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  • Don't "Drill for Roads"

    December 9, 2011
    Over at National Review Online, I have an op-ed up explaining why fiscal conservatives should oppose House Republicans' plan to direct oil and gas royalty revenue into the Highway Trust Fund:
    A quick, temporary fix would be to raise federal fuel-tax rates, but this is a political non-starter in the current political and economic climate. If House Republicans are truly serious about improving our nation’s highway infrastructure without increasing federal tax rates on fuel, they could devolve more transportation funding responsibility to the states and support more tolling. They could also rein in the waste and abuse of highway-user revenues at the hands of pro-mass-transit special interests and their enabling politicians. Instead, House Republicans appear ready to undermine one of the...
  • U.S. Government: Arming Gangsters, Groping Grannies

    December 9, 2011
    What’s worse than the federal government deliberately arming gangsters? Answer: The federal government deliberately arming gangsters with the express intent of undermining the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution; you know, the Amendment which guarantees that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Such is the nauseating narrative of the rapidly unfolding “Fast and Furious” scandal. As CBS News, which has been doing yeoman’s work on this repulsive episode, reported on December 7:
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation...
  • PATTERSON: Labor unions and communism

    December 8, 2011
    The Washington Times Trade unions are a school of communism. -Vladimir Lenin L labor leader Andy Stern has seen the future. There’s no freedom there, but he’s OK with that. Mr. Stern, a former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), recently returned from a trip to China, where he had the opportunity to meet with “high-ranking” government officials, who outlined for the former labor leader...
  • CEI Podcast for December 8, 2011: House Passes the REINS Act

    December 8, 2011
    Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews talks about the impact REINS could have on increasing transparency and accountability. He also offers up a few more ideas for regulatory reform.
  • Over-The-Counter Plan B? What Would Jed Bartlet Do?

    December 8, 2011
    Back in March 2009, President Obama issued a memorandum on scientific integrity to the heads of executive branch agencies and departments. It announced that “[s]cience and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of [his] Administration on a wide range of issues.” And in a statement to the press, Obama insisted that “Our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values.” Previous administrations (and one in particular -- nudge nudge, wink wink … Know what I mean?) had let politics interfere with what should have been purely...
  • Free-Market Fundamentalism? Where?

    December 8, 2011
    Here's a letter of mine that ran in today's Wall Street Journal:
  • Bernanke’s Dollar Swap Euro “Stimulus”

    December 8, 2011
    Here's a letter I sent to The Wall Street Journal: In “Central Banks Take Coordinated Action” (Nov. 30), Mr. Sparshott and Mr. Hilsenrath rightly point out that the Fed’s slashing of dollar swap interest rates by 50 basis points “doesn’t address the fundamental problems related to European government debt that now plague the financial system.” By offering yet another wooden plank to the drowning Euro, Bernanke merely prolongs its inevitable destruction. Bad debt must be liquidated, not preserved. Protracted global recession ought to make that lesson clear. European governments must be allowed to default so they can undergo the painful but necessary process of reining in bloated public sectors and deregulating rigid markets. Helicopter Ben showering...
  • Today's Links: December 7, 2011

    December 7, 2011
    OPINION SEN. JIM INHOFE: "Kyoto Process is Dead" "Today, I’m happy to bring you the good news about the complete collapse of the global warming movement and the failure of the Kyoto Protocol, as world leaders meet for the United Nations global warming conference in Durban, South Africa. For the past decade, I have been the leader in the United States Senate standing up against global warming alarmism and cap-and-trade, which would have been the largest tax increase in American history. This victory is especially important today, as families in America and around the world continue to face tough economic times. Tossing out any remote possibility of a UN global warming treaty is one of the most important things we...
  • Good News/Bad News on Compensating Bone Marrow Donors

    December 7, 2011
    By now, there's been plenty of news highlighting last week's decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 (NOTA) does not forbid compensation for the majority of bone marrow donors. That's great news for patients needing marrow transplants. And the non-profit Institute for Justice deserves a tremendous amount of applause for arguing the case. Unfortunately, the decision is far narrower in scope than it has been portrayed by some news outlets. And, although there is plenty here to celebrate, it neither "...
  • Fred Weekly: Research & Development

    December 7, 2011
    In this installment of "Fred Weekly, CEI President Fred L. Smith, Jr., discusses the importance of applying technical concepts to commercial development and vice versa. Fred explains that the feedback loop between science and commerce has been one of the greatest forces for improving human life in all of history. Watch it below:


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