82 results for tag: Big Government


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 ...

Government waste abounds

There’s never a dull moment when chronicling or exposing excessive government waste. In today’s world, examples aren’t hard to find since our federal government continues to spend money faster each year. Enter the Department of Energy. A new Washington Examiner report[1] reveals how an update to the agency’s phone system cost taxpayers $56 million. It’s possible the antiquated regulatory behemoth is just struggling to keep up in this fast-paced, high-tech world. It’s more likely that inter-agency coordination was the problem. DOE was trying to install a new internet-based telephone system, but coordination across multiple departments ...

When fair and free elections are at stake

It’s starting to hit closer to home. A prominent member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is now calling [1] for an investigation into some of the ads that were used during the Mississippi Senate run-off race last month. RNC member Ed Martin, who also happens to chair the Missouri Republican Party, sent a letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus requesting that he appoint a special committee to investigate “if one of our own members helped finance ads or robocalls that tarred tea partiers as a group of racists…” Earlier this week, Texas Senator Ted Cruz led the charge by calling for an investigation [2] into possible fraud in ...

Reid takes hysteria to a new level

Today, esteemed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised [1] “We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation.” Apparently Senate Democrats are planning to iron out legislation that will address last week’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court decided 5-4 that Hobby Lobby, and companies like them, doesn’t have to cover certain types of contraception in their insurance plans that violate religious beliefs. It’s unclear what, exactly, Reid will propose, but this much is evident: the Senate Majority Leader feels it within his power to reject a Supreme Court decision simply because it differs with ...