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Friday
Oct242014

CEI Today: Election Day results, Janet Yellen and income inequality, Real Clear Radio Hour, and more

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
In the News Today

 

REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS - FRED L. SMITH, JR.


Forbes: The Least Important Election of Your Lifetime

Both Republicans and Democrats, especially in their fight over control of the Senate, are spending considerable effort to persuade “their” voters to show up to the polls, even when it means voting against their own principles. You read that right. Democrats are urging environmentalists to vote for “fossil-fuel loving” candidates, while Republicans are urging Tea Party activists to vote for the same people they sought to defeat in primaries. > Read more

> Interview Fred L. Smith, Jr.

 

INCOME INEQUALITY - CARRIE SHEFFIELD
 
Forbes: The Troubling Prospect Of Janet Yellen As Liberal Political Crusader
 

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s unprecedented speech on income inequality harbingers worrisome policy prescriptions by a central bank created to serve limited functions. Her wide-ranging critique of America’s economic and education systems could well position her as the monetary equivalent of activist judges who legislate from the bench. > Read more

> See also: Loan Report Attacks Lenders Rather Than Empowering Students

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

Join me this Saturday on Bloomberg Radio discussing political, economic, and civil freedoms with CEI President Lawson Bader and other guests.

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PAPERWORK COSTS - WAYNE CREWS

The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup, Part 4: Independent Agency Paperwork Costs


Independent agency paperwork burdens do not get accounted for in OMB’s annual benefits and costs roundup of executive agency rules, and include bureaus like the Securities and Exchange Commission with its 234 million reported hours of paperwork, and the Federal Communications Commission’s 82 million.

Be that as it may, as the link at Independent Agency Paperwork Burdens and the chart nearby shows, these hours add up to 610 million for agencies not headed by a cabinet secretary. At $35/hour, add an additional $21.3 billion in annual costs for independent agencies.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


 

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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: Leonard Liggio
 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government took Monday off for Columbus Day, but still managed to pack more than 50 new regulations into a short week.





 

Thursday
Oct232014

CEI Today: Sports gambling, student loans, paperwork costs, and more 

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
In the News Today

 

LEGALIZING SPORTS GAMBLING - MICHELLE MINTON


New Republic: Let Chris Christie Legalize Sports Gambling. It Won't Ruin the Game.

Last Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill legalizing sports gambling in his state. Casinos and racetracks began preparing to take bets as soon as this weekend. But the four major sports leagues and the NCAA, who say the law violates a federal ban on sports gambling, filed a motion Tuesday to stop the law from taking effect. Now it's up to a federal judge to decide.

It's a legal matter, but earlier this month Mark Varga argued in The New Republic that central issue is the integrity of the game: that legalizing sports gambling in America would lead to scandals like match fixing. There's no evidence to support his argument. In fact, legalizing gambling would make the game even cleaner and more transparent. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton

 

STUDENT LOANS - CARRIE SHEFFIELD
 
Forbes: CFPB's Loan Report Attacks Lenders Rather Than Empowering Students
 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recent annual student loan ombudsman report aims to help those falling behind with private lenders. However, its reactive approach would simply stifle flames rather than prevent their initial burst by proposing shortsighted policies that could lead vulnerable students to take on more debt. > Read more

 

PAPERWORK COSTS - WAYNE CREWS

The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup, Part 4: Independent Agency Paperwork Costs


Independent agency paperwork burdens do not get accounted for in OMB’s annual benefits and costs roundup of executive agency rules, and include bureaus like the Securities and Exchange Commission with its 234 million reported hours of paperwork, and the Federal Communications Commission’s 82 million.

Be that as it may, as the link at Independent Agency Paperwork Burdens and the chart nearby shows, these hours add up to 610 million for agencies not headed by a cabinet secretary. At $35/hour, add an additional $21.3 billion in annual costs for independent agencies.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


 

CO2 REDUCTION TARGETS - MARLO LEWIS

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Targets for Virginia: Unlawful Six Ways


The Virginia State Corporation Counsel’s staff identify six main reasons EPA’s proposed CO2 reduction targets for Virginia are not valid performance standards. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

Saturday, 10am ET
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Join me this Saturday on Bloomberg Radio discussing political, economic, and civil freedoms.

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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: Leonard Liggio
 


Wall Street Journal
Review & Outlook


Carvin’s ObamaCare
Tour de Force


 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government took Monday off for Columbus Day, but still managed to pack more than 50 new regulations into a short week.





 

Wednesday
Oct222014

CEI Today: Cost of independent agencies, union lobbyists, energy poverty, and more 

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
In the News Today

 

COST OF INDEPENDENT AGENCIES? - WAYNE CREWS
 
The Great Unknown - Federal Independent Agencies’ Regulatory Costs
 

Independent agencies are not subject to Office of Management and Budget review as executive agency rules are, so their rules’ costs are not included in the annual Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations, confounding as that may be. Referring to whatever cost estimates independent agencies may perform on their own, OMB stated that it “does not know whether the rigor of the analysis conducted by these agencies is similar to that of the analyses performed by agencies subject to OMB review.” > Read more

 

UNION LOBBYISTS - TREY KOVACS

Union Lobbyists Collecting Illinois Public Pen
sions Is Illegal Gift

Recent reports reveal that Illinois taxpayers are funding union agents’ pensions.

One loophole allowed a couple of teacher union lobbyists who spent one day each as substitute teachers in Illinois public schools to apply their years of service as union agents for the Illinois Federation of Teachers toward a state pension.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Green Exploitation of the Monarch Butterfly

Conservationists rightly point out that monarch butterflies face challenges associated with habitat loss because there are not enough of the type of plants that they need for food and reproduction.

A massive educational campaign pushed by environmental groups, which collectively have tens of millions of dollars at their disposal, could make the critical difference. Some groups are working this angle, but too many others would rather spend the money to lobby for more government controls on businesses and property owners. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

ENERGY POVERTY - MARLO LEWIS

Which Is the Bigger Threat to People in Developing Countries: Climate Change or Energy Poverty?


For the 1.3 billion people who have no electricity, energy poverty is indeed an existential threat. For the additional 2.3 billion people facing chronic electricity shortages, frequent blackouts, and limited hours of service, energy poverty is a decisive obstacle to development.


Those 3.6 billion people need access to plentiful, reliable, affordable energy as soon as possible, and for the foreseeable future, that means carbon-based energy. Yet the pampered elites at the UN, the EU, and the White House want all countries, including India and China, where hundreds of millions still have no electricity, to make ‘politically-binding’ commitments to limit their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the inescapable byproduct of carbon-energy use. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

In addition to WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays on 1030 KVOI Tucson, Sundays on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM Kansas, and Mondays on WROM Detroit. --> To receive show updates, subscribe to RealClear Radio Hour’s email list at RealClearRadio.org.

 

 

    

 

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: Leonard Liggio
 


Wall Street Journal
Review & Outlook


Carvin’s ObamaCare
Tour de Force


His reply brief to the government leaves the Supreme Court no legal reason to dodge the case on federal subsidies.


 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government took Monday off for Columbus Day, but still managed to pack more than 50 new regulations into a short week.





 

Tuesday
Oct212014

CEI Today: Online gambling ban, EPA's clean power plan, and the future of driverless cars 

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
In the News Today

 

ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON
 
New Pittsburgh Courier: Online gambling ban does nothing to protect consumers
 
Wellington Webb says gambling ensnares “naïve and foolish” people who think they can strike it rich. But how is legal online gambling any more of a threat to consumers’ well-being than state-run lotteries, brick-and-mortar casinos, or foreign-operated gambling sites? Playing poker online is no more dangerous than other forms of real-world gambling. In fact, legalizing the activity would bring online gambling out of the shadows and allow states to implement safeguards to address the ills Webb fears. An online gambling ban will do nothing to protect consumers—but it will protect the profits of brick-and-mortar casino owners like Webb’s boss, Sheldon Adelson. > Read more
 

EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

“Topsy-Turvy” Clean Power Plan Could “Substantially” Raise Electric Bills — Virginia State Corporate Commission


In a comment letter filed this week, the State Corporation Commission (SCC)* cautioned that EPA’s Clean Power Plan could “substantially increase” consumer electric bills in Virginia. > Read more

 

> Related: EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Huge Electric Sector Impacts, Undetectably Small Climate Benefits — Study


> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

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REGULATION VS. VEHICLE INNOVATION - MARC SCRIBNER


Misguided Regulations Threaten Automated Vehicle Innovation
To date, four states and the District of Columbia have enacted statutes that explicitly recognize the legality of automated vehicles. 

California’s manufacturer testing regulations came into force in September. While not entirely problematic, California’s rules mandate that a licensed driver be in the driver seat at all times during autonomous operation. In effect, this outlaws testing of more advanced fully automated vehicles. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

In addition to WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays on 1030 KVOI Tucson, Sundays on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM Kansas, and Mondays on WROM Detroit. --> To receive show updates, subscribe to RealClear Radio Hour’s email list at RealClearRadio.org.

 

 

    

 

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: Leonard Liggio
 





 

Tuesday
Oct212014

CEI Today: Monarch butterflies, corporate income tax, energy poverty, and more 

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
In the News Today

 

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Green Exploitation of the Monarch Butterfly

Conservationists rightly point out that monarch butterflies face challenges associated with habitat loss because there are not enough of the type of plants that they need for food and reproduction.

A massive educational campaign pushed by environmental groups, which collectively have tens of millions of dollars at their disposal, could make the critical difference. Some groups are working this angle, but too many others would rather spend the money to lobby for more government controls on businesses and property owners. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

CORPORATE INCOME TAX - WAYNE CREWS
 
Forbes: Waste: Federal Tax Paperwork May Cost More Than The Corporate Income Tax Collects
 

Earlier studies of the costs of overall tax compliance, the deadweight costs and sheer economic waste, postulated several percent of GDP, or hundreds of billions of dollars. Surveying such material I reckoned $329 billion as a placeholder for those costs.

Note something interesting; that $329 billion exceeds the $321 billion that the Treasury Department reports as what is taken in by via corporate income tax receipts.
> Read more

 

ENERGY POVERTY - MARLO LEWIS

Which Is the Bigger Threat to People in Developing Countries: Climate Change or Energy Poverty?


For the 1.3 billion people who have no electricity, energy poverty is indeed an existential threat. For the additional 2.3 billion people facing chronic electricity shortages, frequent blackouts, and limited hours of service, energy poverty is a decisive obstacle to development.


Those 3.6 billion people need access to plentiful, reliable, affordable energy as soon as possible, and for the foreseeable future, that means carbon-based energy. Yet the pampered elites at the UN, the EU, and the White House want all countries, including India and China, where hundreds of millions still have no electricity, to make ‘politically-binding’ commitments to limit their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the inescapable byproduct of carbon-energy use. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

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Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

In addition to WXKS 1200AM & WJMN 94.5FM-HD2 Boston, RealClear Radio Hour is broadcast Saturdays on 1030 KVOI Tucson, Sundays on The Patriot KRMR 105.7FM & KNNS 1510AM Kansas, and Mondays on WROM Detroit. --> To receive show updates, subscribe to RealClear Radio Hour’s email list at RealClearRadio.org.

 

 

    

 

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: Leonard Liggio
 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government took Monday off for Columbus Day, but still managed to pack more than 50 new regulations into a short week.