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Failing on Fair Return

May 08, 2015 |

Failing on Fair Return Any private landowner wants a fair return for someone’s use of their goods or property. Why should taxpayers accept less? Ask the... Read More

Using Buildings to Beat ISIS

May 01, 2015 |

Using Buildings to Beat ISIS This was a big week for budget gimmickry in Washington as the first appropriations bills (the only ones that actually spend money) started... Read More

Bracing for the Fiscal Storm

Bracing for the Fiscal Storm June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. While 2014 was a relatively light year for storms, the last decade or so was... Read More

Silencing Sequester Scaremongers

Silencing Sequester Scaremongers Before getting into the substance of this wastebasket, a little history is in order. In the wake of the 2010 election, Congress passed the... Read More

End the Ex-Im

April 10, 2015 | Budget & Tax

End the Ex-Im Congress is set to return from its most recent recess and high on the list of special interests is reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.... Read More

Taking Taxpayers for Fools

April 01, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Taking Taxpayers for Fools It’s April Fool’s Day, but instead of trying to trick you we thought we’d let you know about the tricks lawmakers play on you virtually... Read More

Unsustainable Growth

March 27, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Unsustainable Growth Just before leaving for a two-week recess, the House passed a bill aimed at permanently solving a long-standing budget challenge. A failed... Read More

Broken Budget Promises

March 20, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Broken Budget Promises Budget battles are never pretty, particularly when the White House is in the hands of one political party and Congress is in the hands of... Read More

Thinking Positive on Tax Reform

March 13, 2015 | Budget & Tax , Energy

Thinking Positive on Tax Reform “We live in very partisan times.” So begins Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in a 340 page report his staff released... Read More

Continuing the Resolution to Waste

Continuing the Resolution to Waste With hours to go before a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security last Friday, Congress adopted a continuing resolution to extend... Read More