It is conventional wisdom in liberal Democratic precincts that gas prices in America are going up because of revolutionary uprisings throughout the Middle East. That is a convenient myth that obscures the truth about why Americans are and will be paying more at the pump and in their utility bills in the months ahead — energy prices are going up because President Barack Obama thinks that is a good thing. Read More
Wisconsin’s Democratic state senators and leaders of the Badger State’s government employee unions have given taxpayers nationwide an illustration of the corrupt political bargain at the heart of collective bargaining wherever it is found in the public sector. Read More
Federal bureaucrats will write checks totaling more than $3.7 trillion in 2011, paying for such items as alphabetical file-folder supplies and zinc-plated radiation shielding.
In the process, hundreds of billions of tax dollars will be paid to dead or otherwise undeserving people, spent on materials and products the government does not need or already has too much of, handed over to crooks masquerading as legitimate businessmen, or simply lost. Read More
If House Republicans can’t terminate COPS ...
Then they deserve to face primary opponents in the 2012 primaries. That is, the 70 House GOPers who joined 158 Democrats on Wednesday voting for $298 million to keep the failed Community Oriented Policing Services program alive. Read More
‘Blue smoke and mirrors” is a particularly apt phrase to describe the way Washington politicians in both major parties create annual budgets. “Rosy scenario” is another. Call it what you will, healthy public policy cannot be based on fantasy foundations. Read More
With President Barack Obama and Congress in the opening stages of what is likely to become a landmark debate on federal spending and debt, government initiatives that continue to command bipartisan support are increasingly rare. One program that both enjoys and deserves bipartisan support is first lady Michelle Obama’s effort on behalf of improving federally supported childhood nutrition programs in public schools. Read More
To hear President Barack Obama, liberal mainstream media outlets and congressional Democratic leaders tell it, Washington is “still” in the grip of evil special interests like Big Oil, Wall Street and the pharmaceutical drug industry. Read More
In his Internet video explaining President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal, White House budget director Jack Lew told viewers that as of 2001, “we were running a surplus of $5.6 trillion over the next 10 years.” Read More
One of Washington, D.C.’s biggest lies about federal spending will be endlessly repeated in coming weeks by President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats, special-interest advocates and the liberal mainstream media. Read More
President Barack Obama stepped across the street Monday to deliver a much-ballyhooed speech of reconciliation to an attentive audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Obama said all the right things about the connection between capitalism, individual freedom and national economic prosperity. He promised to knock down barriers that make it harder to compete, including the tax code and regulatory system. He even said we need to make America the best place on Earth to do business. Read More