CEI Weekly: Real Story Behind Royal Wedding Is Entrepreneurs’ Fairy Tale

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CEI Weekly
April 29, 2011

>>Featured Story

As spectators on both sides of the Atlantic prepare to watch England’s Prince William wed his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton, CEI’s John Berlau draws the attention of the political community to the free-market angle of the Royal Wedding saga. As Berlau explains in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week (“The Entrepreneurs’ Princess“), Kate Middleton’s parents built their own fortune from the bottom-up, creating boundless opportunities for their daughter through their own ingenuity and hard work. Read John Berlau’s op-ed here.

>>Shaping the Debate

Texas Lawmakers Should Reject a Tax on Satellite TV
Ryan Radia’s and Jacqueline Otto’s op-ed in The Austin American-Statesman

Regulation: The Hidden Tax
Wayne Crews and Ryan Young’s op-ed in The Sacramento Bee

Regulation Cuts Must Be Part of Serious Reform
Wayne Crews and Ryan Young’s op-ed in Investor’s Business Daily

The Political Principal/Agent Problem
Fred Smith’s column in Forbes

Obama’s Generic Proposal Is No Prescription for Health Savings
Greg Conko’s op-ed on Townhall

Obama’s $5 Billion Giveaway
Vincent Vernuccio’s op-ed in National Review Online

Union Retreat May Mean No More Slush Funds
Iain Murray’s op-ed in The Washington Times

Obama Axes the Right to Play Internet Poker
Michelle Minton’s op-ed in The Washington Times

Online Poker Shutdown: What’s Really Behind the Department of Justice’s Decision?
Michelle Minton’s op-ed on FoxNews.com

Case for Bigger Convention Hall Has Familiar Ring
Marc Scribner’s citation in The Boston Globe


>>Best of the Blogs

Why Behavioral Economists Are So Often Mystified
By Fred Smith

EPA Shuts Down Drilling in Alaska
By Brian McGraw

Faulty Public Pension Accounting: A Problem Too Big to Ignore
By Ivan Osorio

Supreme Court Refuses the Speedier Route for Healthcare Appeal
by Kat Ciano


>> CEI Podcast

April 28, 2011: High-Speed Rail

Land Use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner looks at China’s experience with high-speed rail, and finds that it may not be a very good deal for the United States. Costs are so high that revenues don’t even cover the interest on the $271 billion of debt that high-speed rail has incurred for China.