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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
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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.





 

Wednesday
Nov052014

CEI Today: Voter fraud, illegal volunteering, and EPA's clean power plan 

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
In the News Today

 

VOTER FRAUD - BILL FREZZA

Daily Caller: Can Big Data Help Eliminate Voter Fraud?

Conservatives take it as a matter of faith that voter fraud is rampant. Liberals take it as a matter of faith that concern over fraud is merely a cover for voter suppression. Where does the truth lie? Can we resolve this argument based on the facts? We may soon find out.

In Frederick County, Maryland, an election watchdog group is suing the Old Line State over alleged voter fraud. Another “gotcha” moment for conservatives or proof of voter suppression?
> Read more

> Interview Bill Frezza
 

ILLEGAL VOLUNTEERING - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

Volunteering Violation Vignettes
 

Did you know it is against the law to volunteer for a for-profit business?  > Read more

EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Globalwarming.org: EPA’s Clean Power Plan Defies Its Own Regulation


EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation for existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan, is off-putting for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s expensive and threatens electric reliability. The regulation, moreover, is an affront to federalism, insofar as it usurps the States long-held, exclusive authority to oversee retail electricity markets. Despite these drawbacks, the rule would in no way impact the climate. > 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’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, 10am ET
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Tuesday
Nov042014

CEI Today: Least important election, NLRB v McDonald's, Obamacare, and EPA's clean power plan 

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
In the News Today

 



TODAY'S ELECTION - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


The Least Important Election of Your Lifetime
 

The truth is that this midterm election, for all of the breathtaking amounts of cash being poured into it, will likely change very little in Washington. > Read more

NLRB v McDONALD'S - ALOYSIUS HOGAN


Joint Employer Action Anxiously Anticipated

With October now past, it has been over three months since the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel authorized complaints against McDonald’s, determining that the franchisor McDonald’s is a joint employer with McDonald’s franchisees and thus liable for the actions of the franchisees. Were franchisors typically held liable for the actions of their franchisees, as the NLRB General Counsel has proposed in an amicus brief, the franchise system as we know it would implode. But this lack of action from the Board comes as something of a surprise. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

 

HEALTH INSURANCE - TOM HAYNES

ObamaCare Failing to Make Insurance Affordable for Many Americans

The two most important Courts in the land are about to dive into the language and purpose of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the “Obamacare” law. Here are four ways in which the ACA, as it currently stands, makes health insurance coverage less affordable. > Read more

> Interview Tom Haynes

 

> Related: Update on CEI’s Healthcare Cases, Halbig and King
 

EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - WILLIAM YEATMAN


Globalwarming.org: EPA’s Clean Power Plan Defies Its Own Regulation


EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation for existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan, is off-putting for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s expensive and threatens electric reliability. The regulation, moreover, is an affront to federalism, insofar as it usurps the States long-held, exclusive authority to oversee retail electricity markets. Despite these drawbacks, the rule would in no way impact the climate. > 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’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, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

 





 

Monday
Nov032014

CEI Today: Income inequality, commercial space flight, enviro $, junk science on soda

Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
In the News Today

 

INCOME INEQUALITY - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: The “Smaug Fallacy”?
 

Among the most troubling rhetoric in the debate over income inequality in the United States is the notion that the rich “take in” or “control” wealth. These types of arguments are fallacious for several reasons. Far from regressing to the Middle Ages, as leftist economists like Paul Krugman and Thomas Piketty claim, modern capitalism is not only making more people wealthier; it is on the verge of a vast explosion in its wealth-creating capacity — as long as regulators don’t get in the way. > Read more

COMMERCIAL SPACE FLIGHT - WAYNE CREWS


What Will the SpaceShipTwo Crash Mean for Commercial Space Flight Regulation?

The crash of a test flight of billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, which cost the life of one, riveted many around the globe on Friday afternoon.Today was a reminder that when innovators and the aspirational among us raise the bar, danger is often nearby. We should be careful that governmental responses do not aggravate risks in the future, however. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

ENVIRONMENTALISTS & THE 2014 ELECTION - MYRON EBELL


Globalwarming.org: Environmentalists Spend Like Koch Brothers To Influence Senate


The mainstream media have begun to take notice that the environmental movement is spending a lot of money to elect candidates in the 4th November elections.

There are multiple hypocrisies in the environmentalists’ campaign spending.  The first is that they continue to attack conservatives for being funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, while they are largely funded by Tom Steyer and other billionaires.
> Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell

 

JUNK SCIENCE STUDY ON SODA - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Soda Makes You Old and Other "Data Mined" Myths

“Data torturing” is responsible for a recent junk science study that claims drinking soda will age your cells, which makes it as dangerous as smoking. But these findings reflect clever manipulation of data—and nothing more. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

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Saturday, 10am ET
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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was business as usual, with new rules hitting the books on everything from political speech restrictions to butterflies to football broadcasts.





 

Saturday
Nov012014

CEI Today: Halloween & the Food Police, Obamacare for banks, Real Clear Radio Hour, and more 

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
In the News Today

 



HALLOWEEN & THE FOOD POLICE - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Forbes: A Truly Frightening Halloween in our Future?
 

Now “public health” activists seem determined to truly frighten our children by taking away that annual [Halloween candy] ritual. I call them the Food Police. Were they to achieve their goals, as described in a Washington Post Magazine article this week, Halloween candy may give way to carrots and celery. Poor kids! > Read more


OBAMACARE FOR BANKS


Washington Post "The Fix": How ‘Dodd-Frank’ is becoming the new ‘Obamacare’

If you don't know what the Dodd-Frank Act is, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told an audience last weekend, "it's Obamacare for banks."

The Competitive Enterprise Institute
pointed to that Wallison piece with the pithier "Obamacare for banks" formulation -- and a more pointed articulation of the comparison: "Like Obamacare, Dodd-Frank was a 2,500-plus page law rammed through the Democrat-controlled Congress in 2010. And like the bureaucrat-written rules implementing Obamacare, the regulations implementing the law are pretty lengthy as well." A few weeks later, the Washington Times excerpted the CEI article, which is probably the point at which it took off in conservative circles. > Read more

> Interview an expert


WHITE HOUSE POLAR VORTEX - SAM KAZMAN


CEI Lawsuit Targets White House Polar Vortex Documents

 

Wednesday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed a lawsuit against the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), seeking documents related to that agency’s controversial video, The Polar Vortex Explained in 2 Minutes. > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman


RED TAPE - WAYNE CREWS


How Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Has Grown since President Clinton

How have paperwork hours have changed over the past decade-plus of data collected under the Paperwork Reduction Act?

In President Bill Clinton’s last year, 2000, there were an estimated 7.361 billion hours of paperwork burden (of course, fiscal year 2001 had been underway a few months by the time Clinton left office).

Since that time, paperwork burdens have grown 28 percent to 9.453 billion in the current 2014 Information Collection Budget (which depicts fiscal year 2013). > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


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Saturday, 10am ET
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Tune in Saturday, November 1st to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests Victor Bevine & Tom Palmer.

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

It was business as usual, with new rules hitting the books on everything from political speech restrictions to butterflies to football broadcasts.