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OpenMarket: June 2019

  • State Officials, Department of Justice Should Green-Light Sprint-T-Mobile Merger

    June 12, 2019
    Yesterday’s filing by ten state attorneys general to block the proposed merger of wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint is the latest threat to the innovations American consumers deserve and that the unfettered marketplace is striving to deliver—if only government regulators will stay out of the way.  
  • Department of Health and Human Services Needs to Correct Record on Marijuana

    June 12, 2019
    Regulators at the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had an opportunity in 2016 to move marijuana into a less restrictive category of controlled substances. This could have ended the ongoing conflict between federal law, which considers the sale of marijuana illegal in all cases, and the laws of the states, almost all of which consider some form of marijuana legal. The DEA, however, rejected petitions to reclassify marijuana.
  • Does Capitalism Destroy Culture?

    June 11, 2019
    Capitalism’s critics claim that the pursuit of profit can become like a black hole, consuming all of our attention and energy at the expense of culture. Some argue, for example, that the shopping activity that accompanies “Black Friday” comes at the expense of a traditional Thanksgiving. Many of us suspect that it would be better to be contemplative and thankful for our blessings, but who can resist a good deal?
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Should Acknowledge Its Unconstitutional Structure

    June 11, 2019
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s structure is unconstitutional. The agency’s leadership should recognize it as such.
  • 'Citizen's Guide to Climate Change' Exposes Activist Falsehoods

    June 11, 2019
    Climate change is not a hoax, but as a political matter, it is a perpetual pretext for expanding government control over the economy, redistributing wealth, and empowering unaccountable elites at the expense of voters and their elected representatives.
  • Congress Should Authorize Longer Trailers When Reforming National Highway Policy

    June 11, 2019
    In 1982, when Congress designated the National Network—the approximately 200,000 miles of truck corridors that crisscross the U.S.—it also set a 28.5-foot minimum limit on tandem trailer length. Some states have opted to allow trucks that pull two longer, 33-foot trailers (“twin-33s”), but most have not. In the interest of promoting interstate commerce as the Constitution directs the federal government to do, these limits should be standardized nationwide.
  • Remove Government Barriers to Promote Efficient Highway Investment

    June 10, 2019
    Today the Competitive Enterprise Institute released my new report, “Transforming Surface Transportation Reauthorization: A 21st Century Approach to Address America’s Greatest Infrastructure Challenge.” In it, I argue that past approaches to funding America’s highways—namely, having the federal government pick up the majority of the initial construction tab while assuming states will then maintain these highways, all largely funded through taxes on motor fuel—will no longer hold and that a new approach is needed.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 10, 2019
    While the administration is so far keeping to its one-in, two-out policy for proposed rules, new trade and antitrust policies are likely to increase net burdens by billions of dollars. The nation also celebrated National Donut Day, a Competitive Enterprise Institute favorite. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from video calls to flying to Cuba.
  • Automakers to Trump: Keep Us Captive to California Bureaucrats

    June 7, 2019
    Seventeen automakers, including Ford, General Motors, and Toyota Motor North America sent a letter on 6th June to President Donald J. Trump urging him not to challenge California’s authority to regulate fuel economy. Instead, the companies want Mr. Trump to negotiate a compromise with California over model year (MY) 2021-2026 fuel economy standards. 
  • Union Gets Nasty over Natural Gas Pipeline Rejection

    June 7, 2019
    Friction between the trade unions that build energy infrastructure and the politicians who routinely block these projects has been growing for the last decade—especially as President Obama spent the majority of his administration delaying and eventually rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Trump administration has adopted a far more supportive approach to energy infrastructure, but still faces resistance from some state governments. 

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