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Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The latest episode of the Langer Cast is up!  We talk about the Cliven Bundy Ranch situation and give a brief history of public lands issues in the west, to put things in context.  We also talk about genetically-modified foods, and the promotion of fear over science.  And we talk about the latest targets in Operation Choke Point!

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Published Monday, April 28, 2014
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April 28, 2014
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OBAMA TARGETS ADULT ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Operation Choke Point Continues To Expand, Gun Sellers Are Next
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Institute for Liberty has released the following statement in response to reports from PerezHilton.com and TMZ that Chase Bank is severing ties with its customers in the adult entertainment industry. 
 
“Operation Choke Point,” the President’s infamous program which seeks to cut off legal industries and law-abiding businesses from their financial institutions had previously identified adult-entertainment as a target along with gun sellers and short-term lenders.  Banks across the nation have already severed relationships with thousands of customers because of Operation Choke Point:
 
“In President Obama’s America, it just doesn’t matter whether you’ve done anything illegal.  It doesn’t matter if your industry operates within the confines of the law. You can still be in the crosshairs of the Federal government. This report confirms what we’ve suspected for some time, that Operation Choke Point would expand to destroy the other industries on the President’s infamous hit list. 
 
This abuse of power and these intimidation tactics fly in the face of the free market and free society. Yesterday it was check-cashers and today it’s the adult entertainment industry.  We know where they are going next because they’ve told us -- direct sales businesses, gun and ammunition sellers, the gaming industry and charities. It’s becoming clear that no industry is safe from this administration’s mob-style approach to regulation.”
 
IFL is an aggressive defender of the rights of individuals to pursue the American dream. They inject the perspective of small businesses, and the working families that depend on them, into the public policy debate. For more, please visit: instituteforliberty.org

 

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Published Tuesday, April 15, 2014

We're live from Capitol Hill with Julie Gunlock of the Independent Womens Forum! We talk parenting, risk-based public policy, and the looming Siriacha crisis (will there be one?)!

 

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Published Tuesday, April 8, 2014


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the House Financial Services Committee held an oversight hearing regarding the operations of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Despite their promises of transparency, the CFPB was once again reluctant to be forthcoming and clear with answers to questions from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.  On issues related to criteria used to target investigations of financial businesses, inappropriate pressures being brought to bear on banks, and the unprecedented action of paying for audience members to attend CFPB hearings in order to speak in support of CFPB policies, panelists were unwilling to provide in-depth answers to congressional questions.

Andrew Langer, President of the Institute for Liberty, an organization active on issues related to the CFPB, said the following:


“This hearing added nothing to the attempt to shed some light on the opaque operations of a hugely powerful regulatory agency, except to make it clearer than ever that this is an agency fundamentally out of control.  Oversight only works when agencies are forthcoming and cooperative.  CFPB was anything but.  They’re not fooling anyone, though. More and more people are becoming aware of the mess of the CFPB.”

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Published Monday, April 7, 2014

We're live from the offices of the Competitive Enterprise Institute!  Chemical Risk, tech and antitrust, and Obamacare are all on the menu!

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Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Watchdog Group Slams CFPB for Having a Socialist Party Leader on Influential Advisory Board

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Liberty President Andrew Langer released the following statement today slamming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) after The Washington Times revealed that the former vice presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of the United States is on one of its critical advisory boards. 

                                                   

“Every American should be disturbed about today’s revelation that the former vice presidential candidate of the Socialist Party of the United States has been given an influential role as a senior advisor to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  This speaks volumes about the true motives and objectives of an agency which has already come under fire for trying to limit free speech, collecting personal data on consumers, and using taxpayer money to plant supporters in front of the media to surreptitiously promote pro-CFPB propaganda.  The Bureau, which operates without Congressional oversight and largely in secret, is apparently becoming a den of leftist political operatives and advisors whose objective is to interfere with the free market and our Constitutional freedoms.

 

Fundamentally, the philosophical perspective of socialism should be nowhere near any agency that has massive regulatory authority over the financial services industry, other businesses and massive segments of our economy. The idea that someone who does not believe in market economics would play any kind of a role in advising an Agency that is part of the Federal Reserve, demonstrates that the CFPB is America’s most dangerous, out-of-control and unaccountable federal agency. Congressional action must be taken now to rein in this agency and expose its agenda.”

 

IFL is an aggressive defender of the rights of individuals to pursue the American dream. They inject the perspective of small businesses, and the working families that depend on them, into the public policy debate. For more, please visit: www.instituteforliberty.org.

 

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Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In this week's episode of the Langer Cast, IFL President Andrew Langer and VP Jerry Rogers interview Sean Noble from American Encore and Phil Kerpen from American Commitment!

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Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Institute for Liberty Calls Democrats’ Attempt To
Cancel CFPB Oversight Hearing “Shameful”

 
“Oversight only works when Congress is Actually Able to Hear Testimony
on Agency Operations”
 
Washington, D.C. — Institute for Liberty (IFL) President Andrew Langer released the following statement today in response to Democrat members of the House Committee on Financial Services’ request that the oversight hearing regarding allegations of discrimination at the Consumer Financial Services Bureau (CFPB) be canceled:
 
“It is highly unsurprising, but no less shameful, that Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee want to see Wednesday’s hearing on allegations of discrimination at the CFPB canceled.  House Democrats have been singularly unwilling to hold this administration accountable for the myriad abuses of power that its CFPB personnel have committed –- all while CFPB personnel are collecting record high salaries from the American taxpayer. 
 
The CFPB, an agency with enormous — and largely unaccountable — power is one of the most politicized federal agencies, which is all the more reason why abusive, retaliatory, and discriminatory practices must be thoroughly investigated.  The fact that House Democrats want to sweep these allegations under the rug should give any American pause. Oversight only works when Congress is actually able to hear testimony on an agency’s operations.”
 
IFL is an aggressive defender of the rights of individuals to pursue the American dream. They inject the perspective of small businesses, and the working families that depend on them, into the public policy debate. For more, please visit: instituteforliberty.org.  
 
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Watchdog Group Outraged at CFPB Audience Fraud

Agency Paid for Pro-CFPB Audience Member at Field Hearing 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Liberty President Andrew Langer released the following statement today slamming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) after it was revealed the secretive government agency paid for a pro-CFPB speaker at a field hearing. 

 

“Operatives within the agency, many of whom have close ties to both President Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren, violated agency policy by planting the speaker to give media the impression of consumer support for its efforts. This revelation comes on the heels of yesterday’s controversy over Democrat Senators attempting to prevent CFPB whistleblowers from testifying about other abuses at the agency.

 

After two-decades standing up against abuses of power by the federal government, I didn’t think I could be shocked by the coordinated actions of an agency to manipulate the press and public opinion.  This one-two punch of paying for audience members and attempting to squash the testimony of whistleblowers are just two examples of a disturbing pattern of behavior for a powerful agency with virtually no oversight.

 

Last week, I testified at the CFPB’s field hearing in Nashville, voicing my concern for their double-talk on regulation and unwarranted interference with consumer choice and the free market. While few folks in attendance stood in favor of the CFPB’s power grab, one is now left to wonder if any of the audience members who voiced pro-CFPB opinions were paid to attend. 

 

Congress must work to pierce the veil of this secretive agency, which will clearly stop at nothing to protect the ideology and agenda of a highly politicized agency bent on eroding Americans’ Constitutional freedoms.”

 

IFL is an aggressive defender of the rights of individuals to pursue the American dream. They inject the perspective of small businesses, and the working families that depend on them, into the public policy debate. For more, please visit: www.instituteforliberty.org.

 

 

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