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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 […]

The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publish...

The Federal Government’s $500 Million Subsidy to Magazine Publishers

Few  people love magazines more than I do. At last count, I have a half-dozen subscriptions, down from the baker’s dozen of a few years ago (with four young children, I only have so much reading time). Magazines provide incredible value. A single issue tends to cost between $1 and $3 if you subscribe. Whether […]

Republican Presidential Candidates: Show Us You Can #Fix...

Republican Presidential Candidates: Show Us You Can #FixGov

In such an overcrowded field, the candidates will be under pressure to make their voice heard. There will be plenty of the usual Pablum: repeal Obamacare, no gun control, cut taxes, protect religious freedom and so forth. With everyone hitting most of the same notes (and trying to out-shout Trump), there is a real opportunity […]

Why Can’t the Federal Government Sell Unneeded Real Property More Quick...

Why Can’t the Federal Government Sell Unneeded Real Property More Quickly?

Consider the hut. Its real name is unknown. For all anyone knows, it might have been used as a storage shed or for some other purpose. The U.S. Department of Interior sought to get rid of the squat, 95-square-foot stone pile in 2010. It was crumbling and had not been used in years. Alas, the DOI […]

Is Regulatory Reform a Hopeless Cau...

Is Regulatory Reform a Hopeless Cause?

In short, no, although the reader of Charles Murray’s new book might come away with that conclusion. In By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission (Crown Forum, 2015), Murray paints a dispiriting picture of the modern American state. The U.S. Constitution established a limited federal government within a federal system. The 10th Amendment encapsulates their […]

Is It Time to Rethink the Congressional Budget Resolut...

Is It Time to Rethink the Congressional Budget Resolution

April 15 has arrived and Congress once again has not adopted a budget resolution. It was not for lack of trying. The Senate voted for S.Con.Res.11 on March 27 and the House approved H.Con.Res.27on April 13. However, the two resolutions have differences, and the work of reconciling them is ongoing. Failing to pass a budget […]

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