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  • LibertyWeek 50: Detroit Bribe City

    July 6, 2009
    We celebrate our golden anniversary with Episode 50 of the LibertyWeek podcast, brought to you by host Richard Morrison and special guest co-hosts Jeremy Lott and Michelle Minton. We start with plans for new enviro-cops in the UK, the latest bribery scandal out of Detroit, and the sweet taste of free beer in North Carolina. We then move on to analysis of the political turmoil in Honduras and Michelle’s recap of the Washington D.C. TEA Party on Independence Day.
  • Good For Us Isn't Good Enough: Broadband and the Real Money It Costs

    July 6, 2009

    The Commission must not only identify the most cost-effective approach for catalyzing broadband deployment but also ensure that any public funds spent are used in an economically efficient manner. A national broadband plan, therefore, must consider the possibility that spending any taxpayer dollars whatsoever on broadband deployment might be contrary to the public interest. -- CEI, in comments to the FCC The debate over broadband subsidies has largely focused on whether the US is lagging behind other industrialized nations in the construction of broadband infrastructure. Subsidy opponents have attacked those claims, but the unfortunate implication has been that, if America is behind, something must be done about it. Last week, we penned...

  • Congress Vehemently Opposed to Reading the Legislation It Votes On

    July 6, 2009
    The Washington Times ran a great editorial this morning regarding the majority of Congress's continued refusal to actually read the bills before voting on them.
    No simpler requirement for good government could be imagined. When what is at stake is a revolutionary change in the entire organization of 17 percent of the economy - not to mention the delivery of services that could mean the difference between life and death for millions of Americans each year - it is basic common sense to insist that our lawmakers know and understand what they are voting on - and that includes the fine print.
    Recall the passing of Waxman-Markey by the House, which had 300 pages added 18 hours before the floor vote--...
  • Will Obama Blackmail Honduras Into Installing Would-Be Dictator?

    July 5, 2009
    Obama is quite wrong to claim that the removal of Zelaya was "illegal." The Honduran president forfeited his right to rule under the Honduran Constitution.
  • Michelle Minton at the July 4th DC Tea Party

    July 5, 2009
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  • EPA Whistleblower in The Wall Street Journal

    July 3, 2009
    Today in her column, The Wall Street Journal's Kimberley Strassel explains the Obama EPA's censoring of an internal study that questioned the scientific foundation for the administration's climate change policies. The report, written by Alan Carlin, a senior analyst at the EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics, was released last week by CEI last week.
    Mr. Carlin and a colleague presented a 98-page analysis arguing the agency should take another look, as the science behind man-made global warming is inconclusive at best. The analysis noted that global temperatures were on a downward trend. It pointed out problems with climate models. It highlighted new research that contradicts apocalyptic scenarios. "We believe our concerns and reservations are sufficiently important to warrant a...
  • UnderMining Prosperity

    July 3, 2009
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  • "Obama stands with tyrants," "Sides with Chavez, Castro against Honduran Democracy," Newspapers Say

    July 2, 2009
    "Obama stands with tyrants," writes the Washington Times. "When thousands of Iranians flooded the streets of Tehran protesting a rigged election and were beaten and shot down by pro-regime thugs, the president bided his time before making a series of noncommittal statements. He seemed to hope it would all just go away. However, when a socialist demagogue was ejected unceremoniously from Honduras on Sunday by his own government for trying to establish a presidency for life, Mr. Obama instantly sprang to his defense. What happened in Honduras was not a military coup. Honduras has a civilian president, Roberto Micheletti, a member of former President Manuel Zelaya's own Liberal Party, who was elevated to...
  • Put Rocket Fuel, Not Corn in Your Tank

    July 2, 2009
    As the ethanol industry sees its prospects flounder, it has sought the help of an actual general to stem the public backlash against its uneconomic, environmentally harmful product. Reports Fortune:
    Reporting for duty in ethanol's counterattack: Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general and former NATO commander, who signed on in February as co-chairman of an upstart ethanol trade group called Growth Energy. Clark, 64, has fully embraced the private sector since ending his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. In addition to co-chairing Growth Energy, Clark is on the board of Dutch wind-turbine maker Juhl Wind and serves as chairman of the New York investment bank Rodman & Renshaw (...
  • Washington Post Sells White House Access to Lobbyists, and Misreports Obama Health-Care Facts

    July 2, 2009
    Until it was publicly-exposed, the Washington Post was selling its access to the White House to lobbyists. As Politico reported, "For $25,000 to $250,000, the Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to 'those powerful few' — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors. The astonishing offer is detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he feels it’s a conflict for the paper to charge...

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