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  • CEI Joins Push for Corporate Tax Reform

    May 31, 2013
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute signed on to a letter with taxpayer groups and other public policy organizations that urges Congress to act on corporate tax reform. “High taxes on businesses hinder job creation, drive up costs and make America less competitive,” said Iain Murray, vice president of strategy at CEI. “Today, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. This seems incongruous with rebuilding our economy.”

    The letter can be viewed here.

  • Union Buyer Remorse on Obamacare?

    May 31, 2013
    Be careful what you wish for. That's the lesson Big Labor is learning now that Obamacare is unfolding in all its mighty messiness. Labor leaders, who turned out their troops in droves in support of the President's signature health care law, are now realizing that - shock! - it will actually increase premiums for millions of their members, despite Obama's repeated assurances to the contrary.
  • Who is Bob King?

    May 31, 2013
    The United Auto Workers union is desperately trying to organize Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. The union’s President, Bob King, has made it his personal mission to organize transnational companies in order to boost the declining UAW membership. Who is the man behind these “very aggressive campaigns” in the South?
  • Senate Bill Won't Stop Illegal Immigration Without More Work Visas

    May 31, 2013
    When the Senate “Gang of 8” released their immigration reform principles earlier this year, they made an important admission: that drastic restrictions on low-skilled work visas incentivizes illegal immigration. The principles called for “a humane and effective system” for the “overwhelming majority of the 327,000 illegal entrants” apprehended in 2011 “to prevent future waves of illegal immigration.” Unfortunately, although the Gang’s bill improves legal immigration options, it clearly doesn’t live up to this principle. The Senate legislation deletes one option while creating two new ones—one for agricultural work and another for non-agricultural work. It allocates 112,333 ag visas (W-2/W-3 visas) per year for the first five years. But it replaces the H-2A farm visa program that already brought in around...
  • CEI Podcast for May 30, 2013: The Politics of Caffeine

    May 30, 2013
    The Food and Drug Administration recently announced plans to investigate, and possibly regulate, caffeine consumption. Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies Michelle Minton prefers separation of food and state.
  • Retailers Should Keep Consumers -- Not Greens -- In Mind

    May 30, 2013

    culture-of-alarmism_ltrAs part of its Culture of Alarmism project, the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) has recently launched a coalition letter -- which includes CEI -- to retailers to combat the greens so-called “Mind the Store" campaign. We (IWF, CEI, and 21 other groups) advise retailers to ignore radical greens' advice to remove certain products from...

  • Regulatory Opacity

    May 30, 2013
    In today’s Investor’s Business Daily, Wayne Crews and I make the case that one of the biggest obstacles to regulatory reform is a lack of agency transparency.
  • TTB to Allow, Not Require, Nutritional Labeling on Alcoholic Products

    May 30, 2013
    It’s a rare occasion that we get to praise government agencies. While the federal agency governing alcoholic beverages certainly took it’s time to make a ruling on nutrition labeling on alcoholic products -- a topic it has been considering since 2003 -- it appears the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax, and Trade Bureau (TTB) ultimately made the right decision to allow, not require, companies to add a “serving facts” nutrition panel to their labels. According to a press release dated May 28, 2013, the TTB reviewed the issue of having a “serving facts” statement on beer, wine, and spirits -- something that the spirits suppliers have been asking for -- and it concluded that it will allow, but not...
  • Education Department Attack on Free Speech and Due Process Criticized in Washington Post, Chronicle, and Other Papers

    May 29, 2013
    Earlier, I wrote about a recent letter from the Education and Justice Departments demanding that the University of Montana define as a reportable "sexual harassment" offense "any" speech on sexual topics that is "unwelcome" to any listener, even if most listeners do not find it "unwelcome," and it would not offend the "reasonable person." This pretty obviously violates the First Amendment, as I explain here in the Chronicle of Higher Education at this link. The government calls this letter a "...
  • Canada Not Happy with New Country of Origin Labeling Rules

    May 28, 2013
    trade1Protectionism through non-tariff trade barriers is alive and well in the trade arena, even with the U.S.’s largest trading partner, Canada. New U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat and some other commodities aim to comply with a 2012 World Trade Organization decision on a dispute brought by Canada against the U.S., but fall short of that mark and may open the door to Canadian trade retaliation. When the U.S. regulations were issued May 23, 2013, the...

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