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GOP “retreat” on Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood

Following an election where the American people gave the repugnant (oops, I mean Republican) party full control of Washington, D.C., the invertebrate GOP held their annual “retreat”–a word that has historically carried more than one meaning when discussing the party…

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A Big Fiscal Victory: Constitutional Spending Caps for Brazil!

The good thing about being a libertarian (above and beyond respecting the rights and liberties of other people) is that you can always say “I told you so” when government intervention leads to bad results. Obamacare is a very good (albeit very painful) example. The bad thing about being a libertarian is that you don’t […]

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Trump can’t earn women’s vote, so he’ll buy it!

When he was the Democrat candidate for president, Bill Clinton promised a boatload of benefits in order to buy your vote. One of his campaign promises was the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to provide up to twelve…

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Marco Rubio: More dead babies equals more dead mosquitoes

There are millions of reasons for Conservatives to be frustrated with the GOP establishment, but #1 on the hit parade is their willingness to sellout on key issues in exchange for personal political benefit. It’s one of the reasons I…

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A new Equal Rights Amendment for taxes

Proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Section 1 – Congress shall make no tax laws with rates that do not apply equally to all required payers. Section 2 – Congress shall make no laws conveying tax exemptions, deductions, or…

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The two-party system is dead! Sellout Repubocrats must be defeated!

Congress has adopted a 2016 federal budget that makes it official: The Republican Party and the Democrat Party have merged. In the name of stability and progress, Republican leaders have agreed with Democrats to put big government on autopilot —…

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Even the OECD Now Admits Spending Caps Are the only Effective Way of Restraining Government

I’m not a big fan of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. That international bureaucracy is controlled by high-tax nations that want to export bad policy to the rest of the world. As such, the OECD frequently advocates policies that are contrary to sound economic principles. Here are just a few examples of […]

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Paul Ryan: Meet the new boss! Same as the old boss!

Well, it sure didn’t take Paul Ryan all that long to prove that he’s just John Boehner in sheep’s clothing, did it? In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ryan did all he could to tamp down expectations…

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Former Republican congressman: I’m leaving the GOP

In a panel discussion at the University of Colorado after the recent Republican debate, I was asked by a student why she should be a Republican. The question forced me to ask myself the same thing. I gave the young…

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Budget deal effectively kills the GOP

As you probably know by now, the budget and debt ceiling deal I wrote about a few days ago has officially passed the House of Representatives. And while it’s true that it runs contrary to every principle that Republicans campaigned…

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John Boehner and Paul Ryan: We love it when a plan comes together

Do you remember the 1980s TV show “The A-Team?” Hannibal Smith—played by George Peppard—would frequently be heard saying: Following today’s announcement by Congressional Republicans and Obama, you can almost hear those words echoing through the halls of the Capitol and…

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Illinois might not be broke, but it’s badly bent

If you live in Illinois, went down to the QuickieMart, bought a lottery ticket and struck it it lucky, well… sucks to be you. In 2012 both the City of Chicago and State of Illinois’ Democrat-dominated legislative bodies voted to more than DOUBLE income taxes on both residents and businesses. By paying “Federal Motor Fuel” tax (18.4¢), “Illinois Motor Fuel” tax (19.0¢), “Cook County and Chicago Motor Fuel” tax (11.0¢), “Illinois Environmental Impact” tax (1.1¢), “Illinois State Sales” tax (19.68¢), “Cook County and Chicago Sales” tax (11.02¢), drivers in Illinois pay 80.2¢ in taxes per gallon of gasoline. Second only to another state run by liberals – California. That last tax (Cook County and Chicago Sales tax) was just raised an additional 1%. Both interstate and intrastate highways in Illinois are peppered with so many toll booths that on some stretches motorists must stop and pay a toll less than every ten miles. Real estate taxes? Sky high. Vehicle registration? Ditto. Want to build a building? Fuggetaboutit. The list of taxes, fees and statutory penalties that are in truth defacto taxes goes on and on. Yet despite its best efforts to tax itself into prosperity the state of Illinois is […]

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It’s Time for 2016 Candidates to Unveil Plans to Restrain Spending

I’m pleasantly surprised by the tax plans proposed by Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump. In varying ways, all these candidate have put forth relatively detailed proposals that address high tax rates, punitive double taxation, and distorting tax preferences. But saying the right thing and doing the right thing are not the same. I […]

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Balanced Budget Requirements Don’t Work as Well as Spending Limits

When I first came to Washington back in the 1980s, there was near-universal support and enthusiasm for a balanced budget amendment among advocates of limited government. The support is still there, I’m guessing, but the enthusiasm is not nearly as intense. There are three reasons for this drop. Political reality – There is zero chance […]

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CAGW Names CFPB Director Richard Cordray July Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray its July Porker of the Month because of his gross mismanagement of the CFPB’s headquarters renovation budget, which has ballooned by almost 300 percent from a projected initial cost of $55 million to $215.8 million, and for the agency’s inability to produce a single shred of documentation related to the renovation. The CFPB was created in 2011 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. One of the agency’s objectives is to “promote financial education,” which is ironic given its failure to control costs. The CFPB has been called “unaccountable and unrestrained,” which is also an apt description of its handling of the building renovation. The first revised estimate went from $55 million in the CFPB’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget justification to $95 million in April 2013. It was revised a month later to $111.4 million, and then to $145.1 million in July 2013. According to a June 30, 2014 Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) letter, “Based on the CFPB’s assessed requirements as of June 5, 2014, we currently estimate all-in costs to total approximately $215.8 million” and “a sound […]

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Dr. Ben Carson’s alternative to Obamacare – Part Five

In the usual back and forth between the Democrats who want socialized medicine and the rest of the world who don’t, the Saul Alinsky-ites of the left often rail about the lack of an alternative from the Republicans. Besides the fact that this is total bovine fecal matter—Bobby Jindal’s proposal for example—there have been many alternatives offered to improve our previous system without nuking it and turning it into a system like the one that brought you the V.A. scandal. As the new chairman of the Save Our Healthcare Project (a part of the American Legacy PAC), Dr. Carson is releasing a five-part series on how we can get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that might actually work. Part Five (see below for links to previous episodes) of the Save Our Healthcare “Remedy for a Free & Healthy America” is Empowering the States. Our health is the most personal and important thing we possess, and its care must be under our control. Where there is a role for government, we should look to empower those governments that are closest to the people. As currently administered by Washington, D.C., our healthcare entitlement programs have grown too unresponsive to […]

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Dr. Ben Carson’s alternative to Obamacare – Part Four

In the usual back and forth between the Democrats who want socialized medicine and the rest of the world who don’t, the Saul Alinsky-ites of the left often rail about the lack of an alternative from the Republicans. Besides the fact that this is total bovine fecal matter—Bobby Jindal’s proposal for example—there have been many alternatives offered to improve our previous system without nuking it and turning it into a system like the one that brought you the V.A. scandal. As the new chairman of the Save Our Healthcare Project (a part of the American Legacy PAC), Dr. Carson is releasing a five-part series on how we can get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that might actually work: Part Four (see below for links to previous episodes) of the Save Our Healthcare “Remedy for a Free & Healthy America” is Leveraging Science & Technology. If we are to replace Obamacare and truly save our healthcare, we must unleash America’s scientists and innovators who will lead us to better cures and longer, happier, healthier lives. By encouraging the merging of communications technology and medical science, and reforming or disbanding the government agencies stifling innovation, we can create a […]

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Dr. Ben Carson’s alternative to Obamacare – Part Three

In the usual back and forth between the Democrats who want socialized medicine and the rest of the world who don’t, the Saul Alinsky-ites of the left often rail about the lack of an alternative from the Republicans. Besides the fact that this is total bovine fecal matter—Bobby Jindal’s proposal for example—there have been many alternatives offered to improve our previous system without nuking it and turning it into a system like the one that brought you the V.A. scandal. As the new chairman of the Save Our Healthcare Project (a part of the American Legacy PAC), Dr. Carson is releasing a five-part series on how we can get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that might actually work: Part Three (see below for links to previous episodes) of the Save Our Healthcare “Remedy for a Free & Healthy America” is Access for Every American. There is a small percentage of Americans with pre-existing conditions, complex medical problems, and developmental disabilities who have challenges engaging with our healthcare system. This is a problem we can solve by letting the free-market work for vast majority of Americans, and encourage specific, targeted solutions for the highest-cost and most vulnerable. America […]

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Dr. Ben Carson’s alternative to Obamacare – Part Two

In the usual back and forth between the Democrats who want socialized medicine and the rest of the world who don’t, the Saul Alinsky-ites of the left often rail about the lack of an alternative from the Republicans. Besides the fact that this is total bovine fecal matter—Bobby Jindal’s proposal for example—there have been many alternatives offered to improve our previous system without nuking it and turning it into a system like the one that brought you the V.A. scandal. As the new chairman of the Save Our Healthcare Project (a part of the American Legacy PAC), Dr. Carson is releasing a five-part series on how we can get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something that might actually work: Part Two (see below for links to previous episodes) of the Save Our Healthcare “Remedy for a Free & Healthy America” is Tort Reform. Patients who are injured deserve to be fully compensated and made whole, but massive, unpredictable damage awards are the central driver toward unaffordable medical malpractice premiums, which drive many doctors out of business. Moving forward with common-sense tort reform will make healthcare more affordable and more accessible for every American. To understand how best to move […]

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Dr. Ben Carson’s alternative to Obamacare – Part One

In the usual back and forth between the Democrats who want socialized medicine and the rest of the world who don’t, the Saul Alinsky-ites of the left often rail about the lack of an alternative from the Republicans. Besides the fact that this is total bovine fecal matter—Bobby Jindal’s proposal for example—there have been many alternatives offered to improve our previous system without nuking it and turning it into the system that brought you the V.A. scandal. Enter Dr. Ben Carson. As the new chairman of the Save Our Healthcare Project (a part of the American Legacy PAC), Dr. Carson is releasing his ideas on how we can replace Obamacare with something that might actually work:  It’s clear Obamacare isn’t working. We’d like it gone. But you can’t beat something with nothing, and going back to the status quo is not acceptable either. The goal of the Save Our Healthcare Project is to build support for a series of positive health reforms to replace Obamacare, and help to elect, in 2014, a new class of leaders in Washington who will work to implement them. We begin today by announcing the Save Our Healthcare “Remedy for a Free & Healthy America,” our simple, […]

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