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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


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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.





 

Thursday
Oct302014

ALG's Daily Grind - Read the fine print, QE is not really over 

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Oct. 30, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Read the fine print, QE is not really over
Fed: "The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction."

Cartoon: Sunk

Retired Lt. Gen. Boykin to Americans: 'Go to the polls and vote'
Ret. Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin makes the case for Americans to vote this year.

EU climate compromise: I will if you will
New European carbon emissions reductions will not take place until the rest of the world agrees to do the same. Poland leads opposition.

Wednesday
Oct292014

ALG's Daily Grind - Election Day should be a national holiday 

6

Oct. 29, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Election Day should be a national holiday
For 146.6 million Americans who have jobs, voting is more complicated than it need be.

Lee: 'Vote this year as if your life depends on it, because it does'
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) urgently makes the case for Americans to vote this year.

The market controls interest rates, not the Fed
Any reasonable analysis of the 30-year downward trend of interest rates must conclude that it is based less on the Fed's infrequent policy proclamations than the day to day supply and demand of bonds, particularly those denoted in dollars.

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

 

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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 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.





 

Tuesday
Oct212014

ALG's Daily Grind - Why the end of QE produced lower interest rates 

6

Oct. 21, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Why the end of QE produced lower interest rates
Interest rates are down year over year, yet the Fed has been tapering its bond purchases the whole time.

Cartoon: Ebola czar to the rescue
Obama appoints a czar to combat the outbreak.

ALG files FOIL request to NY state AG on wage prosecution release
ALG's Mehrens: "The New York State Attorney General's inclusion of union organizing activist Kendall Fells of the organization Fast Food Forward in a press release announcing a lawsuit for alleged under-payment of employee wages raises the question of whether the action is advocacy or law enforcement."

Powerline.com: Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ
Sierra Pacific Industries. based on DOJ disclosures from former attorneys there: "The United States presented false evidence to the Defendants and the Court [and] advanced arguments to the Court premised on that false evidence or for which material evidence had been withheld."