CEI Weekly: The Government Continues to Attack Personal Choice

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CEI Weekly
January 14, 2011

>>Featured Story

In wake of recent power grabs by the FDA, John Stossel dedicated an episode of his show to discussing how nanny state regulations violate inviduals’ right to govern themselves. CEI President Fred Smith was invited to explain why people should be concerned about decreasing personal freedoms and why the government so often gets away with destructive regulations. Watch the video segment here.

>>Shaping the Debate

The Limitations of Public-Private Partnerships

Marc Scribner’s Issue Analysis

Our Mistaken Sugar Policy is Killing American Jobs

Fran Smith’s letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal

The Online Poker Players Next Door

Michelle Minton’s op-ed in The Washington Times

The FDA Needs Strong Medicine

Henry I. Miller’s op-ed in Forbes

U-VA Receives New FOIA for Global Warming Documents

Chris Horner’s citation on The Washington Post Blogs

>>Best of the Blogs

Financial Advice From Two Sides of an Age Gap

By Kathryn Ciano

The Political Climate is Too Dull and Conformist Already

By Hans Bader

Autism Doctor a Fraud, But Hardly Alone

By Michael Fumento

SEIU Arbitrates Life or Death

By Trey Kovacs

>> CEI Podcast:

January 12, 2011: Public-Private Partnerships

Land-use and Transportation Policy Analyst Marc Scribner talks about his new CEI Issue Analysis, “The Limitations of Public-Private Partnerships.” Marc argues that PPPs are an improvement over the status quo in surface transportation because they introduce at least an element of competition into a sector where there is usually none. But PPPs are harmful in real estate developments because they tend to favor politicians’ preferences over those of consumers.