ACI in Real Clear Policy: Waiting Until the Cyber Damage Is Done

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The cyber intrusions we face are serious. Civilian cyber-criminals inflict problems ranging from nuisances to theft, as happened at Target and Adobe. Now the curious Heartbleed vulnerability inconveniences consumers, requiring extensive password replacements. Less known but more serious are cyber-attacks by nation states, which threaten our economic vigor and the functioning of our infrastructure. China’s […]

Common Core versus National or State or Local Standards

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Should high school “graduation” imply enough skill to read a parts manual, make change for a $20 bill, and read an election ballot?  Since students have the right to move about the country claiming to be graduates, it is in their interest and our interest that graduation means being “able to function in society beyond […]

Trawling for Dollars: The Profitable DOJ

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Our federal Department of Justice (DOJ) excels at seizing the cash.  In the past two years, often acting as another Department’s attorney, DOJ has prosecuted violators shaking at least $45 billion in fines and penalties out of companies – notably, JP Morgan ($13B), Bank of America ($9.5B), Anadarko ($5.2B), HSBC ($1.9B), Deutsche Bank ($1.9B), SAC […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: The Consumer Interest in Patent Pools

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Aggressive litigation by patent trolls earned them notoriety over the past few years.  At last, bills with a chance of protecting consumers and the economy from unrestrained patent trolling are moving through Congress (S. 1720 and H.R. 3309).  While the focus of those bills is patent trolls, the bills should also tighten controls on patent […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: Mugged by the Ticket Cartel Gatekeepers

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Entertainers and ticket sellers have a right to earn an honest living, but we’re tired of being mugged at the ticket booth.  Shameless greed has become standard practice and it’s neither entertaining nor sportsman-like conduct.  Ticket vendors have perfected the art of trolling.  They slap high fees on ticket sales and for the event tickets […]

Justice for Profit

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The automobile industry has a disreputable track record of rolling out flawed vehicles that threaten consumer safety.  The inevitable recalls burden consumers with worry and wasted time.  No manufacturer has a monopoly on faulty cars. Over the past several years, GM recalled 1.4 million cars due to a faulty ignition switch involving 13 deaths.  Ford […]

The Daily Caller: Colluding with the Automotive Dealer Cartel

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This Daily Caller Piece, written by ACI researcher Alan Daley, talks about the barriers to entry facing Tesla, including the roadblocks by the Automotive Dealer Cartel.  You can read the article in the Daily Caller – http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/19/new-jersey-colludes-with-the-auto-dealer-cartel-in-blocking-tesla-from-direct-sales/.

Physician Control over Electronic Health Records

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Technical questions on how to build and store an electronic health record (EHR) are trivial compared with the more visceral issues of who should own it, what it should contain, and who can input into it.  By 2012, 70% of physicians had faced those questions, made tentative decisions, and taken on an EHR system. Today, […]

Encouraging Signs for K-12 Classrooms

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Some school administrators, politicians, most unions have a labor perspective on why schools exist.  Despite their beliefs, schools are not foremost a government jobs program.  Taxpayers, parents and students, generally feel that schools exist to prepare students for meaningful employment and for competent citizenship and parenting.  All sides bear culpability for the disappointing performance of […]

The Food Police and Consumer Choice

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John Cisna, a high school teacher, has documented how McDonald’s fast food can be a basis for losing weight.  His regimen was to eat 2,000 calories of McDonald’s food and walk 45 minutes each day.  Over a 6 month period, he lost 56 pounds and greatly improved his physical condition. Cisna’s book, “My McDonald’s Diet,” […]