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OpenMarket: December 2011

  • Holiday Travel Travails

    December 22, 2011
    Just in time for the holiday travel season, Vanity Fair’s Charles C. Mann took a trip through airport security with security expert Bruce Schneier.
  • NAFTA: North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement?

    December 22, 2011
    The North American Free Trade Agreement liberalized trade between the three North American nations -- Mexico, the United States, and Canada -- to great success and positive overall effects on the economy, even though some anti-trade activists argue otherwise. Now, should we expand the agreement to include other nations in Europe? The European Union crisis has left the region’s currency union and single market very unstable, and the lack of consensus regarding bailouts to some of its members has left other members questioning their future in the Union. In fact, some of Britain’s MPs are looking to call a referendum to discuss whether or not the U.K. should continue to be part of the European Union. Conflicts have risen between London and Brussels, most recently...
  • Merry Christmas from CEI!

    December 22, 2011

    In the spirit of encouraging free markets, limited government, and individual liberty, we at CEI present the following for your viewing pleasure:

  • Today's Links: December 22, 2011

    December 22, 2011
    OPINION PAUL BUTLER: "Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No" "IF you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote 'not guilty' — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if you exercise it, you become part of a proud tradition of American jurors who helped make our laws fairer. The information I have just provided — about a constitutional doctrine called “jury nullification” — is absolutely true. But if federal prosecutors in New York get their way, telling the truth to potential jurors could result in a six-month prison sentence." GEORGE F. WILL: "...
  • CEI Podcast for December 22, 2011: The Keystone XL Pipeline

    December 22, 2011
    Politicians usually love infrastructure projects. But politics has delayed the privately owned Keystone XL pipeline's construction for three years now. Research Associate David Bier explains.
  • 2011 Brought Lots of Good News for Salt Lovers

    December 21, 2011
    With holiday cooking on most of our minds this week, it's worth celebrating some good news about one of the most beleaguered food ingredients: table salt. For years, consumers and food producers have been bombarded with demands to reduce sodium consumption by nanny state regulators hoping to improve public health, even though the evidence linking high sodium diets and serious health concerns has always been ambiguous at best. But this year alone, several major scientific studies have cast that link in even further doubt. The folks over at the Salt Institute -- the trade association representing salt producers and commercial users -- are touting these results...
  • Governor Dayton’s Baleful Influence on Labor Relations

    December 21, 2011
    Openmarket.org Minnesota State Senator Mike Parry (R-Waseca) recently caused a stir with strong accusations against Governor Mark Dayton. “It’s no secret that the labor unions helped buy the Governor’s Office for Mark Dayton… he began to return the favor, most recently by trying to help unionize some of Minnesota’s in-home, private child care providers,” said Parry in a fundraising letter. Sen. Parry’s allegations elicited a strong reaction from Dayton, who called it “inaccurate and deeply offensive.” A review of the facts, however, shows that the real reason the governor is so upset: the truth hurts. ...
  • Governor Dayton’s Baleful Influence on Labor Relations

    December 21, 2011
    Minnesota State Senator Mike Parry (R-Waseca) recently caused a stir with strong accusations against Governor Mark Dayton. “It's no secret that the labor unions helped buy the Governor's Office for Mark Dayton… he began to return the favor, most recently by trying to help unionize some of Minnesota’s in-home, private child care providers,” said Parry in a fundraising letter. Sen. Parry’s allegations elicited a strong reaction from Dayton, who called it “inaccurate and deeply offensive.” A review of the facts, however, shows that the real reason the governor is so upset: the truth hurts. Unionizing Child Care Providers Since 2005, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been trying to organize child care providers Minnesota. Associated Press found that ...
  • A “Trade War for Christmas” – EU High Court Rules on Airline Emissions

    December 21, 2011
    As expected, the European Court for Justice -- the EU’s highest court -- has ruled that the EU’s plan to charge foreign airlines for their emissions through purchasing carbon permits complies with international law and doesn’t threaten foreign countries’ sovereignty. As of January, aircraft landing or taking off from EU airports will be assessed carbon emission fees. (See yesterday’s OpenMarket for more background.) The carbon trading scheme is opposed by major economies, including...
  • Today's Links: December 21, 2011

    December 21, 2011
    OPINION JORDAN WEISMANN: "Get Ready for Manufacturing's Big Comeback" "In the past year, the conversation about U.S. manufacturing has undergone a quiet but remarkable change. Gone is much of the doom and gloom about the death of American factories. Instead, many now seem certain that industry is due for a comeback here at home." JOHN B. TAYLOR: "Want Prosperity? Try Stable Tax Policy" "The two-month payroll tax cut being debated in Washington reduces to the absurd the recent revival of short-term Keynesian stimulus programs. That such a temporary cut would stimulate the recovery and get...

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