To paraphrase a famous Mark Twain quote, suppose you passed a farm bill. And suppose you passed a food-stamp bill. But I repeat myself.
Hard as it may be to believe, 80 percent of the farm bill being hammered out by the Senate and the House of Representatives is made up not of agriculture programs, but of food stamps. If that sounds upside-down to you, you clearly…
Earlier this summer the House took the smart step of separating food stamps and agricultural programs, which combined had formed the bloated farm bill. This set the stage for significant reform. Although the stand-alone food-stamp bill introduced this week moves in the right direction, conservatives should expect much more if we are to expand on the success of welfare…
“Are you now, or have you ever been, a conservative?”
No, that’s not how Internal Revenue Service officials worded it when they demanded reams of detailed information about various right-leaning groups applying for tax-exempt status over the past few years. But they might as well have. As more details emerge about this scandal, the more it sounds like a modern-day witch…
My friend and colleague Ed Meese is second to no one in his admiration for Ronald Reagan. However, the man who served as the nation’s 75th attorney general will readily admit it was a serious mistake for Reagan to accept the compromise at the heart of the 1986 immigration “reform” bill and sign it into law.
Why? Because that piece of legislation turned out to be a big…
Christmas may be six months off, but it seems the Grinch is already at work.
Look at the farm bill now under consideration in the House of Representatives. It carries an unwelcome stocking stuffer known as the Christmas-tree tax.
If the name of the tax sounds vaguely familiar, that may be because the idea first surfaced about a year-and-a-half ago. In November 2011, the…
When you hear that Congress has taken up the “farm bill,” what images come to mind? Farmers in overalls, driving beat-up tractors, trying to scratch out a living from the soil? A lot of politicians are counting on that.
But while this “Grapes of Wrath” scenario may be handy when it comes time to drum up support for the bill, it doesn’t begin to match reality. Consider…
When we think of heroes, what comes to mind? Some fictional good guy flying around in the latest big-screen comic-book adventure? Perhaps, but with the arrival of another Memorial Day, I’d like to suggest someone more fitting: a U.S. Navy SEAL named Mike Monsoor.
As former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reminds us in his new book, “Rumsfeld’s Rules,” the SEALs go…
Get ready for a little deja vu from Washington. The federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling, now set at a whopping $16.8 trillion. Yes, again. It’s like the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day” — only this time, unfortunately, no one is laughing.
Time and again, Congress bumps up against the debt ceiling amid talk of finally getting spending under control. Time…
It’s not amnesty, we’re told. Oh, no.
Yet the immigration bill that was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would give legal residency to the estimated 11 million people who are here illegally. News flash: That’s amnesty.
The bill’s supporters may be motivated by a desire to create a clean slate. Just accept those who have already made their way here, they’re saying…
Let's get real on the "sequester." One month in, not much has changed. Nor is it likely to. Rather than devastating the federal government, the sequester is necessary to rein in the unbridled growth of federal spending.
The sequester is certainly flawed. It's a blunt instrument leaving the biggest spending drivers, entitlements, virtually untouched. It means that over…
Say you’re running a business, and you find yourself awash in red ink. You realize it’s time to retool your approach, and fast. So you ask two different employees each to come up with a budget. You’ll go with whoever writes the best plan.
What are the chances that one of them will submit a budget that never puts you in the black? One that suggests you raise prices and…
In case you haven’t heard, we’re in the midst of a massive spending crisis. Yup. It’s a real bummer. Unless we have some real action out of Washington — and quick — the tsunami of red ink coming our way will mean massive debt or crippling levels of taxes. So what is Washington doing about it?
First up, the president. He had a statutory responsibility to present a budget…
“Sequester.” It’s a word that used to come up rarely. It nearly always referred to a jury being locked away to deliberate a verdict.
Now it’s all over the news, a stand-in for the automatic spending cuts scheduled to hit the federal budget Friday. The only jury is an American public that has grown all too accustomed to seeing politicians dodge the tough choices necessary…
Are tax hikes on the way? Some federal lawmakers hope so. “It’s a great opportunity to get us some more revenue,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, recently said of the upcoming debate over the federal budget.
You know what that means: calls to raise taxes on the rich. Lawmakers can’t seem to refrain from eyeing the golden goose.
It seems fair to most…
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