Tag: Congress
Dr. Emily Skarbek Talks about the Government Cost Calculator on Taking Back America

Dr. Emily Skarbek, Director of the Independent Institute’s Government Cost Calculator was interviewed on the nationally syndicated, web, radio blog, “Taking Back America”.  During the interview, Dr. Skarbek uses MyGovCost.org to explain the specific effects of rampant government spending for any individual in America. Dr. Skarbek illustrates how an individual can find out what…
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Fiscal Year 2011 Begins Today, Without a Budget

October 1 is the beginning of the federal government’s 2011 fiscal year.  Congress has not passed a budget, and it appears likely that one won’t be passed until January.  The government that wants to take over and run your health care (and other aspects of your life) can’t even pass its own budget. One…
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Robert Higgs Interview on Growth of Big Brother

Senior Fellow Robert Higgs talks about his book, Neither Liberty nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government, on The Holistic Survival Show with Jason Hartman. Higgs sheds light on the history of institutionalized violence implemented by a bloated federal state, caused by a misguided faith in larger government to ensure a “freedom…
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The Onion: Congressmen Demand Passage of “The IHOP Should Stay Open All Night Act”

Here is The Onion-SPAN2 satirically reporting on a “hearing” for the emergency bill H.R. 323 (under the provisions of the National Emergency Legislation Act) that has been proposed by a bipartisan group of congressmen, “The IHOP Should Stay Open All Night So That We Can Get Some Pancakes Act.” Submitted the previous night at…
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Twelve Parallels in Political Economy

The federal budget is to a tolerable government as the Palace of Versailles is to a two-car garage. *** The Code of Federal Regulations is to the rule of law as a trainload of cyanide is to a nutritious diet. *** A member of Congress is to the preservation of our liberties as a member…
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Amendment 28

How about this as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States? Amendment 28: Section 1: The president shall determine the dollar amount of total federal outlays prior to the passage of the budget.  Congress must allocate outlays to remain within this dollar limit. Section 2: The presidential budget cap can be exceeded…
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Congress’s Accelerating Dereliction of Duty

How seriously Congress has ever taken its responsibility to serve as a “check and balance” against the powers of the executive and judicial branches of the U.S. government is debatable, but it has certainly run pell-mell from those clearly delineated responsibilities in the past several decades: abdicating its sole power to declare war, enabling…
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Can the Rampaging Leviathan Be Stopped or Slowed?

In a recent commentary titled “Diagnostics and Therapeutics in Political Economy,” I endeavored to show that an analytical understanding of past growth in the government’s size, scope, and power does not permit us to prescribe effective means of stopping or slowing this growth, particularly any simple “silver bullet” remedy, and I specifically disclaimed any…
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Pelosi’s New House Un-American Activities Committee

When Nancy Pelosi convenes her new House Un-American Activities Committee to call forth ObamaCare protestors (see her “‘Un-American’ Attacks Can’t Derail Health Care Debate“), I hope she’ll find room on the docket for a few other, arguably more egregiously un-American activities—and bring their perpetrators to account: Torture In the black-and-white films I loved as…
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Democracy Is Dead: What’s So Funny about “Read the Bill”?

“Lawmakers, read the bills before you vote,” by Jeff Jacoby (Boston Globe) This “Read the Bills” movement has finally cut through political pretensions to reveal that there is no “deliberative democracy” in the USA. Apparently, members of Congress are simply asked to “react” or express “feelings” or channel interest-group concerns about broad notions like…
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