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Jun 23, 2010

Government Needs Oversight Too

If you go to the Democratic Web page for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it reads: “The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications.” An extremely premature public conversation is now taking shape about how the Congress would shift if the Democrats lose the majority in the November midterms ...

  • Team Oversight
May 28, 2010

Can a President Make it Legal?

President Richard Nixon uttered one of the most infamous quotes in U.S. political history on April 6, 1977, defiantly declaring, “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” This sentiment embodies all that is wrong with politics. It explains why, more than 30 years later, the political establishment struggles with the image that Nixon’s misguided statement creates. Since February, questions have swirled around allegations first made by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.). He is ...

  • Team Oversight
May 6, 2010

Bailouts are not Smart Reform

America needs smart financial reforms that protect investors from fraud, address government regulatory failures and keep the government in the role of an unbiased quality-control technician instead of a corporate owner or bailout backstop. But if the Democrats in Congress get their way, we can expect more bailouts, more centralized control of our economy and more waste, fraud and abuse. Indeed, when regulators are given unchecked power and limitless discretion, they become unmanageable. Too ...

  • Wasteful Spending
Apr 29, 2010

Nuclear-Armed Mullahs Are Not and Option

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems hell-bent on enriching uranium and developingthe other complex components and specialized parts necessary to deliver and detonate a nuclear weapon. President Obama’s policy in response is far from clear-cut. We recognize that any assessment of the secret activities of a closed society like Iran is both difficult and necessarily tentative. Even with a well-honed intelligence network, it is impossible to understand the precise status and contours of ...

  • Defense & Homeland Security
Apr 22, 2010

Constitution Says ‘No’ to District Seat in Congress

The debate about Congressional representation for the federal city presents neither an instance of political novelty nor an occasion of constitutional ambiguity. Consistently, the people and the courts have rejected efforts to grant the privileges of statehood to the District and have instead affirmed the plain meaning of the Constitution. Article 1 of the Constitution states unambiguously that “the House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people ...

  • District of Columbia
Apr 20, 2010

Nuclear Power and our Energy Future

Recently, President Barack Obama pledged more than $8 billion in loan guarantees that could help give the United States its first license for a new reactor since the Carter Administration. Yet the first glimmer of hope for America’s nuclear industry faces both new and familiar challenges. Despite a commitment for increasing loan guarantees to ramp up the development of new nuclear plants, the administration’s determination to shutter the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca ...

  • Energy
Apr 15, 2010

Kill the Death Tax

A brief window of sensible tax policy has opened for 2010, though if Congress doesn’t take action to permanently eliminate the Death Tax—now at zero percent—the rate will return to a whopping fifty-five percent next year. Any proposal by Republicans or Democrats other than a zero percent taxation is unacceptable. Economically, the Death Tax is counterproductive. The Death Tax serves only one purpose: to supply the revenue that liberals desperately need to keep pace with their ...

  • Taxes
Mar 29, 2010

If White House Won’t Investigate, Special Prosecutor Will

On six different occasions, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has offered six different responses to straightforward questions regarding Rep. Joe Sestak’s, D-Pa., accusation that he was offered a plum appointment in exchange for his withdrawal from a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. Sestak has been clear. For months his story hasn’t changed. Sestak has gone on record that in July 2009 the White House offered him a federal job to keep him out of the Pennsylvania ...

  • Politics & Elections
Mar 21, 2010

Health Care Bill Offers No Real “Reform”

The time for choosing has arrived in Washington. For months, the phone lines at the Capitol have been jammed with constituent calls, and the halls of Congress have been teeming with concerned citizens, lobbyists and news reporters. The entire nation is counting votes to see whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi succeeds in a procedural sleight of hand to pass the president's health care bill without having the House actually vote on the legislation. There are plenty of reasons to oppose the ...

  • health care
Mar 18, 2010

The Lackluster Record of Government-Run Health Care

Before the Democrats who control Congress push through a trillion-dollar expansion of government-run health care, they might want to know the facts about how efficiently the government has handled health care in the past, and how much bigger the government will grow once the bill becomes law. When all is said and done, President Obama's plan mandates dozens of new entitlement programs and creates scores of new government offices, bureaus, commissions, and programs, all of which will have to be ...

  • health care