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Elizabeth Warren Prepares to Punish the U.S. Economy and Investors with Her Misnamed "Stop Wall Street Looting Act"

As the U.S. economy shows sudden weakness, American consumers understandably express increasing anxiety.  A troubling new Gallup survey reports that economic confidence has now declined to lows unsurpassed since the early days of the Covid pandemic in 2020.

Undeterred by that accumulating weakness and alarm, however, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D - Massachusetts) appears restless to strike yet another dangerous hammer blow by re-introducing her misnamed "Stop Wall Street Looting Act."

She may think that title can conceal the bill's danger, but Americans and elected officials mustn't be fooled or invite the potentially catastrophic economic peril.

Senator Warren’s bill includes significant tax increases, as well as new legal liabilities and bureaucratic regulations on U.S. investment…[more]

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1 Government Broadband Is Government Cheese

"Government Cheese" is free cheese of suspicious quality produced for those on the dole.  It is usually rated grade “B” or “C” by the USDA, and therefore unfit to sell at market.  It is made from milk that is near to being out-of-date and the result is a very hard, funky cheese of totally unnatural color.&…

2 Coalition Urges Common Sense on Broadband Infrastructure Spending

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) last week joined a coalition of more than 30 free-market organizations and individuals on a letter to Congress advocating “specifically against proposals that would enact price controls, dramatically expand agency authority, and prioritize government-controlled internet.” The letter, which was organized…

3 CFIF Joins Coalition Opposing the BRIDGE Act, Legislation that Would Fail to Close Digital Divide

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today joined a coalition of nearly two dozen free-market organizations on a letter opposing the Broadband Reform and Investment to Drive Growth in the Economy (BRIDGE) Act, introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Angus King (I-Maine). The…

4 Coalition to FCC: Broadband Subsidies Meant for Truly Unserved Areas, Not Some of Nation’s Most Well-Connected and Wealthy Communities

In a letter submitted today to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” of “Commission”), a broad coalition of national organizations and individual policy experts from across the ideological spectrum noted widespread concerns about the accuracy of the FCC’s broadband maps and called the Commission’s attention…

5 Biden’s Broadband Boondoggle

By now you’re likely familiar with Joe Biden’s muddled and cynically expansive definition of “infrastructure,” in his transparent effort to cram an endless variety of left-wing wish list items into a $2 trillion spending package to be paid by American taxpayers.   For her part, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D &ndash…

6 CFIF Submits Formal Comment on NIST Proposed Rule Regarding Bayh-Dole Act of 1980

Last week, the Center for Indvidiual Freedom (CFIF) submitted a formal Comment with the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on its Proposed Rule regarding the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, which granted universities, nonprofit organizations and small business the right to patent and license inventions…

7 California’s “Net Neutrality” Law Already Raising Alarm by Imperiling Veterans

Well, things promptly took an ugly turn out in California, as they often do.   It’s amazing how quickly government campaigns to regulate internet service under the disingenuous “Net Neutrality” banner beget harmful unintended blowback.   In the latest debacle, California’s “Net Neutrality” law…

8 Justice Thomas: Sooner or Later, Courts Will Rule on Social Media

It started as one of those ridiculous controversies of the Trump era. In May and June 2017, then-President Donald Trump blocked a few Twitter trolls who were criticizing his tweets. The next month, those trolls, backed by Columbia University's Knight First Amendment Institute, sued the president, alleging that blocking them on Twitter violated the…

9 Biden Administration Shrinks from California “Net Neutrality” Challenge

With the Biden era dawning, we’ve reached a nihilistic societal point when leftists and other government interventionists don’t even attempt to advance public policy arguments based upon verifiable history, facts or evidence.   The latest illustration arrived this week, when the Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) abandoned the…

10 So-Called “Net Neutrality” Threatens a Zombie-Like Return

If you wondered how things might get worse than 2020, Bloomberg has your answer.  It reported this week that so-called “net neutrality” activists just replied, “Hold my beer”:   A Democratic Federal Communications Commission is poised to restore net neutrality rules and move aggressively to expand broadband subsidies…

11 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Among the Trump Administration’s Best Appointments

If asked to identify President Trump’s finest and most effective appointments, most people would reflexively name Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and now Amy Coney Barrett.   To be sure, that sterling trio is already delivering positive returns by minimizing the influence of the increasingly scornful and popularity…

12 FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai Vindicated on "Net Neutrality" by Court, Experience

Remember the so-called “Net Neutrality” debate?   In fairness, Americans shouldn’t be blamed for cleansing it from their minds.   Its Orwellian name alone offended any sense of logic, considering that a heavy-handed, 1930s-era, crony-capitalist, utility-style, interventionist federal regulation of internet service…

13 “Net Neutrality”: Pandemic Vindicates FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Among its other byproducts, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the asininity of casting every item in leftists’ exhaustive policy wishlist in life-or-death rhetorical terms.  After all, there’s nothing like an actual existential threat to re-contextualize cheap partisan overuse of the term “existential threat,” from…

14 Federal Court Rejects Activist Lawsuit, Approves T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Economies across Europe, China and much of the world continue to suffer stubborn economic malaise.  In contrast, the United States continues to flourish amid a renewed economic agenda of deregulation and lower taxation.  Free market forces, not sclerotic bureaucracy, have once again proven themselves the optimal path to prosperity. …

15 CFIF Testifies in Nebraska in Support of Capping Cable Franchise Fees Statewide at 3%

TESTIMONY OF TIMOTHY H. LEE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF LEGAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS CENTER FOR INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM HEARING ON "LB1046 - CHANGE PROVISIONS RELATING TO TAXES AND FEES ON COMMUNITY ANTENNA TELEVISION SERVICE" BEFORE THE   NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS FEBRUARY 11, 2020 Good…

16 Three Years In, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Epitomizes Trump Appointment Successes

On November 6, 1988, two days before that year’s presidential election pitting George H. W. Bush against Michael Dukakis, George Will penned a commentary entitled “The 5,000 Reasons for Voting for Bush.”  In that piece, Will cogently explained how – whatever one’s ambivalence or even distaste toward the candidate…

17 Facebook Shouldn't Be Political Speech Police

"We don't fact-check political ads," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent speech. "We don't do this to help politicians, but because we think people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying." That might be simple common sense to many Americans, but to some Democrats these days, and particularly…

18 CFIF Praises Court of Appeals Ruling Upholding FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit broadly vindicated the 2017 Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rulemaking that repealed the Obama Administration’s 2015 Title II internet rules that had suffocated the internet with public utility-style regulation.  In response, Center for Individual…

19 One Year Later: Internet "Eve of Destruction" Predictions Evaporate

And you tell me, over and over and over again, my friend/ Ahhh, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction…   —Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction," 1965 What is it with leftists and their habit of issuing alarmist predictions that subsequently prove groundless, in their ongoing campaign to impose more…

20 Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech Would Be Bad for America

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has a new plan to break up Big Tech companies. The proposal entails appointing a bunch of regulators to undo mergers that her administration would deem anti-competitive. Warren's plan would classify any company that runs a marketplace and makes more than $25 billion a year as a "platform utility" and…

21 One Year Later, the Internet Somehow Survived Repeal of Obama FCC Regulations

Remember when repealing Obama-era internet regulations meant death for the internet, and many of us along with it?  One needn't travel far back in time.  It was one year ago that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Chairman Ajit Pai oversaw that welcome repeal.  The histrionic reactions were farcical and immediate. …

22 California Attempts Unconstitutional, Unwise "Net Neutrality" Reboot

For years and even decades now, California has provided the rest of the nation an abject tutorial in how not to govern.  Once idealized as the Golden State, California's descent into leftism has rendered it more a dystopia than a destination.  Its situation has deteriorated so profoundly that it's literally difficult for residents to rent…

23 Google's Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Whoever at Google selected "Don't Be Evil" as its former corporate motto obviously possessed a most profound sense of ironic humor.  Perhaps no company rivals Google in terms of malign influence over U.S. public policy, consigning "Don't Be Evil" to the realm of ridiculous rather than descriptive.  This week, with President…

24 A Strategic Opening for Centrist Republicans on "Net Neutrality"

Amid a toxic political climate fraught with controversy and warring factions, centrist Republicans in Congress facing election across the country increasingly worry about being defined by positions they must take on today’s most divisive issues. That’s particularly true where swing voters in their districts believe that Congress is accomplishing…

25 FCC Reinstates Pre-2015 Internet Regulatory Regime, Jimmy Kimmel Hardest Hit

In 2015, the Obama Administration's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided in its wisdom that the internet was somehow broken.  In order to "fix" it, the Obama FCC determined that what internet service suddenly required was greater regulation as a "public utility" under a statutory provision enacted in the 1930s to…

26 A Layman's Guide to Bot Wars

Cyberwarfare. It's a term we hear more and more these days, but most of us don't really know what to make of it. Cyber meddling was thrust back into the news once again this February. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictments against 13 Russian nationals accused of attempting to manipulate public political opinion before and during the 2016 presidential…

27 Democrats Are Trying to Undo Important Internet Regulatory Reform

This article was originally published by The Daily Caller on February 27, 2018. Despite a lack of mainstream media attention, the bureaucratic disarray in Washington, D.C has created meaningful reforms. That is particularly true at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an agency that moved in a deliberate and transparent manner to restore regulatory…

28 Google: "Do As We Say, Not As We Do"

In recent months, dominant internet platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook have experienced an identity crisis.  On one hand, they falsely allege in the "net neutrality" debate that internet service providers will begin controlling what people can view online, unless the federal government regulates the internet like a public utility…

29 Remarks of Chairman Ajit Pai on Restoring Internet Freedom, ANNOTATED

On November 28, 2017, Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") Chairman Ajit Pai delivered remarks on the Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding at an event hosted in Washington, D.C., by R Street Institute and Lincoln Network. Below are Chairman Pai’s complete remarks, along with our own annotations commentating and/or elaborating…

30 CFIF Applauds Circulation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai today circulated an eagerly anticipated draft Restoring Internet Freedom order to his fellow commissioners, detailing a proposal to reverse the radical Title II regulatory framework imposed by the previous FCC toward the end of President Obama’s tenure.  In…

 
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