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Tuesday
Oct292013

CEI - Oppose Obama’s Pick For NLRB General Counsel

Lawsuit Accuses Griffin Of Covering Up Union Embezzlement In Former Position

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 – Richard Griffin, one of three members of the National Labor Relations Board who lost their seats when their “recess” appointments were thrown out by the courts, has been appointed NLRB’s general counsel, subject to Senate approval.

Trey Kovacs, labor analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says it would be a disaster – in addition to a travesty of justice – if Griffin were to be confirmed. Here are his four reasons why:

  • A lawsuit filed this month in federal court in California alleges Griffin was complicit in a scheme to cover up embezzlement at the International Union of Operating Engineers. The lawsuit alleges numerous violations of the RICO Act and names Griffin, then IUOE’s general counsel, as a defendant.
  • Congress established the NLRB as an impartial body whose members represent the public interest in labor disputes. Even union bosses in the past have said union leaders would be ill-suited to the job because they would be predisposed to certain outcomes. Richard Griffin comes directly from the union movement and has demonstrated willingness to be extremely partisan on behalf of unions.
  • Griffin favors card check elections for union representation and opposes workers’ rights to a secret ballot.
  • Even after it became clear Griffin’s appointment to NLRB would not survive, he refused to resign and continued to promulgate pro-union regulations and decisions.


CEI (cei.org) is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.

Monday
Oct212013

CEI Today: Obamacare in court, NLRB nominee, and America's credit rating

Monday, October 21, 2013
In the News Today

OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN

IRS Attempts to Impose Employer Mandate in States Outside Obamacare Exchanges

 

A federal judge will hear motions Monday on a lawsuit that challenges how the IRS will enforce the Affordable Care Act.


Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, in which CEI attorneys are assisting in coordinating, include a group of individuals and small business owners in six states who have sued over an IRS regulation imposed under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will subject them to a series of penalties and force them to cut back employees’ hours, even though they are located in states that have refused to set up their own insurance exchanges. > Read more

 

> Listen to the podcast: CEI Podcast for October 17, 2013

> Interview Sam Kazman

OBAMA NLRB NOMINEE - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Controversial NLRB General Counsel Nomination Vote Approaching

Now that the partial government shutdown is over, its back to business as usual. As such, the Senate will tackle the controversial nomination of Richard Griffin for general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

Griffin, the former general counsel of the International Union of Operating Engineers, was recently named as a defendant in a RICO lawsuit.
> Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

US CREDIT RATING - JOHN BERLAU

Fox Business: Has credit rating process become politicized?

Kroll Bond Rating Agency COO James Nadler and Competitive Enterprise Institute’s John Berlau on the potential political aspects to the ratings process.
> View the interview

> Interview John Berlau

 

    

 

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.

 

CEI President Lawson Bader

OBAMA, FATHER OF ALL CZARS

Creating White House-approved authorities on science would only further politicize a field that is far too politicized already.  > Read more

 

 




Tuesday
Aug272013

CEI Today: Court NLRB ruling, why China nixed Kyoto emissions limits, and Sept 9 net neutrality in court

Monday, August 26, 2013
In the News Today

COURT NLRB RULING - IVAN OSORIO

Openmarket.org: Court Strikes Down another Obama NLRB appointment


If you cant’ get legislation through Congress, then make policy through regulation. Until the courts get in the way. The former has been the Obama administration’s approach to implementing policies it wants but cannot get passed in Congress. The latter describes the latest legal setback to Obama’s agenda — a federal judge striking down Obama’s recess appointment of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) top lawyer as unconstitutional.


On August 13, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle ruled that President Obama’s appointment of NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon did not conform to the requirements of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA). Therefore, Solomon could not delegate to a regional NLRB director the authority to pursue legal action against an employer.  > Read more

> Interview Ivan Osorio

WHY CHINA REJECTED KYOTO EMISSIONS LIMITS - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Why Did China Reject Binding Emissions Limits at Kyoto?

China’s economic growth is still strongly correlated with fossil energy consumption and emissions. Even a ‘soft’ Kyoto target limiting emissions to 25% above 2005 levels would have eliminated trillions in cumulative GDP since 2005. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 
 

NET NEUTRALITY - WAYNE CREWS

Openmarket.org: Before Net Neutrality Eats the World


On Sept. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Verizon’s challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2010 Order on “Preserving the Free and Open Internet.”

At stake is not merely the destruction of infrastructure wealth for decades, but of content flexibility, consumer welfare and even infrastructure security and “cybersecurity.”
> Read more


See also: Before Net Neutrality Eats the World (Part 3): The FCC’s Disdain for Markets

Before Net Neutrality Eats the World (Part 5): The Fallacies Motivating Net Neutrality

 

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

 

   

 

 

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.

 

 

August 22, 2013: Germany Legalizes Bitcoin

 


Iain Murray
discusses Germany’s decision to legalize Bitcoin, a controversial digital currency.


NEW REPORT


Praying for Growth at the GDP Altar

The Perils of Confusing GDP Growth Figures with the Real Economy

CEI's 2012-2013 Warren Brookes journalism fellow, Matthew Melchiorre, critiques a report by economists that claims fiscal stimulus in 1930s America accounted for faster recovery relative to Greece today.

 




Thursday
Aug082013

CEI Today: 100 people to watch, gov't stonewalling, Big Sugar, and pesticide politics

Thursday, August 8, 2013
In the News Today



100 People to Watch This Fall

 

Christopher Horner Senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Horner, an attorney, conservative analyst and activist and political bomb-thrower, has drawn attention for recent lawsuits seeking more transparency from the Environmental Protection Agency.
> Read more


GOV'T STONEWALLING - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Unhappy Anniversary: A Year of Treasury Department Stonewalling

 

Today marks one year since the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed two Freedom of Information Act requests for documents from the Department of Treasury discussing its thoughts, plans and collaborators on a possible carbon tax.

CEI has
experienced just how difficult it can be to extract documents, even those critical to public understanding and judgment on a debate of enormous economic consequence, from an agency that senses those documents would harm a cause and/or cast it in a bad light.  > Read more


> Interview Chris Horner

BIG SUGAR - FRAN SMITH

Daily Caller: Is ‘zero for zero’ a sugar industry ploy?

 

There is growing support for reforming the sugar program from both the left and right. The sugar lobby has responded not by negotiating an end to its special privileges but by seeking to rally around the flag and bash Brazil. And they’ve enlisted a few groups with little experience in agricultural policy to sign on to their agenda. > Read more


> Interview Fran Smith

PESTICIDES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

Daily Caller: Humans pay the price for anti-pesticide policies

With each passing year, regulators and lawmakers continue to restrict use of valuable tools that local public health officials need to fight dangerous pest-transmitted diseases. As their arsenal gets smaller, we can expect that more people will get sick. > Read more

> Subscribe to Safechemicalpolicy

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 
 

 

   

 

 

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.

 

Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

Well, it’s official: We finally have a fully staffed National Labor Relations Board.

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our
Congressional Scorecard page here.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The USDA not only requires licenses for dairy imports, it also imposes tariffs and quotas. The goal is to financially benefit dairy farmers, though a side effect is higher prices and less choice for consumers.

 




 

Tuesday
Aug062013

CEI Today: Durbin's vendetta against supplements, NLRB deal backfires, carbon tax, and the great culture war 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
In the News Today

ENERGY DRINKS - LIZ THATCHER


The Hill: Sen. Durbin’s vendetta against supplements

 

Are you responsible enough to make your own decisions regarding whether to consume energy drinks or dietary supplements? Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) doesn’t seem to think so. On Aug. 1, Durbin reintroduced legislation -- the Dietary Supplemental Labeling Act. [It] gives the FDA more power to regulate supplemental and dietary ingredients, which may include your favorite energy drink or vitamin. In effect, the agency would begin to treat supplements as if they were medicines. The bill’s new regulations would require warning labels and impose new restrictions on what can be produced. This could have huge adverse effects on any business manufacturing supplements.> Read more

> Interview Liz Thatcher

BIG LABOR - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org:
Senate NLRB Deal Backfires on GOP…Again


On Tuesday, July 30, the Senate [voted] to confirm all of President Obama’s nominations to the NLRB. While confirming the NLRB nominees restored the agency’s quorum and ability to legitimately make decisions it will continue to act as Big Labor’s pet agency. > Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 
 

CARBON TAX - MYRON EBELL

Globalwarming.org: House Passes REINS Act with Anti-Carbon Tax Amendment

 

The House voted on an amendment offered by Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) that would require congressional approval before the executive branch could implement a tax on carbon dioxide emissions using regulatory authority.  The vote reveals that 176 Democratic Members of the House are not opposed to raising taxes.  That vote could play a role in some districts in the 2014 congressional elections. > Read more

> See also: 19 Groups Urge House to Buck Authoritarian Carbon Tax


> Interview Myron Ebell

CULTURE WAR - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Forbes: We're In A Cultural War Between The Forces Of Economic Dynamism And Stasis

We’re in a cultural war between the forces of dynamism and stasis. Can it be won? Do today’s potential entrepreneurs have the courage to resist the forces of stagnation? Perhaps. > Read more

> Interview Fred Smith

 

   

 

 

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.

 

Workplacechoice Congressional Scorecard

Well, it’s official: We finally have a fully staffed National Labor Relations Board.

For the full score of the NLRB confirmation vote, see our
Congressional Scorecard page here.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The USDA not only requires licenses for dairy imports, it also imposes tariffs and quotas. The goal is to financially benefit dairy farmers, though a side effect is higher prices and less choice for consumers.