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    WSJ: Obama 'Regulator Without Peer'

    In an editorial appearing today, The Wall Street Journal examined one of the few areas of the economy enjoying an unabated boom: federal regulation. Armed with numbers obtained from a forthcoming report by Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Journal’s editors outline the disturbing growth of the Federal … More

    Why the Government Shouldn't be an ATM

    Our federal government is very good at moving money from place to place. In fact, some 70 percent of federal government spending consists of simply shipping money from one place to another — after taking a cut off the top. “In effect the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer … More

    Government Agency Processes Paperwork ‘Entirely By Hand’ Despite Spending Over $100M to Go Digital

    About 600 federal employees process federal retirement claims in an old mine in Pennsylvania, using more than 28,000 file cabinets to house paperwork “done entirely by hand,” according to the first story in The Washington Post’s series on “failures at the heart of troubled federal systems.” Decades ago, the government … More

    Oranges Are Affordable Thanks to a Guy Named Skip

    Have you ever heard of Skip Pescosolido? I hadn’t either until very recently, but I’m glad I did. Without Skip, we’d all be paying higher grocery bills. To understand why, you have to go back to 1937, when the federal government organized orange producers into cartels known as “marketing orders.” … More

    Real Life D.C. Is Too Similar to House of Cards

    In the Netflix series “House of Cards,” a bunch of corrupt politicians collude behind closed doors, using parliamentary tricks to rule against the interests of a population they disdain. Needless to say, the show has been a resounding hit in Washington D.C., where real-life legislators have been using smoke and … More

    Should Government Watch the Terrorists -- or Americans Reaching for a Snack?

    With recent news of various government agencies wanting to monitor our nation’s newsrooms and our children’s eating habits, and with a $17 trillion debt that continues to rise, perhaps it is time to paraphrase President John F. Kennedy: Ask not what government can do for us, but what we can … More

    Deep Distrust of the Government is American Norm

    No one tests the historic optimism of the American people quite like your  average politician. Poll after poll finds a deep distrust of government, with more than two-thirds saying they can’t believe what they hear from  Washington. You don’t have to look far for examples of why they feel this … More

    No Child Left Behind Turns 12

    Yesterday marks a dozen years since No Child Left Behind became law. Yesterday was also notable because the groundwork for NCLB’s legislative predecessor, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was laid 50 years ago as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and “Great Society” initiatives. While ESEA wouldn’t … More

    Budgets, Abortion, and Obamacare: 9 Things House Conservatives Said Today

    The Murray-Ryan budget surfaced Tuesday night, and led the conversation between House conservatives this morning at The Foundry’s Conversations With Conservatives. Missed the event? We’ve compiled an exclusive list of some of their comments below. On the Murray-Ryan Budget Deal: Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC): Now we’ve raised the debt ceiling over … More

    An Unlimited Christmas Credit Card

    What if you had no spending limits this holiday season? You could take that dream ski vacation you’ve always wanted…and buy all new ski gear for your family to take on the trip…wait, why are you renting a cabin? Go ahead and buy that cabin! And don’t forget the private … More