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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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Tuesday, June 07 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A report released last week by the Puerto Rico Commission for the Comprehensive Audit of the Public Credit claims that Puerto Rico may have issued billions of dollars of debt unconstitutionally. In response, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) released the following statement:
 
“Unsurprisingly, the Puerto Rico government is following the lead of recalcitrant debtors in Latin America by issuing a government-commissioned report to claim that a significant portion of its debt – billions of dollars – was issued illegally. The purpose of such a claim is the government’s hope that it could declare those bonds invalid so creditors could not fight to legally protect their investments. That the report received significant support from the SEIU, which has an obvious and vested interest in seeing pension funds receive preferential treatment over bondholders, regardless of the law, further exemplifies its obviously political nature.
 
“This ‘audit’ report is just another tactic by the Garcia Padilla Administration to try to skirt the rule of law and its obligations to the savers and retirees throughout Puerto Rico and the mainland who invested in Puerto Rican government bonds.

“As the House considers passage of PROMESA, Members of Congress should be wary of the tactics of Puerto Rico’s government and its desire for a get-out-of-jail free card from Congress at the expense of American savers and retirees.”

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