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August 14th, 2017 at 4:34 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:  Adam Michel, Policy Analyst with the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation – Tax Reform;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Angela Logomasini, Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute – Sound Science;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Tzvi Kahn, Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies – Iran;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment – Senator Bob Menendez Trial and Control of the Senate;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Quin Hillyer; Contributing Editor of National Review magazine, a Senior Editor for The American Spectator magazine and nationally recognized authority on the American Political Process – ObamaCare; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs – Climate Hypocrisy and Al Gore.

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

August 14th, 2017 at 11:45 am
Image of the Day: U.S. Trails on Corporate Tax Reform
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

If you’re concerned about headwinds facing American international competitiveness, the first place to isolate and correct the problem is on corporate taxes.  Courtesy of the Senate Joint Economic Committee, this shows in disturbing relief not only how the U.S. maintains the developed world’s highest rate, but also how global competitors continue to move in the right direction and leave us in the dust:

Stagnant U.S. Corporate Tax Rate

Stagnant U.S. Corporate Tax Rate

The good news is that comprehensive tax reform efforts are getting underway on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.  It’s been three decades since we achieved significant reform under Ronald Reagan, and we mustn’t blow this golden opportunity.

August 9th, 2017 at 12:12 pm
Image of the Day: Americans Pay Less for Electricity — a LOT Less
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Want to pay a lot more for electricity?

If so, you  can move to Europe and other more righteous “green” economies and make your dreams come true:

Americans Enjoy Lower Electricity Rates

Americans Enjoy Lower Electricity Rates

We recently noted how if most European and other developed nations were U.S. states, they’d be comparatively poor ones.  As we further noted, that’s especially true when one adjusts for comparative cost of living, which the comparison above helps illustrate.

August 4th, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Letter Offers Helpful Historical Perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian Temple Mount Metal Detector Controversy
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

After three terrorist gunmen killed two Israeli police officers last month at the Temple Mount outside of Jerusalem’s Old City, Israel installed metal detectors at the entrance of the site to protect both visitors and officers.  Perhaps predictably, those seemingly common-sense measures triggered a call for a “day of rage” from Palestinian leaders, and an ensuing round of violent protests in Palestinian cities.

Today, a reader letter in The Wall Street Journal provides some helpful historical perspective in the ongoing controversy:

It is ironic that the Muslim population complains that the metal detectors interfere with their worship.  Until the Six Day War in 1967, when the Temple Mount was in Muslim control, Jews weren’t allowed to come within miles of the Western Wall, much less pray there.  To this day, Jews aren’t allowed to pray at their holiest site – the summit of the Temple Mount – by the Islamic Waqf.”

July 28th, 2017 at 12:48 pm
Image of the Day: Almost All European Nations Would Be Poor U.S. States
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

From the Mises Institute, a helpful corrective to the strangely persistent myth that life is better in Europe than the United States.  As this graph demonstrates, if European nations were U.S. states, almost all of them would be poor ones.  That also includes Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Most European Nations Would Be Poor U.S. States

Most European Nations Would Be Poor U.S. States

Only three nations – Switzerland (which notably has no minimum wage), Luxembourg and Norway – exceed the U.S. median income, and keep in mind that doesn’t account for the far lower cost of living (i.e., purchasing power) in the U.S.  Something to keep handy the next time Bernie Sanders speaks of overseas utopias, or friends on social media instruct us all on some better way of living, as Merle Haggard would say.

July 24th, 2017 at 5:57 pm
CFIF Joins Coalition Urging Congressional Reversal of CFPB’s Anti-Arbitration Rule

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today joined a coalition made up of more than two dozen free-market organizations on a letter urging Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse a new rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that prevents financial services companies from using arbitration to resolve customer disputes.

“The CFPB’s arbitration rule has been described as ‘Christmas in July’ for America’s trial lawyers – and rightly so,” the coalition stresses in the letter.  “According to the CFPB’s own finding, the rule will cost consumers billions of dollars and unleash over 6,000 class action lawsuits every five years. This rule is an obstacle to the efforts to right America’s fiscal ship and create jobs and prosperity for the American people.”

The letter, which was organized by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, can be read in its entirety here (PDF).

Read the Center for Freedom and Prosperity’s official press release here.

July 23rd, 2017 at 8:08 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:  Jean Morrow, Research Assistant for Domestic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation – Overview of Health Care Bills and Their Prognosis;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Curtis Kalin, Communications Director and Spokesman for Citizens Against Government Waste – 2017 Congressional Pig Book;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs – Arbitration;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment – Congress as a Small Business;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Anthony Ruggiero, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies – North Korea;

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  Steve Milloy, Junk Science Commentator and Author – Cleaning House at the EPA; and

5:45 CDT/6:45 pm EDT:  Roslyn Layton, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute – How Title II Harms Consumers and Innovators.

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

July 21st, 2017 at 1:32 pm
Poll: Americans Still Prefer Smaller Government
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Amid the dire mainstream media cacophony, there’s more good news to report.  Not that any of those outlets will so much as mention this, but a new nationwide Rasmussen survey finds that Americans continue to support smaller government over big government, and the disparity has only increased in recent months:

Voters still place preference on a smaller, more hands-off government than on a larger, more hands-on one.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of likely U.S. voters would prefer a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes over a larger, more active government with more services and higher taxes.  That’s up from 52% in March.”

Who knows?  Perhaps even the mainstream media themselves are responsible, in a boomerang effect.  Regardless, it’s welcome and encouraging news on a summer Friday.

July 14th, 2017 at 11:48 am
Image of the Day: Obama “Recovery” Worst On Record
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

On multiple measures, the economic “recovery” under Barack Obama was the worst in recorded U.S. history, due to his policies of more regulation, higher taxes and administrative fiat.  The most consecutive months of unemployment above 8% (despite promising that his trillion-dollar spending “stimulus” would prevent it from exceeding 8% at all).  The worst deficits in history, and the most debt in history.  The first time that we never reached even 3% economic growth in a year (the post-World War II average was 3.3%).  And so on.

Now here’s another.  The worst record of new business creation following a recession.

Obama Economic Record

Obama Economic Record

Keeping in mind that most new jobs are created by new businesses, that explains a lot.

July 12th, 2017 at 9:54 am
Ramirez Cartoon: ObamaCare
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.

July 10th, 2017 at 2:29 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:  James Carafano, Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation – President Trump’s Foreign Trip;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director at the Judicial Crisis Network – The “Blue Slip” Process;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler – Will the US “Go It Alone?”;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Sherman “Tiger” Joyce, President of the American Tort Reform Association – Special Interest Advocacy;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Starlee Coleman, Senior Policy Advisor at State Policy Network – People United for Privacy Project and IRS Schedule B;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal Columnist and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow – His Latest Book, “False Black Power?” and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  Representative Jayer Williamson (R-District 3), Florida House of Representatives – 2017 Legislative Term.

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

July 7th, 2017 at 11:19 am
Image of the Day: U.S. Petroleum Supremacy
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Answering the call for greater American energy independence, and refuting false claims of “peak oil,” America over the past decade has applied its famed ingenuity to lead the world in petroleum production.  Drill, baby, drill!

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Drill, Baby, Drill

Drill, Baby, Drill

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June 30th, 2017 at 1:09 pm
City of South Miami Contemplates Its Own New Solar Mandate Boondoggle
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

From Solyndra to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy subsidy boondoggle, opposition to costly and harmful “green energy” mandates at the federal, state and local levels remains one of the most important components of CFIF’s mission.

Unfortunately, the City of South Miami, Florida offers the latest example in the litany of ill-advised energy mandates.  But the positive news is that it can still be stopped.

City officials have proposed a new ordinance mandating installation of solar panels on every new residential construction project, as well as every expansion of existing residences.  Four similar ordinances exist in the U.S., all of them in California, that exemplar of wise legislation.

What could possibly go wrong, right?

For starters, the new solar mandate is too expensive for average consumers.  Panel installation costs approximately $25,000 for one 10 kilowatt rooftop system, which in addition to a Miami level mortgage can raise monthly costs beyond whatever electrical savings the panels might provide.  Among other things, that opens the door to advocates later demanding taxpayer subsidies to cover that cost, a la Solyndra and other green energy subsidies with which Americans have become all too familiar.

Another conspicuous problem is that no impact study has yet been performed on the ordinance.  Without a reliable assessment of how the ordinance will affect future home construction and costs, particularly for lower-income residents, how can anyone reasonably assess how the proposed law would impact the city?

And that’s just a partial list of the flaws in this proposed ordinance.  The bottom line is that without more due diligence, consumer protections, safety precautions and impact studies on businesses and residents alike, allowing the ordinance to pass would be the height of irresponsible local governance.

June 26th, 2017 at 2:54 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:  Olivia Enos, Policy Analyst, Asian Studies Center, Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Institute – Human Rights and North Korea;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review – SCOTUS End of October 2016 Term;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Ross Marchand, Policy Analyst for Taxpayers Protection Alliance – Ryan Tax Reform;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL19), U.S. House of Representatives – Realignment of Cuba Policy;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University – Can a Divided America Survive?

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute – Senate’s Healthcare Bill; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  Representative Frank White (R-District 2), Florida House of Representatives – 2017 Legislative Term.

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

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June 26th, 2017 at 11:47 am
Image of the Day: ObamaCare’s Slow-Motion Implosion
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

Another instructive visualization of ObamaCare’s unsustainable trajectory.  Doing nothing is not an option.

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ObamaCares Implosion

ObamaCare's Implosion

June 23rd, 2017 at 1:43 pm
Analysis: SpaceX Cuts Rocket Launch Costs for USAF
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

In recent months CFIF has highlighted the danger of relying upon Russian rocket technology, and the need to leverage the U.S. private sector in providing effective, lower cost, domestic rocket engines for space launches.

Now, a new analysis reveals how much one of those private sector entities, SpaceX, can save the U.S. Air Force.  Previous cost estimates occurred when Air Force launch vehicles consisted entirely of United Launch Alliance (ULA) rockets, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) complained that ULA’s rendered accurate cost assessment and price negotiation impossible.  Then, new rocket enterprise SpaceX began offering launch services at lower prices, and cost comparison has become more feasible.  And it’s already apparent that SpaceX significantly undercuts launch costs.  Here’s what new Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson had to say earlier this month:

The benefit we’re seeing now is competition.  There are some very exciting things happening in commercial space that bring the opportunity for assured access to space at a very competitive price.”

The arstechnica.com analysis by Eric Berger merits a full read.

It’s just the latest confirmation that we must leverage market competition to increase effectiveness and cut costs, rather than narrow the field or rely upon Russia for our launch capability.

June 20th, 2017 at 10:52 am
Image of the Day: What Explains That Economic Confidence Jump Since November?
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

In November, Gallup’s monthly measure of Americans’ economic confidence stood at (-11).  It miraculously jumped to (+4) by December, and according to Gallup “remains considerably higher than it was before last year’s presidential election.”  How to explain that immediate jolt, not to mention the mainstream media’s conspicuous silence in favor of how many scoops of ice cream President Trump allows at the White House?  We’ll probably resolve that deep mystery.

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American Economic Confidence

American Economic Confidence

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June 16th, 2017 at 12:32 pm
N.Y. State Senator Flanagan Fights Gov. Cuomo’s Crony Capitalist Green Energy Subsidy Boondoggle
Posted by Timothy Lee Print

There’s additional reason for optimism amid the ongoing battle against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s crony-capitalist green energy subsidy boondoggle that CFIF has been monitoring since last summer.

Cuomo’s “Clean Energy Standard” (CES) scheme mandates that fully half of all state energy be generated by carbon-neutral plants in just over a decade.  Alarmingly, it comes at a cost of $1 billion in just its first two years, and $8 billion over its entire term.  Making matters worse, it amounts to crony capitalism because all of the CES subsidies would go to a single company named Exelon, owner of the financially unsustainable upstate nuclear plants.  And conspicuously, the plan was approved by a Power Service Commission (PSC) composed entirely of members selected by Cuomo.

Opposition to the boondoggle is bipartisan, and even environmental groups have attacked it as an “$8 billion bailout of three upstate nuclear power plants.”

And who would pay?  New York consumers.

But now, Republican state senator John Flanagan has proposed an alternative funding mechanism, one that would spare pressed taxpayers from paying through the nose to sustain failing nuclear energy plants at the center of the controversial program, as reported by Politico:

‘The state already devotes substantial resources to clean energy, and we are supporting of many of those initiatives,’ said Flanagan spokesman Scott Reif.  ’We believe that this can be funded through existing resources, and not on the backs of ratepayers.’

Flanagan’s proposal retains the subsidy for nuclear plants, which has strong support from upstate members of his conference who represent districts in which the plants are located.  At the same time, it lessens the impact on ratepayers of the subsidy, including those in Flanagan’s district on Long Island who are still paying for the shuttered Shoreham nuclear plant.

It would also gut a key part of Cuomo’s ambitious renewable energy plan, of which the nuclear subsidy is a component.  Cuomo officials have touted the subsidy, which pays the owner of the nuclear plants based on the social cost of carbon avoided by the zero-emissions attribute of the plants, as a bridge to renewable energy sources, ensuring that the plants aren’t replaced with fossil fuel generators.

Flanagan’s measure eliminates that portion of the Clean Energy Standard and requires ratepayers to get a refund.”

CFIF applauds Flanagan’s leadership in highlighting how Cuomo’s Solyndra-like green energy bailout is a costly loser for New York state ratepayers.  Now it’s up to both the New York House and Senate to resolve this matter before its session ends next week.

June 15th, 2017 at 12:36 pm
Ramirez Cartoon: Democrats’ Evidence of Russian Collusion
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.

June 12th, 2017 at 6:20 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: Kasie Brill, Senior Director of Brand Protection a the Global Intellectual Property Center: The Truth Behind Counterfeits;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Malcolm, Vice President for the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation: FBI Director Nominee Chris Wray;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: John Hawkins, Columnist and Author: “101 Things All Young Adults Should Know”;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Political Commentator, Writer and Editor: Should Senior Cabinet Members “Intervene” with President Trump?;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Lance Izumi, Senior Director of Pacific Research Institute’s Center for Education and Koret Senior Fellow in Education Studies: School Curriculum, Whitewashing History, and Corrupt Classrooms; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Tim Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs: Paris Climate Treaty and the FCC Vote to Restore Internet Freedom.

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

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