85 results for tag: Big Government


Obama Administration hit with transparency lawsuit

It’s time for the “most transparent administration” in history to once again dust off its law books. On Monday, the government watchdog group Cause of Action filed a lawsuit [1] against 10 cabinet agencies, the Internal Revenue Service and the White House Office of Management and Budget. The group says it is suing the Obama Administration for allegedly using improper means to delay Freedom of Information Act requests. The allegation is based on a 2009 White House memo instructing all agencies to consult with the White House Office of General Counsel on all FOIA requests. When Cause of Action followed up with more FOIA requests seeking ...

A Republic… If You Can Keep It

“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?,” inquired the anxious woman outside Independence Hall. Benjamin Franklin’s response to Mrs. Powel was profound. “A republic, Madame, if you can keep it.” His answer was more than a revelation of the government the framers had constructed under the new US Constitution. It was a charge – a challenge – to preserve what Abraham Lincoln would later characterize as “government of the people, by the people and for the people." Franklin understood the need for a perpetually vigilant citizenry to curtail a government, one such as ours today. Our government has forgotten its ...

America’s Summer of Discontent, and what Washington can do about it

The Wall Street Journal and NBC News released a new poll [1] on Wednesday and the results were, well, depressing if not entirely surprising. A full three-quarters of Americans do not feel like their children will have a better life than they do. Seventy percent of Americans do not approve of the direction the country is heading. Only 40 percent approve of President Obama’s job performance – a new low for him. Moreover, only half (50 percent) of Americans feel like the economy is improving. In short: Americans are unhappy. One of the pollsters who conducted the poll said it shows “We’re in the summer of our discontent.” Call it what ...

Time to let the Ex-Im Bank go

Most Americans probably have no idea what the Export-Import bank even is, much less why it’s in the news right now. Yet it’s becoming the latest front in the fight to trim federal government. The Ex-Im Bank was established in 1934 to serve as a credit agency that could finance the foreign purchase of American-made goods. What started as a New Deal-era program, however, has morphed into a taxpayer-funded government machine of corporate welfare for foreign interests who buy American products. And if Congress doesn’t act by the end of September to reauthorize the bank, it will run out of funding. What does that mean for the average American, ...

“Ugly politics,” indeed

Washington is still reeling from last week’s revelation that an ObamaCare architect was warning in 2012 that those on the federal health care exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The surprise leak came on the heels of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Halbig v. Burwell that yes, federal subsidies are indeed, illegal. Let’s just say it wasn’t a good week for Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and Obamacare architect extraordinaire. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin was quoted in Politico [1] calling Gruber’s 2012 comments a “shocking revelation.” She went on to add that “The administration ….knew ...

The Most Opaque Administration

Facts are stubborn things, as famously noted by President John Adams. So, when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest repeated the President’s mantra of being “the most transparent” Administration in history, it raised a few eyebrows and questions. “Given the prosecutions of whistleblowers and other steps,” rebutted a CNN journalist. “You will still stick by that line?” To which Earnest confidently replied, “Absolutely.” [1] IRS, NSA and other scandals have tarnished President Obama’s touted claims of transparency. Illegal immigration is proving no exception. State and local officials are now finding themselves in the dark ...

No new spending until Congress reverses Obama’s amnesty!

Amid the crisis on our southern border, there’s a sense of urgency in Washington to rush legislation through Congress before lawmakers depart for August recess. Despite the end-of-July deadline, it’s imperative that our lawmakers reject President Obama’s spending request until Congress reverses his executive order for unilateral amnesty. In response to the overwhelming surge of illegal immigrants into the U.S. President Obama sent Congress a $3.7 billion spending request. But this is no time to be writing President Obama more checks. Nor is it very responsible to just throw money at a situation without diagnosing the real problem. Right now, ...

Fact: Unions hurt the economy

A recently-released study [1] shows just how bad labor unions – especially forced unionization – are for the economy. The auto industry specifically has benefited in recent years from moving away from the kind of coercive union membership days of the past. According to the National Institute of Labor Relations Research, there were 22 right-to-work states in the U.S. between 2002 and 2012. Those states saw a huge boost of auto manufacturing output. But more shocking was the disparity in real manufacturing GDP between right-to-work and forced-unionism states. In states that allowed employees to work without joining a union, GDP grew by 87 ...

The U.S. needs tax reform

Australia’s Senate, on Thursday, voted to repeal [1] legislation and thereby end its country’s two-year experiment with the carbon tax. The carbon tax, it turned out, cost Australia’s economy about $8.5 billion each year and added approximately $500 to families’ utility bills. The United States could learn from Australia’s experience. While calls for some kind of carbon tax have always lurked under the surface, they’ve been getting louder and clearer in recent months. And, unsettlingly, more bipartisan. Former Treasury Secretary under President George Bush, Hank Paulson, called for a carbon tax in June by way of a New York Times ...

The future depends on getting rid of Common Core

More and more states are rejecting[1] Common Core standards. From Indiana to Louisiana to South Carolina, many are realizing Common Core isn’t the best option for kids or educators. And just this week, the state of Oklahoma won a major state Supreme Court battle when its repeal of Common Core was upheld against a challenge from the National Association of State Boards of Educations (NASBE). What these states are realizing, is that a top-down national approach to education standards benefits virtually no one at the state level. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin put it best when she said[2] that “federal overreach has tainted Common Core. … What ...