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Tuesday
Mar012011

CEI Daily - Virginia Test Scores, the EPA, and Government Employees 

 

Virginia Test Scores

 

Wisconsin protesters are arguing that Virginia's "poor" public school test scores prove that banning collective  bargaining for government employees is a bad idea.

 

Senior Counsel Hans Bader says that Wisconsin protesters are misleading the media about Virginia test scores.

 

"In 2009, Virginia ranked in the middle of states on the ACT and SAT, and in 2010, it actually outranked Wisconsin on the ACT (12th vs. 17th in “average composite score“). The reason it doesn’t rank higher on the SAT is because so many of its students take the test – including marginal students who wouldn’t even take them in another state. (Wisconsin boasts a higher average SAT score than Virginia partly because only “four percent” of Wisconsin students took the SAT, compared to “67 percent” in Virginia. Virginia’s lower average SAT score is a function of a larger pool, not dumb students or bad schools, as PolitiFact pointed out in debunking the false claim that Virginia ranks 44th.)"

 

 

EPA

 

Several new bills have been introduced that could curb the power of the EPA.

 

Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis explains why the EPA needs to be legislatively reined in.

 

"EPA’s greenhouse regulatory surge may be the most extreme case ever of regulation without representation. Stopping EPA will not be easy, because to succeed, opponents must assemble legislative majorities and, perhaps, veto-proof majorities."

 

 

Government Employees

 

This week, The New York Times' Room for Debate asked, should government employees be allowed to keep their pensions?

 

Recently, on Varney & Co., CEI Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio explained why public employees' union benefits are bankrupting state governments.

 

Watch the interview here.



Tuesday
Mar012011

ALG - South Carolina Bill Would Overturn Federal Light Bulb Ban

"Thomas Edison would be turning over in his grave if he knew that his invention, one of the greatest in human history, was being banned."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

February 28th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today urged passage of a bill by South Carolina State Representatives Bill Sandifer and Dwight Loftis that would allow the manufacture and purchase of incandescent light bulbs in South Carolina that are subject to a federal ban that begins to take effect in Jan. 2012.

"State Representatives Sandifer and Loftis are taking the lead in protecting the rights of South Carolina consumers, who don't want the federal government telling them which light bulbs they must use," Wilson said.

"The basic concept of the bill is to allow the citizens of South Carolina to be able to continue to buy incandescent light bulbs," said State Representative Bill Sandifer, Chairman of the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee.

"It is my strong belief that the feds have overstepped the Tenth Amendment, and now are venturing into telling us what kinds of lighting we can have in our homes," Sandifer added.

But how can the federal government ban light bulbs? "They are trying to use again as they have so often done, the Commerce Clause.  But I have a real problem with Big Brother intruding in how I live in my home," Sandifer declared.

Explaining what the bill does, Representative Loftis said "it provides for the option of an entity manufacturing these bulbs in South Carolina to be sold in South Carolina".

Wilson explained, "since the bulbs would be made entirely in South Carolina and sold in South Carolina, the federal government has no power to regulate it under the Interstate Commerce Clause."

Sandifer said that there would be more hearings at the subcommittee level before it comes up for a final vote in his committee.  He is hopeful for full House approval for the bill.

Loftis blasted the federal ban on incandescent light bulbs, saying, "On the one hand, the feds say we need to do something about cleaning up the environment, and on the other hand, they impose requirements that we use this particular light bulb that has hazards with the disposal of it." The new fluorescent bulbs are laced with mercury, raising concerns over the costs of proper disposal and over mercury seepage back into the environment.

"All in all, it's just something that the feds really I think have no business in regulating," Loftis said, saying that the supposed cost savings from using the bulbs simply will not be there for consumers.

Loftis said that passage of the bill may depend on how environmental groups respond to it.  "What side are they going to take?" Loftis asked. "Are they going to take the side of clean disposal? Or are they going to take the side of potentially putting some of the hazardous materials in the landfill or back out into the environment?"

Wilson said the issue came down to protecting the rights of consumers to be free to make their own choices, saying, "The government is attempting to micromanage our decisions as consumers.  The federal government has no power to tell South Carolinians, or any citizen, what types of lighting they are allowed to use.  Representatives Sandifer and Loftis deserve the support of their constituents to help overturn this tyrannical dictate by the federal government to use unsafe, mercury-laced bulbs."

Wilson concluded, "Thomas Edison would be turning over in his grave if he knew that his invention, one of the greatest in human history, was being banned."

The federal legislation effectively banning incandescent light bulbs, the "Energy Independence and Security Act," was enacted in 2007.



Friday
Feb252011

CEI Weekly: Lies,Truths, and Videotape About Makeup 

Friday, February 25, 2011

 

 

Feature: CEI Studios releases a short video on "The Truth About Makeup."

FEATURED VIDEO: Lies, Truths, and Videotape About Makeup

 

Ever since Annie Leonard released "The Story of Cosmetics," the blogosphere has been buzzing about "toxins" in personal care products. But the truth is that a lot of the "toxins" Leonard talks about are all around us---even in the natural foods we eat---and they're harmless. This week, CEI Studios released a short video responding to some of the more absurd recent allegations about cosmetics. Watch "The Truth About Makeup" here.

 

SHAPING THE DEBATE

 

Fixed Labor Game is Ending in Wisconsin

Iain Murray and Vincent Vernuccio's op-ed in The Washington Times

 

Tobacco Tax Hike Was a Backroom Deal

Hans Bader's op-ed in The Washington Times

 

The Case for Reform of the Railway Labor Act

Russ Brown and Ivan Osorio's CEI OnPoint

 

Comments on Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Service Hours

Marc Scribner's comment letter submitted before the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

 

George Washington Was a Brilliant Entrepreneur

John Berlau's op-ed in NewsMax

 

Bad Publicity, Good Results

Ryan Young's op-ed in The Daily Caller

 

Madison Fight Remains in Public Spotlight

Iain Murray and Vincent Vernuccio's citation in The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

 

Tough Terms May Land Apple's Subscription in Hot Water

Ryan Radia's citation in E-Commerce Times

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

CEI PODCAST

 

February 24, 2011: On Wisconsin

 

CEI Vice President Iain Murray discusses the labor reforms that have led to a thousands-strong protest in Madison, Wisconsin. While the reforms themselves are relatively minor, both sides know that the stakes are high. We may be at a watershed moment in the relationship between public sector unions and taxpayers.

 



Friday
Feb252011

CEI Daily - George Washington, Makeup, and the Latest Alcohol Regulation Roundup 

 

George Washington

 

Americans celebrated George Washington's birthday this month; but many don't think of Washington as a successful entrepreneur.

 

Director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs John Berlau talks about Washington's legacy as a capitalist.

 

"Now, some pioneering scholars are documenting little known aspects of [George] Washington's life. His pursuits can be said to be just as creative as those of Franklin and Jefferson, but in a different way. Washington's creativity of the type one associates with modern entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and even Donald Trump. Whereas Franklin built gadgets at his homestead, and Jefferson built fancy buildings, the notable things Washington built were a series of interconnected businesses. In the 2006 biography 'The Unexpected George Washington,' historian Harlow Giles Unger calls Washington 'one of America's leading entrepreneurs' and chronicles Washington's transformation of Mount Vernon from a sleepy tobacco farm into a type of industrial village."

 

 

 

Makeup

 

Recently, there have been reports about endocrine disruptors and carcinogens in everyday cosmetics. CEI Studios just released a video explaining why women who use makeup shouldn't be concerned:


 

 

 

Alcohol Regulation Roundup

 

In her latest blog pot, Policy Analyst Michelle Minton summarizes ongoing fights against alcohol regulations around the nation.

 

Read "Alcohol Regulation Roundup" here.



Wednesday
Feb162011

ALG - FDA Panel Conflicts of Interest Taint Actions 

February 15th, 2011, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) urged the recusal of four members of an FDA panel deciding whether to ban menthol flavored tobacco products for "blatant conflicts of interest" in comments submitted today to the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC).

ALG President Bill Wilson clearly defined the issue stating, "The integrity of the process is the issue, and the American people need to be assured that those making regulatory decisions and recommendations are not doing so to line their own pockets or those of their current or former clients."

Wilson states in the submission that, "at least four members of TPSAC have conflicts of interest by virtue of receiving payments from special interests with billions of dollars riding on the outcome of the committee's analysis."

ALG communicated the conflict of interest issues in a July 13, 2010 letter to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which stated, "These irreconcilable biases jeopardize the neutrality that examination of this issue demands and requires.  It also threatens to erode Americans' confidence in government.  It creates an anti-government sentiment that leads the public to question decisions, a dynamic that certainly is not healthy for our democracy….We can envision no greater conflict.  We urgently request that you revisit these disqualifying conflicts of interest." 

"As we have made clear from the outset, the conflict of interest within the panel is the problem, and the failure of the Obama appointed FDA Administrator to take her responsibility to provide conflict of interest free decision making is just further evidence of the political agenda, rather than fact, driven power grab that this panel represents."

Americans for Limited Government is a non-profit corporation dedicated to free market principles and rolling back the massive overreach of government that threatens individual freedom.

Attachments:

ALG Letter to Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, February 15th, 2011 at http://www.getliberty.org/files/TPSAC-21511.pdf .

ALG Letter to FDA, July 13th, 2010 at www.getliberty.org/files/ALGLettertoFDA.pdf .