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OpenMarket: April 2019

  • CEI Leads Coalition Urging Surface Transportation Board to Withdraw Proposed Switching Rule

    April 30, 2019
    Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) led a coalition of 20 other free market organizations urging the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to withdraw a harmful proposed rule. The STB has been the U.S. economic regulator of railroads for more than two decades since the infamous Interstate Commerce Commission was disbanded.
  • Will Reforming Consumer Finance Regulation Cause a Recession?

    April 29, 2019
    Will reforming consumer finance regulation cause a recession? That is the claim of a recent article in The Hill. Yet, the article provides little evidence to back up its claims.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    April 29, 2019
    While Washington’s “This Town” types geared up for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the rest of the country flocked to movie theaters for a much more realistic and wholesome form of entertainment—“Avengers: Endgame.” Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies issued new regulations from Mushroom Council membership to hydroelectric licenses.
  • New York City Enacts Its Own Green New Deal

    April 26, 2019
    New York City’s council passed the Climate Mobilization Act, a set of six bills, by a 45 to 2 vote on 18th April. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the package into law on 22nd April and declared that it, plus further administrative actions he was taking, were the city’s version of the Green New Deal. It is claimed that it is the most ambitious action taken by any city in the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • White House Moves to Strengthen Information Quality Act

    April 26, 2019
    The White House Office of Management and Budget on April 24th sent a memo to heads of departments and agencies updating guidelines for implementing the Information Quality Act of 1999. My first impression is that the updates look like they improve in several respects the way the IQA should be used.
  • On Climate, Lindsey Graham Says GOP Ready to 'Cross Rubicon'

    April 26, 2019
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters yesterday at an Earth Day event in Dallas that congressional Republicans are “ready to cross the Rubicon” on climate change. According E&E News, which ran the story today, Graham and other Republican colleagues are “developing legislation to introduce next year that could serve as the GOP framework for addressing climate change.”
  • VIDEO: Government Should Not Regulate Social Media Content

    April 26, 2019
    Trends in social media have rocketed to the top of the national political agenda recently, whether in the desire of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to break up Facebook, claims that Twitter is practicing viewpoint discrimination against conservatives, or worries people trying to capture the perfect Instagram selfie are being eaten by bears.
  • How Julian Simon Defeats Thanos

    April 26, 2019
    “The universe is finite, its resources finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist.” With those simple words, the Marvel supervillain Thanos justifies slaughtering multitudes, supposedly for the greater good of saving whatever life may remain in the universe, in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Thanos returns to movie theaters today, as Captain America, Iron Man, and their fellow superheroes try to thwart his murderous plans.
  • New Civil Liberties Alliance Sounds Alarm on Unconstitutional Government

    April 25, 2019
    The New Civil Liberties Alliance hosted a very interesting event this week, as part of its “Lunch and Law” speaker series, featuring remarks by Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow Chris DeMuth and American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Peter Wallison.
  • Antitrust Regulation Turning into Campaign Issue

    April 25, 2019
    Both parties are making antitrust regulation a 2020 campaign issue. Neither President Trump nor most of the Democratic candidates are proposing improvements. Over at the Washington Examiner I take a closer look.

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