The Transparency Revolution Is Just Starting
During the ten years I was privileged to serve Oklahoma in the United States Senate, the one question I heard most often from voters was: “What can I as a private citizen do to fix Washington?”
Patriotic Americans in both ...
An Obamacare Battle We Can Win
Few in Congress have a lower opinion of Obamacare than we do, as medical professionals and legislators. We’ve seen firsthand how misguided federal policies can harm patients and impose enormous burdens on taxpayers.
When it comes to how to ...
Revisiting WaPo 'Fact-Check' of Obamacare's Taxes
While Congress is busy debating a stop-gap spending bill and differing budget blueprints, one economic fact hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves: the hundreds of billions of dollars of tax hikes coming over the next few years as a ...
The deal to extend the so-called payroll-tax cut is being hailed as a fair compromise by many in Washington. In reality, it represents Washington at its worst. The deal once again highlights the triumph of short-term political expedience over the ...
Ten Questions Politicians Won't Answer
The past week’s debate about health care has shown that in Washington the only things more stubborn than facts are politicians who evade them. In spite of a torrent of independent analyses showing that the so-called health-care “reform” bills ...
Who's Afraid of Competition?
As this year’s congressional session comes to a close, the American people should pay special attention to not just what was added at the last minute, but what was taken out.
While Congress was siphoning billions of dollars from ...
As the American people, elected officials, and commentators reflect on the heated immigration debate that came to a temporary close in the Senate this week many will ask, and have asked, why U.S. Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) staked ...
Wastebook 2014: Swedish Massages, Golf-Course Repairs, and Laughing Classes
Ebola in America.
Security breaches at the White House.
Waves of unaccompanied minors pouring across our nation’s borders.
Iraq in turmoil, as radical Islamic terrorists threaten to take control.
Our nation’s heroes being killed, not by enemy combatants, ...
How the House Can Get
Now that the Senate has passed a flawed $46 billion immigration bill it’s time for the House to be the higher chamber and start over. Do what the Senate failed to do. Pass a bill — or series of bills — that ...
Immigration Reform Right
Obamatax’s ‘HIT’ on Small Businesses
President Clinton recently created quite a stir when he suggested Congress should act to prevent massive tax hikes that will automatically occur at the end of the year. Even President Obama once admitted that “you don’t raise taxes in ...
Expanding the Medicaid Status Quo Is Not Health Reform
In June, President Obama warned that “it is not sufficient for us simply to add more people to Medicare or Medicaid to increase the rolls, to increase coverage in the absence of cost controls and reform. . . . If we don’t ...
The debate about whether to enact a one-year moratorium on congressional earmarks has provoked some interesting historical and constitutional arguments from the earmark-industrial complex. According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “The Founding Fathers would be cringing to hear people ...
Individual Freedom vs. Government Control
Congress faces a critical question this week: Will U.S. health care be government-run, or will Americans be given the freedom to obtain their insurance plans and medical care from private firms? The next U.S. president will likely answer ...
There's No Defending Pork
I was surprised and disappointed to see the piece “Against the Porkbusters: Conservatives should find another crusade ” in the latest edition of National Review. While NR usually can be relied upon to sharpen and challenge Republican establishment thinking, this piece ...