February 4th, 2019 at 2:31 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CST to 6:00 p.m. CST (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.” Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CST/5:00 pm EST: Dr. Robert McNab, Professor at Old Dominion University – Improving Rural Broadband Access;

4:15 CST/5:15 pm EST: Devin Watkins, Attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute – California’s Soda Labeling Ban;

4:30 CST/5:30 pm EST: Nicole Kaeding, Director of Federal Projects at the Tax Foundation – Senator Warren’s Wealth Tax;

4:45 CST/5:45 pm EST: Riley Walters, Policy Analyst, Asia Economy and Technology at The Heritage Foundation – Trade Deal with China;

5:00 CST/6:00 pm EST: Max Eden, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute – School Safety, Leniency Programs, and Governor Ron DeSantis’ Plans for “Guardian” Money;

5:15 CST/6:15 pm EST: Greg Brown, Santa Rosa County Property Tax Appraiser – Latest News and Updates; and

5:30 CST/6:30 pm EST: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs – Free Speech and Economic Freedom.

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


February 1st, 2019 at 3:21 pm
Proposed T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be a Win for American Consumers
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On February 13, the House Judiciary and Energy & Commerce Committees will hold an important joint hearing on the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger that promises greater innovation, more jobs, more private telecommunications investment, increased market competition, faster wireless and greater choice for consumers as America proceeds toward our much-anticipated 5G technological rollout.

Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D – New Jersey), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D – New York), Communications & Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D – Pennsylvania) and Antitrust, Commercial & Administrative Law Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline (D – Rhode Island) state in their joint announcement that, “We look forward to examining this merger from the perspective of what is in the best interest of consumers and hardworking people.”

Well, the answer to that question is clear.

Compared to the current telecommunications marketplace, the T-Mobile/Sprint merger will mean an enhanced array of consumer services.  Sprint and T-Mobile currently possess differing but symbiotic assets, rather than overlapping ones that might otherwise simply mean a bigger company instead of two smaller (and less competitive) ones.  As a result, the new entity would create a new network with broader nationwide coverage, capacity improvements and improved wireless performance for customers compared to what American consumers currently enjoy.  As has been exhaustively demonstrated by CFIF and others, the proposed merger also promises lower costs for consumers, new jobs and necessary network upgrades.

In particular, the proposed merger offers significant potential benefits through deployment of the first 5G wireless network in the U.S., as CFIF has noted:

With an anticipated $40 billion investment in 5G, consumers will enjoy data delivery at a lower cost, and the incentive for competitors to similarly lower prices to consumers.  That will also prompt market competition to expand spectrum in rural areas in addition to urban centers, as well as capacity improvements for consumers.           

That’s how market competition works.  A T-Mobile/Sprint merger and its 5G deployment would also mean billions in new private infrastructure investment and countless new jobs.  In contrast, the absence of a T-Mobile/Sprint merger would mean slower deployment of a 5G nationwide network, and the absence of a market competitor of greater scale.  Ultimately that means consumers would lose.

There is simply no point in needless delay or contentiousness when the House Judiciary and Energy & Commerce Committees convene on February 13.  The proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger offers only benefits to American consumers compared to the existing status quo.  The Committees must recognize that reality, lest we pay an unnecessary price in terms of slower 5G, fewer consumer choices, fewer jobs, less investment and less market competition.

 


January 28th, 2019 at 3:06 pm
Image of the Day: New Jobless Claims Plummeting
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Last week, new jobless claims fell below the milestone 200,000 level, and to the lowest point since the 1960s (when the labor force was significantly smaller).   In this chart, note also the steep drop starting in 2017 with the tax-cutting and deregulatory agenda that arrived with the Trump Administration, after the number of new claims had plateaued toward the end of the Obama Administration:

Jobless Claims Plummet

Jobless Claims Plummet

 

 


January 25th, 2019 at 11:50 am
Shutdown Perspective
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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.


January 25th, 2019 at 11:48 am
Notable Quote: American Incomes Versus Supposedly Superior European Counterparts
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The myth of superior livelihoods in supposedly more enlightened European nations remains a curiously persistent one, but Mona Charen’s latest commentary today provides a refreshing corrective:

Median household income reached $61,372 in 2017, which is higher than comparable countries like Canada, Germany, France, Britain and Denmark, and exceeded only by a handful of tiny rich nations sitting on oil (Norway) or numbered bank accounts (Switzerland and Lichtenstein).  U.S. median household size, meanwhile, has declined, so individual wealth has increased even more than the income numbers reflect.”

Something to remember the next time Bernie Sanders or latest leftist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleges that “democratic socialist” nations of Europe somehow offer a superior alternative, nevermind that Venezuela actually offers a better illustration of socialism in practice…


January 21st, 2019 at 3:08 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Lineup
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Join CFIF Corporate Counsel and Senior Vice President Renee Giachino today from 4:00 p.m. CST to 6:00 p.m. CST (that’s 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST) on Northwest Florida’s 1330 AM/99.1FM WEBY, as she hosts her radio show, “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Commonsense.”  Today’s guest lineup includes:

4:00 CST/5:00 pm EST:  Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies – William Barr Hearings and Trump’s Former Lawyer Michael Cohen;

4:15 CST/5:15 pm EST:  Clark Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute: SEC and Gag Orders;

4:30 CST/5:30 pm EST:  Michael Bindas, Senior Attorney with the Institute for Justice – Privileges or Immunities Clause of the 14th Amendment;

4:45 CST/5:45 pm EST:  Romina Boccia, Director, Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation – Economic Impact of the Government Shutdown;

5:15 CST/6:15 pm EST:  Jennifer Grove, Vice President of External Relations for Baptist Health Care and Development Chair for Leadership Florida – It’s Time to Apply to Leadership Florida; and

5:30 CST/6:30 pm EST:  Sally Pipes, President and CEO, Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute – Medicaid Expansion.

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


January 18th, 2019 at 6:52 pm
Image of the Day: Higher Top Income Tax Rates Don’t Mean Increased Revenues
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In our Liberty Update this week, we highlight how history refutes the idea that returning to top income tax rates of 70% or higher, offered by new faces on the political left like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will somehow pay for all of the new entitlement spending they advocate.  Wealthier taxpayers actually carried a smaller share of the nation’s income tax payments before the top marginal rate was cut.  And, as illustrated nicely by Veronique de Rugy and the great folks at the Mercatus Center, it won’t unleash some wellspring of new tax revenues that leftists might hope in any event:

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Sorry, Leftists

 

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January 15th, 2019 at 11:31 am
Drug Price Controls Would Kill Innovation
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We at CFIF have been emphasizing the threat posed by new drug price controls inexplicably contemplated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In December, CFIF filed formal Comment opposing that ill-advised proposal, and hopefully wiser minds will prevail before the damage is done.  In similar vein, The Wall Street Journal ran a welcome commentary entitled “The Drug Price-Control Threat” on January 8 of this year, and a followup letter from reader Bruce Zessar of Highland Park, Illinois in today’s edition offers a personal, real-world illustration of what could be lost:

Insulin isn’t the same now as when it was discovered a century ago.  My wife is a Type I diabetic, diagnosed when she was 14 in 1980.  She has been a beneficiary of the tremendous advances in insulin therapy during the last four decades, including Lantus and Humalog.  When we got married in 1990, she had to live on a rigid schedule, eating lunch at, say, noon, and then dinner by 6:30-7:00 every day.  That’s becaue of the way prior insulin therapies worked in managing blood sugar.  With the invention of Lantus and Humalog, she can now live a normal life like everyone else.

Insulin is a shining example of why drugs deserve the utmost patent protection to encourage continual innovation.”

Price controls have never worked in any nation that has tried them, or with any commodity.   Few, if any, products are as important to our lives as America’s world-leading pharmaceutical sector, and we mustn’t let the price control scheme contemplated by the HHS kill the goose that continues to lay golden eggs.


January 7th, 2019 at 4:55 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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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/94.1FM 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: Pat Rosenstiel, Founder & Chairman of Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity: Importing Price Controls for Prescription Drugs;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: Sherman Joyce, President of American Tort Reform Foundation: Latest “Judicial Hellholes” List;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment: Electric Vehicle Subsidy;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT: Adam Michel, Policy Analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation: House Democratic Rules Package;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Tim Wyrosdick, Superintendent of Santa Rosa County Schools: 2019 Legislative Session and Education Updates; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: The New Congress 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.


January 3rd, 2019 at 8:12 am
Ramirez Cartoon: New Year’s Resolutions
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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.


December 13th, 2018 at 10:05 am
Notable Quote: Israel’s Right to Exist
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In a brilliant primer entitled “Refute Palestinian Lies to Promote Mideast Peace” in The Wall Street Journal, Max Singer refutes a persistent myth that the United States must work to refute:

[D]espite widespread use of the term in diplomatic documents and debate, there is no such thing as ‘occupied Palestinian territory’ because there has never been a Palestinian territory to occupy.  As some Palestinians point out, they have never had a state of their own.  This is far more than a game of semantics.  If the land was Palestinian, then Israel could have stolen it.  If the land isn’t Palestinian, then Israel couldn’t have stolen it.  It’s critical that the U.S. actively combat the falsehood that Israel exists on stolen Palestinian land.”

 


December 10th, 2018 at 3:51 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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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 Bacchus, Former U.S. Representative, Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Central Florida, and Adjunct Scholar at Cato Institute: Free Trade and Destiny;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT: John Hannah, Senior Counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies: US-China Relations;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT: Quin Hillyer, Contributor to the Washington Examiner and Author: Happenings Inside the Beltway;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT: Andrew Och, First Ladies Man and Author: The Legacy of George H.W. and Barbara Bush; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT: Timothy Lee, CFIF’s Senior VP or Corporate and Legal Affairs: Climate Change, US Postal Services and Other News.

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


December 6th, 2018 at 12:58 pm
President George H. W. Bush: 1924-2018
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Below is one of the latest cartoons from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez.


November 30th, 2018 at 9:28 am
Image of the Day: So U.S. Manufacturing Wasn’t Dead After All
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People like Barack Obama, rationalizing his unsatisfactory economic stewardship, assured us that manufacturing was a thing of the past, and not coming back.  Well, a funny thing happened following his departure:

 

Barack Was Wrong

Barack Was Wrong


November 26th, 2018 at 5:04 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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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: Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies the Cato Institute and Editor-in-Chief, Cato Supreme Court Review – SCOTUS Happenings;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm EDT:  Ana Quintana, Senior Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere, The Heritage Foundation – The Migrant Caravan;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm EDT:  Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director of the Judicial Crisis Network – Judicial Nominations in the Senate;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm EDT:  Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment – President Trump’s Unfilled Presidentially Appointed Positions;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm EDT:  Craig Rucker, Executive Director, Co-Founder for a Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) – COP 24, The UN Conference on Climate Change;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm EDT:  Raheel Raza, Clarion Project Advisory Board Member and Founding Member of the Muslim Reformer Movement – Khashoggi Affair and Saudi Arabia-U.S. Relations; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm EDT:  William J. Conti, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Inside Washington – the Trump/Roberts Exchange and the Judiciary and Pelosi/Democrat Leadership Elections.

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


November 19th, 2018 at 11:14 am
Quote of the Day: John Stossel On the Dangers of Government Drug Price Controls
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In our recent weekly Liberty Update commentary entitled “On Pharmaceuticals, HHS Contemplates Disastrous New Price Controls,” we explain how government price controls undermine intellectual property (IP) rights, stifle American innovation and ultimately punish consumers in the form of fewer new pharmaceuticals.  We therefore encourage the Trump Administration to rethink a toxic new proposal along those lines, and instead pursue a course more in accord with its generally excellent stewardship of our economy and markets to date.

In his latest weekly commentary entitled “Not Healthy to Be Naive,” John Stossel agrees, and in a nice blurb explains the real-world consequences of drug price controls:

[G]overnment-run systems save money by freeloading off American innovation.  American drug companies, funded by American customers, fund most of the world’s research and development of pharmaceuticals.  New drugs and devices are expensive, so sometimes in Britain, says Pope, ‘whenever a new drug comes on the market that can save lives, the government just doesn’t have the funds to pay for it.’

Patients, accustomed to accepting whatever government hands out, don’t even know about the advances available elsewhere.  Single-payer systems also save money by rationing care.  Hence the long waiting times for treatments declared ‘nonessential’ in Canada, Britain and, for that matter, at American veterans hospitals.”

Hopefully, the Trump Administration is listening and corrects course.


November 12th, 2018 at 4:24 pm
This Week’s “Your Turn” Radio Show Lineup
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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 ET: Hans von Spakovsky, Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation: On Sessions’ Watch;

4:15 CDT/5:15 pm ET: Lee Casey, Partner at Baker & Hostetler: Detractors Denouncing Constitution;

4:30 CDT/5:30 pm ET: Trey Kovacs, Policy Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: Veterans Department Ends Labor Union Work on Taxpayer Dime;

4:45 CDT/5:45 pm ET: Tzvi Khan, Senior Iran Analyst: Iran’s Major Human Rights Abusers;

5:00 CDT/6:00 pm ET: Anna St. John, Attorney with the Center for Class Action Fairness at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: SCOTUS Case Challenging Unfair Class Action Settlements;

5:15 CDT/6:15 pm ET: Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute: Midterm Election Report; and

5:30 CDT/6:30 pm ET: Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola: Turning Over the Keys to the City.

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


November 9th, 2018 at 9:16 am
Image of the Day: Meanwhile, On the Economy…
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While attention can be distracted by shiny objects elsewhere, a nice new illustration of the U.S. economy’s revitalization beginning in 2017, as the procession of deregulation and tax-cuts revitalized an economic cycle previously on weary legs:

An Economic Surge

An Economic Surge

 


November 6th, 2018 at 11:27 am
Ramirez Cartoon: Vote
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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 30th, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Image of the Day: Under Trump, the Poor Get… Richer
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From the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee, a stark illustration of the sharp increase in wage and salary growth for full-time employees in the bottom 10% of earners:

The Poor Get Richer

The Poor Get Richer