Sunday, December 18, 2016

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Can Congress Veto EPA's Fuel Economy Rush Job? - Marlo Lewis, Jr. December 16, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency ’s recent proposal, published eight months ahead of schedule, to keep in place the agency’s model year (MY) 2022-2025 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for new motor vehicles, is the epitome of a “midnight regulation.”  In a previous post , I assumed EPA’s action, known as the Congressional Review Act I now believe otherwise. .....

The death rate increased 1.2% last year, and life expectancy fell in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. Female life expectancy dropped from 81.3 to 81.2 years, and male  life expectancy fell from 76.5 to 76.3 years. As ABC News notes, “A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.” The core elements of Obamacare into effect in 2014. Americans’ health has thus been deteriorating even as the provisions of the Affordable Care Act were supposed to be providing improvements.......

A Free Market Policy Agenda for the Trump Administration - CEI Staff December 15, 2016
CEI’s free market policy agenda for the incoming Trump administration is aimed at strengthening the economy and removing barriers to economic freedom in five key policy areas: comprehensive regulatory reform, energy and environment, labor, finance, and technology and innovation. From replacing key agency heads to overturning burdensome regulations, CEI’s recommendations offer actions federal departments and agencies can pursue immediately to promote innovation, job creation, and financial freedom for all Americans.

Many of our nation’s laws give broad discretion to federal regulators to force sweeping change over vast swaths of the American economy. In the last 15 years, we have seen fundamental overhauls of major economic sectors: the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley financial services “reform” law, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, and restrictions on affordable energy sources. For those Americans who are struggling financially, the need for regulatory reform has never been greater. Instead of chipping away at the margins, CEI believes we need substantial reforms that rein in federal bureaucrats so that our economy, and ultimately American consumers, businesses, and entrepreneurs.......

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