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Friday
Nov142014

Watchdog - Stupid American voters?

 

ObamaCare guru misleads ‘stupid American voters,’ gets paid $400K to advise ShumlinCare

 

The Obamacare architect who admitted using misinformation to exploit “the stupidity of the American voter" is now making $400,000 to advise the governor of Vermont.

 
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Corporate tax deals soak Virginians

 
House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell has vowed to curb tax incentives for selected businesses which are driving Virginia deeper into debt.
 
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10 times the government stonewalled requests for information

 
The Watchdog.org team has compiled a list of ten times the government has refused to be transparent.
 

 

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Bathrobe-wearing watchdog turns tables on Detroit squatter

 
Although Detroit has been bailed out, the city remains fraught with problems like squatters, but one watchdog decided to take matters into his own hands.
 
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MN wind and solar mandate would mean costly grid upgrade
 
A new report released by the Minnesota Commerce Department lays the technical groundwork for ramping up one of the nation’s highest state renewable energy mandates from 30 to 40 percent by 2030.
 
 

 

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Florida growls at craft breweries’ growlers
 
A 64-ounce reusable jug of beer, known as a growler, is legal in 47 states – but not in Florida.
 
 

 

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TN county employee allegedly steals nearly $145,000 to pay off credit card
 
A former agent with the Jefferson County Finance Office in Tennessee reportedly took nearly $145,000 from taxpayers to pay off her sizable credit card debt.
 
 
 
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Thursday
Nov132014

CEI Today: Jonathan Gruber, biofuel bankruptcy, union release time, and congressional earmarks 

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE & JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare: Cert Granted on Friday, and Gruber II on Saturday
 
Shortly after noon last Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would review our Fourth Circuit Obamacare challenge, King v. Burwell. Saturday brought another surprise—yet another rediscovered Jonathan Gruber video:

And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass.” So, the only way to get it to pass was to not call it what it was and to not let the American people know what it really was.
 > Read more

BIOFUEL BANKRUPTCY - MARLO LEWIS

Cellulosic Ethanol: KiOR Files for Bankruptcy


KiOR, Inc., a biofuel company backed by billionaire Vinod Kohsla, missed a $1.8 million loan payment to the state of Mississippi, now owes more than $312 million, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. EPA once pinned its hopes on KiOR to supply 9 million of the agency’s 17 million gallon 2014 cellulosic biofuel quota. More proof, if any were needed, that the point of central planning is not to accomplish its stated purposes but to amass power, rig markets, and (in democratic countries) buy votes. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

UNION RELEASE TIME - TREY KOVACS


Miami-Dade Contracts Keep Paying Government Employees to Perform Union Business

Why would a county attorney recommend against holding a government employee accountable for not coming to work? A practice known as union release time, whereby members of government unions don’t come to work and perform union business—on the taxpayer’s dime. The union subsidy is agreed upon in collective bargaining agreements between the union and county government. > Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

CONGRESSIONAL EARMARKS - BILL FREZZA

Daily Caller: Watch For The Return Of Congressional Earmarks

 

What will it take to keep Congress from reverting to form trying to buy its way back into Americans’ good graces. A clear sign that the answer to the question above is “nothing” will be when the new Congress officially repeals the inconvenient moratorium on the dispensation of legislative earmarks. > Read more

> Interview Bill Frezza
 


ROLL CALL
Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute


Part One
& Part Two


Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint. > Read the interview
 

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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.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

In memory of Gordon Tullock

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Wednesday
Nov122014

CEI Today: Jonathan Gruber, the Dodd-Frank nightmare, our fuelish ways, and more 

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE & JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare: Cert Granted on Friday, and Gruber II on Saturday
 
Shortly after noon last Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would review our Fourth Circuit Obamacare challenge, King v. Burwell. Saturday brought another surprise—yet another rediscovered Jonathan Gruber video:

And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass.” So, the only way to get it to pass was to not call it what it was and to not let the American people know what it really was.
 > Read more

DODD-FRANK


The Long National Nightmare of Dodd-Frank Is Almost Over

On November 19, however, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments in a case brought by CEI and others challenging the constitutionality of this new bureaucracy created by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. If the judges rule in our favor, Main Street and Wall Street should both breathe a sigh of relief. > Read more


> Interview Iain Murray
 

GLOBAL WARMING REPORT - MARLO LEWIS
 

CNSNews: IPCC’s Latest Report: The End Is Nigh Unless Mankind Repents of Its Fuelish Ways


Last month, the “pause”—a period of no net warming in the bulk atmosphere—reached its 18th year. Roughly 36 percent of all fossil-fuel CO2 emissions since industrialization began occurred during that 18-year period. Yet, atmospheric warming was conspicuous by its absence. Now that is news!

IPCC-affiliated scientists did not forecast the pause, and still struggle to explain it. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 


ROLL CALL
Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute


Part One
& Part Two


Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint.

"When you get into certain areas like roads, it gets more difficult because you’re not necessarily talking about regulation so much; you’re talking about the fact that the government has a monopoly on the provision of these services." > Read the interview
 

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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.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

In memory of Gordon Tullock

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

 





 

Tuesday
Nov112014

CEI Today: Supreme Court to hear Obamacare challenge, Berlin Wall anniversary, and more 

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014
In the News Today

 

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR OBAMACARE CASE - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court will look at 'Obamacare' subsidies
 

On Friday, the Supreme Court announced it will review the Fourth Circuit’s ruling on the Obamacare insurance exchange subsidies case.


In King v. Burwell, the petitioners are challenging an IRS rule that provides subsidies to both state and federally-established exchanges. The petitioners argue the subsidies violate the law enacted by Congress, which gave states the choice to either set up such exchanges themselves or stay out of the program.


The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is coordinating and funding both the King v. Burwell case and the D.C. Circuit Halbig v. Burwell case. > Read more

BERLIN WALL - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 Years Later

 

November 9, 1989 was also the start of something better. It was a nation’s way of saying that it was ready to move on to better times. To a new world defined not by oppression, ideology, and servitude, but by freedom. Sweet, precious, fragile freedom. Seeing the footage on the news was like witnessing something being born. The hope and potential that surround every birth were glimmering in people’s eyes. It was beautiful.  > Read more

> View the video on YouTube


> Interview Fred Smith
 


ROLL CALL

Friday Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute


Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint.

"When you get into certain areas like roads, it gets more difficult because you’re not necessarily talking about regulation so much; you’re talking about the fact that the government has a monopoly on the provision of these services.

When it comes to roads, we’re looking at how we can harness markets and get them involved in the provision of road transportation."

> Read the interview
 


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 of President 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


> Interview an expert
 

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Saturday, 10am ET
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CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts
 

In Memoriam:
Gordon Tullock





 

Saturday
Nov082014

ALG's Daily Grind - After the GOP wave, Ted Cruz's Obamacare plan 

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Nov. 7, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

After the GOP wave, Ted Cruz's Obamacare plan
Sen. Ted Cruz: "if he vetoes those bills, I think there's a real chance we might be able to get the votes to override those vetoes."

Slow growth threatens D.C. establishment
One way or another, America needs to get its economy moving again. Because if it doesn't, voters will once again show whichever party is in power the door.

Mike Lee's 4,200-word plan to fix Congress, summed up in six sentences
Sen. Mike Lee: "Get establishment Republicans and tea-party conservatives to actually agree on something."