October 15th, 2018 at 10:28 am
Shattering the Decade of “New Normal” Economic Sluggishness
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Consumer spending accounts for approximately two-thirds of the U.S. economy, and this helpful chart from the U.S. Senate’s Joint Economic Committee illustrates why our economy suddenly turbocharged over the past two years from its decade of sluggishness that we were told was the “new normal”:

Turbocharging the U.S. Consumer Economy

Turbocharging the U.S. Consumer Economy


October 11th, 2018 at 7:32 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Filling Haley’s Shoes
Posted by CFIF Staff Print

Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.


October 8th, 2018 at 3:23 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Lineup
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT:  Steve Bucci, Former Military Assistant to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Former Green Beret, and Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation National Security & Foreign Policy Institute – Cybersecurity and the Mid-Term Elections;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Peter Murphy, Vice President at the Invest in Education Coalition – USA Workforce Tax Credit Act;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Thomas Jipping, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation – The Kavanaugh Confirmation and What’s Next;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Bryan Riley, Director of National Taxpayers Union’s Free Trade Initiative – NAFTA 2.0;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment – California and Net Neutrality;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Myron Ebell, Director, Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute – United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler – Mid-Term Elections and 2020.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.


September 24th, 2018 at 1:06 pm
Image of the Day: Something Apparently Turbocharged U.S. Economic Sentiment in 2016
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

From the left-leaning Pew Research Center, note how something caused the number of Americans responding that the state of our economy is good to turbocharge past the Europeans and Japanese around 2016.  Perhaps Paul Krugman of The New York Times has a theory.

Something Happened Around 2016

Something Happened Around 2016


September 24th, 2018 at 11:50 am
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
Posted by CFIF Staff Print

Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.”

Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute: 40 Years After Camp David Accords;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: Canada and NAFTA Negotiations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: Expansion of the Leftist War;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Bradley A. Smith, Chairman and Founder of Institute for Free Speech: Maine’s Crowdfunding Campaign and the Kavanaugh Hearings;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Edward Fleming, Founding Partner of McDonald Fleming Moorhead in Pensacola, Florida: Capitalism,  Socialism and Communism; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Mayor Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola, and Luke Goodrich, Vice President and Senior Counsel at Becket: Pensacola’s Memorial Cross Cert Petition to SCOTUS.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments or ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.


September 24th, 2018 at 9:40 am
The FCC Must Move to Stop the Local Internet Power Grab
Posted by Jeff Mazzella Print

More than thirty years ago, Congress gave local governments the power to impose “franchise fees” and other regulations on cable television service.  It was part of a broad framework for shared national and local authority over cable television in the 1984 “Cable Act,” which laid the foundation for the cable (and eventually satellite) TV boom of the 1980s and beyond.

By contrast, local governments have very limited power to tax or regulate the internet.  Unlike television, which has a long tradition of serving independent local markets with discrete programming, options, and infrastructure, from the beginning it’s been clear that the internet is inherently national and interstate and can only be effectively regulated at the federal level.  That has been core federal policy for decades, as most recently expressed in the 2017 Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which concluded that, “regulation of broadband Internet access service should be governed principally by a uniform set of federal regulations, rather than by a patchwork that includes separate state and local requirements.”

But recently, a number of local franchising authorities have tried to upend that federal policy and claim the right to impose local taxes and regulations on the internet by seizing on the fact that some broadband providers also offer cable television services.  Now, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is rightly working to put a stop to this local government internet power grab – moving to make clear that the Cable Act only allows local franchising boards to tax and regulate cable companies based on their cable television operations.

If every local franchising board in the country can impose its own rules and fees on internet providers, the freewheeling and open internet we all enjoy today will slowly grind to a halt.  The resulting cacophony of regulation will overwhelm operators, slowing down cyberspace and making it less reliable and less secure.  It will drive away new investment needed to continue to achieve ever-increasing speeds users have come to take for granted.  And it will confuse consumers who expect the internet to be a consistent experience everywhere they go.

This is the exact harm federal policy strives to avoid.  As the FCC explained, “allowing state or local regulation of broadband internet access service could impair the provision of such service by requiring each ISP to comply with a patchwork of separate and potentially conflicting requirements across all of the different jurisdictions in which it operates.”

For that reason, the FCC’s “Section 621 Proceeding” must move quickly to shut down the local power grab by making clear that neither the Cable Act nor any other source of local regulatory power authorizes franchise boards to tax or regulate the internet or any other non-cable-television businesses.

The future of the internet and our unfettered access depend on it.


September 18th, 2018 at 4:32 pm
Google and Other Politicized Organizations Target 2nd Amendment and Consumer Choice
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

In recent months, Google has justifiably suffered heavy criticism for selectively acting as internet gatekeeper, deciding what Americans can and cannot view online.  Countless examples exist when the liberal Silicon Valley giant leveraged its  market power to censor along ideological lines, including:  banning the conservative blog The New York Conservative, hosted on Google Blogger, for opining on the trial of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed;  demoting pro-Brexit/Euroskeptic websites by pushing them down in search results;  excluding Donald Trump from “presidential candidates” search;  and blocking free speech social network Gab from the Google Play Store, alleging violations of the company’s hate speech policy.

The latest revelation of Google’s partisan bias arrived in late July, when the company quietly shifted its Google Play policy to ban apps selling firearms and accessories.  That change went largely unreported, although TechCrunch stated, “Google takes an almost moral position with the addition of a ban of apps that ‘facilitate the sale of explosives, firearms, ammunition, or certain firearms accessories.’”   That maneuver follows an instance in which Apple did something similar last December.

Given the sheer market power of Apple and Google, their ideologically driven policy poses an incredibly damaging peril not only to consumers who utilize firearm-related apps, but also an entire industry – a completely legal one –  selling firearms or firearms accessories.

The inescapable conclusion is that Google seeks to censor viewpoints and entirely legal behavior that it disfavors out of existence.  A full month after Google’s policy was quietly implemented, Steve Urvan, CEO and CTO of GunBroker.com, received an email notification stating that the GunBroker.com app had been suspended and removed from Google Pay due to a “Violation of Dangerous Products policy.”  Google’s questionable decision to ban Gunbroker.com’s app raises an ominous specter about politicized and powerful corporations  attempting to socially engineer from the boardroom.

Google’s behavior joins a wave of social activism that increasingly pervades American companies and weakens Americans’ ability to purchase perfectly legal goods.  In April, Bank of America announced that it would abruptly discontinue banking services to firearms manufacturers that produce legal and popular AR-15-style rifles.  Mere months earlier, Citigroup announced a new U.S. commercial firearms policy precluding the company’s commercial and institutional clients, small business clients and credit card partners from selling any firearm to individuals under the age of 21, (even though the legal age remains 18).  It also refused to serve any business client manufacturing magazines exceeding ten rounds. Citigroup has also held preliminary discussions about potentially monitoring consumers’ gun purchases within their internal payment systems.

These alarming steps highlight an emerging trend of politicized and politically powerful activist businesses targeting perfectly legal behaviors of everyday Americans.  If the leadership of Bank of America, Citigroup and Google want to dictate consumer choices, that’s  certainly within their rights, although perhaps they’d be better off running for official office.  At the very least, they could be more honest with consumers about their shenanigans.


September 14th, 2018 at 10:00 am
Image of the Day: Big Government’s Reverse-Midas Touch
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

From our friends at American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a vivid illustration of big government’s reverse-Midas touch — notice what all of these things have in common:

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Big Government:  Midas in Reverse

Big Government: Midas in Reverse

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September 10th, 2018 at 2:04 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Lineup
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT:  Carol Greenlee, President and Managing Partner for Business Resource Group LLP and daughter of Charles Greenlee, and Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America” – Clemency Review and Pardons for the Groveland Four;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Dr. Michael R. Strain, Director, Economic Policy Studies, John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute – Workers on Welfare;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  John Malcolm, Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government, Director of the Meese Center for Legal & Judicial Studies and Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation – Kavanaugh Hearings;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Leah Byers, Policy Analyst at the Civitas Institute – State Charitable Solicitation Programs and Privacy; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler – Mole in the White House, Midterm Elections and Nike/Kaepernick Ad.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments orStudi ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.


September 8th, 2018 at 11:01 am
Image of the Day: Senator Corey Booker’s “Resistance”
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

The funniest response yet to Senator Corey Booker’s (D – New Jersey) self-immolation during this week’s confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh:

Corey Booker:  So Brave

Corey Booker: So Brave


September 5th, 2018 at 1:34 pm
Image of the Day: Right Track/Wrong Track Improves Sharply Since 2016
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Somehow, it has escaped mainstream media attention that public satisfaction with America’s direction has jolted upward by almost 40%, from 26% to 36%, since January 2017:

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Right Track/Wrong Track Improves Dramatically Since January 2017

Right Track/Wrong Track Improves Dramatically Since January 2017

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August 30th, 2018 at 11:10 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Google Bias
Posted by CFIF Staff Print

Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.


August 27th, 2018 at 4:37 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Lineup
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT:  Angela Logomasini, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute – Plastic Straw Ban;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Jason D. Delisle, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute – Student Loan Programs;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Cleta Mitchell, Partner and Political Law Attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP – Mueller’s Partisan Witch Hunt?;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Tori K. Whiting, Jay Van Andel Trade Economist, Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation: NAFTA;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Diante Johnson, President of the Black Conservative Foundation – Advances President Trump and the GOP have made in the Black Community;

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  Robert M. McDowell, Former Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission – Proposed T-Mobile and Sprint Merger; and

5:45 CDT/6:45 pm EDT:  Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs – Union Coffers Post SCOTUS Decision.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments orStudi ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.

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August 24th, 2018 at 12:56 pm
Quote of the Day: From Obama Stagnation to Trump Acceleration
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Obama apologists desperately claim that the current economic acceleration is somehow attributable to him, never mind that the acceleration began as soon as the Trump Administration began reversing Obama policies by cutting taxes and reducing regulation.  In The Wall Street Journal today, two Arizona State University professors – Nobel laureate Edward Prescott and Lee Ohanian – debunk that claim in a commentary entitled “The Good Times Can Roll On.” As an ASU alumnus, it offers particular pleasure to recommend their entire piece for reading and passing along to others who may need it:

It’s clear the recovery ended in 2014 because the two hallmarks of recovery -  investment’s share of gross domestic product and labor input relative to the adult population – stopped increasing.  This left a large gap between actual output and the output level that would have occurred had the economy recovered to its prerecession growth path.  According to our calculations, the U.S. cumulatively lost about $18 trillion in income and output between 2007 and 2016.  Everything suggested this shortfall would persist or even grow.

Yet economic performance began to improve beginning in the first quarter of 2017.  Real GDP growth accelerated to about 2.7% between the end of 2016 and the second quarter of 2018, up from about 2% between 2014 and the end of 2016.”

Oh, and as football season approaches, go Sun Devils.


August 22nd, 2018 at 3:30 pm
ALERT: Urge Your Member of Congress Not to Become Pelosi’s Next Puppet on Internet Regulation
Posted by CFIF Staff Print

Democrats in the House of Representatives – led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) – are pushing to reinstate Obama-era, big-government Title II regulations on the internet through a legislative procedure known as a Congressional Review Act (CRA). Now they are pressuring some Republicans to help them get to the 218 signatures needed to force a vote on the CRA.

The Pelosi-Doyle CRA is not about sound internet policy; it is a politically motived, partisan effort to restore a stifling “Mother-May-I” regulatory framework on the internet that has already proven to slow private investment in internet network infrastructure and cost well-paying jobs.

Call your representative in Congress now.  Tell her/him to not become Pelosi’s next puppet on internet regulation.  Ask her/him to oppose the Pelosi-Doyle CRA.

Make no mistake, Title II regulation is NOT “net neutrality.” Indeed, there is widespread agreement and support – Republicans, Democrats and stakeholders alike – for the core principles of “net neutrality.”

But instead of working on commonsense, bipartisan legislation that will truly protect those principles while at the same time enabling the internet to thrive, Pelosi, Doyle and others want to politicize the issue and are pushing for the internet to be regulated like a public utility under a bureaucratic framework that was crafted way back in the 1930s, well before the internet was ever invented.

Adding insult to injury, the Pelosi-Doyle CRA gives a free pass to big tech companies, like Facebook and others, for how they treat consumer privacy and data online – what most consumers really care about when using the internet.

Unfortunately, Pelosi and Doyle have managed to convince one Republican congressman thus far – Representative Mike Coffman (R – Colorado) – to sign their discharge petition and support the CRA.  And right now, they’re using Coffman’s support to pressure other Republicans to join their effort.

Call your representative in Congress now.  Tell her/him to not become Pelosi’s next puppet on internet regulation.  Ask her/him to oppose the Pelosi-Doyle CRA.

Congress has a golden opportunity to come together on commonsense legislation that holds all internet companies to the same standards and preserves the core principles of “net neutrality” without the hyper-regulatory approach of the CRA and Title II.

The Pelosi-Doyle CRA must be rejected. Please call your representative in Congress now.


August 20th, 2018 at 1:20 pm
Image of the Day: What Deregulation and Tax Cuts Do for Job Growth
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Here’s what a steady diet of deregulation and tax cuts have done in terms of job creation expectations from even the notoriously wet-blanket Congressional Budget Office:

Deregulation + Tax Cuts = Jobs Boost

Deregulation + Tax Cuts = Jobs Boost


August 17th, 2018 at 9:41 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Cuomo
Posted by CFIF Staff Print

Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.

View more of Michael Ramirez’s cartoons on CFIF’s website here.


August 13th, 2018 at 3:58 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
Posted by CFIF Staff Print

Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CDT to 6:00 p.m. CDT (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CDT/5:00 pm EDT: Thomas Jipping, Deputy Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Senior Legal Fellow: What Kind of Justice Will Judge Brett Kavanaugh Be?;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Shu, Attorney and Legal Commentator: The Senate’s Unprecedented Obstruction;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Tim Wyrosdick, Santa Rosa County School District Superintendent: Start of a New School Year;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Matthew Hennessey, Associate Editorial Features Editor at The Wall Street Journal: “Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millenials”;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Sally C. Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute: Single Payer;

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union President: Republican Tax Reform 2.0; and

5:45 CDT/6:45 pm EDT: Ryan Mauro, Clarion Project’s Shillman Fellow and National Security Analyst: Radical Compound Found in New Mexico.

Listen live on the Internet here. Call in to share your comments orStudi ask questions of today’s guests at (850) 623-1330.


August 9th, 2018 at 12:09 pm
Image of the Day: Wrong, Socialist – the Upper Middle Class Has Grown, Not Disappeared
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Courtesy of James Pethokoukis at the American Enterprise Institute, a splendid visual refutation of budding socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York, who recently and bizarrely said that the “upper middle class doesn’t exist anymore in America.”  Well:

Sorry, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez:  Upper Middle Class Growing, Not Shrinking

Sorry, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez: Upper Middle Class Growing, Not Shrinking


August 6th, 2018 at 3:41 pm
Image of the Day: Private Investment Skyrocketing Following November 2016 Election, Tax Cuts
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

A helpful image of the day, comparing private investment during the final two years of the Obama Administration to the immediate aftermath of the November 2016 election, and even more the tax cuts enacted one year later:

Cut Taxes, Watch Investment Skyrocket