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Wednesday
Feb052014

CEI Today: New vehicle mandate, Keystone & global warming, the Farm Bill, and more

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In the News Today

VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE COMMUNICATIONS - MARC SCRIBNER


Openmarket.org: USDOT Calls for Connected Vehicle Mandate; Security and Privacy Concerns Remain

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
announced today it would chart a regulatory path that would require all new automobiles to be equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems sometime in the next several years.

Requiring that cars “talk to each other” before critical issues related to security (how are hackers prevented from manipulating V2V warnings and how are the security systems financed and operated?) and privacy (who owns the V2V data collected and who may obtain it, and under what conditions may they obtain it?) strikes me as premature.
> Read more

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KEYSTONE PIPELINE - MARLO LEWIS

National Journal: Should Obama Green-Light Keystone XL?

Anti-Keystone activists have pushed President Obama to base the national interest determination on a single issue – whether Keystone XL would increase incremental greenhouse gas emissions.

Keystone foes assumed this single-factor test gives them a slam dunk. Oil sands extraction is more energy-intensive than conventional oil production. How could expanding infrastructure to bring such oil to market not increase greenhouse gas emissions?


Irony of ironies, if your chief objective in the Keystone XL debate is to limit greenhouse gas emissions and oil spills, you should support the pipeline! > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

Openmarket.org: Farm Bill Passes Senate, Goes to President

With the U.S. Senate’s passage February 4 of a farm bill by a vote of 68-32, a nearly $1 trillion (over 10 years) farm bill will govern agriculture policy for the next five years. The House had previously approved the bill last week. About 80 percent of the spending goes for food stamp and nutrition programs.


Even though this was the most contentious farm bill process in recent history, the results are pretty much the same: farmers will get their pork one way or another. > Read more


> Interview Fran Smith

 

    

 

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Friday
Jul122013

CEI Today: Farm Bill, Egypt democracy vs liberty, and the Apple anti-trust case

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

House Votes to Permanently Extend Taxpayer Fleecing in Farm Bill

Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the 2013 Farm Bill on a mostly partisan vote of 216-208. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and only 12 Republicans voted against it. Moreover, the legislation, H.R. 2642, was rammed through the Republican-controlled House under a closed rule allowing no amendments.

 

The legislation greatly expands the crop insurance subsidy program, where farmers’ premiums and insurance companies’ administrative costs are heavily subsidized. It includes no means tests for those subsidies. It leaves in place the sugar program, which is a central planning scheme that allocates domestic supply, restricts imports and sets prices substantially higher than the world price.  > Read more

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> Interview Fran Smith

 
 

EGYPT - IAIN MURRAY

 

American Spectator: Egypt’s Missing Precondition

 

It is commonplace today to regard liberty and democracy as inextricably correlated — if you have one, you must have the other. Yet as Egypt and other failed democracies are showing, that is not the case. Indeed, we are rediscovering some fundamental truths that the American Founders knew — that liberty is an essential precondition for sustainable democracy and that there is more to democracy than majority rule.

Democracy as we know it took centuries to establish not only in Britain, but also in the relatively young United States, where such illiberal institutions as slavery and the denial of the vote to the unpropertied and women took a long time to overcome. However, it was the institutions of liberty that provided the foundation on which democracy and equal rights for all could be built.

Egypt has underlined this lesson. It has shown us one undeniable truth: The institutions of liberty are more important than the trappings of democracy. > Read more

 

> Interview Iain Murray

 

APPLE ANTI-TRUST - RYAN YOUNG


Daily Caller: Apple’s ebook ruling and the absurdity of antitrust law

 

Apple committed offense number one [raising prices] when it raised its e-book prices at publishers’ behest in 2010. The Justice Department sued, to the delight of Apple’s competitors. This Wednesday, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York ruledin the Justice Department’s favor (here’s the decision). The argument goes that Apple colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices, which took away the pressure on competitors like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to keep their prices down.

Apple will likely appeal the decision for this and other reasons. This would send the case to the Second Circuit, which is unlikely to overturn Judge Cote’s decision. That would be unfortunate, but this state of affairs will persist until the President and Congress bring antitrust laws in line with market realities. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 


The True Story of European Austerity; Cutting Taxes and Spending Leads to Renewed Growth

A new CEI OnPoint measures austerity and its effects from the time austerity officially began in each country, with very different results from reports that have been cited widely in the media. > Listen to the Liberty Week podcast


>View the US News & World Reports commentary

 

   

 

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

Stossel: Should Online Gambling Be Legalized?



University of Illinois professor John Kindt and CEI fellow Michelle Minton debate a ban on online gambling.
 

> View the debate

New Study: EPA's Shocking Record of Failure on Statutory Deadlines Raises Serious Questions

The EPA has routinely failed to comply with statutory deadlines established for three core Clean Air Act programs and, more often than not, now promulgates regulations almost six years after established deadlines, according to a new CEI study. > Read more

 

 





 

Friday
Jul122013

CEI - Farm Bill: House Votes to Permanently Extend Taxpayer Fleecing 

Statement on Passage of the Farm Bill Today

 

Washington, D.C., July 11, 2013 - Today, the House of Representatives approved the 2013 Farm Bill on a mostly partisan vote of 216-208. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and only 12 Republicans voted against it. Moreover, the legislation, H.R. 2642, was rammed through the Republican-controlled House under a closed rule allowing no amendments. House Agriculture leaders told their colleagues it was the same bill as the one voted down earlier … only with food stamps and nutrition programs separated out.

That is not the case. This bill has stripped away the expiration dates for most of the commodity programs, meaning this bloated farm bill essentially will become permanent law. That takes the future of agricultural programs out of the hands of policymakers -- no longer will they have to deal with a farm bill every five years.  Instead, they can do nothing and revert to this travesty of farm bill reform.

The legislation greatly expands the crop insurance subsidy program, where farmers’ premiums and insurance companies’ administrative costs are heavily subsidized. It includes no means tests for those subsidies. It leaves in place the sugar program, which is a central planning scheme that allocates domestic supply, restricts imports and sets prices substantially higher than the world price.

The farm bill and the process by which it was brought up is a travesty of the democratic process – consumers and taxpayers are the losers.

CEI analysts Iain Murray and Fran Smith had been outspoken critics of the bill leading up to the vote.


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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

Wednesday
Jul102013

CEI Today: Farm Bill, regulatory inflation, and online gambling 

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

Openmarket.org: Is Agriculture Leadership Trying an End-Run?


On Tuesday, a coalition of 20 free-market and conservative groups, including CEI, sent a letter to Speaker of the House Boehner urging him to ensure there is an open process for considering a farm bill separately from nutrition programs. The House agriculture leadership agreed to split commodity programs from the food stamp and nutrition programs, after the combined bill was voted down on June 20.


But ag leaders want the bill brought to the House floor under a closed rule — with no amendments to be considered. In addition, the leadership wants the 1949 permanent farm bill to be replaced with the new bill. That is, whenever a farm bill isn’t enacted or extended, the law would revert to the 2013 bill instead of the 1949 law. > Read more

 

> Interview Fran Smith

REGULATORY INFLATION - RYAN YOUNG

American Spectator: Turns out bad regulations have a rather large side effect

Many regulations reduce the amount of wealth that people can create. Other rules prevent wealth from being created in the first place. In general, regulatory spending creates less wealth than private spending. That means the nation’s supply of dollars is chasing less wealth than it otherwise would, so the prices are unnaturally high. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

ONLINE GAMBLING - MICHELLE MINTON

Stossel: Should Online Gambling Be Legalized?



University of Illinois professor John Kindt and CEI fellow Michelle Minton debate whether a ban on online gambling is a libertarian issue.
 

> View the debate

> Interview Michelle Minton

 

   

 

 

 

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, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

 


The True Story of European Austerity; Cutting Taxes and Spending Leads to Renewed Growth

A new CEI OnPoint measures austerity and its effects from the time austerity officially began in each country, with very different results from reports that have been cited widely in the media. > Listen to the Liberty Week podcast


>View the US News & World Reports commentary

 





 

Friday
Jun212013

AFP - THANK YOU!! They listened ... 

Great news! The House listened to you! This afternoon, with a 195-234 vote, Representatives rejected the big, bloated welfare bill known as the Farm Bill. Leading up to the vote, we knew that it would be very close -- but your calls and emails made the difference!

A very big THANK YOU goes out to every single one of you who got involved. Thank you for calling and emailing your House members. This is a huge victory for free market conservatives, and it’s thanks to your efforts.

To see how your House member voted, check out the roll call vote.

With this defeat Congress can go back to the drawing board, and create food and farm policy that works for Americans. Your efforst helped maked this victory possible. Thank you!

In Liberty,

Tim Phillips

President of Americans for Prosperity

 

P.S. It doesn't stop here, now is the time to call on Congress to cut other wasteful spending. You can email your representatives here