Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Dialing for Doll...

Dialing for Dollars

I agree with the conventional wisdom that congressmen spend entirely too much of their time raising money. Like many viewers, I cringed at John Oliver’s dialing-for-dollars exposé featuring former Democratic Congressional Committee chairman Steve Israel—who described how our nation’s legislators act like telemarketers, sitting in squalid cubicles not far from the Capitol to call strangers […]

Stopping Big Government: Why We Need a Congressional Regulation Off...

Stopping Big Government: Why We Need a Congressional Regulation Office

This year nearly 3,300 new federal regulations have been issued, and we still have more than a month to go before Christmas. Every one of these rules was issued by an agency that has no direct accountability to the public. These rules affect every aspect of our life—the food we eat, the products we can […]

Does Congress Finally Get That Business As Usual Should Not Contin...

Does Congress Finally Get That Business As Usual Should Not Continue?

Nearly everyone is gobsmacked by last night’s election results. But should we really be so surprised? No, because a significant portion of the public has been down on the federal government for a long time. Candidates for the presidency have been running as change-agents for decades. Jimmy Carter was the first of the recent outsider […]

Government Information and Propaganda: How to Draw a Li...

Government Information and Propaganda: How to Draw a Line?

A government cannot be held accountable if citizens don’t know its policies, its plans and its progress in implementing them. Democratic governments must be transparent about much they spend each year and for what purposes. Deploying modern tools to collect and analyze data also can help the public make informed decisions on questions large and […]

The Strongest Branch of Libe...

The Strongest Branch of Liberty

Which branch of government comes to mind when you think of your rights? Many, if not most, Americans will think first of the judiciary. They might reference the Obergefell case, or Brown v. Board of Education. Some of us associate rights with the presidency and point to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation or President Obama’s executive order […]

The Postal Regulatory Commission’s $50 Billion Decis...

The Postal Regulatory Commission’s $50 Billion Decision

The Postal Regulatory Commission is a small agency, little known in Washington, DC, let alone the rest of America. Its 70 employeestoil in rented office space on New York Avenue, a couple floors above a Cajun restaurant. The agency’s budget is $15 million—an amount less than what it was 10 years ago. What PRC staff […]

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