America’s Air Force Is in Bad Shape
Nearly 25 years ago, Senator John McCain observed that “a force begins to go hollow the moment it loses its overall mix of combat capabilities in any one critical area.” Last week, Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein quoted those …
Members of Congress hate budget drama. But there is budget drama coming.
Representatives and senators of both parties generally dislike voting on budget resolutions, because doing so is an all-pain, no-gain exercise. That is one of the reasons why, for …
The Congressional Budget Office Needs to Be Reformed
Reactions to the Congressional Budget Office’s May 24 score of the American Health Care Act have naturally tended to fall into familiar partisan grooves.
Some Republicans have attacked the CBO in an effort to defend the bill, not only questioning …
An Excellent Trump Budget Cut: International Organization Contributions
The hysteria over President Trump’s budget cuts is interesting considering that one of my main complaints is that it doesn’t cut enough spending. Moreover, some big spending programs (e.g., Social Security and Medicare) that are driving our future debt …
The Bipartisan Push to Increase Spending and the National Debt
Once again, we are reminded that “bipartisan” is Washington-speak for “Hang on to your wallet.”
Democrats, Republicans, and the Trump administration have reached a bipartisan agreement to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Much of the …
I still think presidents have an advantage in winning shutdown fights with Congress. But Democrats have a bigger advantage over Republicans.
That advantage has three sources. One is the media’s liberalism. A second is the public’s association of …
Krauthammer’s Take: On the Budget, Trump and Republicans Got Rolled
Charles Krauthammer didn’t mince words about how lackluster Republicans’ results were in the latest budget negotiations:
Trump got rolled. The Republicans got rolled. They ended up with nothing, really. It is sort of embarrassing. I understand the strategic idea: …
In the Wall Street Journal, Stephen Moore says that if reforms to the tax code and other economic policies boost economic growth, we would have much less reason to worry about the federal debt. Assuming annual average growth of 3 rather …
Kate O’Beirne, RIP
If you never had a chance to meet Kate O’Beirne, you really missed out.
Before I knew Kate, when I was a politically wonky polliwog in the 1990s, I watched her on CNN’s Capitol …
The Budget-Proposal Unveiling Is a Game Disconnected from Reality
Every society has its rituals. Indeed, while the details vary from place to place and time to time, ritual itself is a human universal, according to anthropologist Donald Brown.
I’m a big believer in the importance of rituals. They …
The Cynical Dishonesty of Anti-Choice ‘Education Reformers’
Donald Trump’s first budget proposal would allocate $1.4 billion for school-choice programs over the coming fiscal year, and many supposed education-reform advocates are not happy about it.
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed last week, two prominent leaders in the …
The Immortal Pleading for Public Broadcasting
As changing technologies and preferences make government-funded broadcasting increasingly preposterous, such broadcasting actually becomes useful by illustrating two dismal facts. One is the immortality of entitlements that especially benefit those among society’s articulate upper reaches who feel entitled. The other …
President Trump’s Growth Budget
When OMB director Mick Mulvaney unveiled the new Trump budget, he used language that is so important — although we haven’t heard it in so many years.
To paraphrase Mulvaney, the measure of budget success for the Trump administration …
Sound Priorities, Unsound Budget
Inasmuch as it stands approximately zero chance of ever becoming law, President Trump’s budget proposal demands that we enumerate the angels dancing on the head of a pin. But there is good dance criticism and bad dance criticism.
A Disappointing Budget Bill
Republicans control the White House and both branches of Congress, but you wouldn’t know it by the budget they are preparing to pass into law.
After avoiding a government shutdown last week, and with another shutdown looming on Friday, …
Let’s Be Honest – Hillary Clinton Would Have Liked This Spending Deal
I know it’s early in Trump’s first term. I know the Republicans will have another bite at the budgetary apple. And, yes, I know that Trump is today loudly signaling his displeasure with the spending deal and vowing to fight …
Congress Reaches Deal on Budget through September
Last weekend, politicians on Capitol Hill reached an agreement on a $1.07 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government until the end of September, the remainder of this fiscal year. The compromise came just days after Congress voted on a …
Is Everywhere to Be Protested Now?
Yesterday, the Heritage Foundation’s Capitol Hill headquarters was overrun by anti-Trump protesters from the group People’s Action. Heritage made the most of the free publicity by livestreaming the event and having their Daily Signal reporters cover a story …
The Higher Education Act Can and Should Be Improved
Passing the Higher Education Act in 1965 was a great national blunder — as was just about everything that came out of LBJ’s “Great Society.” The federal government has no useful (or constitutional) role in higher education, but it seems …
Defund the National Endowment for the Arts — for Art’s Sake
Of course we should kill the National Endowment for the Arts — not because we don’t care about art, but because we do. The ladies and gentlemen of the NEA are the Medicis of mediocrity, and the sooner we are …