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  • Fishy Politics May Harm US Consumers

    July 14, 2009
    The various US attempts to hobble the Vietnamese farmed-catfish industry is no less underhanded. And, in order to prevent a trade war with Vietnam, it would be wise for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reject the pleas of US fish farmers to harm US consumers by making it harder for us to enjoy a good, safe, and inexpensive food.
  • Obama's Anti-Science Czar

    July 14, 2009
    Last week, Michelle Malkin posted on the disturbing past of Obama's Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology--more popularly known as the "science czar"--John Holdren. The page Malkin links to containing  scans of a past publication is offline as of this writing, but I'll re-post an excerpt from her site below:
    In a book Holdren co-authored in 1977, the man now firmly in control of science policy in this country wrote that: • Women could be forced to abort their pregnancies, whether they wanted to or not; • The population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs...
  • LibertyWeek 51: Watch for Falling Rupees

    July 14, 2009
    Your host Richard Morrison brings you Episode 51 of the LibertyWeek podcast, along with special guest co-host Jeremy Lott and Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young. We start with Judge Sotomayor in the Senate hot seat, a privacy threat from “smart” passports and why Rep. Dan Lipinski has decided your suitcase is too big. The discussion continues with Rep. John Murtha’s expanding corruption scandal, beer news from the Beaver State and the arrival of Wal-Mart in India. We wrap up with this week’s dose of brothel-themed Olympic News.
  • Lamar Smith on Cap and Tax

    July 14, 2009
    A good, short, succinct summary of why Rep Lamar Smith (R.-KY) voted against Cap-and-Tax. Hat-tip: The Chilling Effect

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  • Doing Business in DC

    July 14, 2009
    DC Progress notes that Washington, DC has ranked dead last in the annual Small Business Survival Index every year since the mid-1990s. One of the problems is the District's notorious regulatory regime.
  • Growing Young Statists

    July 14, 2009
    Gene Healy's column in Examiner today chronicles the alarming statism and collectivism of today's youth and tomorrow's voters.
    The generation born from the late 1970s to the early '90s has been called "Gen Y," "GenNext," and "the Millennials." Its name is Legion. But whatever name they go by, and despite their image as web-savvy individualists, when it comes to politics, young voters are as collectivist as they come. In May, the Center for American Progress released a lengthy survey of polling data on Millennials, concluding that they're a "Progressive Generation," eager to increase federal power. The CAP report shows that Gen Y is substantially more likely to support universal health care, labor unions, and education spending...
  • Reason's Shikha Dalmia on EFCA's Binding Arbitration Provision

    July 13, 2009
    With Al Franken joining the Senate, public attention is again turning to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). In the weekend Wall Street Journal, the Reason Foundation's Shikha Dalmia makes the case against EFCA's binding arbitration provision, which has not gotten nearly as much public scrutiny as its now-infamous secret ballot-circumventing card-check provision. As she notes, many state and local governments have extended compulsory arbitration to their employees, especially public safety workers, in exchange for their giving up the right to strike -- to those governments' subsequent chagrin.
    Exhibit A: Michigan. In 1969, the Wolverine State embraced a form of compulsory arbitration nearly identical to the one proposed in EFCA to resolve disputes with its police...
  • Hybrid Owners Aren't As Smug As They're Painted

    July 13, 2009
    Very interesting, but of course unscientific*, poll of hybrid vehicle owners over at HybridCarBlog.  It turns out that very few hybrid owners bought their hybrid because of global warming fears:
    So far, there have been more than 28,000 responses to the poll and the results are a little surprising. 37 percent of respondents picked foreign oil dependency, 29 percent cool technology, 27 percent car pool lane access, but only 7 percent picked global warming.
    Certainly, everyone I know in Northern Virginia who bought a hybrid did so because of the (no longer available) HOV lane access, but I am a little surprised and gratified to see that over 50 percent of hybrid purchasers made their decision based on personal rather than political considerations. More importantly, however...
  • Smith in Washington Times: 'Cap and Traitors'

    July 13, 2009
    CEI President Fred Smith talks about the recent passage of climate legislation in Congress.  Read it here.
  • Documentary Highlights Jersey Shore Eminent Domain Abuse

    July 13, 2009
    While the public outrage over eminent domain abuse following the 2005 Kelo ruling has waned to some degree, the controversy surrounding private property takings for purposes of "economic redevelopment" still burns in many municipalities across the country. Now a new documentary, titled Greetings from Asbury Park (yes, like the Springsteen record--he is listed among the film's supporters), seeks to bring national attention to the plight of one elderly woman fighting to keep the home she has lived in for two...


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