Op-Eds

Sep 18, 2012

Declaration of Internet Freedom

The Internet is essential to life in the 21st century. The way we do business, communicate and live our lives now largely depends on being able to get online. Ensuring the freedom to access and use the Internet has become a bipartisan priority.

  • Full Oversight Committee
Jul 23, 2012

New NRC chairman can learn from predecessor’s mistakes

Last week marked the end of Gregory Jaczko’s controversial reign as Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This departure is woefully overdue. For far too long, his misconduct undermined the credibility of the NRC and distracted from the agency’s important work.

  • Full Oversight Committee
Jun 15, 2012

It’s time to unburden business owners of federal regulations

It has been said before and it remains true: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. Yet the Obama administration continues to bury American job creators with more and more red tape, and businesses are struggling to keep up.

Mar 22, 2012

Job Creators Brace for ObamaCare Impact

The reality is that the president's partisan health care overhaul, passed without any Republican votes, is directly contributing to the nation's unemployment problem. As regulators busily codify rules, employers are scrambling to figure out how to survive the plethora of mandates and taxes sprinkled throughout the nearly 3,000-page law. And its worst provisions have yet to be enacted.

  • Full Oversight Committee
Mar 4, 2012

Distorting The Debate Of Religious Freedom

Let’s make something perfectly clear: I support a woman’s right to use contraceptives. I don’t question whether women and men have a right to use contraception — I believe they do. This is not about religious freedom versus contraception but about religious freedom versus unconstitutional mandates.

  • Executive Branch
  • health care
Mar 1, 2012

Obama Hasn’t Learned on Spending

Three years later, it’s time to declare President Barack Obama’s $800 billion stimulus a failure. The stimulus may have the distinction of being the most money wasted by a piece of legislation in history. The question now is: How did this administration get it so wrong, and what have they learned from their mistakes?

  • Wasteful Spending
Feb 3, 2012

Common Sense Can Win the Day with Bipartisan Repeal of CLASS

This week, the House of Representatives moved further towards repealing the largest gimmick in President Obama’s health care law, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program. CLASS was billed as a program that would help disabled individuals pay for long-term care services. In typical government fashion, the measure was rushed through without any substantive effort to examine its consequences, resulting in a population in need being misled to believe that ...

Dec 28, 2011

The Millionaire Tax Fallacy

President Obama recently proclaimed, “This is not class warfare - it’s math.” But the math behind a “millionaires’ tax” tells a different story. Let’s be clear; I agree that the wealthy should pay their “fair share.” That’s never been the issue. And certainly we all can agree that it’s time to thoroughly examine which tax loopholes should be closed. As this national discussion unfolds, we owe it to the American people to be clear about the facts about what a fair share ...

  • Taxes
Dec 19, 2011

Postal Service Should Adapt, Not Angle for a Bailout

The United States Postal Service is in a full-blown financial crisis and unless Congress acts now, a taxpayer bailout is all but inevitable. The USPS is a semi-independent, self-funded federal agency and is America’s second largest civilian employer. Most Americans don’t realize that at this moment, the USPS has no more than one week’s cash on hand. It has maxed out its credit limit and by next summer, it will be unable to meet its payroll obligations. The source of these troubles is ...

  • Postal Reform
Dec 16, 2011

The Truth About ObamaCare’s Tax Subsidies and Marriage Penalty

It was supposed to be the centerpiece of his presidency. It was the heart of his legislative agenda. When he signed the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) into law, the president proudly proclaimed that “this legislation will also lower [health-care] costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible. And it will help lift a decades-long drag on our ...

  • health care