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  • Obama Rejects Reality as "Politics of the Moment," Embraces Politics of Fear

    July 21, 2009
    Listening to President Barack Obama and other top Democrats on the subject of health care, one could be forgiven for thinking commercial medicine itself is on the verge of collapse, and that most of us soon will be completely unable to access decent medical treatment.  In response to criticisms from GOP lawmakers and gloomy CBO projections, Obama re-emphasized what he insists is a need for immediate, drastic reform.  He dismissed the illumination of the fiscal insanity of his prized health care plan as the "politics of delay and defeat" and "politics of the moment" and said, "The need for reform is urgent and it is indisputable." It is impossible to arrive at the...
  • CEI Praises California Oil Drilling and No-New-Tax Budget Compromise

    July 21, 2009
    But State Still In Trouble With Global Warming Law
    WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2009 – Top California lawmakers have included a plan for expanding oil drilling off the Southern California coast, as part of a budget compromise aimed at closing the state's $26 billion shortfall.  The move drew praise from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
    “State Republican legislators, led by Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, are to be commended for forcing Republican Governor Schwarzenegger and the Democratic majority in the legislature to accept a budget deal that includes no tax increases, significant budget cuts, and new offshore oil and gas production,” said...
  • Santacruz in Forbes: "Toxic Revenge"

    July 21, 2009
    In today's Forbes, CEI Warren Brookes Fellow Silvia Santacruz talks about the lawsuit against Chevron-Texaco in Ecuador. Read it here.
  • "Libertarian paternalism"?

    July 21, 2009
    In Sunstein's latest book Nudge. . . he makes the case that people often make bad decisions, and a slight "nudge" can set things right and lead to better policy outcomes. Note the smuggling in of the idea that individual choices are properly classified as public policy questions.
  • NRO on EFCA's Binding Arbitration Provision

    July 21, 2009
    Today's National Review Online editorial looks at the so-called Employee Free Choice Act's arbitration provision, which would subject newly unionized companies to having a contract imposed on them by a federally appointed arbitrator.
    The worst provision — worse, in fact, than the card-check gambit itself — would allow the National Labor Relations Board to impose contracts on businesses that cannot come to an agreement with a union. If a union enters the picture and the owners of a business are unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract, then the NLRB is empowered to impose “binding arbitration,” meaning that the government will write the contract and force the firm to abide by its terms. This amounts to extortion.
    EFCA's card check provision, which...
  • 1+1=2

    July 21, 2009
    By introducing new regulations the Congress together with major airlines are discouraging us to travel. While the Congress is deciding on how to regulate the size of carry-on luggage and while the airlines are charging us more in taxes than in actual fares, the passengers are still facing a ridiculous policy that a one-way airfare costs several times more than a roundtrip ticket. Weird arithmetic: a trip from one destination to another and back will cost you much less than a flight one way only. Is not that strange that 1+1=2 is less than 1? In fact if you are purchasing a roundtrip the cost of a ticket is up to 10 times cheaper than if you are booking a one-way trip. For example, a roundtrip from New York to Paris would normally cost you around $750. But if you need only 1 segment of this journey you would be asked to pay at least $2000. So booking a roundtrip and using only 1 segment...
  • Regulation of the Day: Sliding Car Doors

    July 20, 2009
    A new set of rules for sliding car doors will come into effect on September 1, 2010.
  • LibertyWeek 52: Tim Carney – Uncensored

    July 20, 2009
    Celebrate the LibertyWeek podcast’s one-year anniversary with Episode 52 - brought to you by your host Richard Morrison, returning guest co-host Jeremy Lott and distinguished special guest Timothy P. Carney. We start with the short-sighted lobbying of HMOs for more government control of health care, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the latest New York City corruption scandal. We then move on to potential antitrust troubles for Japanese beer makers, India’s refusal to play the global warming game and some avenging Olympic News.
  • Subsidize Cheese to Stimulate?

    July 20, 2009
    $1,562,568 of stimulus money went to subsidize mozzarella cheese in Rep. Marcia Fudge's district.
  • Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing!

    July 20, 2009
    Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The mission represents a significant milestone in human achievement and was watched live on television by millions of people.

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