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Wednesday
Jul102013

CEI Today: Nat'l Labor Relations Act, protesting the NSA, and EPA abuse of power

LABOR UNIONS' SPECIAL PRIVILEGES - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: After 78 Years the NLRA Needs a Makeover


Last week marked the seventy-eighth anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing the National Labor Relations Act into law. In that time, it has become clear the Act’s sole purpose is to grant labor unions special privileges which are unavailable to any other private organization or individual.
> Read more

 

> Interview Trey Kovacs

EPA ABUSE OF POWER - WILLIAM YEATMAN

American Spectator: EPA Growth Knows No Limits

A new American Legislative Exchange Council report, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty, reveals that the EPA has been systematically centralizing environmental protection by seizing rightful control from the states and replacing local community input with extreme environmental activists. > Read more

 

> Interview William Yeatman

NSA SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS - RYAN RADIA

YouTube: Ryan Radia at "Restore The Fourth" rally

 

About 250-300 people attended a a great rally organized by the newly formed grassroots/online group "Restore The Fourth" on July 4th at McPherson Square. Participants were protesting the recently revealed(/confirmed) NSA surveillance programs, and speakers and organizers urged them to continue to work to end those programs. > View the video

> Interview Ryan Radia


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

 

   

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Jun262013

CEI Today: Obama climate change agenda, Supreme Court takes NLRB case, and hope for wine consumers

OBAMA CLIMATE CHANGE AGENDA

Marlo Lewis:
In his address [Tuesday]at Georgetown University, President Obama is expected to lay out a climate change action plan featuring carbon dioxide (CO2) emission limits for existing power plants, tougher efficiency standards for homes and appliances, and more renewable energy development on public lands. There are strong reasons to oppose each element of this plan.  > Read more
 
Myron Ebell: We have major concerns these regulations will put people out of work, hurt the economy and drive up costs for consumers,” said Ebell. “That the president has chosen to avoid the legislative process shows he knows the American people and their representatives in Congress would not accept his jobs-killing, anti-technology, Washington-knows-best thinking.


> Interview an expert

SUPREME COURT & NLRB APPOINTMENTS

CEI Experts Welcome Court's Decision to Rule on NLRB Case


Case Also Could Affect CFPB's Richard Cordray, Whose Appointment CEI Is Challenging

 

Legal and labor policy experts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute said today they are pleased the Supreme Court has accepted a case that challenges President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and expect a favorable outcome. "The Supreme Court should reject President Obama’s radical interpretation of the Constitution’s recess appointments clause,” said Hans Bader, senior attorney and counsel for special projects at CEI.

“Whatever the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the NLRB appointments almost certainly will apply to the appointment of Cordray,” said
John Berlau, senior fellow for finance and access to capital at CEI.

Matt Patterson, who leads CEI’s labor policy team, said the case provides the court “an opportunity to preserve and protect the balance of power between the political branches” and that he hopes the ruling will “help bring some stability and predictability to our battered and bruised business community.” > Read more

> Interview an expert

> See also: The End? The Supreme Challenge to the NLRB

The End? The Supreme Challenge to the NLRB

 

WINE - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

Openmarket.org: Spread the Word: New Voice for Wine Consumers

 

With the launch of The American Wine Consumer Coalition, U.S. wine consumers now have a place in public policy debates for the first time ever.  Brainchild of award-winning wine blogger and wine industry public relations consultant Tom Wark, the new organization will focus on increasing consumer rights to access wine via direct shipping, supermarket sales, privatization, and more! > Read more

> 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.

 

TODAY!

America's Future Foundation presents:

What’s Next for the Marketplace Fairness Act?


Featuring CEI's Jessica Melugin

In May, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill purporting to level the playing field between brick and mortar stores and online businesses by requiring Internet retailers to charge consumers state sales taxes across the 50 states. Some supporters say this will bring in “lost” revenue owed by out-of-state vendors and encourage growth of traditional retail, while opponents argue it’s an unconstitutional money grab by politicians that will hurt small businesses through high compliance costs.
> RSVP & more info

NO CARBON TAX

 

CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. > View the coalition letter

 

 





 

Tuesday
Jun252013

ALG - Supreme Court to rule on phony Obama 'recess' appointments

Constitutional separation of powers at issue.

June 24, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement responding to the Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari in the NLRB v. Noel Canning case:

"The fundamental checks and balances that our founders put into the U.S. Constitution are at the heart of this case, and the Supreme Court is commended for taking up this important issue.

"The case revolves around a decision by President Obama to place nominees onto the National Labor Relations Board without the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.  The nominees had only been recently nominated and within a month, the President placed them on the National Labor Relations Board using the claim that they were being appointed in an official Senate recess.

"The President's action obliterated the foundational principle that the Senate has a responsibility to confirm or reject a nominee, a principle that has served as a means of protecting our nation from being ruled by the executive branch through administrative actions. 

"The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the President's recess appointments were unconstitutional due to the failure to follow the Senate confirmation process."

To view online: http://getliberty.org/supreme-court-to-rule-on-phony-obama-recess-appointments/ 

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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 www.GetLiberty.org.

Wednesday
Jun192013

CEI Today: Farm Bill vote, NLRB reform, Julian Simon Award, and CEI gala feat. Rand Paul

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

Farm Subsidy Programs in House Farm Bill
 
The House is expected to vote on the five-year farm bill this week. But representatives from a diverse coalition of groups - such as CEI, the Environmental Working Group, National Taxpayers Union, National Black Farmers Association, U.S. PIRG, and Defenders of Wildlife - have voiced serious concerns with massive farm subsidy programs contained in the bill. > Coalition Urges Policymakers to Reform the “Terrible Twelve” of Farm Policy
 

> Interview Fran Smith

NLRB REFORM - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: GOP Introduces NLRB Reform Bill


On June 13, Representative Tom Price introduced the Representation Fairness Restoration Act that would rollback significant policy changes created in the National Labor Relations Board decision, Specialty Healthcare. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


 


June 13, 2013: Deirdre McCloskey Wins CEI’s Julian Simon Award

Deirdre McCloskey, a distinguished economic historian and author of many books, including The Rhetoric of Economics, The Bourgeois Virtues, and Bourgeois Dignity, will receive CEI’s Julian Simon Memorial Award on June 20 at CEI’s annual dinner. CEI Founder and Chairman Fred L. Smith, Jr.  talks about how McCloskey’s work embodies the same joie de vivre and optimistic spirit that animated Simon’s thought.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013!

CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA

FEATURING

THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL

 


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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.

 

NO CARBON TAX

 

CEI and 19 other free market organizations sent a joint letter to Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor urging a floor vote on the concurrent resolution, H. Con Res. 24, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy. > View the coalition letter

 

 




 

   

Tuesday
May212013

CEI - Ten Thousand Commandments: Regulations Increasingly Used to Enact Measures Voters Wouldn't Approve

Obama Administration Piles On Regs In Areas Where Congress Wouldn't Cooperate

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2013 – In the twenty years since the creation of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, one trend has become clear: The regulatory state is growing in large part because the executive branch increasingly uses its control over rulemaking to enact policies it could not get approved by Congress.

According to the new edition of the report, released today by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Americans spend an estimated $1.8 trillion a year to comply with federal regulations. For the first time, that’s more than half the level of total federal expenditures. Agencies spend $61 billion per year just to administer and enforce federal regulations—a 50 percent increase in the last decade.

The 2012 Federal Register ranks fourth all-time with 78,961 pages, but three of the top four years, including the top two, occurred during the Obama administration. The 2010s are on pace to average 80,000 pages per year—up from 170,000 in the 1960s and 450,000 in the ‘70s.

Completed rules reviewed in the federal Unified Agenda compilation of priority regulations went up 16 percent in the last year and 40 percent the year before.

There are more federal regulations than ever—the Code of Federal Regulations, which compiles all federal regulations, grew by more than 4,000 pages last year and now stands at 174,545 pages, spread over 238 volumes. Its index alone runs to more than 1,100 pages.

Government has added more than 80,000 regulations in the last 20 years—3,708 in the last year alone. That’s one new rule Americans must live under every 2½ hours. Today, 4,062 sit in the pipeline. Those will add at least $22 billion in compliance costs and probably much more.

The dramatic growth in federal regulation did not begin with President Obama. The Federal Register stood at 75,606 in 2002—the sixth-highest level—and has been above 70,000 every year since except for 2009. But since then, it has recorded three of the four busiest years for regulatory activity in history.

And when it comes to economically significant rules—those expected to cost $100 million or more in compliance costs—the Obama administration is the unchallenged champion. Of the 4,062 rules in the pipeline, 224 are in this category. That level is 24 percent higher than President Bush’s most active year and far higher than any other year since 2000—except for 2010, which was tied.

The “Big Five” rulemakers—the Departments of Treasury, Commerce, the Interior, Agriculture and Transportation—account for 43 percent of that. EPA ranks sixth in rule making, but EPA regs, which are especially subject to being used to enact policies that would likely not pass muster with voters, are up 44 percent in the first Obama term and cost American taxpayers $353 billion per year—the most of any agency.

“It’s not just the politicization of the regulatory process,” said Wayne Crews, author of the report and vice president for policy at CEI. “It’s about transparency. It’s about cost and burden analysis. It’s about real outside audits of federal agencies. Asking agencies to audit themselves and identify their own weaknesses is like asking students to grade their own tests.”

The stakes are not insignificant. Americans implicitly spend nearly $15,000 per family to comply with federal regulations. That’s more than they spend on anything else except housing.

Crews cites two paths for reform. One is to enact true transparency and cost analyses. The other is to go to the source of the matter—the systematic over-delegation of rulemaking power to agencies. “Requiring expedited votes on economically significant or controversial agency rules before they become binding on the people would reestablish congressional accountability and help affirm the principle of ‘no regulation without representation,’” Crews said.

What do all these new rules do? The Department of Agriculture enacted a Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program and new regulations concerning importation of unmanufactured wood articles. Health and Human Services added a spate of rules related to the Affordable Care Act and a review of what constitutes a single serving for labeling purposes.

The Department of Labor instituted a hearing conservation program for construction workers. The Department of Energy established conservation standards for wine chillers, battery chargers, TVs, residential humidifiers and mobile home furnaces. The Department of Transportation updated its regs on head restraints and rear center lap and shoulder belts. The Department of the Treasury prohibited funding of unlawful Internet gambling.

“What we’ve done for 20 years is round up the data that expose the hidden tax of regulation,” said Crews. “Government’s reach extends well beyond Washington’s taxes, deficits and borrowing. And these are costs we all pay—through higher taxes or lower wages.”

Read the 2013 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments

Read the 2013 Ten Thousand Commandments Fact Sheet

Browse the archive of past editions of the report


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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