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  • Commentary posted March 25, 2013 by Michael Franc Obamacare Costs Spark Voter Cynicism

    Ask any pollster. Distrust of the government in Washington stands at unprecedentedly high levels. Between three-quarters (Pew) and four-fifths (Gallup) of Americans now instinctively question the veracity of promises from politicians and government agencies. Their frustration with all things governmental, in fact, has reached the boiling point. According to one recent…

  • Commentary posted February 13, 2013 by Michael Franc, Matthew Spalding, Ph.D. Obama Takes a Liberal Turn

    There was a time when President Obama felt the need to hide behind Ronald Reagan's view of the proper role of government. "I've never believed," he said repeatedly on the campaign trail in 2010, "that government has all the answers to our problems." Nor is it the government's role "to create jobs or prosperity." Rather, it is "the drive and ingenuity of our entrepreneurs"…

  • Commentary posted January 17, 2013 by Michael Franc Head Start: Still Useless

    What is it about the Head Start program that prevents presumably responsible adults from doing what’s best for poor children? What prompts this question is the reaction to a scientifically rigorous evaluation of Head Start released last month. Conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, the study demonstrates (once again) that this Great Society program just…

  • Commentary posted January 3, 2013 by Michael Franc Simple Math Will Force Change

    Congress and the president handled the "fiscal cliff" negotiations with equal parts histrionics and ham-fistedness. But that doesn't prove that Washington is now haplessly dysfunctional. Rather, it was the entirely predictable consequence of this moment in history. What's unique about our time is our nation's unprecedented fiscal imbalance — the product of an…

  • 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 14, 2012 by Michael Franc The Year of Multiple Mandates

    The 2012 election, we were told, would provide clarity. One side or the other would emerge with a mandate. The losers would have to accept the voters’ judgment and back down. Soon, legislative gridlock would give way to constructive deal-making, and progress would be made on the great issues of the day. Well, the results are (largely) in, and Washington finds itself…

  • 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 3, 2012 by Michael Franc Parsing the Polls

    Last week, the Gallup Organization provided more fodder for the debate over whether this year’s polls are skewed due to a systematic over-representation of Democrats in the samples. If Gallup has it right, Governor Romney’s lead may be several percentage points greater than the most recent round of polls suggests. Gallup reviewed all of its interviews with “likely…

  • 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 25, 2012 by Michael Franc Income Matters in Voters' Choices

    In a Wall Street Journal column, Phil Gramm and Mike Solon ask whether the recent rapid expansion of the welfare state has altered the “old metrics” for assessing how the economy affects elections. Specifically, they raise three pointed questions: Do the tens of millions of Americans who use one or more of the 80 federal welfare programs “feel the same level of…

  • 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…

  • Big Bird and PBS Cuts - Ernest Istook on The Gov. Paterson Show Audio Recorded on October 10, 2012 Big Bird and PBS Cuts - Ernest Istook on The Gov. Paterson Show

    Distinguished Fellow Ernest Istook discusses possible cuts to PBS on The Governor Paterson Show.…