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OpenMarket: July 2009

  • Yeatman: "A Real Choice on Climate Change: Do Nothing"

    July 16, 2009
    In today's RealClearWorld, CEI Energy Policy Analyst, William Yeatman, talks about international attempts at climate diplomacy.  Read the piece here.
  • Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Doctors

    July 16, 2009
    If politicians want to destroy health care this badly, why not just ban it? You’d best hope doctors of the future aren’t people who’d put up with this.
  • Flying Is a Taxable Event

    July 15, 2009
    My jaw nearly hit the floor when I saw that I had paid more in taxes and fees than for actual airfare to book an international flight.
  • Exclusivity is the Mother of Invention

    July 15, 2009
    The web is all aflutter in the debate over handset exclusivity. Harold Feld of Public Knowledge describes in a recently posted video how exclusive deals prevent competition between handsets and raise prices. Wayne Crews and Ryan Young of CEI have fired back, pointing to a handset market with literally dozens of competing devices. The notion that exclusivity necessarily precludes competition is simply absurd. Apple's deal with AT&T is precisely the opposite of monopoly. Far from cornering the market on smartphones, Apple has openly refused to sell the iPhone to most of its potential customers. If anything, nonexclusive...
  • Harsanyi on Holdren

    July 15, 2009
    Today, Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi shines a light on Obama "science czar" John Holdren's disturbing past pronouncements -- which Marc Scribner wrote about here just yesterday. Holdren, as Harsanyi notes, participated in the famous bet between eco-doomsayer Paul Ehrlich and Julian Simon, over whether the price for five selected metals would rise or fall. (The bet is the foundation for the design of CEI's Julian Simon Award.)
    Holdren was asked by Ehrlich to pick five natural resources that would experience shortages due to human consumption. He lost the bet on all counts, as the composite price index for the commodities he picked, like copper and chromium, fell by more than 40 percent. Then...
  • TV Review of the Year: "so bad it will make you regret being born with eyes"

    July 15, 2009
    Having grown up in Miami, I find movies and TV shows set there amusing, for irony if nothing else. Laughing at tacky TV and film depictions of Miami should have gotten old for me by now. But whenever it seems like that's about to happen, Miami-based entertainment takes another strange turn, as Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin writes:
    I'm not saying Miami Social is so bad it's good. I'm saying it's so bad it will make you regret being born with eyes. I'm saying it's so bad that if you saw a member of the cast burst into flame on the street, you wouldn't waste your spit putting him or her out. I'm saying Osama bin Laden, if he sees it, will weep bitter tears of frustration that he went after the wrong American city. A stupefying concoction of idiotic hubris, faux glamour and neurotic self-...
  • Cold friendship

    July 15, 2009
    It has been almost 20 years since the end of the Cold War yet the agenda of the U.S.-Russia summit remains unchanged. In the middle of a global economic crisis, the two leaders discussed many important military matters, but neither broached the subject of the economy. Presidents Obama and Medvedev have signed no less than six different documents, none of which addressed economic cooperation and development. No trade agreements or investment initiatives were even discussed. Unsurprisingly, U.S.-Russia trade relations are much worse than U.S. relations with other, less developed countries. For their next meeting, Presidents Obama and Medvedev should make time to consider worthy economic initiatives like reducing trade barriers and eliminating visas to encourage tourism in both countries. It’s time to change the tone of negotiations and turn our backs on our Cold War past.
  • A Handshake, Not a "Contract with America"

    July 15, 2009
    Newt Gingrich's new "Strategy Memo: Time for a Real Stimulus Bill" is helpful on highlighting tax cuts that could stimulate business' capacity for job and wealth creation--but it needs a vastly more developed vision of limited government than it contains. When I first read the piece today I didn’t’ think he had any government spending cuts or reductions in scope of govt at all, then noticed some welcome liberalization of offshore drilling, and some privatization. But apart from that, the Strategy outline doesn’t seem to contain much apart from rolling back some of the spending insults of the past 10 months to pay for tax cuts. Those make some sense; but along with no overarching vision of limited government--that is, the bounds of what Washington can and should do in our lives in our modern economy--there’s no “...
  • Walter Williams on the EPA cover up

    July 15, 2009

    In a piece in today's State Journal-Register, noted economist and commentator Walter Williams asks: "Why the rush to OK ‘cap and trade’ in the Senate?"  He addresses the major push now under way to pass the Waxman-Markey climate legislation through the Senate since it passed the House a couple of weeks ago.  In this quote he lays exactly what is at stake with this issue:

    “Cap and trade” is first a massive indirect tax on the American people and hence another source of revenue for Congress. More importantly “cap and trade” is just...
  • Obama Admits, "We're Out of Money".

    July 15, 2009
    President Obama was in the booth during the bottom of the first inning of last night's Major League Baseball All Star Game in St. Louis. Joking about the fact that the National League hasn't won an All Star game since 1996, the Prez said there'd be no bailout for the NL because "We're out of money."


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