CEI Weekly: Taxpayers Are Footing Bill for Government Employee Union Activity
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April 15, 2011
Federal employees are billing taxpayers for hours they spend on union activities, and the Obama administration is absolutely fine with that—as long as the American public doesn’t find out. But this week in The Washington Times, Vincent Vernuccio called attention to Obama’s “union welfare program” and the administration’s attempts to cover things up. Yesterday Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) cited CEI’s efforts to investigate this issue during a House Oversight Committee hearing on state budgets and public debts. Watch the clip here.
>>Shaping the Debate
Why Does Capitalism Enjoy So Little Support From Politicians?
Fred Smith‘s op-ed in Forbes
An Alternative to California Proposal to Tax E-Commerce
Jessica Melugin‘s op-ed in The San Jose Mercury News
What Should Lawmakers Do About Rogue Websites? (Video)
Ryan Radia‘s participation in a CEI-hosted panel discussion
Competition in the Railroad Industry
Marc Scribner‘s submitted comments before the Surface Transportation Board
Still Burning Witches at the FCC?
Wayne Crews‘ column in Forbes
Google Cleared for ITA Purchase
Wayne Crews‘ citation in The Boston Globe
John Berlau‘s op-ed in The American Spectator
Kathryn Ciano‘s op-ed in The Daily Caller
Vincent Vernuccio‘s op-ed in The American Spectator
Dodd-Frank Durbin Amendment Shifts Costs to Consumers
John Berlau‘s op-ed in NewsMax
>>Best of the Blogs
More on Energy Department’s Awful Green Bank
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Much Ado About Nothing: Budget Cut Edition
By Ryan Young
China Had a Quarterly Trade Deficit—And it Was Hardly Noticed
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by Kat Ciano
>> CEI Podcast
April 14, 2011: Avoiding a Government Shutdown
Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow Kathryn Ciano analyzes the Continuing Resolution passed by the House today that will keep the federal government open for another 6 months. She also looks at proposals from President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan to reduce the budget deficit over the next decade.