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Capitol Hill Update - 9 April, 2013
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Capitol Hill Update - 9 April, 2013

Here's the latest from Capitol Hill, for week of April 8-12.

04/09/2013
Fallacy Friday: The Unemployment Rate
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Fallacy Friday: The Unemployment Rate

Fallacy Friday: The Unemployment RateThe last Fallacy Friday focused on the improper logic and economics surrounding the minimum wage. This week, let’s take a look at a fallacy of deception: the deceptiveness of the current unemployment rate.

04/05/2013
Vilsack's Playbook to Avoid Sequester
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Vilsack's Playbook to Avoid Sequester

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) have successfully passed an amendment to the continuing resolution which effectively transfers $55 million to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  This increased the total allocated costs for FSIS to $1,056,427,000  up from $1,001,427,000.

04/01/2013
Sequestration is Still Not a Credible Danger
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Sequestration is Still Not a Credible Danger

One would have hoped that after a couple of weeks the overblown brouhaha over the consequences of the sequestration cuts would have died down, but alas, there are those still insistent that the meager $85 billion in cuts will somehow result in a cataclysmic shock to the American economy.

04/01/2013
It's Time For Government To Fold on Anti-Gambling Laws
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It's Time For Government To Fold on Anti-Gambling Laws

Nevada State Senator Tick Segerblom has introduced a bill that would legalize betting on presidential elections, a practice that is currently outlawed nationwide, including in states that allow other types of gambling. Naturally, this can be expected to raise hackles and invite questions over propriety and the dignity of the office, but why?

04/01/2013
Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks… And a Stadium
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Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks… And a Stadium

Corporate handouts are easily seen when it comes to national politics and legislation with huge subsidies going to large corporations such as Solyndra, General Electric and General Motors.  In the case of General Motors the government actually nationalized it!   But the handouts are more difficult to see at the local level.

03/28/2013
Life, Liberty and Unlimited Minutes
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Life, Liberty and Unlimited Minutes

Last week during Congress’s “vote-a-rama” over amendments to the continuing budget resolution, the Senate voted, mostly along party lines, to reject an amendment that would eliminate a government subsidy to provide cell phone service to low income consumers.

03/27/2013
Republicans Lead Civil Rights Charge with School Choice
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Republicans Lead Civil Rights Charge with School Choice

Republicans are beginning to coalesce around School Choice with Senators Rand Paul and Lamar Alexander’s amendment.  Senator Ted Cruz of Texas began with a rallying cry in his key-note address at CPAC declaring “education is too important for it to be controlled by bureaucrats in Washington, taking choices away from parents and kids…We need to champion school choice – the civil rights issue of the next generation.”  Not only is Senator Ted Cruz correct about school choice being the civil rights issue of the next generation, but it is the civil rights issue of this generation.

03/27/2013
The Unfair Effects of the Marketplace Fairness Act
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The Unfair Effects of the Marketplace Fairness Act

On Friday, March 22, the United States Senate conducted a “vote-a-rama,” featuring an unlimited number of amendments to the federal budget being brought to the floor for a vote.

03/26/2013
Overregulation Takes the “Fun” Out of “Funeral Home Management”
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Overregulation Takes the “Fun” Out of “Funeral Home Management”

The passing of a loved one is an intensely difficult and emotional time for the family, and the last thing they want to think about is costly and complex arrangements for the burial. It is therefore somewhat dismaying to learn what kinds of pressure the operators of funeral homes are subject to under current industry regulations, many of which have the effect of increasing costs that are then passed on to consumers.

03/25/2013

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