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Thursday
Sep132012

CEI Today: Europe's carbon compensation fund, immigration, and genetically engineered food

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER

Forbes:
Low-Skilled Immigrant Workers Are Vital Contributors To The Economy

 

The Republican National Committee reformed its immigration platform this month to favor a new guest worker program. Unfortunately, the party still seems unwilling to accept permanent low-skilled immigrants. These workers are critical to America’s future competitiveness, yet they have received little GOP attention compared to high-skilled workers from Asia to whom Mitt Romney is promising green cards. The disparate treatment stems from a fundamentally flawed view of the economy. > Read the full commentary on Forbes.com


> Interview David Bier

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS - GREGORY CONKO & HENRY MILLER

 

Forbes: Labeling Of Genetically Engineered Foods Is A Losing Proposition

 

As Joe Six-pack munches Fritos and popcorn during the opening games of the NFL season, does he care what variety of corn was used to make them? Should he? Should the government require labels that tell him?

 

Most rational people would say no. But California’s Proposition 37, which will appear on the state’s ballot in November, would create just such a requirement. Supporters claim it is a simple measure designed to provide useful information to consumers about so-called genetically engineered (“GE”) foods. It is not, and the deceptive measure fails every test, from science and economics to law and common sense.

> Read the full commentary on Forbes.com


> Interview the authors

 

EUROPE'S CARBON COMPENSATION FUND - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: EU Gropes — in Vain — for Carbon Price Sweet Spot

 

Two stories reprinted in Climatewire today provide a funny reminder that politicians can’t set the ‘right’ price even when the ‘commodity’ is carbon and the goal is saving the planet.

 

On Tuesday, Norway decided to follow European Union (EU) policy and establish a carbon ‘compensation fund.’ The program will bribe pay some 80 energy-intensive firms $90 million not to move their operations overseas. The government contends that without such payments, the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), adopted to implement the Kyoto Protocol, will trigger (or accelerate) the flight of capital, jobs, and emissions abroad.  > Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 

NEW BOOK!

THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

CNSNews.com:
Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show


Liberals claim to support transparency in government - until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director - and more. Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency." > Read the CNSNews.com article by Julia Seymore



 

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.

Friday
Aug312012

CEI Today: GOP platform on immigration, returning from the moon, and scrapping FDA rules 

GOP & IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER

Openmarket.org: Diverse GOP Voices Emphasize Immigrant Contributions


Even as the Republican National Committee adopted a platform advocating strict immigration enforcement, several influential party leaders are pushing for more openness. The Texas Republican Party managed to slip a new guest worker program into the platform, and party leaders from Tea Party Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice emphasized the important contributions immigrants make to American society. > Read the full post on Openmarket.org

> Interview David Bier

 

REGULATION OF THE DAY - RYAN YOUNG

 

Openmarket.org: Returning from the Moon


It turns out that when Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins returned to Earth after the Apollo 11 mission, they actually filled out a customs form. The Atlantic recently unearthed the document. It’s hard to tell if the form was an exercise in dry humor or the crew really was required to fill it out.


It’s worth a read. The “Departure from” field is filled in with simply, “moon.” The flight routing proceeds: Cape Kennedy; moon; Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. The cargo manifest includes “moon rock and moon dust samples.” An ominous note sounds in the “Any other condition on board which lead to the spread of disease” field: a typewritten, all-caps “TO BE DETERMINED.”


One wonders if today’s astronauts still fill out customs forms when they return home. > Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org

> Interview Ryan Young

 

 

NEW BOOK!

THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY - CHRISTOPHER C. HORNER

CNSNews.com:
Author: Journalists 'Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists,' E-Mails Show


Liberals claim to support transparency in government - until conservatives start finding shady things through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


New York Times bestselling author, litigator, and Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow Chris Horner has been filing such FOIAs for years and has turned up Obama's "true plan" for cap-and-trade, a close relationship between an energy official and a Solyndra director - and more. Horner's quest for public information, labeled as "criminal" by one Obama agency head, will be detailed in his upcoming book, "The Liberal War on Transparency." > Read the CNSNews.com article by Julia Seymore




 

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.

Thursday
Jul262012

CEI Today: Net neutrality, Farm Bill, and economics of immigration

NET NEUTRALITY - RYAN RADIA


CEI.org: Net Neutrality Unconstitutional, Public Interest Groups Tell Appeals Court


On July 23, TechFreedom and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, along with the Free State Foundation and the Cato Institute, filed a brief amici curiae (PDF) with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit arguing that the FCC’s 2011 “Preserving the Open Internet” Order is unconstitutional.

By denying providers their constitutional rights, the groups argue, the FCC’s rule forces consumers to bear the costs of building tomorrow’s networks, foreclosing novel business models in which content companies share part of that burden
.  >Find out more


>Interview Ryan Radia

 

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

 

CEI.org: Farm Bill Boondoggle Won't Cure Drought, Coalition Tells Boehner

 

Twelve government watchdog groups, including CEI, sent House Speaker John Boehner a letter this morning urging him to hold firm and not give into special interest pressure to schedule a vote on the bloated Farm Bill.


Agricultural interests and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack are pushing for fast consideration of a nearly $1 trillion farm and food stamp give-away, saying that farmers need the bill because of the devastating drought and claiming there is no safety net without the new bill.


That’s nonsense, as current and generous crop insurance will take care of most farmers, and there were private alternatives available. > Read the coalition letter on CEI.org

> Inteview Fran Smith

 

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER

Forbes.com: High-Skilled Immigration Restrictions Are Economically Senseless

Employer discrimination based on national origin has been illegal in the United States since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, yet American immigration law has continued to discriminate in that exact manner. If the government insists on restricting foreign workers’ access to U.S. markets, it should do so on the basis of merit, not nationality. Last week, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) took an important step toward that goal, but it is a flawed one.  > Read the full commentary on Forbes.com


>Interview David Bier

 

 

 


VIDEO: THE FRED WEEKLY

 

Fred Smith discusses the Law of the Sea Treaty and other treaties.

 

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CEI's Liberty Week Podcast - Unfunded Mandate Reform

 

Unfunded mandates are a way for Congress to increase government's size and scope without increasing the deficit. Of course, this just means that state governments and the private sector are footing the bill instead. Research Associate David Deerson explains why past efforts to rein in unfunded mandates failed, and why new legislation that Congress is set to vote on this week could help.

Retweet: https://twitter.com/RegoftheDay/status/227846088487485440

 

 

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.

Tuesday
Jun262012

CEI - Supreme Court Immigration Ruling a Modest Victory for Free Market Reforms

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling a Modest Victory for Free Market Reforms

Ruling Restricts State Attempts to Penalize Immigrants Seeking Work But Leaves Limits on Free Association


 WASHINGTON, D.C., June 25, 2012 – The Supreme Court has struck down portions of Arizona’s SB 1070—the controversial immigration law that targets undocumented migrant workers. The court ruled that federal law preempted sections that allowed for arrests without warrants, required immigrants to carry “alien registration documents,” and made it a criminal offense for undocumented workers to work or solicit work.

Even though the Court upheld a section that requires police officers to check immigration status, these significant revisions are still a modest victory for free market immigration reformers, says David Bier, a policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). “The ruling restricts state attempts to create further punishments for peaceful migrants who seek work from American employers,” Bier said. “Unfortunately, the law will continue to limit American citizens’ freedom of association by criminalizing those who ‘employ, harbor, or transport’ unauthorized workers.”

“Ultimately, however,” he continued, “immigration reformers must recognize that the real source America’s broken immigration system is federal laws that make legal entry nearly impossible for migrant workers and the U.S. employers that hire them. Federal and state laws that continue to reinforce this fundamentally anti-free market system hurt America’s economy by limiting productivity, forcing employers to expand overseas, and driving up prices for all Americans. Real reform means less regulations and more freedom.”

Wednesday
May162012

CEI Today: Corn & global warming, NLRB in court, and real immigration stats

NLRB IN COURT - VINCENT VERNUCCIO

Openmarket.org:
Court Slaps NLRB — Again

In yet another victory for workers and job creators, a federal district court has struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ambush election rule. The ruling is the latest in a series of cases where the courts have overturned the NLRB. This time U.S. District Judge James Boasberg threw out the NLRB’s rule because the board rushed through the rule without the requisite three member quorum. >Read the full commentary on Openmarket.org


> Interview Vincent Vernuccio

 

CORN & GLOBAL WARMING - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org:
♫ Corn Is Busting Out All Over ♫ (Update on Global Warming and the Death of Corn)


About a year ago on this blog, I offered some skeptical commentary about the gloomy testimony of Dr. Christopher Field of the Carnegie Institution for Science, who warned the House Energy & Commerce Committee that global warming would inflict major losses on U.S. corn crop production unless scientists develop varieties with improved heat resistence.

Well, this just in, courtesy of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA): USDA projects the U.S. corn crop for 2012 to reach 14.79 billion bushels, the biggest ever. The numbers are mighty impressive and indicate that, in this decade at least, U.S. corn farmers are more than a match for climate change.
> Read the full commentary on Globalwarming.org

>Interview Marlo Lewis

 

IMMIGRATION - DAVID BIER


Huffingtonpost.com: The Flawed Case Against Immigration


Not only does the anti-immigration crowd not seem to care about unfunded mandates or amnesty when those suit their purposes, their claims that are trying to costs welfare are also dubious. Since Arizona's SB 1070 actually criminalizes work, or looking for work, even looking like you're looking for work in "a place where unlawfully present aliens are known to congregate," the law's actual effect is to create more destitute and needy families who might use public benefits. Of course, this may be the point--at least to bolster their flimsy case against immigration. > Read the full commentary at Huffingtonpost.com


> Interview David Bier

 

New!

Ten Thousand Commandments 2012

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State
May 15, 2012


The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government’s reach extends well beyond the taxes Washington collects and its deficit spending and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars every year over and above the costs of the official federal outlays that dominate the policy debate.

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.

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