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Former Clinton Administration Official Rips FCC's Set-Top Box Proposal as "Massive New Federal Regulation"

Alongside nearly every other conservative and libertarian organization of which we're aware, CFIF opposes a toxic and wholly unnecessary new proposal from the Obama Administration's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate cable television set-top boxes before the clock runs out on the Obama presidency.

But opposition extends across the political spectrum.  In today's Wall Street Journal, former Clinton Administration Undersecretary of Commerce Ev Ehrlich excoriates the FCC's proposed set-top box regulation for what it is -- a crony capitalist, purloining, invasive, already-obsolete, anti-competitive, "massive new federal regulation":

The Federal Communications Commission wants you, the consumer, to allow a new set-top box into your home that rearranges the programs…[more]

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61 Unlock 'em Up?

The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 "nonviolent" inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. Welcome to the era of de-incarceration. At a conference named for former New York Mayor David Dinkins (who presided over the city at a time of runaway crime), Hillary Clinton decried the number…

62 By the Numbers: The U.S. Murder Rate Isn't Comparatively High, Nor Does It Suffer the Highest Mass Shooting Rate

If only Barack Obama exhibited as much contempt and tenacity toward America's foreign adversaries - particularly Russia, China and Iran - as he does toward fellow Americans who happen to interpret the Bill of Rights more expansively than he does.  This week, Russia utterly humiliated Obama before the eyes of the world, further eroding enemies…

63 Mandate for Conservatives: Make Obama a Historical Anomaly

When I penned my first column for the Center for Individual Freedom early in 2009, we didn’t yet have the full measure of Barack Obama. For those with eyes to see, it was clear that the new president was coming to office with a more explicit and comprehensive progressive agenda than any president since Woodrow Wilson. But we didn’t yet…

64 Welcome to Wealthy Middle Eastern Thug Privilege

You've heard endlessly about "white privilege" from the professional social justice warrior gripers. But rarely does that crusading crowd -- or their spiritual leaders in the White House -- acknowledge the brutal impact of wealthy Middle Eastern thug privilege in America. I'm looking especially at you, Barack, Michelle and Valerie Jarrett…

65 Good Riddance!

The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something. But an opportunity is not a guarantee. It is a little like a football team being first down and goal at the ten-yard line. You have a good chance of scoring a touchdown from there -- if you can get your act together.…

66 Liberals Are Done Debating

Not always. Not everyone. But enough. This week, for example, while thinking about the pope's take on global warming, I tweeted out this comment: "Celebrate climate change, an externality of the greatest poverty destroying program in the history of mankind." There is plenty to disagree with in my observation, I admit. Although I believe…

67 "Bacha Bazi": Obama's Silence on Afghan Military's Child Rape

American soldiers are being punished for blowing the whistle on the systematic rape and enslavement of young boys at the hands of brutal Afghan Muslim military officials. Honorable men in uniform risked their careers and lives to stop the abuse. Yet, the White House -- which was busy tweeting about its new feminism-pandering "It's On Us"…

68 'IStandWithAhmed' Hashtag Is Not About Authoritarian Bureaucrats; It's About Pretend Islamophobia

Earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy in Maryland faced an assault charge after authorities say he kissed a 14-year-old classmate on a dare at school. He's being charged with second-degree assault as a juvenile. He has not, as yet, been invited to the White House. In December 2013, a 6-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school for kissing…

69 Obama's Legacy: America Plummets to 16th in New Global Economic Freedom Ranking

Presidential elections historically serve as inverse reactions to the outgoing occupant.  Even the 1988 election, notable because it remains the only time since the Truman-Dewey election of 1948 that a party retained the White House for a third consecutive term, saw George H. W. Bush promising a "kinder, gentler" course than his predecessor…

70 Should We Fear an Inexperienced President?

A CBS News/New York Times poll released earlier this week contains an amazing statistic: More than half of GOP voters’ first choice for their party’s presidential nomination is someone who has never held elected office before. Among them, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina win the support of 54 percent of the Republican electorate…

71 Hollywood Lib Matt Damon's "Diversity" Drama

Oh, this is schadenfreude-licious. Outspoken celebrity Democratic activist/donor Matt Damon opened his mouth and let the truth about the left's superficial commitment to "diversity" slip out. Now, liberal ideologues are furiously whacking the relentless GOP-bashing actor for his "white privilege." There's even a Twitter hashtag…

72 CFIF Constitution Quiz

Take our 17-Question Quiz to test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Constitution Day is observed annually on September 17th because on that date in 1787: a. The first state ratified the Constitution b. The last state ratified the Constitution c. The Constitution was sent…

73 Opportunity Versus Outcomes

A hostile review of my new book -- "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" -- said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable." Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity…

74 The Way of the Whigs?

Political parties come and go. The Federalist Party, which dominated the American political scene during the first decade of the republic, was a spent force by 1816 and extinct by 1820. The Progressive Party has come and gone at least three times—first in 1912 with Teddy Roosevelt’s third party run for the presidency; then in 1924 with…

75 Meet Candy Carson: The Anti-Michelle Obama

After nearly eight years of the East Wing's politics of mope and complain, it's refreshing to see a presidential candidate's spouse who is always smiling. Candy Carson — wife of GOP 2016 hopeful Dr. Ben Carson, mother of three sons, and grandmother of two — is the anti-Michelle Obama. She's a quiet but confident ray of sunshine: down-to…

76 When Persuasion Fails, Gun Control Groups Resort to Fearmongering

The clash between Americans who exercise their constitutional right to bear arms and proponents of gun control appears to be escalating. Restrictionists have lost in Congress and in all but a notable handful of states. They have lost in the courts of law. That leaves only the court of public opinion. Most states allow citizens to carry firearms openly…

77 Denali and the "I Don’t Give a Damn" Presidency

I’ve long held the minority viewpoint that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution — limiting the president to two terms in office — may well have been a mistake. Yes, there’s no question that the executive branch is uniquely susceptible to consolidating power in a way that threatens the integrity of the Republic. That&rsquo…

78 It’s Hard to Vindicate Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina has emerged as something close to a top-tier Republican presidential candidate after her stellar showing at the second-tier Fox News debate earlier this month. She’s seemingly been everywhere, talking with just about everyone about the pressing issues of the 2016 campaign — national security, entitlement reform, galvanizing…

79 Manliness: An Unsung Trait of The Train Heroes

When a heavily armed man emerged from the bathroom of a European train and began what was clearly intended as a massacre of innocent, unsuspecting civilians, six men ranging in age from 22 to 62 sprang into action. A banker and a middle-aged academic, both French, were first on the scene. The sound of gunfire awakened three young American tourists:…

80 America, Land of the “Mostly Free”

“Hey, it’s a free country.” Do Americans still say that? Do we still recognize our country as the “land of the free”? The question is well worth pondering. When I was an editorial writer and columns editor for Investor’s Business Daily in the late 1990s, I would assemble an end-of-the-year column that asked: Are…

81 Why Jeb’s Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will

The good news for Jeb Bush is that he’s the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news is that he’s the perfect candidate in the year 2000. That’s the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years. Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida’s governorship…

82 Health Tip: The Next Time Government Gives You Dietary Advice, Do the Opposite

In "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays Miles Monroe, a cryogenically frozen owner of a Greenwich Village health food store who, when defrosted in the year 2173, finds himself in an authoritarian state filled with giant vegetables, android butlers and Diane Keaton. When an unnerved Miles is first unfrozen, Space Age doctors try to calm him down:…

83 Yes, There Are Two Americas; No, They’re Not What You Think

It’s the defining political cliché of our age: America is a politically polarized nation. How, exactly, are we divided? Well that’s a bit of a dealer’s choice: Republican vs. Democrat; haves vs. have-nots; religious vs. secular; coastal vs. inland; whites vs. minorities; business vs. labor. But no matter how you slice it, the…

84 Is Destruction of Records Congenital to Liberals?

Is concealment and destruction of official government records somehow congenital to the contemporary political left, or at least anyone associated with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?  One might reasonably infer so, given the festering scandals surrounding IRS persecution of conservative organizations and Hillary Clinton's emails during her…

85 Bernie Sanders: Socialist, Nationalist, Romantic

Bernie Sanders is attracting crowds. The avowed socialist U.S. Senator from Vermont may be running a long-shot campaign to upset Hillary Clinton’s acclamation as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president next year, but what he lacks in polish and money he more than makes up for in enthusiastic grassroots support. Last year, he was pulling…

86 Obama Cronyism + Your Personal Data = Trouble

It's the most far-reaching scandal in Washington that no one wants to talk about: Tens of millions of federal employees had their personal information hacked as a result of Obama administration incompetence and political favoritism. Ethnic community organizer-turned-Office of Personnel Management head Katherine Archuleta recklessly eschewed basic…

87 The Fact-Free Left: Part II

There is no way to know what is going on in someone else's mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words. The political left's great claim to authenticity and honor is that what they advocate is for the benefit of the less fortunate. But how could we test that? T.S. Eliot once said, "Half the harm that is done in this world…

88 The Fact-Free Left

The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed -- and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks -- for criminals…

89 George Will's Worst Column Ever

George Will remains the dean of contemporary conservative thought, an intellectual beacon who elevates public discourse in applying changeless principles to changing times.  On a more personal note, Mr. Will may be the foremost political influence on my own life.  It was therefore profoundly disappointing to digest his column this week entitled…

90 Is the Civil War Over?

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it. Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in front of the state house a symbolic repudiation of the…

 
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