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OpenMarket: June 2014

  • Separation of Powers Survived Today by a One-Vote Margin

    June 23, 2014

    My colleagues over at GlobalWarming.org are already mulling over what today’s ruling in UARG v. EPA means for the future of American industry and energy production, but there’s a very important aspect to today’s ruling with constitutional implications.

    Part of the reason why EPA’s “tailoring rule” was challenged and struck down was because it was a blatant attempt to rewrite the plain wording of a law for its own convenience, a maneuver that my colleague Marlo Lewis called “breathtakingly lawless.”

  • FDA’s Salt Phobia a Waste of Money

    June 23, 2014

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week plans to phase in “voluntary” reduction in the level of sodium in foods produced by manufacturers and served in restaurants. I have “voluntary” in quotes because, despite the lack of an official regulation, pressure from an agency that could make it impossible for a business to stay in business is about as voluntary as putting a gun to someone’s head.

    Since the 1980s the FDA has recommended that Americans reduce their daily intake of sodium as a way to prevent the risk of high blood pressure, strokes, and other problems. But their constant harping on the sodium issue has done nothing to convince consumers to change. In fact, the level of sodium consumption hasn’t changed since the 1950s. It has remained...

  • Red Tapeworm 2014: Thousands of Federal Register Pages

    June 23, 2014

    This is Part 9 of a series taking a walk through some sections of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State (2014 Edition)

    The Federal Register is the daily depository of all proposed and final federal rules and regulations. The number of pages in the Federal Register is likely the most frequently cited measure of regulation’s scope.

    Problems abound with relying on page counts alone as a proxy for regulation. Wordiness of rules varies, affecting the number of pages and obscuring the real effects of the underlying rules. A short rule could be costly and a lengthy one relatively cheap.

    Furthermore, the Federal Register contains administrative notices, guidance,...

  • CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    June 23, 2014

    The Federal Register topped the 35,000-page mark last week. New regulations cover everything from tariffs on foreign cheese to dental implants to fireworks shows.

  • India Takes Action against Eco-Colonialism

    June 20, 2014

    In The Really Inconvenient Truths, I wrote about the environmentalist mantra I = PAT, where I is environmental impact, P is population, A is affluence, and T is technology. Under this formulation, as I put it, “Population, affluence, and technology are all evils of the modern world, not boons.”

    It should therefore come as no surprise that, just as 19th century missionaries raised money and went out from the west to cleanse the poor benighted savages of Africa and the Indian subcontinent of their sins, there are modern day equivalents doing the same. Only this time, the sins are technological projects that will increase affluence in heavily populated areas.

    We saw...

  • Union Leaders Ignore Labor History, Double Down on Partisan Politics

    June 19, 2014
    Samuel Gompers was the first president of the American Federation of Labor and thus one of the most important labor leaders in American history. On his watch, the American Federation of Labor became the largest and most powerful labor union in the country during a time in American history when labor unions were hardly popular.
  • Finance for the People

    June 19, 2014

    Over at The Freeman, I take a look at how technology has been democratizing access to capital, bringing news ways of raising money to people who need it but don’t have it. I outline some of the many tools people now have for accepting, raising, or borrowing funds.

  • Ex-Im Reauthorization Fight: Release the Reagan

    June 19, 2014

    The Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization in September. If the vote fails in Congress, the Bank and its $140 billion portfolio will cease to exist. In an effort to appeal to free-market types who oppose Ex-Im, the Aerospace Industries Association is invoking Ronald Reagan. A page two ad in today’s ...
  • One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners

    June 18, 2014

    CEI Research Associate Matthew La Corte contributed to this article.

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses more than 700 full-body imaging scanners in 160 airports nationwide. In addition to the empirical evidence that shows they don’t actually make us safer and the questions on the intrusion of traveler...

  • Big Labor Wants to Teach Us a Lesson

    June 18, 2014
    Progressives and those on the extreme left probably don’t worry about unions pushing labor history courses in their kids’ schools. But the rest of us should.

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