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Wednesday
Nov122014

CEI Today: Jonathan Gruber, the Dodd-Frank nightmare, our fuelish ways, and more 

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE & JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare: Cert Granted on Friday, and Gruber II on Saturday
 
Shortly after noon last Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would review our Fourth Circuit Obamacare challenge, King v. Burwell. Saturday brought another surprise—yet another rediscovered Jonathan Gruber video:

And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass.” So, the only way to get it to pass was to not call it what it was and to not let the American people know what it really was.
 > Read more

DODD-FRANK


The Long National Nightmare of Dodd-Frank Is Almost Over

On November 19, however, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments in a case brought by CEI and others challenging the constitutionality of this new bureaucracy created by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. If the judges rule in our favor, Main Street and Wall Street should both breathe a sigh of relief. > Read more


> Interview Iain Murray
 

GLOBAL WARMING REPORT - MARLO LEWIS
 

CNSNews: IPCC’s Latest Report: The End Is Nigh Unless Mankind Repents of Its Fuelish Ways


Last month, the “pause”—a period of no net warming in the bulk atmosphere—reached its 18th year. Roughly 36 percent of all fossil-fuel CO2 emissions since industrialization began occurred during that 18-year period. Yet, atmospheric warming was conspicuous by its absence. Now that is news!

IPCC-affiliated scientists did not forecast the pause, and still struggle to explain it. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 


ROLL CALL
Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute


Part One
& Part Two


Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint.

"When you get into certain areas like roads, it gets more difficult because you’re not necessarily talking about regulation so much; you’re talking about the fact that the government has a monopoly on the provision of these services." > Read the interview
 

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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
 

In memory of Gordon Tullock

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Tuesday
Nov112014

CEI Today: Supreme Court to hear Obamacare challenge, Berlin Wall anniversary, and more 

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
In the News Today

 

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR OBAMACARE CASE - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court will look at 'Obamacare' subsidies
 

On Friday, the Supreme Court announced it will review the Fourth Circuit’s ruling on the Obamacare insurance exchange subsidies case.


In King v. Burwell, the petitioners are challenging an IRS rule that provides subsidies to both state and federally-established exchanges. The petitioners argue the subsidies violate the law enacted by Congress, which gave states the choice to either set up such exchanges themselves or stay out of the program.


The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is coordinating and funding both the King v. Burwell case and the D.C. Circuit Halbig v. Burwell case. > Read more

BERLIN WALL - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 Years Later

 

November 9, 1989 was also the start of something better. It was a nation’s way of saying that it was ready to move on to better times. To a new world defined not by oppression, ideology, and servitude, but by freedom. Sweet, precious, fragile freedom. Seeing the footage on the news was like witnessing something being born. The hope and potential that surround every birth were glimmering in people’s eyes. It was beautiful.  > Read more

> View the video on YouTube


> Interview Fred Smith
 


ROLL CALL

Friday Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute


Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint.

"When you get into certain areas like roads, it gets more difficult because you’re not necessarily talking about regulation so much; you’re talking about the fact that the government has a monopoly on the provision of these services.

When it comes to roads, we’re looking at how we can harness markets and get them involved in the provision of road transportation."

> Read the interview
 


WIND ENERGY TAX CREDITS


The Hill: Groups press new GOP majority to reject wind tax credits
 

In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday, the 66 groups argue an attempt to revive the Production Tax Credit (PTC) during the lame-duck session should be “rejected.”

“The PTC is a key part of President Obama and Majority Leader Reid’s attack on affordable energy from natural gas, coal, and nuclear,” the letter signed by Heritage Action for America and the Competitive Enterprise Institute states.
> Read the full story in The Hill


> Interview an expert
 

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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.

 

Saturday, 10am ET
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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

In Memoriam:
Gordon Tullock





 

Saturday
Nov082014

CEI Today: Yellen's Federal Reserve, wind energy tax credits, net neutrality & patent reform, and more 

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
In the News Today

 

CAN THE FEDERAL RESERVE HELP BUSINESSES? - IAIN MURRAY & RYAN YOUNG

No Triple Mandate for the Federal Reserve

A recent speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen got considerable attention over her subtly implied suggestion that the Fed consider taking on a third mandate—reducing economic inequality—in addition to its current dual mandate of keeping inflation in check and unemployment as low as possible. Less noticed, but just as important, were her comments that “business ownership is associated with higher levels of economic mobility,” and that “it has become harder to start and build businesses.”So is there a role the Fed could play in making entrepreneurship easier and less risky? > Read more

> Interview an expert
 

WIND ENERGY TAX CREDITS


The Hill: Groups press new GOP majority to reject wind tax credits
 

In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday, the 66 groups argue an attempt to revive the Production Tax Credit (PTC) during the lame-duck session should be “rejected.”

“The PTC is a key part ofPresident Obama and Majority Leader Reid’s attack on affordable energy from natural gas, coal, and nuclear,” the letter signed by Heritage Action for America and the Competitive Enterprise Institute states.
> Read the full story in The Hill


> Interview an expert
 

NET NEUTRALITY & PATENT REFORM - VOX

The GOP's Senate takeover could be a big deal for net neutrality and patent reform

 

Ryan Radia of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says there's a lot that Republicans can do to pressure Wheeler to take a more hands-off approach to the issue. Congressional committees can grill Wheeler and other FCC commissioners about their approach to the issue. And they also have the power of the purse: they can cut the FCC's funding, limiting the agency's ability to enforce the regulations and giving him an incentive to change course. > Read the full story on Vox

> Interview Ryan Radia

 

TOO BIG TO FAIL - JOHN BERLAU

Obama’s Peanut-Brained Attack on MetLife
 

The federal government considers MetLife to be “too big to fail,” making it subject to the same Dodd-Frank bailout regime set up for big Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. But MetLife, to its credit, has publicly stated that it is not too big to fail and does not want the special privileges that come with SIFI status. > Read more

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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

In Memoriam:
Gordon Tullock

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

In the final week before the midterm election, agencies published new regulations ranging from dairy profits to Japanese oranges. Fittingly, the total number of new regulations on the year also passed the 3,000 mark on Hallow’s Eve.





 

Saturday
Nov082014

Cooler Heads Digest 07 November 2014 

7 November 2014

Announcement

Sixty six groups led by the American Energy Alliance sent a coalition letter this week to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to oppose the inclusion of the wind production tax credit (PTC) in any lame duck tax extenders package during the remainder of this congressional session. Click here to read the letter.

In the News

Dear GOP: Don’t Rescue Obama Energy Policy with Wind PTC Extension
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 7 November 2014

Enough of Big Ethanol Bullying Voters
Nan Swift, Washington Examiner, 7 November 2014

West Virginia’s White, Pro-Coal Democratic Senate Candidate Fared Even Worse Than Obama
David Weigel, Bloomberg, 6 November 2014

GOP Election Rout Delivers Blow to U.S. Leadership Role on Climate Change
John Cushman, Jr., Inside Climate News, 5 November 2014

Obama: Stop Bugging Me About Keystone
Ben Geman, National Journal, 5 November 2014

Sierra Club’s Wacky Take on the Election: Environmentalists Failed Due to “Sinister Voter Suppression Tactics”
William Yeatman, GlobalWarming.org, 5 November 2014

Climate Was Barely a Factor in Midterms
Brad Plumer, Vox, 4 November 2014

The Crazy Reason Two Auto Companies Were Fined $100 Million
Nicolas Loris, Daily Signal, 4 November 2014

News You Can Use
Election’s Biggest Loser: Alarmism

Last week, the Cooler Heads Digest reported on the scores of millions of dollars that green special interests and their billionaire benefactors spent on the midterm elections. Regarding their efforts, this week’s Politico headline delivers the final word: “Tom Steyer, Greens Have Rough Night at the Polls.”

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Big Green’s $85 Million Fails To Keep Senate under Harry Reid’s Control

Republicans gained at least seven and probably nine Senate seats in the 4th November congressional elections and will take control of the Senate when the 114th Congress is sworn in on 3rd January.  Senator Mitch McConnell, the current minority leader, defeated Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky by 52 to 44% and will become majority leader.  EPA regulations to kill the coal industry were a big issue in the campaign.

House Republicans increased their numbers to between 245 and 250 from 233 in the current Congress.  With several races still to be called, the Republicans could hold more seats in the House of Representatives than at any time since 1929.

Republicans did this despite massive spending by billionaire green activist Tom Steyer and the big environmental pressure groups.  As I reported last week, Big Green spent over $85 million trying to elect global warming alarmists.  They failed miserably.  Their issues did not resonate at all.  As Republican pollster Whit Ayres said, “It is difficult to find an issue that voters place lower on the list than climate change.”

Steyer and leading environmentalists have spent the week trying to explain away how they spent so much and achieved so little. But environmental advocates, such as Brad Plumer writing on Vox, were also quick to acknowledge that the global warming establishment was the biggest loser in the elections. Here’s the good news from Rebecca Leber in the New Republic: “Congratulations, voters.  You just made this climate denier the most powerful Senator on the environment.”  She refers to Senator James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), who is set to return as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.  

In a press conference the day after the election, President Barack Obama admitted, “The Republicans had a good night.”  He then went on to say that he was not planning to make a mid-term course correction or shake up the White House staff, as did Presidents George W. Bush in 2006 and Bill Clinton in 1994.  It’s going to be an interesting two years in Washington, DC. 

Across the States
Myron Ebell

Republicans Make Historic Gains in State Legislatures

The Republican takeover of the Senate was the big story on election night.  A few days to look at the election results at the state level has convinced me that the stunning scope of Republican victories in state legislative races is at least as big a story and will have bigger consequences over time. 

Republicans increased their control of the 98 partisan state legislative bodies (Nebraska’s legislature is non-partisan and unicameral) from 57 to 67 (and after the election, a party switcher gave Republicans control of one more).  Once all the races are called, it is almost certain there will be more Republican state legislators than the previous high of 4001 achieved in 1928.

Democrats lost their majorities in the West Virginia House for the first time since 1931.  West Virginia’s current House of Delegates has 54 Democrats and 47 Republicans.  The new House will have 64 Republicans and 36 Democrats. After Democrats lost seven state Senate seats in West Virginia, a Democratic state senator announced that he would switch parties, which will give Republicans control of the state Senate, again for the first time since 1931.  In New Mexico, Republicans won control of the state House for the first time since 1954. 

Democrats also lost their majorities in the Nevada House and Senate, their Senate majorities in New York, Colorado, Maine, and Washington, and their House majorities in Minnesota and New Hampshire.

Before the election, Republicans controlled both legislative chambers and the governorship in 23 States, Democrats in 13.  Republicans gained complete control in Nevada and Arkansas, but lost it in Pennsylvania (where incumbent Governor Tom Corbett lost) and Alaska (where an independent defeated incumbent Governor Sean Parnell).  Democrats, on the other hand, lost complete control in six States: Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, and West Virginia. 

Thirty-One States Now Have Republican Governors

The biggest surprise on election night was Republican Larry Hogan defeating Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown for Governor in Maryland.  Republicans Bruce Rauner and Charlie Baker also won surprising victories for Governor in Illinois and Massachusetts. 

Democrat Tom Wolf defeated Republican Governor Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania.  Otherwise, it was a big night for Republicans at the gubernatorial level, who now have thirty-one Governors.

Democrats now have one woman Governor—Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire.  Republicans have three—Susana Martinez in New Mexico, Nikki Haley in South Carolina, and Mary Fallin in Oklahoma.  Democrats have no Hispanic Governors, but Republicans have two—Martinez and Brian Sandoval in Nevada.  Republicans also have two Governors of Asian Indian descent—Haley and Bobby Jindal in Louisiana.  

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Friday
Nov072014

CEI Today: Another "too big to fail," Election Day post-mortem on environmentalism, labor, rail transit, and a tribute to Gordon Tullock 

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
In the News Today

 

TOO BIG TO FAIL - JOHN BERLAU

Obama’s Peanut-Brained Attack on MetLife
 

the federal government considers MetLife to be “too big to fail,” making it subject to the same Dodd-Frank bailout regime set up for big Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. But MetLife, to its credit, has publicly stated that it is not too big to fail and does not want the special privileges that come with SIFI status. > Read more

RAIL TRANSIT BOONDOGGLES - MARC SCRIBNER

Voters Reject Three Rail Transit Boondoggles

Tuesday, voters across the country had the opportunity to vote on a number of transportation ballot measures. Three of these involved spending for new rail transit projects, and all three were rejected. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

 

MINIMUM WAGE - HANS BADER

Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hikes


Minimum wage increases drive up unemployment among teens, knocking some of them off the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Yet, as pollsters predicted, voters approved increases in state-level minimum wages in four states (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota), although to levels less than the increase in the minimum wage proposed by Congressional Democrats (to $9.75 in Alaska, $9 in Nebraska, and $8.50 in Arkansas and South Dakota). Voters in the City of San Francisco voted to raise the minimum wage to a whopping $15 per hour from the current $10.74. > Read more

> Related: Labor and Employment Look at the 2014 Elections

> Interview Hans Bader
 

ELECTION DAY FAIL FOR ENVIRONMENTALISTS - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Sierra Club’s Wacky Take on the Election: Environmentalists Failed Due to “Sinister Voter Suppression Tactics”



Of course, this is utter nonsense. Rather, they lost for the ultra-simple reason that voter priorities are far different that those shared by environmental special interests.
> Read more


> Interview William Yeatman
 

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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
 

In Memoriam:
Gordon Tullock

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

In the final week before the midterm election, agencies published new regulations ranging from dairy profits to Japanese oranges. Fittingly, the total number of new regulations on the year also passed the 3,000 mark on Hallow’s Eve.