Alert: Senate Republicans Vote to Raise Taxes With Highway Bill

    We’ve directed a lot of attention to the deficiencies of the House version of the highway bill (here and here).  We must also work to defeat the Senate version, which is even worse.  The 2-year $109 billion Senate bill (S.1813) offers no reform to mass transit and continues to mandate that states use 10% of their funding for wasteful “enhancement projects.”  As bad as the | Read More »

    The Highway Bill: A Road to Cave City

    Last week, several House committees favorably reported the $260 billion 5-year House GOP highway bill to the full body.  This 846-page behemoth is now headed to a floor vote sometime next week.  Simply put, conservatives oppose the House leadership’s highway bill (H.R. 7) because it continues the failed top-down federal approach to transportation spending, while precluding devolution to the states for at least another five | Read More »

    The Highway Bill: A Road to Cave City

    Last week, several House committees favorably reported the $260 billion 5-year House GOP highway bill to the full body.  This 846-page behemoth is now headed to a floor vote sometime next week.  Simply put, conservatives oppose the House leadership’s highway bill (H.R. 7) because it continues the failed top-down federal approach to transportation spending, while precluding devolution to the states for at least another five | Read More »

    Signed, Sealed, Undelivered

    Flawed as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry’s hunger to debate the man he called “the smooth politician in the White House right now,” will have to wait now until,  maybe never. What a showdown it might have been. On the topic of border security, Barack Obama would have fired blanks. The barrel of Perry’s Kimber 1911 would still be smoking after contesting Obama’s March 2011 | Read More »

    Let the Full House Decide Major Legislation

    We have a legislative process, often referred to as “regular order,” for good reason.  The committee, floor, and conference committee stages of the process are designed to maximize transparency and allow all members of Congress to offer their input on the impending bill. In recent months, there has been a disturbing trend among House leaders to jettison the floor process in the House in favor | Read More »

    Let the Full House Decide Major Legislation

    We have a legislative process, often referred to as “regular order,” for good reason.  The committee, floor, and conference committee stages of the process are designed to maximize transparency and allow all members of Congress to offer their input on the impending bill. In recent months, there has been a disturbing trend among House leaders to jettison the floor process in the House in favor | Read More »

    They Spent Our Taxes on This?

    Our national debt stands at $15.2 trillion, and is growing by roughly $6 billion per day.  We have tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Unfortunately, we have learned that Republicans lack the gumption to fight for transformational spending cuts and reforms of major entitlements.  However, at the very least, one would expect them to oppose silly pork projects like | Read More »

    They Spent Our Taxes on This?

    Our national debt stands at $15.2 trillion, and is growing by roughly $6 billion per day.  We have tens of trillions in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Unfortunately, we have learned that Republicans lack the gumption to fight for transformational spending cuts and reforms of major entitlements.  However, at the very least, one would expect them to oppose silly pork projects like | Read More »

    Breaking the GOP Cycle of Capitulation

    As we forge ahead to the new legislative session, it is important that we internalize the lessons of the dismal failures from last session. Most of the dominant and sundry legislative battles last year can be explicated by the inane cycle of Republican capitulation.  It goes something like this: Democrats propose some odious and profligate legislative idea or budget bill.  Conservatives advocate that we uproot | Read More »

    Breaking the GOP Cycle of Capitulation

    As we forge ahead to the new legislative session, it is important that we internalize the lessons of the dismal failures from last session. Most of the dominant and sundry legislative battles last year can be explicated by the inane cycle of Republican capitulation.  It goes something like this: Democrats propose some odious and profligate legislative idea or budget bill.  Conservatives advocate that we uproot | Read More »

    Can a Nonexistent Congress Issue $1.2 Trillion in Debt?

    Pursuant to the Budget Control Act, brought to you by the GOP leadership’s sellout, Obama notified Congress yesterday that the federal debt is approaching the statutory ceiling of $15.194 trillion. [The actual total debt is already $15.237 trillion, but a small amount is not subject to the limit.]  As such, he is calling on Congress to grant him another $1.2 trillion in debt, conveniently enough | Read More »

    Can a Nonexistent Congress Issue $1.2 Trillion in Debt?

    Pursuant to the Budget Control Act, brought to you by the GOP leadership’s sellout, Obama notified Congress yesterday that the federal debt is approaching the statutory ceiling of $15.194 trillion. [The actual total debt is already $15.237 trillion, but a small amount is not subject to the limit.]  As such, he is calling on Congress to grant him another $1.2 trillion in debt, conveniently enough | Read More »

    Our Task Moving Forward: Focus On Congress

    Irrespective of the outcome of the presidential primaries, it is highly unlikely that we will nominate a reliable and consistent conservative.  Unfortunately, with the exceptions of Coolidge, Goldwater, and Reagan, we never do.  Not on a presidential level.  This year we might nominate someone who is not a conservative at all.  Perforce, our most important task going forward (aside for defeating Obama) is to win | Read More »

    Our Task Moving Forward: Focus On Congress

    Irrespective of the outcome of the presidential primaries, it is highly unlikely that we will nominate a reliable and consistent conservative.  Unfortunately, with the exceptions of Coolidge, Goldwater, and Reagan, we never do.  Not on a presidential level.  This year we might nominate someone who is not a conservative at all.  Perforce, our most important task going forward (aside for defeating Obama) is to win | Read More »

    Oh Yes, It’s in Article 1

    At the beginning of the 112th Congress, as part of an effort to inject more transparency into the legislative process, the House adopted a rule requiring that each bill be accompanied by a Constitutional Authority Statement.  The purpose of the rule was to expose the cavalier attitude of those members who desire to legislate ‘just because they can.’ Well, after a year of legislating under | Read More »