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  • Union Pension Fund Bailout Taking on a New Form

    July 17, 2009
    Senate Democrats and organized labor leaders are reportedly near a deal on removing the card-check provision from the s0-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). That provision, if enacted, would have made secret ballots in union organizing elections a dead letter. Naturally, it generated a lot of opposition. Having lost that public opinion battle, Big Labor is now trying to push through the other parts of the bill, including its bindig arbitration provision, which would subject newly unionized companies to the whims of a federally appointed arbitrator -- who is unlikely to be knowledgeable about a company's operations. Union chiefs and their Congressional allies are still trying to salvage some form of easier organizing method from the old card check provision's wreckage. As The New York Times...
  • CEI Weekly: Response to EPA Cover Up Increases

    July 17, 2009
    CEI Weekly is a compilation of articles and blog posts from CEI's fellows and associates sent out via e-mail every Friday. Also included in the Weekly newsletter is a brief description of CEI's weekly podcast and a feature on a major CEI breakthrough made during the week
  • Regulation of the Day: Endangered Snails

    July 17, 2009
    The sixteenth in an occasional series that shines a bit of light on the regulatory state. Today’s Regulation of the Day comes to us from the Fish and Wildlife Service ($2.32 billion 2008 budget, 7,960 employees). After a 12-month study, the Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the desert valvata snail is not endangered. A proposed rule would remove it from the list of endangered species. For more information, see pages 34,539-34,548 of the 2009 Federal Register.
  • House Dems Would Ban New Private Health Insurance

    July 17, 2009
    "Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.
  • Regulation of the Day: The Color of Stitches

    July 16, 2009
    The federal government regulates which colors may be used in surgical stitches.
  • Exclusivity is the Mother of Invention

    July 15, 2009
    The web is all aflutter in the debate over handset exclusivity. Harold Feld of Public Knowledge describes in a recently posted video how exclusive deals prevent competition between handsets and raise prices. Wayne Crews and Ryan Young of CEI have fired back, pointing to a handset market with literally dozens of competing devices. The notion that exclusivity necessarily precludes competition is simply absurd. Apple's deal with AT&T is precisely the opposite of monopoly. Far from cornering the market on smartphones, Apple has openly refused to sell the iPhone to most of its potential customers. If anything, nonexclusive...
  • A Handshake, Not a "Contract with America"

    July 15, 2009
    Newt Gingrich's new "Strategy Memo: Time for a Real Stimulus Bill" is helpful on highlighting tax cuts that could stimulate business' capacity for job and wealth creation--but it needs a vastly more developed vision of limited government than it contains. When I first read the piece today I didn’t’ think he had any government spending cuts or reductions in scope of govt at all, then noticed some welcome liberalization of offshore drilling, and some privatization. But apart from that, the Strategy outline doesn’t seem to contain much apart from rolling back some of the spending insults of the past 10 months to pay for tax cuts. Those make some sense; but along with no overarching vision of limited government--that is, the bounds of what Washington can and should do in our lives in our modern economy--there’s no “...
  • Fishy Politics May Harm US Consumers

    July 14, 2009
    The various US attempts to hobble the Vietnamese farmed-catfish industry is no less underhanded. And, in order to prevent a trade war with Vietnam, it would be wise for Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reject the pleas of US fish farmers to harm US consumers by making it harder for us to enjoy a good, safe, and inexpensive food.
  • Lamar Smith on Cap and Tax

    July 14, 2009
    A good, short, succinct summary of why Rep Lamar Smith (R.-KY) voted against Cap-and-Tax. Hat-tip: The Chilling Effect

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  • Doing Business in DC

    July 14, 2009
    DC Progress notes that Washington, DC has ranked dead last in the annual Small Business Survival Index every year since the mid-1990s. One of the problems is the District's notorious regulatory regime.

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