Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge and the Citizens in Charge Foundation. An acclaimed multi-media commentator, Paul hosts an online, radio, and print opinion program, Common Sense, which reaches a growing list of over 15,000 e-mail subscribers and is aired daily by more than 150 stations. Paul has helped organize numerous ballot drives across the country. In 2005 he was assisting Oklahoma residents with a ballot initiative to limit spending in the state. In 2007 was launched after Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson charged Paul and fellow activists (The Oklahoma Three) with a felony, of


    Krugman’s Crazy Crotchets

    Paul Krugman is getting sillier and sillier these days. He’s supposed to be an economist, and not long ago some people in Sweden gave him an award for his economic work. So why would he suggest that economic incentives just don’t matter? The New York Times columnist bashed Republican Senator Jon Kyl for stating that generous unemployment benefits can reduce the incentive to look for | Read More »

    Gross Pay

    The president says he’s creating jobs. I’m skeptical. I guess there are some things government can do to ensure that jobs get created, out there in the bill-paying, profit-making world. But these do not include spending trillions of borrowed money. And neither do they include simply giving more money to state and local governments. The truth about Obama’s much-ballyhooed job creation is that more than | Read More »

    Pension Tsunami

    A humungous national debt. Growing state federal government budget deficits. Social Security and Medicare, running out of funds. All very frightening. But look out: The costs of public employee pensions are walloping city and state budgets — pushing a number of California cities into bankruptcy. Though the stock market tumble hasn’t helped, the basic problem lies squarely with politicians. They like to increase future benefits | Read More »

    Petition Police

    It’s a dangerous world. You never know when someone may be out there . . . petitioning their government? In the past few months, citizens circulating petitions for an anti-tax referendum have hit Oregon streets. And with those citizens trailed a team of investigators. The Secretary of State had hired them, paying with funds provided courtesy of state legislators — the same politicians who passed | Read More »

    Drop Out of the Bucket

    Does $40.3 million seem like a lot of money to you? It does to me. But to the Social Security Administration? It’s a drop in the bucket. Or, a drop out of the bucket. You see, while the federal government is scheduled to soon reinstate the estate tax on the wealth of deceased people, we now learn that it has also been giving money to | Read More »

    If the President Says It

    Is President Barack Obama trying to echo the paranoid days of the Clintons’ famous “vast right-wing conspiracy” complaint? Obama says that those who oppose the Democrats’ medical reforms are “those who are profiting from the status quo.” Further, he says the opposition is “well-financed.” Great story, if true. But the president won’t name names. When asked by Washington Examiner columnist Timothy Carney, the White House | Read More »

    Making the IRS Integral to “Health”

    If a doctor who is supposed to help you get better keeps stabbing you with a knife instead, it may seem beside the point to focus on any particular wound. The whole stabbing process is wrong. Democrats in Congress have found a way to duplicate this effect. Their evolving medical reform package is prolific in ways to attack our freedom. But remember: Some stab wounds | Read More »

    The Rush to Non-Judgement

    Politicians often don’t read the bills they pass. And what they do read they often don’t trouble themselves to actually understand. There’s plenty of evidence for these claims in the cap-and-trade and healthcare debates. Lawmakers have been much more concerned about hurtling to the finish line than with making sure they can understand and explain what they’re foisting on the rest of us. Some say | Read More »

    The Big “Single-Payer” Lie

    Scan the history of government programs. The scope and costs usually grow much larger than originally projected. Moreover, ham-fisted government intervention distorts markets, causing shortages or excesses of supply, leading to high prices for goods that should be cheap, and so on. When the problems pile up one can either repeal the controls or heap on more controls. Guess which “solution” politicians tend to prefer. | Read More »

    Security Deposit for Term Limits?

    Politicians do pay a price when they break a term limits pledge: No pledge breaker has ever been elected to higher office. In 1992, Marty Meehan ran for Congress promising to serve four terms at most. In 1995, he rebuked congressmen for violating similar pledges, saying, “The best test of any politicians’ credibility on term limits, is whether they are willing to . . . | Read More »