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Why Trump’s Government Overhaul Won’t W...

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 […]

Five Big Questions About Trump’s Executive Order On Regulat...

Five Big Questions About Trump’s Executive Order On Regulation

On Monday, the Trump Administration made its first big move against overregulation, issuing an executive order requiring agencies to repeal two current regulations for each new one they propose. The order also imposes a regulatory budget come FY2018, which would limit the amount of new regulatory costs agencies can impose on individuals and businesses each […]

Six Ways Congress Can Curb a Runaway Presid...

Six Ways Congress Can Curb a Runaway President

No bones about it, Donald Trump is a steamroller. He defeated 16 Republican candidates, despite being a political novice. Jeb Bush’s $150 million war chest couldn’t insulate him from Trump’s insults; nor could Hillary’s much vaunted ground game and experience. Now Trump is in the Oval Office, and has shown no sign of taking his […]

Why Are Farmers Telling Kids What to E...

Why Are Farmers Telling Kids What to Eat?

The law governing America’s school lunches is up for renewal this year, and the 210-page draft bill now in play took more than a year to negotiate. The final result is a mélange of provisions attempting to satisfy competing interests. When Pat Roberts, the Republican senator from Kansas who chairs the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry […]

So… This is Nixon’s Fau...

So… This is Nixon’s Fault?

Well, no, in fact, the current sorry state of the congressional budget process is Congress’ fault. But the 1974 Congressional Budget Act was spurred by Nixon, who… (Read more at Politico)

Kill the Department of Educati...

Kill the Department of Education?

When Washington’s education bureaucracy comes under political attack, it’s common to pin responsibility for its existence on Jimmy Carter. He signed legislation to establish the Department of Education in 1979, and critics note that this imposed a new department on a country that had gotten along quite well without one for more than 200 years. […]

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