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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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By CFIF Staff
Thursday, September 02 2010

Act Now: Congress and Obama Want Preferential Tax Treatment for Foreign-Owned Energy Producers

CFIF has released a Living Social(ist): Bad Deal Alert, a new take on the trendy deal-of-the-day email coupon services exploding in popularity across the country. Instead of offering half-priced chocolate spa baths or $1 admissions to your local petting zoo, we highlight a truly foolish idea currently being considered by President Obama and Congress.

This particular "coupon" – which is being offered to foreign, mostly state-owned energy producers like Hugo Chavez’s Citgo – calls attention to a dubious new tax hike in the president’s proposed 2011 budget. It’s a great deal for foreign competitors as it would double-tax domestic oil and gas producers on money earned overseas, leaving foreign-owned companies with a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Plus, it comes with the added benefit of limiting America’s access to energy resources that fuel our economy, provide 9 million domestic jobs and ensure our access to affordable energy. 

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We hope this humorous take on a serious issue will inspire readers to join CFIF in opposing this job-killing proposal.

Remember, by doing away with the credit for dual capacity taxes for America’s oil and gas industry, Congress and the president would effectively be handing jobs, revenue and investment to foreign and mostly state-owned oil companies in Venezuela, China and the Middle East. And it would reduce America’s energy independence and security, while raising energy prices for American families.   

Contact your representatives in Congress now. Tell them “NO” to preferential tax treatment for foreign oil, “NO” to changes in the dual capacity tax laws. 

And, please help us spread the word by sharing this with your friends, colleagues and family members.

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