Big Government Worked Better in the Industrial Age; Not so Much in Digital Era

 Earlier this week, I was thinking of writing a column about the lying and duplicity of Obamacare backers who argued that the difference between provisions providing subsidies in states with state-run health exchanges and providing no subsidies in states with federal exchanges resulted from inadvertence or a typographical error. Typical among them was MIT health […] Continue reading →

Paul Ryan Gets It Right. Will Liberals Listen?

 Representative Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan, released yesterday, is more ambitious than I had expected. I didn’t expect him to tackle criminal-justice reform, for example, but his plan calls for softening mandatory-minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. I didn’t expect the plan to include higher-education reform, but it has several worthy ideas, from reforming the […] Continue reading →

Don’t Expand Government, Cut the Payroll Tax Instead

Conn Carroll  The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the federal government’s most successful anti-poverty programs. As House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) notes in his newly released anti-poverty plan today, it “makes low-income families more likely to work by increasing work’s rewards” and “encourages households to enter the labor force.” However, the […] Continue reading →

Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

 The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives. But senators will likely end up simply adopting a measure that passed the GOP-controlled House by a sweeping bipartisan vote last week, which would send […] Continue reading →

Walter E. Williams: Spending and Morality

 During last year’s budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, “We don’t have a spending problem.” When Boehner responded with “But, Mr. President, we have a very serious spending problem,” Obama replied, “I’m getting tired of hearing you say that.” In one sense, the president is right. What’s being called a […] Continue reading →

Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

 It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms. The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement […] Continue reading →

Obama Spends $9.6 million, Boosts Border Security as Unaccompanied Minors Rise

The Obama administration unveiled measures to handle a surge of undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. — particularly unaccompanied children — by adding border enforcement personnel and funding repatriation efforts. The U.S. plans to spend $9.6 million to help Central American governments repatriate citizens who’ve crossed into the U.S. illegally. The money is intended to enable […] Continue reading →

Budget realities confront McDaniel’s rhetoric

 Republican primary challenger Chris McDaniel puts the nation’s $17 trillion debt at the center of his bid to represent Mississippi in the Senate, bashing six-term Sen. Thad Cochran as a profligate spender who has contributed to a problem that McDaniel considers “immoral.” At the same time, the potential tea party hero pledges support for Mississippi’s […] Continue reading →