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OpenMarket: February 2013

  • State Of The Union Live Blog 2013

    February 11, 2013
    Welcome to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's live blog of President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. Tune in here on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. for the real-time free-market/libertarian take on the speech.
  • ‘Blunting’ the decline of unions

    February 11, 2013
    New York Post Some say the organized-labor movement is going to pot — but at least one union is looking to pot for its salvation. US labor unions continue to shrink. Last year, just 11.3 percent of American workers belonged to a union, the lowest share in a century and nearly half what it was just 30 years ago. Anyone sinking so far would grab any line to keep from drowning, even if that line is made of hemp. And some labor leaders are eyeing legal marijuana as a source for new members. The United Food and Commercial Workers union represents employees at three medical-...
  • Progressive Myths About Poverty And Inequality

    February 11, 2013
    Progressives wrongly blame violent crime in America --  and the Sandy Hook shootings in particular -- on economic inequality. But America is actually one of the most egalitarian countries on Earth, if equality is measured in terms of meaningful things such as living space, adequate housing, and material possessions (such as consumer goods and appliances), rather than just people's nominal incomes, as I explain at...
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation

    February 11, 2013
    61 new regulations, from your doctor’s stock portfolio to growing wine in Indiana.
  • TSCA Reform: Reasonable Certainty of Harm to Animals

    February 8, 2013
    European animal rights activists made a big mistake in 2006 when they failed to fight passage in the European Union of REACH, which is short for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. Now that the U.S. Congress may soon consider a similar law, will American animal rights groups fight it or repeat the mistakes of their European counterparts? Sometimes animal testing is necessary for scientific discovery and to ensure both safety and efficacy of of drugs and consumer products—including cosmetics.  But I have to agree with animal rights...
  • The Case For Unilateral Free Trade In One Sentence

    February 8, 2013
    "Even if your trading partner dumps rocks into his harbor to obstruct arriving cargo ships, you do not make yourself better off by dumping rocks into your own harbor." - Joan Robinson
  • CEI In The Wall Street Journal: E-Verify Is A Threat To Liberty

    February 8, 2013
    CEI founder Fred Smith co-authored an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today on E-Verify -- the electronic employment verification system that will likely become mandatory as part of any immigration reform. Proponents argue E-Verify is the only way to eliminate illegal immigration, but as the piece points out, “the only proven way to address illegal immigration [is] an efficient and effective legal pathway for immigrants to enter and work in the U.S.” E-Verify not only is unnecessary under a free-market immigration system -- it is harmful. Here are six major problems with mandatory E-Verify.
    1. This is the most extensive regulation possible. E-Verify would place burdensome requirements not just on every American employer, but every...
  • No More Regulation Without Representation

    February 8, 2013
    Over at the American Spectator, Wayne Crews and I show just how bad the problem of regulation without representation is by using Wayne's handy Anti-Democracy Index. Then we suggest that the REINS Act, recently reintroduced in the House by Rep. Todd Young (no relation), would help reduce the problem:
  • National ID Proponents' Bad Arguments

    February 7, 2013
    America’s new national identification system is coming. President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators want to enact a national identification card that would link to a database containing your name, Social Security number and biometric information such as pictures and fingerprints. The Washington Post editorial board wants one too. Two points are central to their argument: 1) this identification system is a necessary, effective and appropriate way to control illegal immigration, and 2) it will be used strictly for employment purposes. Both claims lack any credibility. Is it necessary? The Post claims...
  • CEI Podcast For February 7, 2013: Energy Secretary Chu Resigns

    February 7, 2013
    William Yeatman, Assistant Director of CEI's Center for Energy and Environment, looks at former Energy Secretary Steven Chu's record in office, who might succeed him, and what lies ahead in energy policy.


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