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    Steyer’s Inane Proposal to Slam California’s Drivers

    Californians pay the highest gas prices in the nation with the price of regular gasoline often tops $4 per gallon. The reasons are simple.  The state’s gas tax is almost 40 cents per gallon.  Only New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians pay more.  The state imposes a 2.25% sales tax on top of that.  The brain trust running the state thought they could stop “global warming” by passing | Read More »

    Consumers Benefit from Open Skies

    Crony capitalism comes in many forms but one of the most pernicious is protectionism.  Corporations and their political allies in the government will stack the deck making it difficult, if not impossible, for competition to take place.  In the short-run, companies that push protectionist policies benefit while consumers are harmed by a lack of choices and often-higher prices than those produced by a free market. Politicians | Read More »

    Criminal Cronyism in Oregon

    Oregon’s former Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) and his lover Cylvia Hayes became targets of a state and federal criminal investigation after engaging in what appears to be a clear pattern of corruption when environmental groups, including ones associated with billionaire Tom Steyer, used Hayes to direct state funds and policy for their benefit. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe described the situation as | Read More »

    Save Streaming Music From Government Imposed Extinction

    Decisions are being made right now that will impact your music streaming service. There is a good chance, if the government screws up, that your Pandora or iHeartRadio or other music streaming service will be turned off and your music app will be useless. The best thing government could do is to take actions that will expand music streaming services, not destroy them. The great | Read More »

    Retailers Seek Another Crony Bailout

    A new study by the American Action Forum examines the cost of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2010.  The law intended to protect consumers and taxpayers has done the opposite — costing the America people by nearly $1 trillion in lost economic growth. The bill was written by liberals and | Read More »

    Secure Travel Partnerships Increase National Security

    High security standards are necessary to preserve safe travel and to allow visitors in the United States while protecting against terrorism. Expanding the Secure Travel Partnership will help to increase security screening when tourists visit from other nations. Legislation is pending before the Congress right now that will help to both increase secure travel and preserve America’s number one services export – travel to the | Read More »

    A Conservative Movement Toward Privacy Protections

    Influential conservative groups have written a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary committees to act quickly on the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act), a bill designed limit the Department of Justice’s effort to grab jurisdiction of most every piece of data stored on cloud computing systems all over the world.  Politico wrote that “a handful of conservative advocacy groups want the House and | Read More »

    Senate Holds Hearings on Medicare Fraud

    Crony capitalism comes in many forms but the ability of the American Hospital Association (AHA) to lobby the White House to pull the plug on an anti-fraud program that saved taxpayers nearly $10 billion dollars might constitute the crown jewel of cronyism. When it comes to waste and fraud in government, Medicare appears to be ground zero. Tens of billions of dollar are paid out | Read More »

    Marchant Steps Up to End Crony Corporate Wind Power Giveaway

    Marchant Steps Up to End Crony Corporate Wind Power Giveaway

    Standing up for taxpayers and commonsense, Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) 100% (R-TX) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) 94% (R-KS) have introduced the legislation known as the “PTC Elimination Act,” to phase out and repeal the billion dollar corporate-giveaway to the wind energy industry known as the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC). Since the inception of the PTC, American | Read More »

    Reid Declares: I Run the Senate

    Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 0% took to the airwaves on MSNBC to declare the would force a vote on the flailing nomination of anti-gun, pro-amnesty Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. That begs the question:  Does Reid, in fact, still run the Senate? It is the prerogative of the Senate Majority Leader to bring nominations to the floor and | Read More »