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  • Today's Links: May 10, 2012

    May 10, 2012
    OPINION MIKE MASNICK: "Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars" "The House Oversight Committee has come out with a report slamming the TSA for tremendous amounts of waste, specifically in the "deployment and storage" of its scanning equipment. Basically, it sounds like the TSA likes to go on giant spending sprees, buying up security equipment and then never, ever using it." NICK GILLESPIE: "Question for Scott Walker...
  • Amendments That Take Away Rights

    May 9, 2012
    The Supreme Court, like European courts, has long recognized that corporations have constitutional rights, ever since its 6-to-1 decision in Dartmouth College v. Woodward (1819). But left-wing ideologues have falsely claimed that corporate constitutional rights are a recent invention by right-wing Supreme Court justices, in response to the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which ruled that corporations and unions have the right...
  • Labor and Occupy: Comrades in Arms

    May 9, 2012
    CEI Warren Brookes Fellow Matt Patterson Featured in Openmarket.org The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is helping Occupy DC become a “more permanent fixture” of the Washington, D.C., landscape by moving the anti-freedom agitators into cozy offices in the heart of the nation’s capital. And as usual where “occupiers” are concerned, there is no shortage of hypocrisy to be found:
    The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama’s most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops. The offices are at the Institute...
  • Labor and Occupy: Comrades in Arms

    May 9, 2012
    The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is helping Occupy DC become a "more permanent fixture" of the Washington, D.C., landscape by moving the anti-freedom agitators into cozy offices in the heart of the nation's capital. And as usual where "occupiers" are concerned, there is no shortage of hypocrisy to be found:
    The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama's most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops. The offices are at the Institute for Policy Studies, a nonprofit progressive group headquartered at 16th and L streets NW, amid...
  • Republican Space Socialism Update

    May 9, 2012
    Last time we checked in on this topic, House Appropriations Chairman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) was decrying the wastefulness of competition. Well, he's still at it. A couple weeks ago, the draft report language for the appropriations bill that includes NASA demanded both a reduction in that pesky competition and a return to the traditional acquisition process, rather than the cooperative use of Space Act Agreements that involves private investment:
    Commercial crew.—The Committee supports the goal of achieving independent and redundant access to the International Space Station (ISS) but remains concerned about many aspects of NASA’s approach to the commercial crew...
  • Watch Livestream of Cybersecurity Event Featuring CEI Analyst

    May 9, 2012
    The Cato Institute is hosting a policy discussion at noon today on "Federal Cyber-Security Regulation: Critical Safety Measure, or Privacy Nightmare?" The event features remarks by CEI Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia, who recently spearheaded a free market coalition effort opposing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). You can watch the event live at noon at http://www.cato.org/live/.
  • Today's Links: May 9, 2012

    May 9, 2012
    OPINION ALEX TABARROK: "The Growth of Justice" "Justice is a key ingredient for economic growth. People will not invest if they fear that their life, liberty and property may be subject to arbitrary seizure and destruction. The rule of law and limited government provide a sphere of liberty within which individuals can make decisions with confidence that the fruits of their labor will not taken by the more powerful. Justice is not just about legislation, however. Public and private discrimination diminish a person’s ability to individuate and develop, an ability that drives innovation and growth in the artistic, economic and scientific realms. In India the caste system binds many people to the lives of their ancestors...
  • Farm Bill Needs Real Reform, Not New Entitlements, Say Free-Market Groups

    May 8, 2012
    CEI joined with 10 other free-market groups in a letter today urging Congress to take on real reform of agricultural subsidies in the next farm bill and to resist attempts for new entitlements. The letter noted that farm businesses are doing quite even in this recession, with net income at $98 billion. With negotiations on reauthorization of the farm bill underway, it's essential that Congress review federal agricultural policies that distort market decisions. The letter pointed out some specific areas that deserve attention:
    We believe the nearly $30 billion reduction in federal spending on agriculture agreed to in the House Budget Resolution should be the minimum reduction in the Farm Bill. Eliminating direct payments, as the resolution suggests, is long overdue. Making meaningful reforms...
  • Austerity Bites - But It Isn't the Problem

    May 8, 2012
    The election results in Europe, we are told, are a vote against the austerity of "savage" spending cuts. Veronique de Rugy, in National Review Online, contested this claim, backing up her words with data. The Economist's Ryan Avent found her claims outrageous and presented data of his own to show that austerity was sooo there. Veronique has responded with more detail. Her case is essentially that in most countries, "austerity" has been implemented more in terms of tax rises than in spending cuts. The fact that the UK and France, both of which supposedly voted against...
  • There Is Nothing Left to Cut

    May 8, 2012
    Taxpayers paid for George W. Bush's $80,000 phone bill, and give millions of dollars to him and other ex-presidents every year.

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