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  • The "Untouchable" $23.6 Billion

    Untouchable.  That’s the treatment being given to the $23.6 billion being spent right now to implement Obamacare. This $23.6 billion is part of the $105.5 billion appropriated by the last Congress to fund Obamacare.  The remainder (Think of it as post-dated checks for the other $81.9 billion.) automatically becomes available … More

    Government Unions Play Key Role in Shutdown Fight

    The potential government shutdown is not just history repeating itself between a Democrat President and a Republican House.  It’s also a repeat of a key role played by government employee unions. What’s different now is that the public has awakened to how they’ve been duped with false promises about big … More

    The Dirty Little Secret About De-Funding Obamacare

    Several members of Congress, like Rep. Denny Rehberg (R, MT) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R.-Wash.) are offering amendments that would prevent any new spending from being used to implement Obamacare. Good for them.  Those are important additions to the big spending bill pending in Congress. But here’s the dirty … More

    Now Is the Best Time to Defund Obamacare

    Now—when the House considers the bill to fund government for the rest of the year and seeks to reduce spending by $100 billion—is the best of all times to defund Obamacare. But although it’s a golden opportunity, so far defunding Obamacare is not on the agenda. Republican freshmen have the … More

    An Opportunity to Defund Obamacare

    So far, the House GOP is not including Obamacare among the programs proposed for de-funding next week. Why not? Although the Appropriations Committee has produced a bill that de-funds many other programs, it does not undo the billions of dollars that the last Congress appropriated to implement Obamacare. That omission … More

    Obama’s High-Speed Sale

    President Obama’s proposed $53-billion more for “high-speed rail” (on top of a previous $10-billion) is a testimony to the power of adjectives. If it were labeled “plain old rail travel” it would lack the pizazz but would be far more accurate.  Understating costs, overstating benefits, and lots of supersonic rhetoric … More

    Green Jobs Cronyism and Cannibalism

    To rephrase President Obama’s State of the Union theme:  “This is our generation’s apparatchik moment.” Yes, he said “Sputnik” instead, but his actual agenda is about the apparatchik—government by party leaders, bureaucrats and the well-connected. His agenda is symbolized by his push for “green jobs” as the path to a … More

    Let's Avoid Political Games Over Arizona Shooting

    The horrid shootings and killings in Tucson demonstrate the always-unpredictable nature of mayhem. It’s worsened by the sadly predictable efforts of Washington interests to twist every tragedy into an excuse to restrict our freedoms or to bash their political adversaries. As a former Member of Congress whose life was threatened, … More

    Lame Duck Congress, Will You Please Go Now!

    The lame duck Congress is a clone of Marvin K. Mooney.  He’s the Dr. Seuss character who refused to leave. Refusing to accept the voters’ record-low approval of Congress (13 percent according to Gallup) and refusing to accept their rejection by voters, those running the show are clinging to their … More

    O, Christmas Tree! O, Taxing Tree!

    The tax bill (still being drafted in secret) is becoming a lobbyist’s dream, just in time for Christmas. The Democrat opposition to President Obama’s compromise has increased the negotiating power of every Representative and Senator, especially the Democrats. The vote by the House Democrat Caucus to denounce the unwritten bill … More