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  • Commentary posted November 28, 2012 by Brian Darling Filibuster 'Reform' Is a Partisan Power Grab

    The current push to reform the filibuster is merely a partisan power grab. The Senate does not have a Senate's rules deficiency, but a serious breakdown in comity between the parties. The majority party is trying to change the rules so that they can cut the minority party out of the deliberative process completely. It was wrong when Republicans discussed it in 2005,…

  • Commentary posted November 12, 2012 by Brian Darling “Filibuster Reform” Is Power Grab By Harry Reid

    Make no mistake about it. This new talk about “Filibuster Reform” coming from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is nothing more than a power grab by liberals in the Senate. Reid has stifled debate during his rule, and he will use the pre-text of “Filibuster Reform” to bully and squelch the minority party, much like he has done for the past few years. The Washington…

  • Commentary posted November 10, 2012 by Brian Darling Legislative Lowdown Conservatives Lost One Battle Now Let’s Win the War

    Congratulations to President Barack Obama, newly elected senators and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Conservatives should not be sore losers. Congratulate the victors and move on to the next battle. The 2012 election was a significant battle in the war of ideas, yet not the dispositive conclusion of a long war. President Obama vanquished…

  • Commentary posted November 5, 2012 by Brian Darling Senate Elections to Watch on Tuesday

    Most Americans will focus on election results in Ohio and Florida to see who rides those states’ Electoral College votes into the White House. But the winner of the presidential race will not automatically control the 2013 legislative agenda. Congress still matters. The battle for control of the U.S. Senate is vitally important and just as hard-fought as the…

  • Commentary posted November 2, 2012 by Brian Darling Legislative Lowdown: A Hurricane of Obama Scandals Hit Before Election Day

    Thankfully, this election is almost over. But don’t get too comfortable. Important decisions on the future of America will happen right after Nov. 6. Recent reports from Capitol Hill and the media indicate that Congress will have some serious oversight responsibilities in the emerging scandals of Benghazi-Gate and Solyndra-Gate immediately after the elections.…

  • Commentary posted October 13, 2012 by Brian Darling Trickle-Down Government Is All Wet

    President Obama’s economic ideas hold that government spending on construction, alternative energy sources welfare will inspire long term growth.  But this theory has a big problem:  Government is a terrible allocator of resources.  Spending borrowed money on public infrastructure and even more state employees creates jobs wholly dependent on… government spending. …

  • Commentary posted October 11, 2012 by Brian Darling Legislative Lowdown: Time to Downsize Big Bird

    Yes, America, we have officially entered the silly season of politics when Big Bird becomes a national issue. With Americans hurting for jobs, gas prices through the roof, and kids having their inheritances squandered by the big-spending policies of the Obama administration, President Obama has chosen to put Big Bird in the center of the debate on the proper role of…

  • Play Movie Big Bird: Get A "Real Job" - Brian Darling on CNN Video Recorded on October 4, 2012 Big Bird: Get A "Real Job" - Brian Darling on CNN

    Senior Fellow Brian Darling comments on Governor Romney's suggestion of cutting funding to PBS on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.…

  • Commentary posted September 17, 2012 by Brian Darling Happy Birthday Constitution - Hope It is Not Your Last

    Happy birthday, Constitution! Today marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of this unique and prescient document. Every American should take a moment to reflect on what a treasure we have in America. Our constitutional republic has survived for over two centuries. The Framers of the Constitution believed in a separation of powers, so that no government—and…

  • Commentary posted September 14, 2012 by Brian Darling Legislative Lowdown: A Feckless Tea-Party Congress

    Mitt Romney’s finest moment Mitt Romney was attacked by some in the left-leaning media for daring to critique President Obama’s foreign policy blunders in Libya and Egypt in the wake of attacks on the anniversary of 9/11. In fact, Romney’s comments were spot on. Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy has been a national security disaster. Romney was outraged…

  • Heritage in Focus: The RNC Rundown Audio Recorded on August 31, 2012 Heritage in Focus: The RNC Rundown

    Brian Darling, Senior Fellow for Government Studies, and Cameron Seward, Research Associate at The Heritage Foundation, discuss the Republican National Convention as the RNC wraps up in Tampa. Jackie Anderson hosts.…

  • Commentary posted August 27, 2012 by Brian Darling "Con Con" Carries Pros and Cons

    What about a constitutional convention convened for the sole purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution? Many Tea Party-minded activists are taken with the idea of a “Con Con”—and there are some strong arguments in its favor. But there are some dangers, as well. Perhaps enough to outweigh the benefits. Article V of the…

  • Commentary posted August 24, 2012 by Brian Darling Legislative Lowdown: Obama Drivins US off Fiscal Cliff

    Are we better off under Obamanomics? Hardly, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reveals. According to the CBO, the federal government will spend $1 trillion more than it takes in this year — the fourth consecutive year that has happened. Furthermore, CBO projects negative growth and dismal unemployment numbers. Remember President Obama’s promise…

  • Commentary posted August 17, 2012 by Brian Darling Joe Biden Should Apologize or Resign

    Vice President Joe Biden’s antics are getting old. His offensive and silly comments were amusing at first, but I don’t think many Americans feel comfortable with Biden being a heartbeat away from the presidency. I met Biden when he was a senator, and I like him personally, but he’s proving to the American people that he is unfit to continue in office. The latest…

  • Commentary posted August 13, 2012 by Brian Darling Chick-fil-A, Left Wing Bullying and the Farm Bill

    Why do people run for office? Too many, it seems, do it for the sheer joy of throwing their weight—and other people’s money—around. Thus we have, at the local level, the sorry spectacle of tin pot politicians—apparently offended at the idea of traditional marriage—threatening to ban Chick-fil-A restaurant openings. At the federal level, we have politicians, oblivious to…