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CEI Weekly: Right-to-Work Laws 

December 14, 2012



Feature: Michigan was a battleground this week for right-to-work laws.

FEATURE: Right-to-Work Laws


This week, as Michigan passed a right-to-work bill,  some libertarians questioned the merits of right-to-work. CEI Labor Policy Analyst Ivan Osorio responded to these questions on OpenMarket. Read his post here.





Avoid a Beer Monopoly By Setting the Market Free

Michelle Minton's CEI OnPoint


Why Grover Norquist's Tax Pledge Works

Fred Smith's op-ed in Forbes


Transatlantic Free Trade Must Be Done Right

Iain Murray's op-ed in The Huffington Post


Regulations Vs. Jobs: Assessing the Employment Impact of Rules and Regulations

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes


The Return of Gunboat Diplomacy

Iain Murray's op-ed in Human Events


A New Report on the Post-Election Red Tape Rush

William Yeatman's citation in Sen. Barrasso & Rep. Stevan Pearce's report


House GOP Seeks Info on Alleged EPA Internal Email Accounts

Chris Horner's citation in The Washington Examiner


Conservative Energy Groups Press Lawmakers to Oppose Wind Tax Credit

CEI's citation in The Hill


Bill to Extend TAG Dies in Senate

John Berlau's citation in The Houston Business Journal














December 12, 2012: Ending the Beer Monopoly


Fellow in Consumer policy Studies Michelle Minton argues that the beer industry in America is essentially a monopoly. In her new paper “Avoid a Monopoly by Setting the Market Free: How the Mandatory Three-Tier Distribution System Inhibits Competition,” she argues that this monopoly is a regulatory creation, and offers ideas for reform.


ALG - EPA's engine destroying gas may be coming soon

Dec. 6, 2012

EPA's engine destroying gas may be coming soon

Corn-based gasoline leads to corrosive damage to fuel lines, gaskets and other engine components.

Video: Washington's Newest Action/Adventure: The Fiscal Cliff

Will Chuck Norris himself have to step in and keep us from flying off the Fiscal Cliff?

Obamacare Set to Undercut Small Business Opportunities, Slow Job Growth

Does health law discourage smaller firms from hiring? Once a business has 50 people employed, that's when the health care mandate and all of its enforcement provisions are activated.

Schiff: Doing Away With All the Debt-Ceiling Drama

"Most Republicans have dismissed the proposal [doing away with the debt ceiling] as a blatant executive power grab that will significantly weaken both the Congress and the minority party. While this is certainly true, Congress will only lose a power that it has never shown the slightest courage to actually use."


ALG's Daily Grind - Bob Costas, Jason Whitlock: Ready, Fire, Aim 

Dec. 5, 2012

Bob Costas, Jason Whitlock: Ready, Fire, Aim

The left sets its crosshairs on individual gun rights.

Cartoon: States reserve right to bear harm

California considers "solutions" to its debt crisis.

Facing a triple threat: Doha, EPA and Congress

Even as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have risen from 280 parts per million before 1880 to 391 ppm (0.0391 percent) today, average global temperatures have flat-lined for 16 years.

Milbank: The open-and-shut administration

"The Obama administration's high level of opacity, though typical of modern presidencies, is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently."


ALG - Group to Sue EPA to Force Backdoor Cap-and-Trade, Raise Fuel Prices

(Washington, DC - December 3, 2012) Apparently, gas isn't expensive enough yet-at least for one environmental interest group that is now suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force the creation of Cap-and-Trade. The Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law last week told EPA to expect the lawsuit.

"They want to make cheap energy expensive, so that expensive energy will seem cheap," said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America.

"We've seen this play before, and inventing fictitious markets that traffic imaginary products is bad enough. But asking the EPA to assume quasi-legislative powers so that it can unilaterally enact Cap-in-Trade is a deeply troubling step, even for radical environmentalists. Proponents of this lawsuit absurdly cite Hurricane Sandy as a reason for Cap-and-Trade.

But what Hurricane Sandy truly illustrates is the human hardship that results from communities losing power and fuel. This measure aims to render Sandy's fuel shortages and soaring energy prices commonplace."

Politico posted its story on this backdoor Cap-and-Trade lawsuit late last week. It can read here<>.

Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government expressed concern that, "This lawsuit is nothing more than a pretext for the EPA to continue expanding their power through ginned up judicial actions."

The practice of using litigation to enact policy has become commonplace on environmental matters.

Here's how it works: Environmental interests sue the EPA to compel a particular policy outcome (such as "Cap-and-Trade").

Sympathetic bureaucrats (who often have ties to the litigants) gleefully settle the suit, and agree to enact new policies without bothering with nasty details like "Congress." For more information (and for examples), click here<>.

Free Market America is a project of Americans for Limited Government that produced the 2.6 million-hit viral video, "If I wanted America to Fail,"  which debuted on Earth Day earlier this year.

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Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please call us at 703-383-0880 or visit our website at


CEI Today: EPA email scandal, biofuel ruling, carbon tax prospects, online poker, and more 


National Review: The EPA vs. State Economies

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected petitions from the governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, and North Carolina to suspend the biofuel-blending requirements established by the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS) program.

However, the EPA stacked the decks against petitioners, establishing a burden of proof that was virtually impossible to meet. Indeed, the agency’s August 30 Request for Comment telegraphed the decision Jackson reached on Friday. The EPA stated petitioners would have to show that the “RFS itself” was the cause of severe harm, not merely a “contributing” factor. In addition, petitioners would have to show that waiving the RFS would be a “remedy” for the hardship facing livestock producers.

These criteria are ridiculous. The Clean Air Act does not require the EPA to don analytical blinkers and ignore other factors that, in combination with the RFS, cause severe harm, nor does it say that any waiver granted must be a silver bullet.  > Read the full news story on


> Interview Marlo Lewis


American Spectator: A Carbon Copy of a Bad Idea


There are good reasons for conservatives to contemplate how their approach to young single women, gays, and immigrants might have contributed to recent defeats, but there is no reason to think that a switch on energy policy -- which is really economic and industrial policy -- might help. A carbon tax would punish the middle class and harm the broader economy now and going forward. It should be defeated the same way as cap-and-tax was defeated.

> View more at

> Interview Iain Murray


Breitbart/Big Government: Harry Reid's Online Poker Folds on Freedom

The Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2012, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to introduce soon, is being touted as a way to legalize online poker. In fact, it is a self-serving piece of legislation that protects large Nevada-based casinos at the expense of consumer choice. The bill in effect criminalizes just about any other form of online wagering, while providing a tiny carve-out for online poker companies in a way that protects Nevada against competition from any other state in the nation.  > View the commentary on

> Interview Michelle Minton





The Competitive Enterprise Institute is proud to announce a new ambitious film project: an animated adaptation of I, Pencil by Leonard Read.

> View the I, Pencil short film

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