Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Posts by Kevin R. Kosar

Why Trump’s Government Overhaul Won’t Work

Why Trump’s Government Overhaul Won’t Work

The executive order issued by President Donald Trump yesterday has a goal nearly every citizen and legislator would cheer: to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the executive branch.” What’s not to like? The executive branch is an organizational basket case, and it sorely needs a re-think. For 238 years, citizen legislators and presidents […]

How to Put the “Most Complete and Effectual Weapon” Back in Their Hands

How to Put the “Most Complete and Effectual Weapon” Back in Their Hands

Indubitably, our nation’s finances are a mess. America has run deficits 36 of the past 40 years. The national debt is $18 trillion, and it has tripled as a percentage of GDP since 1974. Each February, the President rolls out his budget—a collection of tomes loaded with tables and text attempting to explain the government’s […]

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congress

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congress

It is rare that we get a glimpse at the guiding principles that motivate a president and his team, but White House senior adviser Stephen Bannon’s recent remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference may have provided unique insight into the Trump administration’s operations and goals. For conservatives, it was a mixed bag. Bannon’s emphasis […]

My New Book “Moonshine: A Global History” Now Is Available

My New Book “Moonshine: A Global History” Now Is Available

No matter where you go on earth, there is moonshine. It has been made from just about every imaginable foodstuff: grapes, grain, raw sugar, tree bark, horse milk and more. College students in the developed world drink it; so do day labourers in the world’s poorest slums and villages. All moonshine has two characteristics: it […]

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislation?

Will Trump Sign Postal Reform Legislation?

The House of Representatives took up postal reform legislation this week, a decade after Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which was supposed to shore up the U.S. Postal Service for the 21st century. It didn’t work out that way. Shortly after President George W. Bush signed the law, the economy tanked, as […]

Should Congress Have to Approve Every Federal Regulation? A Debate

Should Congress Have to Approve Every Federal Regulation? A Debate

Andrew Rudalevige (AR): Kevin, you recently wrote a piece in Politico called “Six ways to curb a runaway presidency.” This dovetails nicely with a chapter I wrote for an upcoming volume on “The Imperial Presidency and the Constitution.” We share a concern about the shift of authority from the legislative branch to the executive branch […]

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