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OpenMarket: February 2013

  • CEI Podcast For February 28, 2013: Italy's Troubling Election Results

    February 28, 2013
    The results of Italy’s general election were announced this week, setting markets on edge across the Eurozone. Warren Brookes Fellow Matt Melchiorre finds the outcome surprising, as well as troubling.
  • The Dangers Of Crying Wolf On BPA

    February 28, 2013
    Anyone with an interest in the science of bisphenol A (BPA)--a chemical used to make hard, clear plastics and resins that line food containers -- should read Trevor Butterworth's recent Q&A with researcher Richard M. Sharpe, who specializes in male reproductive health issues at the University of Edinburgh. I've commented many times on significant problems surrounding many of the recent studies on BPA and how hype about its risks can harm human health...
  • Chicken Little Lives Vicariously Through Federal Union Bosses

    February 28, 2013
    Openmarket.org We know the story of Chicken Little. The little chick thought the sky was falling because he was hit in the head by an acorn. He convinced the other barnyard animals that the sky was falling and soon they were all in hysterics. Well, when it comes to sequestration cuts impact on federal employees, union officials have adopted a Chicken Little approach. Feeding Big Labor’s frenzy is tomorrow’s March 1 sequestration deadline with no deal to delay budget cuts in sight. For the past few weeks, federal union leaders have been lobbying anyone who will listen to deflect cuts away from federal workers in favor of anything else. Today in U.S. News and World Report, I criticize these union officials, which many never...
  • Chicken Little Lives Vicariously Through Federal Union Bosses

    February 28, 2013
    We know the story of Chicken Little. The little chick thought the sky was falling because he was hit in the head by an acorn. He convinced the other barnyard animals that the sky was falling and soon they were all in hysterics. Well, when it comes to sequestration cuts impact on federal employees, union officials have adopted a Chicken Little approach. Feeding Big Labor’s frenzy is tomorrow’s March 1 sequestration deadline with no deal to delay budget cuts in sight. For the past few weeks, federal union leaders have been lobbying anyone who will listen to deflect cuts away from federal workers in favor of anything else. Today in U.S. News and World Report, I criticize these union officials, which many never do any government work:
    When...
  • Progressives Should Be Wary Of A Minimum Wage Increase

    February 28, 2013
    Over at the American Spectator, I argue that progressives should look elsewhere for ways to help the poor:
  • Wells Fargo Economists: Sequestration Helps The Economy In The Long Run

    February 28, 2013
    Yet again, the Obama administration is busy engaging in scare tactics about sequestration, inflating its impact on the government and the country (to the point of falsely claiming it will result in budget cuts at an non-existent agency that closed its doors last June). But in reality, the sequestration's automatic budget cuts will help the economy in the long run, as we previously pointed out. Wells Fargo's chief economist now...
  • VAWA Bill Likely To Pass Congress This Week, Despite Violating First Amendment

    February 27, 2013
    Congress never lets the Constitution get in the way of passing a law with a catchy title. Thus, the Senate’s version of the bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act will likely pass the House this week, even though UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, a leading First Amendment scholar, earlier noted that provisions in it violate the First Amendment. (...
  • The Myth Of British Austerity, And Why It Was Concocted

    February 26, 2013
    Opposition to spending cuts in America has been based heavily on "the myth of British austerity," even though "if the British government is practicing austerity it is hard to see," since government spending still consumes half of Britain's GDP, and government spending there is virtually unchanged. Indeed, spending is "projected to" grow modestly in England over the next few years. If England is not actually practicing austerity, why have critics of austerity...
  • Immigration Restrictions Violate Americans' Liberty

    February 26, 2013
    Immigration restrictions are more than just violations of the liberties of foreigners. Truly a society that restricts the freedom of certain groups restricts the freedom of all. Apologists for state action will reassure voters that each new intrusion into society will only impact the “one-percent” -- that is to say that restrictions on the liberty of marginal groups will leave yours unaffected. The message underlying each government intervention is that your freedom is safe, or even enhanced by another’s loss in liberty. Immigration restrictionists assure Americans that the sacrifice of the immigrant’s freedom of movement entails no limitation on the liberty of Americans. But liberty is not atomistic. The government cannot simply excise the liberty of one group and leave the freedom of all others unaffected. Just as free speech violations violate not just the rights of the speaker to...
  • National ID, By Itself, Violates Liberty

    February 25, 2013
    As I have pointed out over the past month and The Wall Street Journal’s Danny Yadron noted last week, many members of Congress are looking to impose a mandatory national identification system. Demonstrating that this attempt is gaining momentum, The Washington Post editorialized in favor of a national ID system earlier this month. Its editors wrote:
    Critics on both the civil-liberties left and the libertarian right have long resisted...

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