CEI Weekly: Taxpayers Are Footing Bill for Government Employee Union Activity

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CEI Weekly
April 15, 2011

>>Featured Story

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

The Obama Tax Hike Machete

John Berlau‘s op-ed in The American Spectator

China Bans Time Travel

Kathryn Ciano‘s op-ed in The Daily Caller

A Tale of Two Bridges

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

By William Yeatman

Much Ado About Nothing: Budget Cut Edition

By Ryan Young

China Had a Quarterly Trade Deficit—And it Was Hardly Noticed

By Fran Smith

Happy Tax Freedom Day

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.