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Desk-Doodling, Broadband, and the Stimulus Anniversary

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Desk-Doodling, Broadband, and the Stimulus Anniversary

A twelve-year-old girl in Forest Hills, New York is arrested for doodling on her school desk.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announces he wants faster broadband for all Americans.

The Obama administration marks the anniversary of the first stimulus with claims of the success of the first stimulus.

 

1. REGULATION

A twelve-year-old girl in Forest Hills, New York is arrested for doodling on her school desk.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Warren Brookes Fellow Ryan Young on the consequences of zero-tolerance policies.

“The child is not described as a trouble maker. But now she has a criminal record. At age 12. This will not help her when she applies to college in a few years. Or when she applies for a job during high school.”

 

2. TECHNOLOGY

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announces he wants faster broadband for all Americans.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Policy Analyst Michelle Minton on why regulating  broadband connections is a bad idea.

“The money consumers pour into the latest technological advances drives competition, innovation, and cost cutting. Simply demanding more access to broadband may result in  more folks having the Internet, but it will likely also bring innovation to a crawl or a grinding halt.”

 

3. ECONOMY

The Obama administration marks the anniversary of the first stimulus with claims of the success of the first stimulus.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Editorial Director Ivan Osorio on why the Obama administration’s argument is fallacious.

“[Ross] Eisenbrey argues that because the rate of job losses slowed down after the stimulus was enacted, then the to the stimulus should go the credit. Yet coincidence in time doesn’t prove causation. The proposition that the rate slowed down despite the stimulus — and would have turned around even faster without it – is just as valid an assertion."