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  • Obamacare Attacks Your Flex Account -- Minimize Damage in 2013 by Doubling Up for 2012

    November 21, 2011
    Hey Joe and Jane Citizen, concerned about the future of your country and your family. Please step away for five minutes from the nonstop TV coverage of the supercommittee. You are being told that if the House-Senate committee, created as a compromise in the debt ceiling fight, doesn't reach a "solution" by Thanksgiving, there will be dire consequences as government spending  has to be "sequestered" from the budget in 2013. But the real dire consequences you should be worried about in 2013 is the permanent sequestration of your flexible spending account due to the stealth tax hikes of Obamacare. Back in 2010 when she was Speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Congress had to pass the health care bill into law, so the public could know what's in it. And it won't be until the beginning of 2013 that most of the public will know that one of the things in the bill was a cap on flex...
  • Obama Peddles Myths About the Great Depression: No, Hoover Didn't Cut Taxes or Spending

    November 21, 2011
    Herbert Hoover increased marginal tax rates on the wealthy to 63 percent, and more than doubled government spending as a percentage of the economy. But in his political speeches, President Obama continues to falsely claim that Hoover gave "tax cuts" to the rich and slashed the government to promote "trickle-down economics." In his November 14 remarks at a campaign event in Ko Olina, Hawaii, Obama said:
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  • More Scholarships for Murderers to Attend Law School: It's the "Progressive" Thing to Do

    November 18, 2011
    A thieving murderer who killed a professor is receiving a scholarship to attend a Louisiana law school, courtesy of college administrators and the NAACP:
    When he was 20 years old, [Bruce] Reilly beat and stabbed to death a 58-year old English professor at Community College of Rhode island, capping off his crime by stealing the professor’s car, wallet, and credit cards. . . . Reilly is an admitted student in Tulane’s law school . . . The Louisiana Bar, like all other states, requires proof of good moral character and fitness to be admitted to the bar, a requirement that almost always excludes felons – particularly those who have been convicted of a violent crime as heinous as Reilly’s. . .It is next to impossible for him to become a licensed attorney even...
  • Middle Class in Big Trouble

    November 18, 2011
    A new study titled Growth in the Residential Segregation of Families by Income 1970-2009 by Stanford University researchers throws harsh light on a disturbing phenomenon -- the decline of the American Middle Class. Over the last four decades, the study finds, the number of high and low income neighborhoods have both increased, while “mixed income neighborhoods have grown rarer.” Since 1970, in fact, “the share of families living in middle-income neighborhoods dropped from 65 percent to 44 percent.” A New York Times story highlighting the study sums it up:
    Much of the shift is the result of changing income structure in the United States....
  • Today's Links: November 18, 2011

    November 18, 2011
    OPINION NICK GILLESPIE - "Dems and Reps Agree: Let's Spend Tons More on Defense!" "Heritage Foundation, like most groups on the right, is quick to announce that the government is generally inefficient and incompetent when it comes to spending money. Except for Defense, one of the most obviously bloated, inefficient, and unsupervised parts of the governments. That's a bit of a contradiction now, isn't it? Which is why so many cons wrap themselves in the flag to exempt military spending from the same sort of penny-pinching scrutiny that, say, school-lunch programs deserve. " FRANK MINITER - "Is the Right to Privacy Dead?" "Defining what...
  • Fred Weekly: Conflicts of Interest

    November 18, 2011
    In the latest episode of “Fred Weekly,” CEI President Fred Smith discusses conflicts of interest and trade-offs in business and politics.
  • Alcohol Regulation Roundup: Turkey Day Edition

    November 18, 2011
    As Thanksgiving quickly approaches many hosts and hostesses are scratching their heads about what drinks to pair with their meal items. The Washington Post has a great interview with the District’s own “beer wonder” Greg Engert on how to pair beer with your meal. If you live outside of the Midatlantic though, many of his beer recommendations may not be in your local shop. This is another reason to advocate for an end to the mandatory three-tier system and allow producers to distribute their beer, wine, and liquor on their own. Colorado: Coloradans are wondering if the recent vote in Washington State that ends the state monopoly on liquor...
  • Regulation of the Day 198: Talking about Water

    November 18, 2011
    In a ruling so dumb that only a panel of intellectuals could have written it, the EU has decided that companies may not claim that water cures dehydration. Dehydration occurs when there is not enough water in the body. This decision was not reached lightly:
    The ruling, announced after a conference of 21 EU-appointed scientists in Parma and which means that bottled water companies cannot claim their product stops people’s bodies drying out, was given final approval this week by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
    Not everyone is on board, though:
    UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall said: ‘I had to read this four or five times before I  believed it.
    ‘It is a...
  • CEI Weekly: New Study Urges Lawmakers to Reject Green Chemistry

    November 18, 2011
    CEI Weekly is a compilation of articles and blog posts from CEI’s fellows and associates sent out via e-mail every Friday. Also included in the weekly newsletter is a brief description of CEI’s weekly podcast and a feature on a major CEI breakthrough made during the week. To sign up for CEI Weekly, go to http://cei.org/newsletters. CEI Weekly November 18, 2011 >>Featured Story This week, CEI released a new study debunking claims by environmentalist groups about the risks of commonly-used chemicals. The study's authors, CEI Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini and Contributing Scholar Daniel J. Murphy, urge state regulators not to appease green lobbyists by forcing perfectly safe products off the shelves. CEI's press release on the study is available...
  • Today's Links: November 17, 2011

    November 17, 2011
    OPINION BRYAN CAPLAN: "The Reasons for my Hostility to ZMP" "ZMP [Zero Marginal Productivity] coheres well with my elitism,  but coheres poorly with my rejection of high-IQ misanthropy.  The lower deciles contribute little to the economy in percentage terms, but the absolute value of their contribution is still hundreds of billions of dollars." HARVEY SILVERGLATE: "The Supreme Court: A Prosecutor's Best Friend" "The metastasizing of federal laws has ensured that seemingly innocuous behavior without any criminal intent behind it can lead to a...

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