CEI Weekly: Debt Ceiling Deadline Approaches

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CEI Weekly
July 29, 2011

>>Featured Story

The deadline for resolving debt ceiling negotiations is Tuesday, and Washington is nervously counting down the days. Meanwhile, the media has drummed up public paranoia about what will happen if the U.S. defaults on its loans.

For free-market perspectives on the debt ceiling debate, see the commentary by CEI experts at the links below.

The Wisdom of the Debt Ceiling
by John Berlau
Boehner and House Republicans Improve Their Debt Ceiling Bill by Myron Ebell
False Prophets of Debt Ceiling Doom by Matthew Melchiorre
Failure is Not a (Government) Option by Matthew Melchiorre
Put a Ceiling on Overregulation by John Berlau and Wayne Crews
The Debt Ceiling, Thomas Jefferson, and the Semi-Virtue of a Balanced Budget Amendment by Wayne Crews
Constitutional Nonsense on Debt by John Berlau

>>Shaping the Debate

A Case Against Mandatory Voting
Fred Smith’s op-ed in The American Spectator

Obama’s Favorite Union Heavies
Ivan Osorio and Adam Michel’s op-ed in The American Spectator

Regulatory Trends, Real and Imagined
Henry I. Miller’s op-ed in Forbes

D.C.’s Deadly Fixation on Auto Fuel Economy Mandates
Sam Kazman’s citation in Investor’s Business Daily

Arctic Scientist Under Investigation
Myron Ebell’s citation in The Sacramento Bee

Gingrich Regrets His 2008 Climate Change Ad With Pelosi; Conservatives Still Not Amused
Myron Ebell’s citation in The Daily Caller

Fired Doesn’t Mean Goodbye to Many Air Traffic Controllers
Marc Scribner’s citation in Bloomberg News

Idealistic Capitalism vs. Idealistic Socialism
Fred Smith’s citation in Forbes

Inside the Beltway
CEI’s citation in The Washington Times

>>Best of the Blogs

More Confusion on Breast Cancer Screening
By Greg Conko

Mitchell, Reilly Tout Ruinous Calif. Auto Policy
By Marlo Lewis

Laundry Care Labels Grab the Regulatory Limelight
By Sam Kazman

Mandatory Data Retention Rears Its Ugly Head Again
By Luke Pelican

Legislative Band-Aids Won’t Fix the NLRA
By Trey Kovacs

>> CEI Podcast

July 21, 2011: Stopping the Music

Tough economic times are forcing symphony orchestras across the country to cut budgets and lay off staff, and in some cases shut down entirely. Labor Policy Counsel Vinnie Vernuccio, who coauthored a recent op-ed in the New York Daily News, finds that labor unions, by resisting necessary changes and limiting organizations’ ability to adapt to hard times, are doing more harm than good for the arts.