OP-EDs


April 20, 2011
Why are Spending Cuts So Hard?

Why was it so hard to get a budget passed that kept the federal government open for the remainder of this year? Why did it take the imminent threat of a complete government shutdown to broker a deal that cut $38.5 billion from the 2011 budget? The American people have…

March 30, 2011
Giving Students a Chance at Success

The House is due to vote Wednesday on reinstating the Opportunity Scholarship Program for the District of Columbia. This is a critical education reform that can offer low-income students and their parents the chance to break out of low-performing public schools and receive a quality education. The reauthorized program would…

March 9, 2011
SEC Chair Fails to Disclose a Conflict in the Madoff Matter

Mary Schapiro, current chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission,did not create all the problems at the SEC. Like many commissioners before her, she inherited most of them. From a technologically backward process for reviewing corporate filings and an inability to detect fraud to an unwieldy management structure and a…

February 28, 2011
Harry Reid and Obama Plot Government Shutdown

If Congress can pass the two-week measure now proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, the federal government will not shut down when current funding runs out on March 4. The time will allow bicameral negotiations for a longer-term funding resolution to proceed, but not if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,…

February 3, 2011
How do Government Regulations Affect Your Business? We’re Listening

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama highlighted the importance of making America a better place to do business saying, “to help our companies compete, we also have to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success. To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve…

January 25, 2011
Do the Right Thing, Right Now, on D.C. Opportunity Scholarships

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, introduced a bill this week to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, a successful education reform that has provided scholarships up to $7,500 annually for more than 3,300 disadvantaged children living in the District of Columbia. We fully support the program’s reauthorization, which President Obama…

January 14, 2011
A Federal Carrot and Stick to Ease the Public Pension Crisis

The growing crisis of public-sector employee pension liabilities is a complex web of legal loopholes, questionable funding formulas and benefit levels that threaten to bankrupt state and local governments across the country. Many states are already at an endangered level, and it is now estimated that more than half of…

December 6, 2010
Less Privacy, No Added Security

The role that government regulation plays in our daily lives is ever increasing, but it grew dramatically over the Thanksgiving holiday. Just before the travel season started, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced enhanced — and arguably invasive — procedures for screening ticketed passengers at all U.S. airports. With the…

November 27, 2010
Reclaiming the Right to Oversight

In his January 1989 farewell address to the nation, President Reagan warned, “Man is not free unless government is limited. … There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” Earlier this month, we saw countless…

October 10, 2010
How Oversight Should Work

Earlier this year, the Congressional Research Service released a report underscoring the important function that congressional oversight plays in working with the executive branch: “A fundamental objective of congressional oversight is to hold executive officials accountable for the implementation of delegated authority. This objective is especially important given the huge…