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    Stop Blaming the Victims for the Misdeeds of the IRS

    What’s more outrageous than the IRS scandal? Pointing the finger at the victims. That’s exactly what Representative Jim McDermott (D–WA) did last week. Leaders of six targeted groups testified before the House Ways and Means Committee to shine light on their interactions with the IRS. In response to testimony that … More

    The Good Ol’ Progressive Contempt for the Founding

    Any conservative who takes his bearings from America’s founding principles can’t help but miss the candor with which the early Progressives dismissed our founding documents as antiquated relics of a bygone era. Unlike liberal politicians from FDR onward who couch their statist agenda in the rhetoric of the Founding, Woodrow … More

    Enough is Enough: Why General Welfare Limits Spending

    When it comes to finding a constitutional authority to validate congressional action, the General Welfare clause is like a box without bottom: there is no project too local or too narrow not to fall under the rubric of “general welfare.” The scope of the General Welfare clause was hotly debated … More