badly as he misunderstands capitalism.
> Read more

 

> Interview Sam Kazman
 


OBAMA'S MAJOR REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Obama's Major Regulations 50 Percent Higher than Bush

 

Obama’s major regulations—the big ones whose impact on the economy is expected to $100 million annually, were and are considerably higher that during the Bush era. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews


 

EPA TAKEOVER - WILLIAM YEATMAN

EPA Proposes Unprecedented 53rd, 54th Takeover of State Clean Air Act Program

 

In November, EPA Region 6 issued a pre-publication version of a proposed federal implementation plan that would seize Regional Haze programs run by Texas and Oklahoma pursuant to the Clean Air Act. A final proposal will be published in the Federal register any day now.

 

Media reports indicate that the costs of these FIPs would be $2 billion. Given EPA’s history of Regional Haze FIPs, about which I wrote a study, there’s a high probability that this rule would achieve literally invisible “benefits” in exchange for the billions it would cost. > Read more

 

> Interview William Yeatman

 

DECEMBER 9 EVENT

Illegal Volunteers?: A Look at how the Law Restricts Community and Family Volunteers

The federal minimum wage prohibits Americans from volunteering for entities organized as for-profit businesses? As a result many family businesses and community organizations have found themselves in trouble with the law.

 

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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.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

CEI President Lawson Bader


@libertynkilts

A professor who suffers no fools

I attended a private screening of a new PBS documentary, Suffer No Fools. The film tells the story of George Mason University (GMU) economics professor and radio personality Walter Williams.

 

CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week, 71 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 58 new final rules the previous week.


That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 22 minutes.
 

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Tuesday
Dec022014

CEI Today: EPA Clean Power Plan, Obama NLRB nominee, Bush v Obama regulations, United Streetcar, and more 

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

 

CEI Urges Regulation Be Withdrawn
 
This week the Competitive Enterprise (CEI) Institute and at least 11 other free-market organizations submitted public comments to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing EPA’s long-anticipated Clean Power Plan (CPP), which would increase electricity prices and raise reliability concerns across the country. According to CEI senior fellow Marlo Lewis, the Clean Power Plan is illegitimate and unlawful.

“EPA is low-balling implementation costs, misleading the American people on the Clean Power Plan’s true costs,” said Lewis. “But despite all the costs and consequences, the plan’s putative climate benefits are illusory—the regulation should be withdrawn.”
 

> Interview an expert
 


OBAMA NLRB NOMINEE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

In the final weeks of this congressional lame-duck session, the Senate will consider President Obama’s nominee to the National Labor Relations Board, Lauren McFerran.

 

Given the NLRB is the independent federal agency in charge of overseeing America’s powerful union lobby and investigating unfair labor practices, Congress should conduct a thorough examination of NLRB nominees and not rush the process. The Senate should hold off on a shotgun confirmation of NLRB nominee Lauren McFerran.


According to CEI senior fellow Aloysius Hogan, “McFerran should not be slid through a committee hearing a couple weeks after she was nominated. Given the issues at hand, full advice and consent cannot be provided in such time.”


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

REGULATION BUSH vs OBAMA - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: High-Dollar Regulations Scorecard -- Barack Obama Vs George Bush
 

Back in his 2012 State of the Union Address, President Obama declared that he had issued fewer rules in his first three years as president than his predecessor, President George Bush.

 

With respect to the most expensive rules contained among the thousands—the ones that the White House Office of Management and Budget calls “economically significant”—the picture is different. > Read more

UNITED STREETCAR: THE SOLYNDRA OF TRANSPORTATION - MARC SCRIBNER

The Washington Post published a fascinating article about the rise and fall of United Streetcar, an Oregon-based manufacturer that owes its very existence to the worst kind of Washington politics. What happened was the same mix of cronyism and incompetence that has followed the Obama administration’s efforts to promote fuzzy-sounding objectives such as “alternative energy” in the case of Solyndra, and “livability” in the case of United Streetcar. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
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Monday
Dec012014

CEI Today: EPA Clean Power Plan, Lame Duck, college debt, central banking, and more 

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
In the News Today

 


EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

 

Clean Power Plan Comment Deadline Monday
 
The comment deadline for the president's Clean Power Plan is today, and CEI will submit comments on it.

William Yeatman calls the rule “an illegitimate exercise in executive authority. It’s expensive and threatens electric reliability. If finalized, the rule would fundamentally overhaul the electric industry without the permission of Congress or the American people. Yet the rule would also in no way impact the climate." See: EPA’s Illegitimate Climate Rule

Marlo Lewis says the rule would be “the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the electric power sector and cause double-digit electricity price rate hikes in 43 states.”
 

> Interview an expert
 

LAME DUCK PREDICTIONS - IAIN MURRAY


Pittsburgh Tribune-Revew: What lame ducks might do


Iain Murray is vice president of strategy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy organization advocating limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty. He spoke to the Trib regarding how Congress might spend its upcoming lame-duck session.

Q: With just a handful of legislative days remaining in December, what concerns do you have about potential actions by Congress?

A: There are concerns there might be attempts to sneak a few things through that would have much less chance of getting passed under the new Congress, and there also might be some possibilities that Congress might do a few unwise things, thinking, “It's a lame-duck session. We can get away with it.”
> Read more


> Interview Iain Murray
 

COLLEGE DEBT - CARRIE SHEFFIELD

Forbes: Mired In College Debt, Millennials Need Better Options


As national dialogue continues about the usefulness of a traditional, 4-year college degree, data show the Millennial generation is falling behind previous ones in savings, net worth, even the ability to move out of their parents’ homes.  Yet creation of alternative pathways, just like K-12 school choice, is an uphill battle against entrenched educational bureaucracies. > Read more

 

> Interview Carrie Sheffield
 

CENTRAL BANK IMPACT ON STANDARD OF LIVING - RYAN YOUNG

Washington Examiner: Easy come, easy go
 

Instead of constantly and unpredictably tinkering with interest rates, money supply, exchange rates, and other variables, central banks should pursue a humbler monetary policy. This would emphasize an honest, stable, and predictable price system that creates a better environment for those private sector engines of growth. > Read more

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
> Register
 

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Tuesday
Nov252014

CEI Today: 3,415 pages of regulations, Obama's China deal, honeybees & pesticides, and more 

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
In the News Today

 

3,415 PAGES OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Big Sexy Holiday Fun With The 2014 Unified Agenda Of Federal Regulations
 

The fall Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions always seems to appear just before the Holidays. You know, when nobody’s really looking. The new federal government compilation was just released on Friday.


The Agenda is supposed to help give researchers a sense of what’s happening with Washington bureaucracies and their regulations. But in the era of “pen and phone” and executive orders, it’s not so clear any more, and it’s hard to tell what’s going on.

The new Agenda reports on at total of 3,415 rules and regulations at the “active,” “completed” and “long-term” stages. That’s up from 3,305 last year, but down from 4,062 at this point in 2012.
> Read more

OBAMA'S CHINA DEAL - MARLO LEWIS

U.S.-China Climate Deal: Who Snookered Whom?

In the recent U.S-China climate deal, who snookered whom? Did Xi pull a fast one on Obama? No. Obama got exactly what he wanted. Obama seeks China’s support for an agreement under which the United States is politically bound by pledges to the international community to implement the Carbon Pollution Rule and Clean Power Plan. Obama seeks thereby to shield his illegitimate, unlawful climate policies from potential repeal by the next president and future Congresses.


Xi did not snooker Obama. It remains to be seen whether Obama will snooker Congress and the public. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

New Field Study Confirms Neonicotinoids Have Little Impact on Honeybees


As the Ontario provincial government in Canada considers policies that may force farmers to stop using, or drastically reduce use of, a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, a new study shows why such policies are unlikely to do any good. Supposedly, limiting use of these pesticides will improve honeybee hive health, but such regulations will simply make it harder for farmers to produce an affordable food supply. > Read more

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

OBAMA NLRB NOMINATIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Hill: An NLRB prescription for trouble

 

President Obama's nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have proven a prescription for trouble, and Lauren McFerran is no exception. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) promptly whisked McFerran to her examination — Thursday's confirmation hearing — after her nomination last week. But Republicans would be wise to conduct a thorough examination and not rush the process. > Read more

 

> Related: NLRB's Mysterious New Member Dodges Important Questions, But Stresses Need for Fully Staffed Board


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
> Register
 

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