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CEI Today: President's climate plan, OMB's weekend report, and unions + govt mismanagement

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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OBAMA CLIMATE PLAN  - WILLIAM YEATMAN The President’s Illegitimate Climate Plan Lacks Popular Mandate in Any Way, Shape, or Form

There's a conspicuous absence of a popular mandate for EPA’s climate plan for existing power plants, which was unveiled Monday.

During the 2012 Presidential debates, Obama never once mentioned global warming. And Congress explicitly considered the policies that EPA is now proposing to impose. As such, the people’s representatives have spoken to the issue, and they didn’t proceed with policy.

As if that’s not enough, poll after poll demonstrates that the American electorate gives ultra-low priority to global warming. Taken as a whole, the available evidence strongly indicates the President’s climate plan is illegitimate.
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> See also: Broken Record: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Plays the Asthma Card

> Interview William Yeatman


REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS The Funnel of Gov — OMB’s 2014 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations

Post image for The Funnel of Gov — OMB’s 2014 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal RegulationsOver the weekend the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the 2014 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations. If it draws attention to it at all, the administration will say it’s fiscal year 2013 rules had benefits of up to $81.4 billion annually, while costing just $2.5 billion annually. The problem is only seven rules out of thousands had benefit and cost analysis. > Read More

> See also: Regulations Cost Your Family $15,000 a Year

> Interview Wayne Crews


UNIONS + GOV'T MISMANAGEMENT - TREY KOVACS Federal Government Mismanagement and Union Official Time

Mismanagement within the federal government may not be at an all-time high, but it is close. Unfortunately, the VA is not the only agency that pays federal employees to conduct union business at inappropriate times. Several agencies granted employees official time during last year’s government shutdown. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


JUNE 5 - Upcoming Google hangout on copyright reform

R Street will be
hosting a Google Hangout with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to discuss copyright reform on Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. ET. > More

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Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), recounts some political, legal struggles over technology policy.

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State



Mar022014 - Good deed gets punished 


CEI Today: Obama regulations, union poster scam, and in-flight cell phone ban

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Obama Major Regulations 29 Percent Higher Than Bush

President George W. Bush averaged 63 major rules per year during his eight years in office; Obama’s five years so far have averaged 81. President Obama has talked about regulatory lookbacks and reducing regulation in his executive orders on the topic, but his major rulemakings average 29 percent higher than Bush. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

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UNION POSTER SCAM - TREY KOVACS Unintended Consequences of Employee Rights Poster Rule

Both the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor have required various kinds of employers to hang a “poster” that promotes employees’ right to unionize. unintended consequences emerged in the form of fraud.

Instead of educating employers and employees of their rights, the posters rules have instigated scams in numerous states.
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> Interview Trey Kovacs


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House Committee to Markup Bill Banning In-Flight Cell Phone Calls Tomorrow

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday approved the Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act (H.R. 3676). The bill would bar travelers from making cell phone calls on commercial flights—a response to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent proposal to relax its longstanding ban on in-flight cell phone use.
H.R. 3676 purports to solve a problem that doesn’t exist by depriving consumers of travel choices, as I explained recently in an op-ed in USA Today. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

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Jan232014 - Union squeezing money from disabled youngster 

Mom takes fight against forced unionization to Supreme Court

It has always been about her son. It always will be.

Pam Harris, the Illinois mom who stood up to union thuggery and her state government, said she never wanted to be the face of the fight against forced unionization.

“The mission has never changed,” Harris told Illinois Watchdog. “That’s to do what’s right for Josh. That has always been my goal, to do what’s right for Josh.”

Read more about Pam Harris

In Wisconsin, you can look at porn at school and get your teaching job back

Here’s what Wisconsin’s legal system and its teachers unions have just taught the nation: If you’re a teacher and you get fired for looking at porn at work, you’ll get your job back.

Such is the case of Andrew Harris, former seventh-grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District.

Find out more about this case


In Case You Missed it

Down on the farm, property-rights fight gains ground in VA

Mad about government spying and snooping? Blame Reagan

The price of pot: VT lawmaker says marijuana tax could be economic boon

Cartoon of the Week

Pension Debt?! What pension debt? You ain't seen that big heard on the south forty, yet!

All hat and no cattle

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CEI Today: Obamacare appeal, union privilege, Club Euro, and GMO pandering

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Plaintiffs in Obama Health Care Tax Credit Case File for Expedited Appeal

The plaintiffs who lost a recent lawsuit trying to prevent the federal government from providing tax credits to purchase health insurance on federal exchanges have filed for an expedited appeal in the case.


“As this motion for a speedy appeal makes clear, there are compelling reasons for the appeals court act to quickly, because people are making their health insurance plans and billions of taxpayer dollars are now being spent each month in insurance subsidies for policies purchased through federal exchanges,” said Competitive Enterprise Institute general counsel Sam Kazman in a statement. > Read the Accounting Today story

> Interview Sam Kazman

UNION PRIVILEGE - TREY KOVACS Pennsylvania Bill Challenges Union Privilege

Pennsylvania government unions are spreading misinformation about a bill that would end the practice of public employers deducting union dues from members’ paychecks.

While the bill may face high hurdles for passage, there is another avenue available to Pennsylvanians that can stop public funds from primarily promoting special interest groups, such as unions. Pennsylvania’s Constitution contains a provision known as the “Gift Clause.” 
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> Interview Trey Kovacs

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RealClearMarkets: The Line To Get Into 'Club Euro' Is Growing

It's 2014 and the euro is still in one piece. In fact, there's a line outside to get into Club Euro. Latvia is the latest to cross the velvet rope, on January 1. Meanwhile, economists who predicted the currency's collapse are baffled why everyone hasn't left, and more importantly, why more are joining. > Read more


> Interview Matthew Melchiorre


Wall Street Journal: General Mills Has a Soggy Idea for Cheerios


This month General Mills announced that it would begin labeling its flagship product, the breakfast cereal Cheerios, as containing no ingredients from GMOs (genetically modified organisms), by which the company means crop plants bred with modern bioengineering techniques.

Whatever the motivation, General Mills may find that its move will neither catch on with "natural foods" devotees-who are unlikely to choose a highly processed, nonorganic breakfast food-nor silence antitechnology activists. 
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Score one for Obamacare

Last week, a federal court struck down one of the major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Washington, D.C.

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